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BASELNEWS 2009 Jaeger-LeCoultre - A new “1000 Hours Chrono” label

(04/2009) In order to guarantee the precision that their avant-garde escapement contributes to the Master Grande Tradition line, Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen to reinforce its famous “1000 Hours” test. This extremely stringent set of tests currently serves to guarantee watches from the Grande Maison in terms of their water resistance, their shock resistance, their power reserve, their smooth operation in real wearing conditions, and of course their precision.

BASELNEWS 2009 UNION GLASHÜTTE - Perfect understatement

(03/2009) Simply time. Noramis by UNION GLASHÜTTE is the German watchmaker's first collection that includes both men's and ladies' models. Consistently simple and classic in design, these watches focus on the essential: displaying the hours and minutes. Perfect understatement expressed by a timeless design and high quality craftsmanship, continued inside the watch.

BASELNEWS Eterna KonTiki Date - even an adventurer wants to know the date

(03/2009) Eterna is adding a second date display watch to its KonTiki collection – the KonTiki Date. With its new creation, the watchmaker is enhancing this line of classic timepieces, whose emblematic triangular indices have come to characterise Eterna over the past half-century or more. The indices and hands are coated with a luminous material for optimum legibility at all times, even under poor lighting conditions.


(03/2009) Linear. Compelling. Defined. Famous for having introduced ceramics into watchmaking, the Integral line by Rado now features a new chronograph. Attractive in its simplicity and spontaneity. The case appears from the front like two silver lines enclosing the crystal, reinforcing the model’s linearity. A feeling of verticality.

BASELNEWS: Eterna Spherodrive with ball bearing-mounted spring barrel design

(03/2009) Eterna is presenting its Eterna Spherodrive innovation, as fitted to the Madison Three-Hands, at the Baselworld 2009. The spring barrel’s new bearing receives its first application in Eterna’s own calibre 3505 movement. The core element of a mechanical watch, its energy source, is simple, lubricant-free and very efficiently mounted. Eterna has been setting new standards for quality and longevity ever since launching its legendary Eterna Matic rotor system, which first appeared in 1948.

BASELNEWS: It is hip to be square - The Tissot Quadrato Chrono Valjoux

(03/2009) Tissot offers convincing proof of the timeless style of square wristwatches in the form of the Tissot Quadrato Chrono Valjoux. The right-angled form of the case literally frames a masterpiece of precision timekeeping, the Swiss Valjoux chronograph movement. With this addition to its successful Tissot Quadrato Collection, Tissot presents a new chapter in a history of square timepieces dating back to the 1920s.

BASELNEWS: How Tutima makes steel even tougher

(03/2009) Uncompromising mechanical quality combined with maximum functionality is the watchword at Tutima. Based on more than 70 years’ experience in the manufacture of professional chronographs, Tutima can deliver the reliability that has won the trust of top-level sportsmen and NATO pilots.
Two new Tutima Classic models can cope with even the toughest of demands and come with a case made of hardened stainless steel.

BASELNEWS: Traditional Swiss brand ROAMER presents new collection R-LINE

(03/2009) At the BASELWORLD 2009 dynamic contours, warm colour nuances and ingenious accents are the dominant features at Roamer. The unmistakable design of the new R-LINE stands for the independence and authenticity of this traditional Swiss brand. It demonstrates aestheticism and prestige for individual and qualitatively discerning lifestyles.

BASELNEWS: KIENZLE 1822 Retro ladies' chronograph - – sporty, dynamic and classically charming

(03/2009) Clear, timeless design combined with the utmost precision and sporty elegance are all embodied in the new KIENZLE 1822 Retro ladies'
chronograph from the traditional German brand. The German-made Retro ladies' chronograph from KIENZLE is a watch of timeless beauty. Classic elegance combined with sporty esprit and perfectly co-ordinated colour nuances characterise its harmonious appearance.

