Report on the First IWC Collectors Meeting Posted by Hans Zbinden on October 02, 2002 at 11:33:02:TZ Classics Forum Number: 2044Posted from Host: (62.12.146.58) Hello Forumners I attended the first IWC Collectors Meeting in Schaffhausen last week and put together a trip report on this extraordinary event. For all... Read more
The Best Laid Plans of WIS and Men Hello Forumners I had a plan. A really, really good plan … Click the link below to read why it didn’t quite turn out as expected. The Best Laid Plans of WIS and Men Regards Hans Read more
Repost of Mini-Review Ikepod Hemipode Posted by Hans Zbinden on February 18, 1998 at 20:18:04: In Reply to: IKEPOD, any opinions? posted by D.A. on February 18,1998 at 5:20:59: Hi DA I have both the Ikepod Seaslug and the Hemipode chronograph, I posted a short review of the Hemipode... Read more
How And Where To Get A Custom Watch Built Posted by Hans Zbinden on January 30, 1998 at 1:28:44:In Reply to: Need custom watch made posted by Bob Seetin on January 30, 1998 at 1:00:03:Hi BobIf you’re planning to have a high-quality watch with mechanical movement built, there are... Read more
Review of the Audemars Piguet Offshore Chronograph Posted by Hans Zbinden on January 29, 1998 at 0:04:02: Hello Forumners Last October I went on a long trip that took me all through Asia. First stop was Singapore where I met up with a group of Timezoners based there. After... Read more
Rolex, Looking at the Watch Posted by Hans Zbinden on January 29, 1998 at 21:16:24: In Reply to: ….so, what about Rolexes? posted by Paul Mealey on January 29, 1998 at 9:14:32: Hi Paul I own a few watches from Rolex, I still like them but don’t wear them... Read more
Watch Manufacturers Production Numbers Mass Production Repost from April 1997: Numbers Posted by Hans Zbinden on January 15, 1998 at 21:33:38: In Reply to: Mass production posted by Thanks -SB on January 15, 1998 at 3:36:14: Numbers: Who sells how much and to whom is a secret that will... Read more
Interview With Guenter Blumlein,Head of LMH (IWC, Jaeger, Lange) Hello ForumnersAfter last month’s interview with Michael Sarp, the new head of IWC, a talk with Guenther Bluemlein, the man who used to hold that same job and is now boss of LMH, the parent company of IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre... Read more
Image courtesy Ulysse Nardin Perpetually Ludwig – Inside the Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Part 1 text and images by A Watchmaker, edited by Hans Zbinden I was pleased and also a bit worried when a watchmaker friend let me know that he was about to service an Ulysse Nardin... Read more
Perpetually Ludwig – Inside the Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Part 2 text and images by A Watchmaker, edited by Hans Zbinden Here is the program wheel completely disassembled with all of it’s satellite wheels removed for your scrutiny. Wheel number one advances the decade wheel of the date one... Read more

Alinghi Wins

Extras March 5, 2003

ALINGHI AND AUDEMARS PIGUET WIN THE AMERICA’S CUP   Victory Against the Defender, Team New Zealand Considered one of the competition favourites, Team Alinghi, co-sponsored by the Swiss watch Manufacture Audemars Piguet, has found its place in the history books by becoming the first European challenge in 152 years... Read more
A-auction Of Important Collector’s Pocket Watches & Wristwatches   Thursday, March 20, 2003 beginning at 10:00 a.m (New York time) on www.antiquorum.com On Thursday, March 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (New York time) Antiquorum will hold an A-auction devoted to Important Collector’s Pocket Watches and Wristwatches. The electronic catalogue... Read more
New Models – Longines Opposition Square Longines Opposition line, launched in 1999 with a round model, has been augmented now with a square model, following the current trends. Crafted in the same stainless steel as its round-shaped predecessor, the square-shaped oposition comes in five sizes: ladies’, medium, ladies’ chronograph,... Read more
