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SIHH 2017: Ulysse Nardin

At its debut SIHH Ulysse Nardin focuses on its deeply held ability to craft fine enamel dials. The newest Classico Manufacture attests to that skill with its rich blue Grand Feu enamel dial made by the Ulysse Nardin company Donzé Cadrans, an enamel dial specialist. The 40mm steel watch displays …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Ressence

With a cushion-shaped case and a slightly thinner (11.5mm) case than its earlier iteration, the Ressence Type 1 Squared is effectively this brand’s first dress watch. And at 41mm in diameter it could also be considered the first unisex case for the Belgium-based maker technically unusual timepieces.<p>…

Watches

SIHH 2017: Greubel Forsey, Part II

In addition to the band’s show highlight, the titanium Grande Sonnerie, which we introduced to you last week, Greubel Forsey has also added new models in several of its best-known collections and have also debuted an interesting new Art Piece. At the same time the brand introduced Mechanical Nano, …

Watches

IWC at SIHH 2017: New Da Vinci Updates

While we previewed many of the new 2017 Da Vinci watches from IWC last month, the remaining Da Vinci updates have been unveiled this week in Geneva at the SIHH. These include:<p><b>The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph</b><br>This 18-karat red gold watch combines a classic tourbillon with a retrograde date …

Watches

A. Lange & Söhne at SIHH 2017: Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite

Highlighting its 2017 SIHH debuts, German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne has added a perpetual calendar to its already complex Tourbograph Pour Le Mérite, which in 2005 was the first wrist watch to ever incorporate a fusée-and-chain transmission with a tourbillon and a rattrapante chronograph.<p>The …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Montblanc Expands TimeWalker

In addition to the bronze-tinged 1858 collection Montblanc previewed last month, Montblanc has expanded its racing-focused TimeWalker line for 2017. Here are the highlights:<p><b>TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100</b><br>This 50mm titanium wristwatch can be converted into a pocket …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Baume & Mercier

<b>Clifton GMT Power Reserve</b><p>Baume & Mercier expands its Clifton collection at SIHH 2017 with a useful dual-time complication. This blue-dialed 43mm steel watch offers a cleaner-dialed echo of the firm’s much-discussed Clifton Chronograph Complete Calendar from last year, which wowed many observers …

Watches

Jaquet Droz Painted Roosters

To celebrate the Chinese New Year (2017 is the year of the rooster) Jaquet Droz introduces four artisanal these Petite Heure Minute Rooster watches in its Ateliers d’Art collection. Two of the models pay tribute to miniature painting and are offered in red gold with an ivory enamel dial and with or …

Art

SIHH 2017 Preview: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Part II

In addition to the array of new options within its Rendez-Vous collection, Jaeger-LeCoultre at SIHH 2017 will add a flying tourbillon to its Geophysic Universal Time watch to create the new Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time.<p>You’ll recall that the original Geophysic model, sans tourbillon, hit the …

Watches

Two Chronographs From Mido

As one of the Swatch Group’s popularly priced brands, the under-appreciated Mido marque has long offered high quality at very reasonable prices. Here are two chronographs that underscore that reputation.<p>Powered by a chronometer certified (COSC) Valjoux 7750 movement, only 999 of the Mido Commander …

Watches

SIHH 2017: Greubel Forsey Debuts First Repeater

As the first-ever Greubel Forsey watch with a repeater function, the Greubel Forsey Grande Sonnerie could be considered a pinnacle of the eleven-year-old brand’s offerings given the complex nature of a full-on grand sonnerie. As a work in progress ever since Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey joined …

Titanium

Early SIHH 2017: Christophe Claret Maestro

From its perch within the Carré des Horlogers wing at the SIHH 2017, Christophe Claret next week will debut a stunning companion to the intricate Maestoso seen in 2015. In the new watch, called Maestro, Claret eschews the Maestoso’s traditional detent escapement for a colorful blue or red anodized …

Fashion

SIHH 2017 Preview: Vacheron Constantin

<b>Traditionnelle Minute Repeater Tourbillon</b><p>First revealed late last year, this newest addition to Geneva watchmaker’s Traditionnelle collection (which showcases Vacheron Constantin’s haute horology) combines two classic complications: minute repeater and tourbillon. The watch, with a one-minute …

Watches

Richard Mille’s ProArt Watch Case Manufacturing Plant is Unlike Any Other

A visit to the Richard Mille ProArt watch case manufacturing plant is the best way of understanding what it takes to create a top-end luxury brand.<p>On the face of it, the ultra-modern plant, located in Les Breuleux, a village amidst the beauty and solitude of the Swiss Jura landscape, conforms to …

Manufacturing

Seiko Solar Chronograph

Although they may not look alike, these two variations on Seiko’s Solar Chronograph share a common core with the light-powered and quartz controlled chronograph mechanisms within. With an ability to run up to six months without exposure to light, these solar-powered options not only save money and …

