Luxury watches

Tudor And Breitling: Two Sports Watch Manufacturers Unexpectedly − But Not For The First Time − Sharing Movements … – Quill & Pad

Watch brands sharing movements wasn’t always such big news. In fact, until recently it was absolutely the norm. In the early days of the so-called mechanical renaissance, less than a handful of brands manufactured their own movements. This meant that almost every watch brand either bought movements from a third-party supplier like ETA or from the few brands that manufactured movements and were willing to share for economies of scale….

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017

Vacheron Constantin Americas Appoints New President – JCK

Leslie Kobrin has joined Vacheron Constantin as president of Vacheron Constantin Americas. Her appointment is part of a new regional structure within the Swiss watchmaker. Kobrin will oversee Vacheron Constantin in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She takes over from Vincent Brun, who has headed the Richemont-owned brand’s North American operations since June 2014.  He will leave the company at the end of April. Prior to joining Vacheron,…

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017

Breitling unveils its hi-tech looking wonder, Colt Racer, at Baselworld – South China Morning Post

The hi-tech looking Colt Racer from Breitling makes its debut at Baselworld. Fulfilling all the functions of a tool watch, comfortable, durable, legible, and reliable, this high-performance timepiece with a military background – it’s reminiscent of the MXS-R “Skyracer”, the high-performance plane on the Breitling Racing Team flown by aerobatics rising star Mika Brageot in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship – retains all the qualities of an authentic…

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017

Updated Breitling Superocean Heritage II Watches With Tudor … – Editorial (press release) (registration) (blog)

The Breitling Superocean Heritage is a classic diver’s watch that’s now celebrating its 70th anniversary with a slight design refresh and a brand-new movement developed with Tudor watches. The new Breitling caliber B20 is derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in their Black Bay watches, among others. In fact, Tudor’s new Black Bay chronograph borrows from the Breitling B01 caliber as part of what I call their “movement exchange…

Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jetex Appointed as Handling Partner for Breitling DC-3 World Tour in the UAE – PR Newswire (press release)

     (Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/481384/Jetex_Breitling_DC_3.jpg ) “We are delighted to be a part of history in the making as the Breitling DC-3 establishes itself as the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe. This partnership underlines our shared commitment and passion for the aviation industry, and the Jetex promise of delivering the highest standards of service,” said Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex. Commenting on the DC-3 world tour,…

Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Vacheron Constantin’s Latest Super-Complication Is the Ultimate Astronomic Watch – Robb Report

With its latest astronomical super-complication, Vacheron Constantin reaches for the stars and then some. “As a company we seem to like astronomical complications,” says Christian Selmoni, head of creation at Vacheron Constantin. “They offer some interesting possibilities for us to create things that are new.” In the face of Vacheron Constantin’s latest ultra-complicated timepiece—perhaps best described as the ultimate astronomic wristwatch constructed to date—Selmoni’s remarks can only be construed as…

Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Panerai unveils stunning concept watch at SIHH, the Lab-ID, in a limited edition of 50 pieces – South China Morning Post

Very few watch brands have achieved as much as Officine Panerai has, based on just two main collections. The Italian manufacture, with its roots in Italian naval history, has stayed very true to the DNA of the Luminor and Radiomir, each year offering subtle new features that have kept fans happy and hungry for more. At this year’s SIHH, the manufacturer unveiled its stunning concept Lab-ID Luminor 1950…

Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Watch – Editorial (press release) (registration) (blog)

Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand. Split-second chronographs are coveted not so…

Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017

The NEW Breitling Chronomat 38 SleekT for the Woman in Control – SENATUS

By Scott Campbell For the last 30 years, the Breitling Chronomat has firmly established itself as the ultimate aviator’s chronograph. Created in 1984 for elite international pilots, the Chronomat is the brand’s leading model, fronting a world dedicated to performance, sporting feats and surpassing personal limits. Continuing on its spirit of aviation, with its blend of sportsmanship and sheer class, Breitling has reinterpreted its grand classic in a new model with…

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Legendary Dakota DC-3 lands in Tel Aviv on Breitling World Tour – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Three legs into its record-breaking world tour, Breitling’s 77-year-old DC-3 landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday for its first Middle East stop on a world tour. The Douglas DC-3 began its tour in Geneva and will be flying across the world, landing in 28 countries at 55 different airports between March and September 2017. This effort is not only to promote the company’s special edition Navitimer watch,…

