FROM BASEL: Rolex 2015, and some thoughts by JAMES DOWLING
Asked & Answered Seiko Responds to TimeZone’s Seiko Forum James Dowling Prior to my Japan visit I asked the folks on the Seiko forum if they might have any questions for Mr. Hattori, CEO and Chairman of the Seiko Watch Company. We got almost 20 questions, but most of... Read more
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
James goes to Japan: Seiko Factory Tour (Part 2) James Dowling The following morning I was up bright & early, met my Seiko escorts in the hotel lobby and made our way to the train station, after a 30 minute cross town journey we arrived at Shinjuku station where... Read more
James goes to Japan: Seiko Factory Part 1 James Dowling Seiko was founded in Tokyo, it was the site of their original factory and the firm is still headquartered there, but their factories are all several hours away. The reason for this is that during WWII Seiko was producing... Read more
Louis Vuitton Tambour Twin Chrono Match Racing Hamdi Chatti, Yves Klein and my amazing new watch James Dowling For most folks who attended, Baselworld 2013 will be remembered for the amazing brand new hall and the opening concert by Lana Del Rey. But for me it was the show... Read more
James Dowling on CNN Fashion brands get serious about watches TimeZone’s very own James Dowling is interviewed in this CNN Money segment, “Fashion brands get serious about watches”. In this video segment, James discusses in-depth how iconic fashion and jewellery houses like Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Harry Winston are... Read more
Hi All, If you are going to Baselworld, and you own an iPhone or iPad, you really should go to the App Store and download the free Baselworld App. It has maps, a list of exhibitors and a whole bunch of really relevant info and will be updated on... Read more
Seiko: Ancient and Modern James Dowling Hi All, In 1973 Seiko introduced the first ever analog quartz chronograph movement, the 7a28. It had a number of really interesting features like a tenth of a seconds register and was fitted with fifteen jewels, almost as many as contemporary manual chronographs.... Read more
A Rolex Datejust from 1981 with a dial made from burl walnut First purchase of the year Hi All; A white gold Datejust from 1981, with a dial made from burl walnut. I have never, ever seen one of these before. Read more
Day Two at the Rolex Factory: Dial Making We were up bright and early and on the bus by 9am for our trip to the third of the firm’s Geneva factories at Chene-Bourg. Long, but slim, the factory is squeezed between the road & a railway line, and obviously... Read more
Hi All; Day One at Rolex Part VI – Raw Materials & How Rolex Smelts its Gold; Previously we went back from finished watches to parts; now we are going to go even further back; to the raw materials. Unlike any other watch company in Switzerland; Rolex smelt their... Read more
Hi All; Our first visit was to Rolex Accacia, or Rolex World Headquarters Geneva, which, as well as being the administrative hub for the firm is also where all final assembly and testing takes place. After our coats were taken, we were accompanied through the vast reception area down... Read more
Hi All; That was the headline which Omega used, over 40 years ago, when they launched the Constellation Megaquartz 2.4. At that time it was guaranteed to one second a month, see the contemporary brochure below: Knowing how, nowadays, quartz is regarded as ‘disposable’ technology; it is good to... Read more
On Press Day at Baselworld, Rolex have got used to us Internet guys trying to circumvent the official launch times and posting pics of watches in the windows of their stand. They have instituted a three-pronged approach. First, although the watch holders are mounted with watches and placed in... 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
Recently Mike Margolis wrote about what Baselworld is like from the viewpoint of an exhibitor. Now, I would like to give you an idea of what it is like from the viewpoint of a working journalist and to do that I will focus on just one day; Thursday, the... Read more
Zenith’s new Pilot Type 20 is a fabulous piece which doesn’t look too big on the wrist. What is ironic is that they call this the Pilot’s watch, when in fact the only military customers for it were the Royal Navy, who used it as a deck watch for... Read more
Hello Folks, Dating from 1915, this watch is considerably older than Jack Heuer and as well preserved. Essentially a silver lady’s pocket chronograph with a 13′” movement; Heuer did the same thing that Vacheron did & rotated the case and dial through 30 degrees, in order to clear the... Read more