New Model – Eberhard Chrono 4 Bellissimo A more elegant and dressier model than the original Chrono 4, this Eberhard comes in a 40mm X 13.5mm steel case. Other case variations are white and pink 18kt gold. It features a curved sapphire crystal with AR coating and water resistance... Read more
New Model – Wyler Vetta Bel-Air Chronograph Wyler Vetta, a company part of the Sector Group, has introduced this new automatic chronograph with an ETA 2894 base caliber. It is also available as a time-only model with an ETA 2824 base caliber. The case is in steel, with sapphire... Read more
New Model – JLC Master Réserve de Marche Diadem Collection Movement is an automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 928, 45 jewels (256 parts) crafted, polished and decorated by hand, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a power-reserve of 40 hours. The rotor is in 22kt gold. Functions are hours, minutes,... Read more
New Model – Jacques Etoile Venus Maximus Chronograph The new Venus Maximus Chronograph, with its classic porcelain style white dial featuring Roman Numerals and a red ’12’, joins Jacques Etoile’s four other Maximus models, and is the latest limited edition (50 pieces) in their popular series of Venus Chronographs.... Read more
New Model – Pre-Basel 2003 – Omega Speedmaster L.E. Schumacher The latest addition to the Speedmaster line, the 2003 limited-edition Speedmaster Day-Date Racing is a tribute to Michael Schumacher’s historic fifth Formula 1World Championship title. The familiar Speedmaster case in stainless steel houses a dial dedicated to Formula 1:... Read more
New Models – Auguste Reymond (ARSA) Rumba Chronographs While the alarm model was introduced at last year’s Basel, this new year sees the addition of two chronographs to the Rumba line. Valjoux 7750 Caliber model Valjoux 7751 Caliber model Both models feature sapphire crystals, display backs, and water resistance... Read more
New Model – Jacques Etoile Monaco Lunarium Chronograph Jacques Etoile, the noted German manufacturer of complicated mechanical watches, has added a dazzling new moonphase chronograph to its line-up. Functions are hour, minute, constant seconds, moonphase and chronograph. The movement is an automatic JE Calibre IV.C2 (based on a Valjoux... Read more
New Model – Jacques Etoile Lissabon Medium Maximus Jacques Etoile continues to dazzle watch enthusiasts with its beautiful pieces. The Lissabon Medium Maximus is the latest addition the Maximus family. The case size is 37mm x 8.5mm. The movement is a restored, modified and decorated, New Old Stock Unitas... Read more
New Pre-Basel 2003 – Bvlgari Diagono 2000 Meter Scuba Introducing the new Bvlgari Diagono Professional Scuba Diving, which is water resistant to 2,000 meters. Housed in a steel case 42mm in diameter, the case features a helium escape valve and a curved sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective coating. Movement is... Read more
New Model – Fortis B-42 Flieger Alarm Chronograph Fortis latest addition to the B-42 line is this model with movable bezel. It is equipped with the Fortis automatic alarm chronograph caliber F-2001 with decorated movement parts and rotor. It features an alarm function indicator, central-stop seconds, 30-minute counter, and... Read more
Pre-Basel 2003 – Omega AC Racing Chronograph Well, since our good friends can’t wait until tomorrow…. 🙂 Here is the newest Omega Seamaster America’s Cup Racing Chronograph in titanium and rubber. This is a unique model in the Seamaster collection developed in conjunction with the crew of Team New... Read more
New Model – Glashutte Original Julius Assmann 3 On the occasion of the famous Glashütte watchmaker Julius Assmann’s birthday, the master watchmakers at Glashütte Original have created a new “pièce de résistance” for the company’s legendary Assmann Edition. The dial displays off-center hours and minutes at 6 o’clock, seconds... Read more
Breitling’s New Navitimer – A Return to Old Traditions Here’s Breitling’s latest interpretation of its classic Navitimer chronograph. Using the more familiar layout of 3,6,9 for the sub-dials (tri-compax layout in the vernacular), this model is equipped with the Caliber 23, that at 25 jewels, is most probably a... Read more
