Last Fall, Ball Watch Company announced a joint project with the German car maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine. Like many on the forum, I read the teasers, saw the big press reveal & remained a bit skeptical about how the final product would be executed. However, in-person, the... Read more
To celebrate 100 years of making wristwatches, Seiko have chosen to make a re-issue of one of their most significant watches, the 44GS Grand Seiko from 1967. The 44GS was significant because it was the first watch ever produced by Seiko where they actually used a designer on the... Read more
Over the next few weeks I would like to talk about four watches which caught my attention whilst at this year’s Baselworld; two from large firms, one from an independent and one from a firm that fits somewhere between the two. As that sounds pretty strange, let’s start with... Read more
When we last met with master watchmaker Martin Braun, he had successfully launched his new brand Antoine Martin, developed a remarkably precise in-house Calibre 39 with two patented technologies, and was nominated by the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for his Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar (Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel). For... Read more
Our friends at MB&F present TimeZone with the MusicMachine, as seen through the lens of Paul Boutros. Nope, this time it isn’t a watch. The Music Machine is a music box collaboration between MB&F and Reuge. MB&F conceived and designed the futuristic spaceship with its sleek hull, propellers and... Read more
Live at Basel: Breitling Novelties 2013 by JESSICA
Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Flyback Chronograph 43 mm titanium carbide case, anthracite dial and perforated leather strap Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition Chronograph Monaco Twenty Four Carrera Calibre 8 Grand Date GMT Photos: Paul Boutros Read more
Early on Thursday morning, Cartier’s private jet whisked myself and a couple of other UK-based watch writers away from a cold grey London to a snowy La Chaux-de-Fonds. Less than 90 minutes after takeoff, we were walking into the factory located just five minutes from the single-strip airport. There,... Read more
On my recent trip to Geneva I had the opportunity to visit Les Cadraniers de Genève – the place where all the FP Journe dials are manufactured. I had no idea the complexity required to produce a dial and was completely blown away and impressed. I arrived early to... 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
Hi All, It was another impressive year for Cartier, with one of the most interesting and comprehensive set of new introductions among all brands exhibiting at this year’s SIHH. Highlights include: * Fine Watchmaking Collection – Two extraordinary mystery watches inspired by mystery clocks sold by the brand as... Read more
Dear VC Fans, For the first time, ladies timepieces were the focus for Vacheron’s new introductions this year. Fortunately, there were a few noteworthy new introductions for men, including: * A stunning platinum version of the Patrimony Traditionelle 38 MM * A new, two-tone dial color for the two-tone,... Read more
Hi All, I had the good fortune of being able to photograph most of Richard Mille’s new introductions at this year’s SIHH during my 30 minute appointment. All pieces were in strong demand – I literally had no more than one minute to take my shots in some cases!... Read more
2013 is the 20th Anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, and there are a number of notables in this year’s releases. Two big releases this year come in ceramic. The brand has been interested in working in ceramic for some time, but it was not until the level of... Read more