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.
Tudor today announced a new limited-edition timepiece made to commemorate their partnership with the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. The Black Bay Chrono Dark Limited Edition is the first limited edition Tudor has ever produced, which in and of itself is unique. The watch is stainless steel and measures the same as the original…
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
Just as a strap change is a quick and easy way to mix up the look of your watch and freshen it, playing around with the dial on an watch can do much the same. Of course, that’s not a 30-second operation, and if you’re doing it yourself, there’s a lot more sweat equity involved. But hey, brands can do it as well, right?
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.
Yesterday, Urwerk debuted their latest timepiece, the smallest and most wearable timepiece they’ve ever offered, the UR-100 Spacetime. At 41mm in diameter by 14 mm in thickness and 49.7 mm in length the case dimensions are much closer to a round watch than most Urwerk timepiece, nevertheless, they still were able to design a timepiece…