Mr. Shinji Hattori, WAKO & The Seiko Museum An interview by James Mr. Shinji Hattori is the CEO & President of the Seiko Watch Company, but more importantly he holds the same positions in the parent company, Seiko Holdings, of which Seiko Watch Company is but a small part.... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Maria & Richard Habring about the Habring² Kaliber A11
A TimeZone Interview with Maria & Richard Habring about the Habring² Kaliber A11 An interview in November 2014 by William Massena TimeZone (TZ): Maria & Richard, you have recently launched your in-house movement. What has driven you to become completely independent? Maria & Richard Habring (H²): Well – it... Read more
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko
A Conversation with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko A conversation in March 2014 by Jessica During Baselworld 2014, TimeZone met with Shinji Hattori, President & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation (Seiko). Mr. Hattori is the great-grandson of Kintaro Hattori, who founded Seiko in 1881. From an early... Read more
A Conversation with Oliver Ike, CEO of A.Manzoni & Fils
Oliver Ike founded Ikepod twenty years ago. After leaving Ikepod in 2003, he consulted for a number of watch companies until he founded his second Swiss watch company and revived the A. Manzoni & Fils brand name. The company’s first watch is the Canopus Weekplanner, a mechanical watch that... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Richard Paige
An interview in March 2013 by William Massena TimeZone (TZ): Richard, can you tell us briefly about your life prior to joining TimeZone? Richard Paige (RP): Being a Fourth generation watchmaker, I spent most of my life working in the watch and jewelry retail business, although I also dabbled... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier Head of Fine Watchmaking
An interview in March 2013 by Paul Boutros Smart, warm, and gracious, Carole Forestier-Kasapi is Cartier’s watchmaker extraordinaire. Born into a family of watchmakers, her infectious passion for watchmaking is felt the moment she begins speaking. During a brief interview in Geneva during SIHH 2013, Carole explained how proud... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henry Bennahmias
An interview in February 2013 by Howard Parr In conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the Royal Oak last year, Audemars Piguet set out to do some deep self-examination. That may sound complex, but in truth the result was a simplification of the message. From a revamped logo and... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Michele Sofisti CEO SOWIND Group (Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard)
An interview in October 2012 by William Massena About Michele Sofisti Michele Sofisti has extensive experience in the watchmaking industry. Before creating Sofos Management, his own activity devoted to international strategy, marketing and management consulting, in 2005, Michele Sofisti was President of Swatch AG (Switzerland) for five years. He... Read more
A Video Conversation with Jérôme Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre
A video conversation in November 2012 by Jessica Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jérôme Lambert sat down with TimeZone to discuss the new JLC boutiques opening this year in the U.S., including South Coast Plaza that opened this week, along with other topics specific to watchmaking. Amongst the subjects covered are the... Read more
A Conversation with Thierry Stern, President of Patek Philippe
A conversation in September 2012 by Jessica TimeZone met with Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern during his visit to the Patek Philippe Boutique on Rodeo Drive. Steeped in over 170-years of continuous history and tradition, Thierry Stern shared the values of his family-owned company and insight into the Ladies... Read more
A Moment with Dominique Fléchon, Author of ‘The Mastery of Time’
A conversation in May 2012 by Jessica The Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) recently hosted a cocktail reception to launch “The Mastery of Time” by French author Dominique Fléchon, an historian and expert in antiquarian horology. The 456-page tome divides the major breakthroughs in watchmaking in six thoroughly researched chapters.... Read more
A Conversation with Michael Margolis, US President of Girard-Perregaux & JeanRichard