Watches

Ulysse Nardin Diver Black Sea

Ulysse Nardin’s Diver Black Sea brings a bold combination of ceramic, rubber and steel together in a somewhat playful take on a waterborne luxury watch. Purists might argue that the new release is not technically a “diver” – and they would be correct. Without a unidirectional bezel marked with a …

Black Sea

Frederique Constant Runabout Limited Edition

In 2009, Frederique Constant began a partnership with the Riva Historical Society. The goal of this charitable group is to help the owners conserve vintage Riva runabout boats in the best possible way. Frederique Constant commemorates the classic runabouts with an annual release of a nautically …

Stainless Steel

G-Shocking in Tokyo

<b>Take a walk with us through the city’s Harajuku district of the Shibuya ward with Casio’s head of design Ryusuke Moriai to learn about how city inspires his watch designs</b><p>Tokyo is a big city. Really big. It’s so big, in fact, that it’s not a actually a city at all, but rather a “metropolitan …

Japan

Towson Watch Company Pride II

With a shape that demands your attention and a winch for a crown, Towson’s Pride II is definitely not your typical timepiece. Inspired by the re-constructed Pride Of Baltimore topsail schooner, the Pride II recalls the unique history of the speedy “Baltimore Clipper” topsail schooners from the …

Watches

Richard Mille To Open Boutique In New York

Richard Mille will open its first boutique in New York City in late 2017 at 46 East 57th Street on the retail side of the 432 Park Avenue building. The building is currently the tallest residential tower in the Western hemisphere. The street-level Richard Mille boutique space will measures nearly …

New York City

ZODIAC Sea Dragon

Admired as one of the most legendary collections in the ZODIAC portfolio, the Sea Dragon represents a fresh interpretation of the original and features a classic retro case of proportion and simplicity, with a variety of dial options over a Swiss Made caliber 1-11 automatic movement.<p>Available with …

Fish

Dietrich OT (Organic Time)

Retro styles may be popular, but don’t tell that to team Dietrich. This relatively new brand’s ‘organic’ multi-part case and layered dial have been an instant success and a worthy stand out in a sea of me-too designs. The OT watches are not diver’s or pilot’s types, they are not classical, or even …

Food

Teutonic Tolerance

<b>UTS has achieved cult status among dive watch collectors.</b><p>To manufacture a dive watch that safely reaches depths that, frankly, very few men or women actually visit underwater requires the use of a case with strictly calculated tolerances and carefully judged designs. Water under pressure is …

Watches

Vostok-Europe Energia

Named for and inspired by the world's most powerful booster rocket, the Energia, this new watch from Vostok-Europe is the brand’s most exciting release since the Lunokhod 2.<p>The standout feature for this new aggressive timepiece from Vostok-Europe is the way the tritium tubes are mounted. Tritium …

Inside Chelsea Clock

The Chelsea Clock Company has been making clocks for home dwellers and seafarers alike since 1897. The company had existed in two prior incarnations as the Harvard Clock Company and then the Boston Clock Company. Charles Pearson took the helm and it has been the Chelsea Clock Company ever since.<p>The …

Time Travel

Tissot Le Locle Regulateur

The Tissot Le Locle Regulateur is another member of the Le Locle family of watches named after Tissot's home in the Swiss Jura Mountains. The Regulateur design emphasizes the minutes and is a nod to the original and highly accurate "Regulateur" clocks used in workshops in the eighteenth and …

Swatch

Hands On: Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Automatic

Hamilton walks a fine line with its 2016 novelty, the Frogman Auto. Part of the brand’s Khaki Navy collection, the Frogman Auto 46mm is the larger of two new dive references that successfully balance modern functionality with historic homage. The result genuflects in brief to Hamilton’s past …

Reactor Watch: Tough with Style

One of our favorite American-owned brands continues to diversify as it continues to craft watches tougher than your average timepiece. One challenge of putting all of your eggs in the ‘tough’ basket is to create a line of watches that can be sold on the merit of excellent design as well as robust …

Breguet Expands Tradition Dame Collection

Breguet’s Tradition collection flaunts its old-fashioned open dial layout that exposes the movement’s going train and escapement to recall traditional 18th century and 19th century pocket watches. The collection has been a hit since its debut in 2005. Last year, when Breguet added a 37mm jeweled …

Little Treasury Jewelers Hosts Bremont Co-Founder Nick English

Watch enthusiasts and Anglophiles gathered at Washington/Baltimore’s Little Treasury to meet Nick English, co-founder of Bremont Watches and enjoy English ales and the classic British punch, Pimm’s Cup.<p>Invitees to Time Out Bremont got a first look at the new Bremont DH-88 chronometer. The limited …