Industry News – The Moscow Clock & Watch Salon 2003 In commemoration of Russia’s 600th anniversary of its first clock tower, the fifth annual Moscow Clock & Watch Salon will take place on November 3-7, 2003. It will take place at the Expocenter, Pavilion 2, Hall 3 (Krasnopresnenskaya nab.,... Read more
New Models – Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Collection Two new models have joined the ML Masterpiece collection. One is manual-wind the other automatic. The first one features the historic caliber Peseux 7046 created in 1968. This hand-wound movement is no longer manufactured today. It has the traditional balance wheel frequency... Read more
Industry News – Baselworld 2004 & Hong Kong in Longterm Relationship The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) and MCH Basel, the show organizer of Baselworld, signed a landmark contract to secure Hong Kong’s commitment to the world’s #1 watch and jewelry show. It confirms Hong Kong Pavilion’s... Read more
Industry News – Dornblüth Manufacturing Hartmut Kraft, our German Brands Forum co-moderator, received news over the weekend that Dornbluth has now streamlined some of its manufacturing process and that minor changes were made to his current model line. Among the changes made, the watches will now have slightly domed... Read more
New Model – Timberland Motion Charge GMT Featuring a Kinetic movement with GMT, the newest from Timberland is the Motion Charge. The case, in steel, measures 39mm and has a mineral crystal. MSRP is $165. 9/8/03 Read more
New Model – Audemars Piguet Promesse St. Petersburg The Promesse line was launched by Audemars Piguet in 2000. In honor of the tercentenary foundation of the Russian city of St. Petersburg, AP has created this limited edition of 20 pieces. The Ref. 67483BC features a quartz AP caliber 2508... Read more
New Model – Yema Flygraf GMT Yema is a French watch manufacturer founded in 1948. In 1953 they became the first French watch manufacturer in the United States. Their annual production today is over 180,000 pieces. Their latest, is this Flygraf with a GMT function. The case is in... Read more
New Model – TAG-Heuer Link Tiger Woods Limited Edition The latest TAG is this Link model, done for Tiger Woods in a limited edition. The 40mm steel case houses an automatic movement, caliber 6 with small-seconds and Cotes de Geneve decoration. The Link special edition has a sapphire crystal... Read more
New Model – Zenith Chronomaster XXT Quantieme Perpetual Rose Gold Now available in an 18kt rose gold case, and measuring 45mm, the new El Primero 4003 automatic movement equipped Quantieme Perpetual is a stunning addition to the Zenith collection. The COSC certified automatic chronograph movement with perpetual calendar, features... Read more
New Model – Alain Silberstein Progress Tourbillon The second Toubillon by Alain Silberstein is a limited edition of 200 pieces, featuring an engraved date dial made of white ceramica. Movement is the hand winding caliber ASC 1.1 (base Progress) with 23 jewels and a “flying” one-minute tourbillon escapement. Power... Read more
New Model – Baume & Mercier Hampton City Haute Joaillerie The latest from Baume & Mercier is this Hampton City model. Featuring an automatic movement (base ETA), the case has 428 diamonds. The strap is two-tone alligator (white and blue) and the dial is mother-of-pearl and diamonds. The case... Read more
Industry News – Tissot is Official Timekeeper of the 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships Tissot adds a fifth world championship to its sponsoring calendar this year, as it partners with the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) in New York, as Official Timekeeper for the World Freestyle Wrestling... Read more
New Brand – Chronotech Chronotech is an Italian watch company based in Milan. Their latest is the Highway chronograph. They feature Swiss ETA quartz modules, mineral glass, and all steel cases. Prices range from 150 Euros for the leather strap version, to 200 Euros for the steel bracelet. 9/5/03 Read more
New Model – Rado Limited TenTation *Click for a larger image* To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Rado’s Sintra model, the company has come out with this limited edition of 1,000 watches. Twelve blue sapphires indicate the hours on the white mother-of-pearl dial. The case and bracelet are made... Read more
