For over fifty years, it has been the accepted knowledge that the history of the diving watch is intimately coupled to the history of recreational diving. Both Rolex & Blancpain (who equally claim to have invented the diver’s watch) use the introduction of the SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing... Read more
Cartier are the flagship brand of the Richemont group, with the biggest stand at the Salon (actually two of them), yet they seem to garner little interest on the forums or very much respect from Watchnuts. And I think I know why; their product range is so wide and... Read more
While many of us admire the styling of the new instrument collection from Bell & Ross, some do not know the actual flight instruments that inspired them, so here’s a quick tutorial on what they are and how they are used. BR01 Turn Coordinator The BR01 Turn Coordinator is... Read more
At this year’s SIHH watch fair in January, we were introduced to the Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph, a 2-register chrono with the heirloom details we’ve come to see on the Deep Sea Alarm models, as well as the Grande Reverso Tribute to 1931 US Edition. 40.5mm case–like the Deep... Read more
Gems from the “Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator” Exhibit Jessica Starting in New York City, Breguet embarks on a two month exhibition tour entitled ‘Breguet: Watchmaker, Aviator, Innovator‘ that traces the history of Breguet in aviation and showcases the brand’s legacy of innovation with a variety of historical timepieces including... Read more
Introduction Over the past year, Vacheron Constantin has delivered two exciting things to the US market that American collectors have long hoped for. Please allow me to explain through a personal, true story… Flashback to 2006 – just one year after Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary. I was fortunate to... Read more
George III ascended the throne in 1760 when he was 22 years old. That same year, George III built the Kew Observatory with the original purpose of observing the transit of Venus. Eventually, he located his collection of 2,000 timekeeping and scientific instruments to the observatory; the greater part... 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