Basel 2013: De Bethune Mystery Clock & the Imperial Fountain
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
GRAHAM recently announced its role as the Official Timing Partner of the Los Angeles Kings and, last night, GRAHAM invited a handful of local watch journalists to the Staples Center to watch the LA Kings duel the Columbus Blue Jackets. Graham USA’s Managing Director Samir Shah wearing the new... Read more
Once upon a time, high above Sunset Boulevard, there was an intimate penthouse dinner at the Chateau Marmont. From the terrace, all of Los Angeles glowed as far as the eye could see. Pateks swirled around the room; even on the dinner plates. And ticking quietly by candlelight was... Read more
“The Art of Cartier” at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid
The famous Swiss retailer has been producing watches since 1919 and the name “Bucherer” is well-known amongst watch collectors. In 2001, the watch division of the Swiss family-owned Bucherer Group was renamed “Carl F. Bucherer”. Ever since, Carl F. Bucherer has taken one ambitious step after the next to... 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
Carl Fabergé produced a number of automata, often as surprises within his Imperial Easter Eggs. The first record of a Fabergé elephant “surprise” was the Diamond Trellis Egg made in 1892. In 1929, this mechanical elephant was presented in a wooden box as a Christmas gift to King George... Read more
Kari Voutilainen is a quiet, introspective man. During a recent discussion with him about his life’s work, it became apparent that Kari has mastered all areas of watchmaking. In addition to being a technically inventive watchmaker, he is an uncompromising craftsman with an exquisite style. Kari was born in... Read more
The past year has been enlightening; to not only spend quality time with several independent watchmakers, such as: Peter Speake-Marin HMS and Resilience HMS prototype (piece unique), Tourbillon MR (piece unique) and Perpetual Calendar (1 of 20) Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 Martin Braun Perpetual calendar flying tourbillon with retrograde date... Read more
In 2009, master watchmaker Martin Braun left the Franck Muller Group. Driven by a passion to build his own movements, Martin partnered with Swiss businessman Antoine Meier to realize the next chapter of his watchmaking journey. Together, the two founded the independent watch manufacturing company ‘Antoine Martin’ in Alpnach,... Read more
Last night was closing night of the Inside Basel Geneva 2012 tour. The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel and included over 40 brand exhibitors and watchmakers. Some photos of this year’s novelties, exhibitors and attendees: During the cocktail reception, Jeff Kingston shared a wrist shot of... 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
Premiere Viewing of the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Vitesse Jessica Parmigiani Fleurier officially launched its new Bugatti Vitesse during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. In keeping with the weekend’s theme of classic cars, the event included the unveiling of a rare 1935 Bugatti T57S Electron Torpedo. Parmigiani Fleurier CEO... Read more
The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi Ref. 5717 is as functional as it is beautiful. The Calibre 5717 can memorise cities in two different timezones, and changing the dial display between the two is as simple and intuitive as pressing a button. The crown-pusher at 8 o’clock activates the instant-jump... Read more
During the 1970s, Swiss watchmaker Michel Parmigiani earned a distinguished reputation for his restoration of exceptional and complicated historical timepieces. In 1980, his skills were so highly regarded that the Sandoz Family Foundation retained him as the official restorer of their legendary collection of clocks, watches and automatons. Then,... Read more
In the 1780s, Abraham-Louis Breguet became known in England, where George Prince of Wales was one of his earliest clients and admirers. A.-L. Breguet visited London several times in 1789, 1790 and 1791 to obtain new orders and collect payment for purchases made by the prince. Over the years,... Read more
Not many of these vintage Girard-Perregaux around, and certainly not in such fine original condition. For this model, Girard-Perregaux used the Valjoux Calibre 72C, an especially desirable manual-wind chronograph movement with column wheel construction and triple calendar. Girard-Perregaux also collaborated with the Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa to craft fine... Read more
Our friends at Seiko provide TimeZone with a look at some of the 2012 Novelties, including special edition Ananta and Grand Seiko models, as well as the new Astron GPS Solar. Ananta For 2012, the Ananta collection pays tribute to the richness of Japan’s cultural heritage. Seiko commissioned master... Read more
A friend shared this video he took at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de- Fonds, Switzerland. It is at once a clock, and a series of clocks, changing time from 14:43 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
From his workbench in Santa Barbara, master clockmaker David Walter provides TimeZone with an exclusive first look at his latest precision masterpiece – a Double Pendulum Clock with Perpetual Calendar. This precision clock has a double pendulum. When two pendulums hang on the same, non-rigid mounting frame, they swing... 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
The Cartier Tank Anglaise Launch at Kensington Palace Gardens
Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the 1970s
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