New Model – Bovet Fleurier Perpetual Calendar Housed in a 39mm white gold case, this perpetual calendar features a display back and a mother-of-pearl dial with lapis-lazuli on the moon phase. Movement is an automatic caliber Bovet 11BA07. Like all Bovet watches, the crown is located at the 12... Read more
New Model – Harry Winston Retrograde Excenter The latest from Harry Winston is the Excenter featuring a Jaquet caliber 7060 with power reserve indicator, retrograde 2nd time zone and moonphase. It has a power reserve of 5 days and the 39mm 18kt white gold case features double sapphire crystals,... Read more
New Model – CHRONODECO “Era” Chronograph Chronodeco is a small American company that custom builds watches using the finest Swiss and German parts. Its founder, S. Craig Bergsma, is a metallurgical engineer by profession, who became a watch maker due to his watch obsession (we all can relate to... Read more
New Model – Graham MasterSplit Chronograph Graham, part of the British Masters group, will be releasing this chronograph, the MasterSplit, that features a 44mm 18kt gold case housing a NOS Venus hand-wound mechanical movement. The movement has a 48 hour power reserve. The split-seconds function is controlled by the... Read more
New Model – Dubey & Schaldenbrand Aquadyn Divers Watch The new Aquadyn is water resistant to 100 meters. It features a screw-down crown as well as a domed sapphire crystal (1.8mm thick) with AR coating.Movement is an ETA 2892-A2 with big-date indication. It has 26 jewels; Incabloc protection, a... Read more
Industry News – Chopard Opens Third Boutique in Tokyo Luxury watch and jewelry purveyor Chopard, founded in 1860, has opened the “Chopard Boutique Fukuoka” in Fukuoka, Japan. It is their third boutique with others located in Tokyo and Osaka. At the new boutique in Fukuoka, Chopard will showcase not... Read more
New Model – Muhle Nautic Timer Featuring an automatic movement (caliber ETA 2824), the Nautic Timer is water resistant to 2,000 meters. The case, 42mm in diameter is in stainless steel and features a brushed bezel, exterior-rotating graduated bezel and a matching unidirectional bezel, locking on the side. The... Read more
(L to R: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Georges-Henri Meylan – Pres. of Audemars Piguet Worldwide, Francois Bennahmias – Pres. of Audemars Piguet North America) (Click for a larger picture)   ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CELEBRATED THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW AUDEMARS PIGUET FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE BY HOSTING A LIVE AUCTION OF SPECIAL LIMITED... Read more
New Models – Limited Editions from Dubey & Schaldenbrand – Caprice 03 *Click for a larger image* The latest limited editions from D&S is the Caprice 03, part of the “Carré Cambré” family. In 2002, D&S introduced the Vintage Caprice, a limited-edition using the Aerodyn tonneau-shaped case. For 2003,... Read more
New Model – Emile Pequignet 30th Anniversary Model Thirty years ago, on 1973, Emile Péquignet created the company that bears his name. Watches, horses and music are the three passions that have marked the evolution of Péquignet watches over these three decades. To celebrate his 30 years of creation,... Read more
New Model – Porsche Design Gold Chronograph The new PGC chronograph has a case made from 18kt rose or white gold. Movement is the mechanical caliber ETA 2894-2 with automatic winding, date display and chronograph. The rotor leaves are made from exceptionally strong titanium combined with black coated tungsten.... Read more
Industry News – TAG Heuer Racing Partnership TAG Heuer and McLaren International are delighted to announce a further strengthening of their partnership. The TAG Heuer brand will now appear on all the West McLaren Mercedes drivers’ helmet visors. This is in addition to TAG Heuer’s role within West McLaren... Read more