Industry News – Japan Watchmaking School To Enroll New Applicants   Oumi Watch, Glasses and Jewelry School in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, has trained young graduates to be watchmakers since 1976.   Their new session starts in April of 2003, and registration is taking place now. The school has the... Read more
Industry News – The Revival of Alpina In February 2002, Frédérique Constant Genève purchased Alpina Watch International. Frédérique Constant produced until now mainly classical-looking mechanical watches, and will develop a new sports collection under the name Alpina, perpetuating the Alpina heritage. The new Alpina collection of technical sport watches... Read more
New – Bros Manifatture Class Gold Internet Edition Bros, the noted Italian strap maker, has developed an alligator leather strap in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The buckle is 18kt gold and the strap comes in a presentation wood box. It is available in size 16, 18 and... Read more
New Models – Penta Automatic Collection by Rodolphe Rodolphe, a noted designer in the watch-making industry has just brought out the PENTA collection.   The automatic chronograph watch is fitted with a Dubois-Dépraz 2025 caliber. It is water resistant to 30 meters and has a anti-glare coated sapphire crystal.... Read more
New Model – Piaget Re-Issue 1967 This new Piaget, winner of the Design Prize of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2002, is a re-edition of a noted Piaget design from 1967. Back in the 1950s, Piaget pioneered a new creative path in watch design by developing the world’s... Read more
Industry News – Sotheby’s on the Auction Block Sotheby’s has entered into an agreement to sell its worldwide headquarters inNew York for $175 million to RFR Holding LLC.  The company will lease back the York Avenue building, widely regarded as thebest auction house facility in the world, from RFR... Read more
Industry News – Breitling To Supply Bentley with Dashboad Clocks In addition to supporting Bentley’s Le Mans entry this year, Breitling has signed an agreement with the Volkswagen group to supply Breitling signed dashboard clocks to Bentley. The first models will come out in the Bentley GT Coupe in 2003.... Read more
New – Chronoswiss Styloscope The perfect compliment to your Tora or Opus, is this pen from Chronoswiss. Done in a limited edition of 999 pieces, and made of resin and sterling silver,the Styloscope is sure to find a home with plenty of eager Chronoswiss collectors. 12/17/02 Read more
New Model – Ikepod Manatee Gold GMT   The Manatee is Ikepod’s first rectangular watch, designed for the world traveller. Ikepod has personalised the basic ETA 2893-1 movement with a turning dial that enables the wearer to read 24 time zones simultaneously. The movement is COSC certified as a... Read more
New Model – Pulsar Performance Line Pulsar, a Seiko brand, has created these affordable pieces for its Performance line. Featuring Seiko quartz movements, they offer water resistance to 100 meters and feature mineral crystals. The time only model is 80 Euros, and the chronograph is 115 Euros. 12/17/02 Read more
New Model – Curvi Natale The noted Italian designer Robert Cavalli has created a limited edition (1,500pieces) watch with Swarovski crystals for the ladies. Featuring an ETA quartz movement, the Curvi Natale’s MSRP is 360 Euros. 12/17/02 Read more
Industry News – World’s First Self-Powered Mechanical Watch The world’s first self-powered mechanical watch movement has been inventedby American master watchmaker Steven Phillips. The mechanism, which he hastrademarked as the “Eternal Winding System,” is continually powered by atemperature-sensitive bimetallic coil.  “You can lay an EWS watch down on a... Read more
  New Model – Bvlgari Retrograde Seconds Automatic Bvlgari has created this limited edition (99 pieces in white gold, 149 in yellow gold) of its famous BVLGARI-BVLGARI line featuring a retrograde seconds function and complete calendar. It will be avaialble in Bvlgari boutiques starting in December 2002. 12/16/02 Read more
New Model – Ikepod Megapode Date Chronometer The Megapode line boasts a new addition. The Megapode Date Chronometer movementis based on an automatic ETA 2824-2 and is COSC certified.  The dial is simple and is available in seven different colors (black, silver,white, red, blue, green or grey). These watches... Read more
