Introducing the MB&F Legacy Machine 101 Jessica It’s been a closely held secret since Baselworld 2014, but MB&F now officially announces the Legacy Machine 101 (LM101). The LM101 case measures a classical 40mm x 16mm and houses the very first movement developed entirely in-house by MB&F. The 23-jewel, hand-wound... Read more
Rolex and the Bloodhound SSC: the world’s first 1,000 mph car The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) is a project to build the world’s first 1,000 mph car. The land speed challenge is slated to take place in 2016 at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. The Bloodhound SSC team... Read more
Live Photos: Breitling at Baselworld 2014 Jessica Breitling is celebrating its 130th year anniversary as an independent, family-run watchmaker. For 2014, Breitling is focusing on individualising its emblematic Navitimer and Chronomat collections by offering visual and technical diversity to existing models, as well as trending towards slightly larger case... Read more
Live Photos: Breguet at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, our friends at Breguet introduce two mens timepieces and four ladies timepieces. First, with the Classique Tourbillon Quantième Perpétuel 3797, Breguet makes a bold design shift by adding a three-dimensional sapphire crystal chapter disc to the dial. Not only does... Read more
Live Photos: Girard-Perregaux at Baselworld 2014 Jessica During Baselworld 2014, TimeZone presented Girard-Perregaux with the 2013 Watch of the Year Award for its outstanding Constant Escapement L.M. After the award presentation, Girard-Perregaux introduced the full range of its newest creations: Vintage 1945 XXL Blue Vintage 1945 XXL Large Date... 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
Basel 2014: Introducing the MB&F Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang Jessica It’s always fun to visit MB&F to see what’s cooking in the concept lab. This year, we got to play with the Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang (LM1 Xia Hang). Maximilian Büsser & Friends have taken the iconic... Read more
Scenes from the Hermès “A Moment in Time” Launch Party Jessica During Baselworld 2014, Montres Hermès hosted “A Moment in Time” cocktail dinner to officially launch its latest watch models. Hundreds of guests attended the launch event at the Brasilea Arts Centre, a converted ship engine factory located in... Read more
At the 10th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance with Panerai Jessica The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance celebrated its tenth year anniversary with a display of over 150 cars in 32 classes. Originally started as the, “La Jolla Motor Car Classic”, five years later the show grew into an internationally... Read more
Live Photos: Maurice Lacroix at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, Maurice Lacroix presents a number of impressive new models from the avant-garde to the sportif. The Masterpiece collection is the top of the pyramid at Maurice Lacroix. The Masterpiece collection offers inventive, clean designs with one of over a... Read more
Achieving the Impossible: The Rolex Red & Blue Cerachrom Bezel Insert Jessica In the beginning, there was red and blue. From its launch in 1955, the Rolex GMT-Master emerged as a convenient travel watch with smashing good looks. It had a rotating 24-hour red and blue bezel, and an... Read more
Live Photos: Ulysse Nardin at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, Ulysse Nardin unveils two exceptional musical timepieces. The first exceptional timepiece is the Imperial Blue minute repeating watch with carillon Westminster chime with four hammers on four gongs suspended from a blue sapphire crystal bridge. The timepiece looks as... Read more
Hands-on with the Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture Jessica Although released last year at Baselworld 2013, we thought the forum might enjoy these outstanding hands-on photos by Paul Boutros of the Skeleton Tourbillon Manufacture from the Ulysse Nardin Exceptional Collection. The skeletonised Caliber UN-170 manual wind movement is outstanding... Read more
Live Photos: NOMOS Glashütte at Baselworld 2014 Jessica For 2014, NOMOS Glashütte continues to assert its independence as a German manufactory by developing its own swing system (escapement). Only a few watchmaking companies in the world manufacture their own escapement assembly and NOMOS invested €11 million to develop its... Read more
Sailing Heals is a non-profit organization that hosts sailing experiences for cancer patients and their caregivers. The Sailing Heals mission is to bring the sport of sailing and the healing properties of the sea to patients going through a serious health issue. Sailing Heals and Panerai event at the... Read more
Live Photos: Omega at Baselworld 2014 Jessica The Omega highlights from Baselworld 2014 include the Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Lunar Dust”, the Speedmaster Mark II, a sneak peek at the Seamaster Professional Chronograph GMT and the... Read more
Basel 2014: A Look at the Seiko Novelties Jessica Seiko is fulfilling its promise to the U.S. for higher allocations and more variety of high-grade Seiko watches in a very big way. For 2014, Seiko announces the global launch of the new mechanical Caliber 9S86, the first ever hi-beat... Read more
Live Basel Report: Bulgari at Baselworld 2014 JESSICA An Italian jeweller by origin, Bulgari is applying the same type of creativity and exacting attention to detail to its watch manufacturing. Now fully integrated, Bulgari employs over 350 watchmakers to produce its own movements, cases, bracelets and dials. Beginning with... Read more
Reinhard Meis & the Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante The Villeret ExoTourbillon Rattrapante represents the finest in haut de gamme watchmaking. It’s contemporary, sophisticated and has a masterful movement that is superbly constructed with numerous technical details. At first, I could not help but wonder how Montblanc achieved such a precise... Read more
SIHH 2014 IWC Aquatimer Collection As previously announced, for 2014 IWC relaunches its Aquatimer Collection with six new models. At SIHH 2014, IWC revealed the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, the Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium and the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos”. Below are all... Read more
Every year, the annual Grand Seiko Road Show gets bigger and better. This year, Grand Seiko toured in Dallas, Chicago and Scottsdale. Collectors from all over the country travelled to the closing event in Arizona to see Grand Seiko master watchmaker Junya Kamijo assemble the 416 component parts of... Read more
Meeting Vincent Calabrese: Inventor of the Corum Golden Bridge by Jessica 13 December 2013 Corum and Vincent Calabrese recently concluded their “Walk Through The Golden Bridge” tour in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. TimeZone had an exclusive opportunity to spend the day with the Corum team and legendary... Read more
Messr. Raymond Weil is the company’s founder and remains its Chairman and honorary President. His vision of an independent, family-run Geneva watch company continues through the management by his son-in-law (Olivier Bernheim) and two grandsons (Pierre and Elie Bernheim). For 2013, Raymond Weil expands its mechanical watch offerings for... Read more
Breguet officially reopened its Beverly Hills boutique and launched its worldwide Tourbillon Exhibition with a blowout party on Rodeo Drive. To mark the occasion, Breguet transformed the chic cobblestone street at 2 Rodeo Drive into a stylish cocktail party with endless bottles of champagne, signature drinks, gourmet food stations... Read more
La Dolce Vita Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park It’s been three years since the spectacular Cartier and America exhibition at the Legion of Honor. The exhibition was organised by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr.... Read more
At the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance with Dubey & Schaldenbrand Jessica The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes celebrated the “Age of Elegance” with an impressive showing of pre-war Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and Dietrich Coachwork. The concours had over 200 cars... Read more
Our friends at Bulgari provide TimeZone with this exclusive hands-on look at their new ladies timepieces, including the new BVLGARI BVLGARI Catene bracelet watch, two sensual additions to the iconic Serpenti Collection, and three boldly designed complications. BVLGARI BVLGARI Catene Popularised in the 1970s, the BVLGARI BVLGARI collection is... Read more