Glashütte Original, the Swatch Group-owned firm that emerged from the end of Cold War-era nationalization of Germany’s top watchmaking companies, has had modern success with vintage-styled models like the Sixties and Seventies, which hearken back to the “Spezimatic” watches from those pre-unification decades. This year, the Saxon manufacture adds an entirely new and sporty collection called “Spezialist,” debuting with new SeaQ line of dive watches, which Glashütte Original will showcase at the WatchTime New York collectors event on October 25-26.
Alpina has recently introduced the Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph , a bi-compax monopusher chronograph that draws inspiration from the brand’s rich history.
Schaffhausen-based H. Moser & Cie. gave the watchmaking world its most elegantly minimalist perpetual calendar in 2005
Given the sheer amount of independent watchmaking brands that have emerged in the 21st century, many people fail to realize that a small number of these firms actually date back to the mid-1990s. Among those pioneering companies that are still going strong is Urwerk , a brand that was founded in 1997 through a partnership between the watchmaking talents of Felix Baumgartner and the aesthetic eye of designer Martin Frei. Baumgartner and Frei have continued their work uninterrupted over the past 22 years and have established a well-deserved reputation for pushing the limits of traditional time displays, advancing watchmaking through their out-of-the-box creations that combine a distinctive design language and an avant-garde approach to watchmaking
As part of its just-announced relationship with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, Breitling has unveiled the Aviator 8 Etihad Limited Edition in black steel. This is a limited edition of 500 pieces and features stylized Arabic numerals on the dial, as is the norm with most Middle East editions
Ever since I began writing this column, I’ve wanted to cover the Seiko 5.
The Rugby World Cup is a men’s rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. As the official timekeeper of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan (September 20 to November 2), Tudor will equip all participating referees with a Black Bay Chrono in Steel ( see WatchTime’s review from 2018 )
Despite a recent focus on high horology found in watches like the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral , one of the mainstays within the Carl F.
Bovet Fleurier paid modern tribute to the so-called “easel” chronometer — a 1930 pocketwatch with a patented balance that served as a transitional piece between the eras of pocketwatches and wristwatches — with its 19Thirty collection, introduced earlier this year in steel cases. The newest versions feature rose gold cases in the maison’s emblematic Fleurier style, along with its hallmark Fleurisanne engraving on the dials
Earlier this week, Vacheron Constantin and WatchTime hosted a private cocktail party for readers and brand clients at the Lido House hotel in Newport Beach, California. Attending guests were able to explore the full range of Vacheron’s current offerings, from the latest Overseas models, to timepieces from the Patrimony, Traditionelle, and FiftySix families.