BASELNEWS 2009 Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Lune - The kinetics of time

(03/2009) The look is contemporary, the demeanor stately. The new Masterpiece Lune Rétrograde of Maurice Lacroix introduces a new interface that is unique in its kind and that offers time measurement a generous case with a 46 mm diameter. Driven by the new Manufacture-made ML 152 movement, this timepiece is imbued with a geometric simplicity that galvanizes its mechanical complexity.

BASELNEWS: Edox celebrate their 125th anniversary with an exceptional model

(03/2009) Edox celebrate their 125th anniversary with an horological story studded with success and with inventions, some of which remain unrivalled even to this day. The slimmest calendar movement in the world, or the first watch that was water-resistant to 200 metres: such feats have made Edox veritable pioneers of watchmaking success.

BASELNEWS New World Record for automatic diving watches now stands at 6’000 Meters!

(03/2009) The time has come: during this year’s BASELWORLD 2009 Frank M. Bürgin will present the CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH™ 20’000 FEET. The 20’000 FEET reaches hitherto unthinkable dimensions. With a water resistance of 6’000 meters this timepiece clearly is in a league of its own. The challenge of the dark, unforgiving abyss was answered by a determined team of watch makers and engineers, combining state-of-the-art technology with an innovative spirit.

BASELNEWS 2009 RADO True Chronograph Platinum Matt

(03/2009) Round, the True collection is an invitation into the Rado universe. Accessible. Sensual. The chronograph is the perfect example of exact precision, a limited edition of 800 pieces. Pure and functional. Entirely ceramic, the Rado True Chronograph Platinum Matt Basel Special 2009 is platinum color, purposely treated to evoke an exceptional dull luster.

BASELNEWS FRANC VILA FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Dial-Side Column Wheel Monopusher Chronograph

(03/2009) The “Chronograph Tourbillon” treasures innovations that turn it into a completely revolutionary timekeeper. In Franc Vila’s own words, “this extraordinary timepiece will become a legend in the world of the high-end mechanical sport luxury chronograph”. This claim is justified because the watch houses the first movement in history which incorporates a chronographe with all its mechanism located in the dial side.

BASELNEWS: Mondaine meets Retro.

(03/2009) Form and function blend harmoniously in this newest shaped Retro styled legendary Mondaine watch. The immediately identifiable Mondaine dial with its signature red second hand is framed by an elegantly shaped case whose lugs smoothly fade into the integrated genuine leather strap.

BASELNEWS: Breitling Chronomat B01 - The new name for the mechanical chronograph

(03/2009) A powerful, unique and quintessential design, masterfully reinterpreted. A selfwinding chronograph movement entirely developed and crafted in the brand workshops. A stunning presence on the wrist distinguished by a blend of strength and elegance. Breitling has created a highly exclusive version of its leading Chronomat model, which is asserting itself more forcefully than ever as the benchmark in the field of mechanical chronographs.

Trilogy completed Glycine KMU Limited 09

(03/2009) The origin of the Glycine KMU 48 reaches back to the world-famous military watches of the las t century. Ten years ago, Glycine launched the first replica. Now the trilogy of the limited edition big-size classics is completed: With the new Glycine KMU Limited 09.

Milus ZETIOS Chronograph – modern classic with sporty elegance

(03/2009) The tradition-rich Swiss brand Milus is presenting a new, distinctive timepiece with stopwatch function. The masculine ZETIOS Chronograph positively radiates with powerful elegance and is a superb combination of tradition and perfectionism. In the shaping of the watch, design characteristics from the time of the foundation of the brand in 1919 were taken over and newly interpreted in compelling style.

Precisely and robustly German Engineering - Swiss Made: Primus Chronograph

(03/2009) Hanhart was, in 1924, the first watch manufacturer to launch the world's most affordable mechanical stopwatch. Hanhart put its first chronograph into production in 1938 with the legendary “Kaliber 40” single-button model, which has since become a sought-after item by both collectors and connoisseurs as a replica under the Primus name.