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Vacheron Constantin Overseas – Watchtime.com

The 1970s were trying times for the world of mechanical watchmaking. With the Quartz Crisis in full swing, sales declining, and many brands closing up shop, one of Switzerland’s most cherished industries was facing down a bleak and tenuous future. And while the changes of the times were disastrous for many, others fought back and faced down uncertainty by responding with greatness. This is what brought the market the Audemars…

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Haute Watch of the Week: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph – Haute Time

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is probably the most sportive model by the brand. Vacheron Constantin launched the Overseas collection in 1996, adding the chronograph model in 1999. In many ways it is the spiritual successor of the “222”, the steel sports watch that Vacheron Constantin introduced in 1977 to celebrate the brands, you guessed it, 222nd birthday! While the current Overseas Chronograph, introduced in 2016, is a more modern…

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

The history behind complicated wristwatches – The Australian Financial Review

If you want more exclusivity than that, possibly the pièce de résistance of 2017 comes from Van Cleef & Arpels, which unveiled its first “Extraordinary Object” at SIHH, the Automate Fée Ondine. Extraordinary it most certainly is, a whimsical testament to jewellery and watchmaking skills, not that you’d fit it on your wrist. Rather, it’s a table-top one-off that occupied enamellers, stone-cutters and specialist cabinet-makers for the best part of…

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Zagreb First Stop on Breitling DC-3 World Tour – Croatia Week (press release) (blog)

Breitling DC-3 starts its World Tour this week. The Croatian capital Zagreb will be the first stop on the world tour of the cult Douglas DC-3 plane from the Breitling watchmaker which is celebrating its 77th birthday. The Douglas DC-3 will perform a round the world trip between March and September this year, as it promotes the new special edition of its ‘Navitimer’ watch, which has a close connection with…

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Million-Dollar Minute Repeater: Vacheron Constantin’s First-Ever Grande Sonnerie Wristwatch – Forbes

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860. Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 is the company’s first grande sonnerie for the wrist, but by no means is it the company’s first chiming watch. Vacheron is the oldest Swiss watch company, founded in 1755, and it was making pocket watches with grande and petite sonnerie mechanisms as early as 1827. The company has developed hundreds of innovative movements…

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Breitling watch and jewellery stolen from house in Biggins Wood Road, Folkestone – Kent Online

A Breitling watch with a Gurkha regimental badge on it was stolen in a reported burglary. The police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the incident which happened in Biggins Wood Road, Folkestone, between 6.30pm and 10.45pm on Friday, February 24.  Other jewellery was stolen in the raid, and it is believed that thieves broke into the address through the back door.  A Breitling watch. Picture: Kent Police…

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017

SkyNext: Pilot Must-Haves – Flying Magazine

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Chinese drama star Wallace Huo is Panerai’s first brand ambassador – South China Morning Post

One of the most popular celebrities on the Chinese screen, Wallace Huo is now Officine Panerai’s brand ambassador for Greater China. Huo is the brand’s first official ambassador. A star in the upcoming Chinese television drama series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, Huo first rose to fame in the Taiwanese drama series At Dolphin Bay in 2003. The actor, singer and producer is best known for…

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017

Million-Dollar Minute Repeater: Vacheron Constantin’s First-Ever Grande Sonnerie Wristwatch – Forbes

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860. Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie 1860 is the company’s first grande sonnerie for the wrist, but by no means is it the company’s first chiming watch. Vacheron is the oldest Swiss watch company, founded in 1755, and it was making pocket watches with grande and petite sonnerie mechanisms as early as 1827. The company has developed hundreds of innovative movements…

Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Oracle Team USA and Panerai Unveil New America’s Cup Class Boat, New Watches for 35th America’s Cup – Forbes

Just last week in Bermuda, where this year’s 35th America’s Cup competition is slated to take place throughout June, Officine Panerai — Official Watch of the 35th America’s Cup and of Oracle Team USA – joined forces with the team to unveil the all-new America’s Cup Class boat, complete with all-new signage on the sails recognizing the brand’s support. Additionally, Panerai is the Official Watch of Softbank Team Japan (skippered…

Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017