A conversation in February 2012 by Jessica Michael (Mike) Margolis is a watch collector. Mike’s passion for watches began sometime in high school when his father gave him an Omega Seamaster. Mike vividly recalls winding it, setting it, putting it to his ear and falling in love with the... Read more
A Conversation with Rudy Chavez of Baume & Mercier
A Conversation with Rudy Chavez of Baume & Mercier A conversation in July 2011 by Jessica Rodolfo “Rudy” Chavez is an American success story. His story begins in the 1960s, when his parents fled Cuba. After the Chavez family immigrated to the United States, Rudy grew up and put... Read more
  A TimeZone Interview with Jean-Frédéric Dufour, CEO of Zenith International SA by Michael Sandler Interview conducted 2011 MS:  MichaelSandler – TimeZone.com JFD:  Jean-FrédéricDufour – Zenith MS:   Thank you for taking the time to speakwith me today. Would you please tell us a little about yourself andyour background prior to taking... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Jan-Patrick Schmitz, President of Montblanc North America by Michael Sandler Interview conducted September 2010 MS:  Michael Sandler – TimeZone.comJPS:  Jan-Patrick Schmitz – Montblanc MS:   Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Would you please tell us a little about yourself and your background... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with MarcMichel-Amadry, President of Concord by Michael Sandler Interview conducted September 2010 MS:  Michael Sandler – TimeZone.comMMA:  Marc Michel-Amadry – Concord MS:   Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Would you please tell us a little about yourself and your background in the industry?... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with NickEnglish, Co-founder of Bremont Watch Company by Michael Sandler Interview conducted May 2010 MS:  MichaelSandler – TimeZone.com NE:  Nick English – BremontWatch Company MS:   How did you become interested inwatches, and what drove your decision to form your own watch company? Nick(seated) andGiles English Click image to... Read more
An Interview With Christopher Ward of London   Christopher Ward is the new kid on the block of quality watch making. He is, he says, driven by the finest traditions of English watch design. A native of Liverpool, UK, he spent his formative years in Prescot, the area of... Read more
An Interview with Gene Stone, Author of “The Watch” by William Massena November, 2006   Tell me a little about your watch background? I’ve always loved watches–even when I was a kid I insisted my parents buy me one, although they tended to get lost pretty quickly. I went... Read more
TimeZone Roundtable Interview With Patek Philippe by William Massena At Basel 2006, TimeZone (TZ) had the privilege to visit Patek Philippe and interview Mr. Thierry Stern, Vice President and Mr. Claude Peny, CEO. Later, we were joined by Mr. Philippe Stern, Chairman. The interview lasted about an hour and... Read more
TimeZone Interview with Girard-Perregaux’s Stefano Macaluso Click the images to view larger versions   Conducted at the SIHH on April 3, 2006   MD: Stefano, can you describe your role at Girard-Perregaux and tell us what areas you oversee? SM: That is the one billion-dollar question! (laughing) I have... Read more
Photos and Text by Peter Chong July, 2005   Much has been written about Philippe Dufour, his mastery of the craft of watchmaking, his insistence on perfection, his stubborn-ness to remain close to the art of his forebears, his open-ness to sharing with collectors and other watchmakers alike. I... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Jean-Claude BiverCEO of Hublot SA by Mike Margolis Interview conducted in New York, June 2005 MM:  Mike Margolis – TimeZone.com JCB:  Jean-Claude Biver MM:   Let me start with a simple question: What is Hublot? JCB:   During the last recent years a sleeping brand, which is finally not... Read more
TimeZone Interview With Fabian Krone, CEO of A. Lange &  Söhne Conducted at the SIHH on April 6, 2005    TZ: Now that we are approaching the first anniversary of your being named CEO of A. Lange & Söhne, what goals did you set for yourself and for the... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Jean-Claude BiverCEO of Hublot SA by Mike Margolis Interview conducted April 2005 Jean-Claude Biver MM:  Mike Margolis – TimeZone.com JCB:  Jean-Claude Biver MM:   Welcome to timezone.com, Mr. Biver! For those readers who are not familiar with you, can you please tell us a little bit about you,... Read more