New Models – Wenger Automatics Wenger has added a new automatic chronograph movement to its Commando collection. Movement is an ETA 7750 (nee Valjoux). The case, in sandblasted steel, measures 40mm. The crystal is mineral and features a display back. Water resistance is good to 100 meters. MSRP is... Read more
New Model – Rotary Elite 200 Meters These Swiss-made quartz models from British brand Rotary have an uncanny similitude to a well known Florentine maker. But at $220 MSRP, they are more affordable! They feature 42mm cases and sapphire crystals. Water resistance is good up to 200 meters. 6/24/03 Read more
New Model – Corum Classical GMT Corum’s latest in the addition of a GMT function and enamel dial to its Classical line which includes a big-date and a jumping hours model. Featuring an automatic movement, the Classical GMT is housed in a 44mm steel case. MSRP is 4,820 Euros.... Read more
New Model – Movado Automatic Gentry Having reported a few weeks back on the quartz Gentry, Movado has heard the pleads of TimeZoners everywhere and has released the Gentry with an automatic movement (base ETA). Seriously, the new Gentry Automatic for men is done in a 38mm steel case... Read more
New Models – Sector Chronographs Here are the new chronograph models from noted Italian manufacturer Sector Group (which owns Sector, Philip Watch, Invicta and makes under contract, Valentino and Pirelli watches). The 600 Diver features a steel case, sapphire crystal and water resistance to 200 meters. Movement is an... Read more
Industry News – FORTIS GTS – Project at the Übersee Museum Bremen (L to R: Kuno Böse (Bremen State Senator for Cultural Affairs), Dr. Hartmut Roder (Übersee-Museum, Head of the exhibition “From Bremen to Far Away Galaxies”), Dr. Wiebke Ahrnd (Director of the Übersee-Museum), Dr. Josef Kind (Chairman of... Read more
New Model – Limited Edition Stowa Airman GMT A limited edition of 75 pieces, this 40mm steel cased watch features a NOS movement, caliber Durowe 7421 from 1972. The hand-wind movement has 17 jewels, and blued screws. Features are hours, minutes, seconds, and GMT. The case has double sapphire... Read more
New Model – Bertolucci Uomo Chrono Flash Featuring an automatic Valjoux 7750 caliber in a tri-compax layout, the Uomo Flash is a COSC certified chronograph. The case in steel, measures 40.5mm and features double AR coated sapphire crystals. It is water resistant to 100 meters. 6/26/03 Read more
New Model – Roamer Competence Rose This new dress watch from Roamer features a NOS hand-wind movement, Caliber AS-1726 with 17 jewels. The case measures 37mm X 9.5mm and is coated in rose gold via PVD. It has double sapphire crystals. 6/24/03 Read more
Industry News – Extended Warranties for Watches Warrantech Corporation, an independent provider of service contracts and after-market warranties, has launched a comprehensive buyer protection plan for upscale jewelry and watch purchases. This program is designed to boost retailer sales, profits and customer loyalty. Warrantech will brand this offering “Elite... Read more
Industry News – Audemars Piguet’s T3 Benefit for the Inner-City Games Foundation Audemars Piguet’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine to Benefitthe Inner-City Games Foundation Prototypes of the limited edition Royal Oak Offshore T3Chronograph & A limited edition T3 themed Indian motorcycle signed by ArnoldSchwarzenegger were displayed on Monday,... Read more
Industry News – Frédérique Constant Takes a Stand Against Counterfeiting According to the Swiss Watch Confederation, piracy and counterfeiting costs the industry hundreds of millions of Swiss Francs per year and thousands of jobs. It is estimated that up to one hundred thousand job losses a year in the... Read more
New Model – Sinn Model 856 Flieger UTC The latest addition to Sinn’s collection is this UTC watch with Magnetic Field Protection (up to 80,000 a/m) and Second Time Zone. Movement is an automatic GMT ETA 2893-2. It will be released this August. 6/18/03 Read more
Industry News – Richemont Announces a Creative Academy in Milan Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, is launching the Richemont Creative Academy, a school for designers, product developers and communication professionals. The school is to be established in Milan, Italy, under the direction of Dr. Franco Cologni, a Senior... Read more