New Model – Omega Launches Aqua Terra Jewellery The Aqua Terra jewellery models are available in 18kt yellow gold or stainless steel with two different case sizes: 35mm and 28mm. For each size and metal there are three versions featuring a mother-of-pearl dial which has 11 large diamond hour... Read more
Industry News – Sotheby’s Logs Out of Ebay Deal Apparently, when it comes to online auctions of fine art, jewelry and watches, there are more browsers than buyers. Having learned that the hard way, Sotheby’s Holdings is pulling the plug on Sothebys.com, its unprofitable joint online-auction venture with Ebay.... Read more
Industry News – China’s Relentless Progress in Exporting Mechanical Watches Mainland China is home to around 20 makers of mechanical watches. Most suppliers are concentrated in the provinces of Liaoning, Tianjin, Shanghai and Zhejiang. The mainland’s output reached 25.4 million units last year. Chinese manufacturers have said that they... Read more
Industry News – Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Apollo XVII Omega’s legendary “Moon Watch” – flight-qualified by NASA for manned spaceflight missions in 1965 and the only watch ever to be worn on the moon, has a new addition. This limited-edition model commemorates the 30th anniversary of the last man to... Read more
New Models – Zeno Tonneau Chronograph and Sahara Chronograph Zeno’s newest additions are this Tonneau shaped automatic chronograph that features a Dubois-Depraz Caliber 2025 (base ETA 2824-2) with 49 jewels. It has a power reserve of 38 hours. The case size is 35mm X 41mm X 12mm. The crystal... Read more
New Model – Baume & Mercier CapeLand S Titanium The CapeLand chronograph line now includes a titanium and rose gold model (Ref. MOA08320). The case is in titanium, while the crown, pushers and bezel are in 18kt rose gold. Featuring a COSC certified Valjoux 7750 caliber with 40 hour... Read more
Industry News – Tiffany Acts Against Internet Sales of Counterfeits Tiffany & Co., the international luxury jeweler, watchmaker and retailer, has gotten federal court injunctions to stop Internet sales of counterfeits of its jewelry, allegedly sold by a Philadelphia jewelry company, said Tiffany and its attorneys in an announcement.... Read more
Industry News – Breitling Emergency Watch Aids in Rescue Reuters reports that earlier this week, two British pilots, Squadron Ldr. Steve Brooks and Flight Lt. Hugh Quentin-Smith, crashed their helicopter in Antarctica and were rescued after activating their Breitling Emergency transmitter watches. The two pilots were in their lifeboat... Read more
New Model – Omega Museum Collection Chronograph Ref. 5702.50.02 is the newest addition to Omega’s Museum Collection of “hommage” pieces. This new chronograph comes in stainless steel with a brown leather strap. This watch is a re-edition of a rare chronograph from 1945. Case size is 38.4mm and features... Read more
Industry News – Chase Durer Couture Chronographs To the delight of many an armchair Top Gun, Chase Durer has introduced new models for its Couture Collection, featuring diamonds and mother of pearl dials. Powered by Valjoux 7751 and 7750 automatic chronograph movements, the solid gold cases bristle with anywhere... Read more
Industry News – Seiko Introduces Underwater Lap Counter At the 9th Pan-Pacific Swimming Championships, as official timer, Seiko introduced a newly developed underwater lap counter. Until now, in 800 and 1,500 meter events, “turn” inspectors for each lane have been responsible for monitoring the number of laps, and for... Read more
Industry News – Orbita Releases 1st Upgradeable Multi-Head Watchwinder Orbita Corporation today released the Sienna and the Monaco series, the watch industry’s first watchwinders with interchangeable drive heads, allowing complete expandability for a growing automatic watch collection. Each unit features full controls and electronics for one to six drive... Read more
New Model – Lorenz Escalier Lorenz, the noted Italian watch maker, has added these unusually shaped watches to its collection. Featuring steel cases (316L) and mineral crystal, with Swiss quartz movement, and backs that are secured with four screws. The colorful dials have a central portion done in guilloche.... Read more
