Action film star Jason Statham is a dyed-in-the wool WIS, with an equally passionate love for beautiful cars and watches. For years, he’s been spotted driving the finest, including his Aston DBS Volante, Audi R8 and Porsche GT2, to name a few. And on his wrist, he’s worn everything... Read more
FROM BASEL: Rolex 2015, and some thoughts by JAMES DOWLING
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan spotted was wearing the platinum Rolex Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition with ice blue dial & chestnut brown lacquer bezel. Read more
Swiss Watchmakers Dominate the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 Jessica Le Mans not only celebrated a record crowd of over 260,000 spectators at the thrilling 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans, it also celebrated a record year of Swiss watch sponsors. At least eight Swiss watchmakers... Read more
Scenes from 24 Heures du Mans 2014 Jessica The thrilling 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans went down to the wire in all four categories. The racing was compelling and rivalries intense. The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest of Marcel Fässler (SUI), André Lotterer (DEU) and Benoît... 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
A very bold move from Rolex: Jean-Frédéric Dufour CEO of Rolex William Massena At TimeZone, we would rather concentrate on the watches than the people; especially, CEO movements among the brands. However, some are more important than others and this one is really important. Jean-Frederic Dufour, the CEO of... 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
Basel 2014: Rolex with Live Pictures William Massena Basel 2014 will be remembered as the year of the Pepsi bezel for Rolex. After nearly ten years, Rolex was finally successful in applying the red color to its signature bezel. During the firing process of cerachrom, the red color was... 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
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
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
Hi All, Patrick Heiniger ran Rolex for sixteen years, between 1992 and 2008; which might seem like a fleeting moment, compared to the 90 years at the helm of his two predecessors in the job, his father Andre and Hans Wilsdorf. But under his management, Rolex changed more than... Read more
January to the mechanical watch lover is akin to the opening of the season for baseball fans or the Daytona 500 for those endeared with NASCAR. This is the month of the Salon International de la Haute Horology (SIHH) where many of the top luxury watch brands release their... Read more
Produced beginning in 1963, this Daytona features a gorgeous multi-colored dial known to collectors as the “Paul Newman” dial. This example was made in 1968, and uses the Rolex caliber 722 movement, based on the Valjoux 72. The dial is in fantastic condition. Read more