BASELNEWS FRANC VILA’s first ladies collection: FVt28 Jumping Hours Automatique Ivy Edition

(03/2009) The new “Tribute” collection introduces the first FRANC VILA ladies watch, in which Mr. Vila faced the challenge of designing a feminine collection for sophisticated women with strong character. This Franc Vila “esprit unique” Timepiece is equipped with the automatic FV28 calibre which features “jumping hours” function.

Special edition NIVREL Red 12 Automatic

(03/2009) With only a few days left until BASELWORLD will open its gates, NIVREL presents one of its news as a first highlight of the year 2009. Within the Edition Classique –  one of four editions of the NIVREL collection – the already popular concept of the red-coloured 12 on the dial is published in a rather plain, three-handed automatic watch.

BASELWORLD 2009 New World Record for a CX Swiss Military Watch™ diving watch?

(03/2009) Montres Charmex SA, a watch manufacturer situated in Liestal, Switzerland, has come up with a new website these days: The title of the site indicates a new world record for diving watches – most likely to be presented during the upcoming BASELWORLD 2009. The 20’000 feet are roughly equivalent to some 6’000 meters – which would indeed be a new world record, beating the one Rolex set in 2008 with “only” 3’900 meters.

New dynamic in the watch industry Lionel Ladoire: A new generation of watch makers

(02/2009) Contemporary watch making is in constant evolution. Over the last few years, a new generation of watch makers has been changing the paradigm of the Luxury watch industry, breaking established rules and going beyond traditional boundaries. Their timepieces are presenting wildly breathtaking esthetics, with modern and sophisticated approaches to telling the time.

Inspired by the strongest molecular structure known FRANC VILA introduced in Baselworld 2009 a new SuperLigero tourbillon with chronograph

(02/2009) FRANC VILA unveiled in Baselworld 2009 a new tourbillon watch in which nanotechnology, state of the art engineering and inspiration from nature come together: FVa Nº Cuatro Tourbillon Chronograph SuperLigero Concept. The brand goes a step further with the evolution of their successful FVa Nº Cuatro chronograph tourbillon bringing it into the SuperLigero concept which debuted in 2008 with the introduction of the FVa Nº 6 SuperLigero Concept.

Exclusively feminine model Discreet luxury: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady

(02/2009) For the first time, the Manufacture has enhanced its elegant Girard-Perregaux 1966 collection with an exclusively feminine model. Combining graceful proportions with a self-winding movement, this highly refined watch possesses the authentic charm of a timeless classic. Pure lines, a combination of precious materials and a sophisticated calibre: the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Lady concentrates on the essential features to meet the demands of a refined clientele, with just as much interest in the timepiece’s highly researched design as in its mechanical quality.

International space station ISS The watches with the probably longest stay in weightlessness

(01/2009) Some watches are more than only timepieces. FORTIS without doubt is one of the Swiss watch brands whose watches are admired not only because of their mechanical inner values. With the probably longest time in weightlessness these space proven watches have a fixed position on the wrist of pilots space travellers in their in the hard daily life and on board the international space station ISS orbiting the Earth.

Crew of 18th ISS Expedition: space flight participant Richard Allen Garriott, Yuri Lonchakov, Edward Michael Fincke

Sixty manufacturing steps Complex calibre: Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye

(01/2009) A tribute to the fascinating dance of the stars, the Cat’s Eye Annual and Zodiac Calendars presents an attractive version of time passing by. In the heart of this watch made of mother-of-pearl, gold and diamonds, a movement crafted by Girard-Perregaux allows to unite civil time, the lunar cycle and the zodiac cycle.

International gourmet world Blancpain, the watchmaker of gourmet cuisine

(01/2009) As official timekeeper of the Bocuse d’Or 2009 competition in Lyon, Blancpain is honoured to be associating its name with the best-known international cuisine contest in the international gourmet world. The quest for excellence, inimitable know-how, precise gestures and meticulous hand-crafted work are a set of values that the Manufacture in Le Brassus proudly shares with the art of gastronomy.