A TimeZone Exclusive InterviewF.P. Journe By Steve Luk January 2005 FPJ:  F.P. Journe SL:  Steve Luk, TimeZone.com SL:   How did you get interested in horology, and what prompted you to venture into haute horologerie? FPJ:   When I was admitted to the Ecole d’horlogerie in Marseille, I knew nothing about watchmaking at... Read more
A conversation with Mr Richard Mille, President& CEO, Richard Mille. By Peter Chong With exclusive, never published before hand sketches,showing development of the design of the fascinating watches     PC: Richard, thank you formeeting me and for being here for this interview. My objective for thisinterview is to... Read more
Interview with Manuel Emch, CEO of the watch manufacturer Jaquet Droz, La Chaux-de-Fonds, canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland Conducted during the Basel Watch and Jewellery Show April 2003 By Magnus Bosse Jaquet Droz? Ever heard of? Just another brand recently acquired by the almighty Swatch Group? You may think like... Read more
A TimeZone Interview with Kees Engelbarts by Michael Sandler Interview conducted November 2003 MS:  Michael Sandler – TimeZone.com KE:  Kees Engelbarts MS:   Could you begin by telling us a little about how you got started with engraving? KE:   I know it might sound strange, but the reason I started engraving, was... Read more
By Peter Chong and Michael Friedberg October 2003 Engaging and bright, and a staunch friend of watch collectors throughout the world, in a few short years Dr. Frank Müller has left his mark on the watch industry. Formerly head of A. Lange & Söhn in Glashütte, Germany, last year... Read more
A TimeZone Interview withMr. Thierry J. ChaunuPresident of Chopard USA Ltd by Michael Sandler Interview conducted September 2003 Mr. Thierry ChaunuClick for larger image MS:  Michael Sandler – TimeZone.com TC:  Thierry Chaunu MS:   Mr. Chaunu, would you please begin by telling us how you got your start in the watch industry.... Read more
A TimeZone Exclusive Interview Beat Haldimann Zen and the Art of Watchmaking by Michael Friedberg Translation by Hartmut Kraft August 2003 Beat Haldimann is a rising star on the Swiss watchmaking scene. While under 40, he is considered among the “20 most significant horologists” by the magazine Chronos. His... Read more
A TimeZone Exclusive Interview Claude-Daniel Proellochs Chief Executive Officer, Vacheron Constantin by Peter Chong and Michael Friedberg August 2003 VacheronConstantin brings a rich heritage of over 248 years of continuous watchmaking tothe world. For the past 15 years, the company has been under the stewardship ofClaude-Daniels Proellochs, who fervently... Read more
TimeZone Interview with Roland G. Murphy of RGM Watches by Michael Sandler July 2003 MS: Michael Sandler – TimeZone.com RGM: Roland G. Murphy MS: Hello Roland. Thanks very much for allowing me to stop by and visit, and for taking the time to talk to us. Could you begin... Read more
An Afternoon with Martin Braunby Kohei Saito Master watchmaker and manufacturer Martin Braun attended an event at Swiss Time Gallery in Laguna Hills, California, and TZ’s Kohei Saito was on hand for a quick interview. At the show, Martin introduced his latest watch lines. KS: Hello Martin. It is... Read more
Redefining the Art of German Watchmaking–A visit to master watchmakers Dieter and Dirk Dornblueth in Kalbe, Germany Last week Timezone had the priviledge to spend an entire day at the manufacture of master watchmakers Dieter and Dirk Dornblueth in Kalbe, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Above picture gives you an idea of... Read more
Interview with Michel Parmigiani by Michael Friedberg December 2001 MF: Michael Friedberg – TimeZone.comMP: Michel Parmigiani MF: Mr. Parmigiani, thank you for telling us about yourself, your company and your fine watches and clocks. I’d like to begin by asking about yourself and your history. I understand that you... Read more
A TimeZone Exclusive Interview AngeloBonati of Panerai Comandantedel Tempo ByMichael Friedberg December2002 Ifthe Panerai watch represents a military secret, then the commanding secret behind thecompany is its President, Angelo Bonati. Signor Bonati has created what may beone of the great success stories in the watch industry over the pastquarter-century.... Read more
  Who is Richard Habring? An Interview With an Austrian Watchmaker Who Makes Tourbillons In His Spare Time by Michael Friedberg August 2002     Richard Habring is a talented watchmaker who, while working at International Watch Company, developed their rattrapante mechanism, worked on their tourbillons and later designed... Read more