Luxury watches

Private Equity Firm Buys Out Breitling – Rapaport

RAPAPORT… CVC Capital Partners has bought an 80% stake in family-owned Swiss watchmaker Breitling SA, the private equity firm said Friday. While details of the transaction were not disclosed, Reuters cited an unnamed source valuing the deal at $875 million (EUR 800 million). CVC expects to drive Breitling’s growth in existing and new markets through the digitization of its marketing and distribution channels, explained Daniel Pindur, CVC’s managing director….

Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017

London investors buy Breitling – Jewellery Focus

Loss of EU workers would be a ‘huge blow 7 days ago Anja Potze shortlisted for Small Award 2 weeks ago London-based private equity group CVC Capital Partners has bought a controlling stake in Breitling for a reported €800m (£677m). Breitling’s CEO…

Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017

BRIEF-CVC Capital agrees to acquire 80 pct stake in Breitling SA – Reuters

April 28 CVC Capital Partners Ltd: * CVC Fund vi has agreed to acquire an 80 pct stake in Breitling SA * Financial terms of transaction were not disclosed. * As part of the transaction, Théodore Schneider will re-invest for a 20 pct shareholding in Breitling. * Closing of transaction is subject to approval by relevant competition authorities and is expected for June 2017. Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)

Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tudor Vintage Design + Breitling Base Caliber = New Tudor Black Bay Chronograph – Watchtime.com

Two of the watch world’s heavyweights have pooled their expertise to develop one of Baselworld 2017’s most buzzed-about new releases. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph adds a new, sporty complication to the popular Black Bay collection, and does so with the aid of a new movement sourced not from big brother Rolex but from stopwatch specialist Breitling.   Outwardly, the Tudor Black Bay Chronograph boasts all of the vintage-inspired features that Black…

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017

The Navitimer Breitling DC-3 – The Hindu

In the race to stand out, Swiss watch companies are known for their innovation—both in horology as well as building a story around a watch to make it more covetable. Aviation watches are known for their technical abilities; called chronographs because they also function as stopwatches, they often come with up to three sub-dials to measure seconds, movable bezels and many more complications. But what they are also known for…

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017

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