Redesigned and improved The JEANRICHARD DIVERSCOPE JR1000

(01/2009) Characteristics of the 1960s’ watches, a round opening in a square shape case, the revolving bezel and acidic colours: JEANRICHARD’s diving watch revival in a sixty flashback style. First and foremost designed for diving enthusiasts, the DIVERSCOPE JR1000 collection is water-resistant to 300 metres.

Preserving traditions, shaping the future SIHH 2009: Montblanc at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie

(01/2009) At this year's SIHH, the Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronographs were the first watches presented by Montblanc to feature movements manufactured entirely in the company's own workshops. At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie from 19 to 23 January 2009, the company will be extending its wide range to include several new products.

Baselworld 2009: early look at Watch Trends

(01/2009) This year, the World Watch and Jewellery Show is being held from March 26 to April 2, 2009 in Basel. The makers of Baselworld already gave an insight at some of the watch trends. According to experts, the trends 2009 can be summarized as follows: new watches are seen to feature anything that is theoretically feasible from the design angle.

Top-quality products Perfect Symbiosis: Oris & RUF

(01/2009) On December 11th 2008 the new RUF CTR3 watch by Oris was presented in Pfaffenhausen in Allgaeu, where the producer of vehicles RUF is based. Numerous well-known journalists took part at the presentation. The manufacturing companies Oris and RUF are connected by unique know-how in manufacturing top-quality products. On the one hand it is hand-crafted high performance street legal sports automobiles; on the other hand it is mechanical watches of highest precision in Swiss craftsmanship.

Louis Erard 1931 - Tonneau Open Mondphase

(01/2009) Turning to one of the legendary shapes in horology, Louis Erard accentuates the element of transparency by skeletonising its 1931 Tonneau Moon Phase. The fine openwork of the guilloché dial reveals a skilfully-made mechanism that activates the day, month and moon phase discs, while the gear-trains evoke the film Modern Times, another masterpiece combining retro and modernity.

Chronoswiss: All watches on board?

(01/2009) Even if it doesn’t seem that way at first glance, there are clear connections between cars and watches. Both are results of high standard technology and both have a long tradition, which allows them to evoke strong emotions and can inspire many people. Furthermore, each can be rich with intrinsic values, since the outer appearance is often heavily discussed. In addition, cars without clocks have to be called fossils nowadays. The trend towards the serial-auto-clock has only evolved since after the Second World War. It is then that electrical time measuring devices gradually received the reputation of becoming an indispensable part of functional dashboards.

The Vancouver collection by adidas

(12/2008) The Vancouver is certainly the most innovative and fashionable model in the Originals line. This dynamic collection features a large, square case and two digital displays. The authentic Trefoil logo on the case makes this series a part of the Originals line. The Vancouver models feature leather watch straps or bracelets with enamel inlays and square cases in shiny stainless steel or black IP.

Bell&Ross - BR-S Ceramic Instrument

(12/2008) High up into the sky and down low to the ocean floor. Because man loves to live life to the extremes, he has always measured himself through time. To strech a couple of seconds to eternity. Professional watchmakers, engineers, designers and consumers of expertise put together their know-how and their experience in order to create a watch for the professional use. Therefore it is characterized through the fundamental functions, which have first priority.

Oris TT3 Grand Prix Limited Edition

(12/2008) The watch has been designed specifically with motor sports enthusiasts in mind: The sheer verve of the multi-part titanium case calls to mind the dynamic profile of racing cars and the carbon fibre dial is presented in the sleek, high tech style of Formula 1. The highlight: The 18 race tracks of the 2008 Formula One season are printed discreetly on the black dial. The black rubber strap, with its integrated flexible lugs displays images of racing tyres.


(11/2008) In 1858, the Ditisheim brothers made a grand entrance onto the watchmaking scene: their Manufacture was immediately noted for the quality of its products: complication watches, chronometers and chronographs. Located at the heart of the Neuchatel mountains, the cradle of Swiss precision, it was to receive international acclaim at the Chicago and Paris World Fairs.