Industry News Alert – Bill Gates Unveils Watches In his keynote address at the 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates outlined his vision for “Smart Living” in the Digital Decade, showcasing innovations that included a new generation of wristwatches based... Read more
Industry News – Basel Show 2003 Complaints As the watch industry prepares for the most important show of the year, the big news out of Basel is the on-going shifting of exhibitor space. As many as twenty exhibitors are being moved out of the main floor Halle 1.0, and... Read more
New Model – Japy Type 32 Bugatti Frederic Japy devoted his life to inventing and developing machine tools to improve the manufacture of his watches. As a result, in 1777 he founded the first factory in the world for manufacturing watch movements, thus revolutionizing the watch industry.  140 years... Read more
Industry News – Vacheron Constantin’s New Factory Vacheron Constantin has given shape to its project for a new international headquarters and workshops in Geneva by digging up the traditional first spadeful of earth on the site at Plan-les-Ouates, in the Geneva countryside. According to Vacheron, its primary concern is... Read more
Industry News – Jean Lassale Resurrected Jean Lassale, who in 1976 created the then world’s thinnest movement, is back in business in Switzerland again. The Lassale name had been sold to the Seiko Group in the 1980’s. Pierre Mathys, who designed the original, has unearthed a cache of new... Read more
New Models – Nina Ricci “Black” Nina Ricci is a noted French fashion house (founded in 1948, and now owned by the Puig Group of Spain). It’s new collection of ladies watches is titled “Black”, and feature Swiss ETA quartz movements. Prices start at 250 Euros. 1/9/03 Read more
Industry News – F1 Champion Alain Prost New TAG-Heuer Ambassador Alain Prost, 4 time world F1 champion, and winner of over 199 Grand Prix races, has signed up with TAG-Heuer. Mr. Prost will wear the new TAG-Heuer Sport Vision glasses and the Kirium F1 watch, amongst others in the... Read more
New Models – Caterpillar “Big Twist” Caterpillar’s latest is the new “Big Twist” line, which is distinguished by an oversized crown of injected rubber with stainless steel. Water resistant to 50 meters, the “Big Twist” is available in 2 versions: time-only and multifunction day, date and 24 hour time... Read more
Industry News – Chopard USA New Headquarters Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Chopard has purchased a five-story mansion in New York City to house its North American headquarters. It had been located at Rockefeller Center, but had outgrown that space. Chopard USA President Thierry Chaunu said the new facility, located... Read more
New Model – Bally “Every” Bally, the noted Swiss maker of leather goods, has an agreement with Mondaine of Switzerland (of Swiss Railroad Watch fame) to produce watches under their label. The latest addition to Bally’s collection of automatic & quartz watches is the “Every”, which is available in... Read more
New Model – Zodiac Calame Sport Chronograph Zodiac Watches, which was acquired by the Fossil Group in 2001, has released a completely new line of watches. Zodiac was founded in Le Locle in 1882. The Calame line, named after the company’s founder, Ariste Calame, features sport watches in time-only... Read more
Industry News – Pierre Kunz’s New Boutique and Atelier Pierre Kunz, known for his signature retrograde pieces, and part of Franck Muller Watchland, has opened his new boutique and atelier in Geneva. Total estimated production for 2003 will be about 1,000 watches, almost half of them complicated models. The... Read more
New Model – Panerai Radiomir Seconds Counter Using a NOS Omega movement, the “Seconds Counter” is the newest addition to Panerai’s ever increasing collection. It features a 60 seconds chronograph function. The movement is a 1970’s Omega Caliber 920 with 17 jewels, beating at 21,600 bph. It has an... Read more
New Model – Golay Spierer Equation of Time Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Longines, Patek and now, Golay Spierer have produced EOT complications. The Equation Of Time was developed to explain and compensate for the discrepancy between true solar time and mean solar time. The true solar day is the length... Read more