New Model – Alain SilbersteinRondo Krono As if Silberstein’s distinctive watches weren’t colorful enough, he’s nowadded diamonds to “enhance” the look! Featuring a modular automatic chronograph movement, the Rondo Krono is sure togive palpitations to the Bling Bling crowd. MSRP is $20,000 12/12/02 Read more
New Model – Versace Character Fashion The noted design house of Versace has added a new model to its watch collection,featuring 64 Swarovski crystals on the bezel. Movement is an ETA quartz, and the MSRP is 2,100 Euros. 12/12/02     Read more
TimeZone Launches Watchmaking Forum   Machiel Kalf Ed Hahn   TimeZone has launched a new forum calledWatchmaking & Repair. The forum is moderated by Machiel Kalf and Ed Hahn.Machiel is a Master Watchmaker, and he teaches TZ’s Watch School. Machielreceived his formal watchmaker training at the Horlogemakers Vakschool inHolland.... Read more
Industry News – Ashford.com Sold to Diamond.com   GSI Commerce of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, has agreed to sell the assets ofAshford.com, an e-commerce luxury goods provider, to Diamond.com for at least $5million.  According to statements from GSI and Diamond.com, a Sunrise, Fla.-based diamondand jewelry online retailer, Diamond.com will... Read more
Industry News – IWC Auctions Off Historical Timepiece to Benefit Charity From the 11th to the 18th of December 2002, IWC will hold for the fifth time, anauction of one of its historical timepieces. The proceeds will be donated to UNESCO. Up for auction is a true rarity from... Read more
Industry News – Polar Explorer’s Watch to be Auctioned for Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The Kobold Watch Company today announced that itwould offer one of its handmade wristwatches at auction to raise funds forChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The watch, an exclusive one-of-a-kindmechanical chronograph, made for world-famous explorer Sir... Read more
Industry News – Longines Newest Spokesmodel Her name is Aishwarya Rai, and she is a noted Indian movie and television star. As you can see, she is a most talented lady! Enjoy! Jorge. 12/10/02   Read more
New Model – Longines VHP Perpetual Calendar Longines has added its patented VHP (Very High Precision) technology to the newest addition to the Flagship range. The VHP’s accuracy is 20 times more than standard quartz. These watches are fitted with 10 year lithium batteries, and the computer chip is... Read more
  New Model – Jean Perret Doublette Jean Perret Montres is located in Geneva, Switzerland and has maintained its independence in an increasingly monolithic industry. Owned by the Buser family of Switzerland, it has for over 100 years manufactured medium-tiered watches. All Jean Perret watches are manufactured in Switzerland.... Read more
New Model – Atlantic Seacrest Automatic Atlantic continues to add interesting, and well priced, mechanical watches to its lineup. The Seacrest is housed in a 37mm case, in steel with a sapphire crystal and a display back (mineral). Movement is an automatic ETA 2824-2. MSRP is 240 Euros. 12/9/02... Read more
New Model – Tissot T-Collection Steely New from Tissot, is this ETA quartz powered watch, the Steely. It augments Tissot’s T-Collection for ladies. The case is stainless steel, and is available with or without diamonds, and a mother-of-pearl dial. MSRP starts at $395, $795 for the diamond model. 12/9/02... Read more
Antiquorum Worldwide Watch Sales Realize an Astounding US$ 88,000,000 in 2002! Antiquorum New York’s total watch sales reach US$ 10,000,000 in 2002!Antiquorum, New York, Dec 4-5, 2002 Auction Total: US$3’172’313 (SFr.4’758’469) (New York, NY)—Antiquorum’s 2002 auction season ended on a high note with a sale of Important Collector’s Pocket Watches,... Read more
New Model – CK Bold Automatic   Calvin Klein watches, licensed to the Swatch Group, has produced its first ever automatic model, the CK Bold. Movement is an automatic ETA 2892-A2, the case size is 41mm and it comes in a limited edition of 2002 watches. MSRP is $420.... Read more