In search of the new FORTIS "IQ Watch" by Rolf Sachs

(11/2008) "I am always in search of the new..." This quote characterizes the artist who is well known for his puristic design. With this design he wants to address the human senses, in his art the decorative and graphic steps into the background. Chalk is transitory, waking the childhood memories in everybody.- leading from the sterile to the human.

Harder than Steel Glycine INCURSORE Power Reserve DLC

(10/2008) After launching the INCURSORE Power Reserve in 2006 Glycine now presents a very special further development of this watch with power reserve display: The INCURSORE Power Reserve DLC. Its case is treated with Diamond-Like-Carbon, DLC for short. The diamond-like carbon coating gives the satin steel case an elegant, anthracite coloured appearance and makes it extremely resistant. DLC is several times harder than steel.

Extraordinary technology Moser escapement assembly with Straumann double hairspring and escape wheel and pallet fork in white gold

(09/2008) The introduction last year of an innovative escapement with two balance springs oscillating against each other created a major sensation throughout the world. The two springs are manufactured as a matched pair under optimal conditions. This process begins with the smelting charge and permits the total elimination of the gravitational error arising in these springs as they oscillate. This particularly exclusive feature further enhances the already legendary Moser escapement assembly.

A. LANGE & SÖHNE show the saxon art of watchmaking in Salzburg

(08/2008) As a sponsor of the Whitsun Festival, the prestigious Saxon watchmakers have now been a partner of the Salzburg Festival for two years. Within the scope of this partnership, the manufactory, which is truly steeped in tradition, has invited visitors to take a closer look at the world of A. Lange & Söhne during their daily exhibition that has accompanied the Salzburg World Fine Art Fair from 9 August to 17 August.

A breath of fresh air Epos Collection Emotion

(08/2008) The new Epos ‘Collection Emotion’ brings a breath of fresh air. As well as two automatic models, it includes three chronographs, a full-date version and a fascinating regulator. Here is a feast that will delight lovers of mechanical watches, gathering together all the diverse expertise of Epos in a single collection.

The Fascination of Time – Bringing Time to Life The German Watch Museum Glashütte welcomes its 10,000th visitor

(07/2008) On 31st July, just two months after its opening, the German Watch Museum Glashütte welcomed its ten thousandth visitor. Marie-Thérèse Rousset, accompanied by her husband Philippe, came to Glashütte to learn more about the history of the fine art of watchmaking in Saxony. While in Dresden, the two tourists from France heard about the new museum dedicated to the topic of time and made a spontaneous decision to take a trip to the nearby Müglitz Valley, site of the Glashütte manufactory.

A new interpretation of the Cricket alarm calibre 150th Anniversary: VULCAIN ANNIVERSARY HEART

(06/2008) In tribute to the 150th anniversary of its rich and fascinating history, the Vulcain Anniversary Heart model reveals the full measure of Haute Horlogerie expertise accumulated over the decades by the Manufacture in Le Locle. It also provides a glimpse of the legendary movement inextricably bound up with Vulcain’s reputation: a new interpretation of the Cricket alarm calibre.

Mysterious lustre The white gold MAYU from Moser

(06/2008) The white gold MAYU from Moser is now also available with a rhodium-plated dial. Enhanced by a subtle sun pattern ground finish, the rhodium - applied by means of electroplating - imparts a mysterious lustre to the dial. Exceptionally elegant in its design, the watch is only 9.3 mm thick and is equipped with the typical Moser large pocket watch seconds hand. The power reserve of at least three days is provided by a large spring barrel.

Vulcain sounds its first ever automatic Alarm A new era: Vulcain Cricket Calibre V-20

(06/2008) A new era is dawning for Vulcain: with the launch of the Calibre V-20, the Manufacture in Le Locle proudly presents its first self-winding alarm movement. Over 60 years after the legendary hand-wound Cricket calibre, Vulcain is taking a huge new step in this 150th anniversary year, and one that augurs well for its future.

Limited Edition Oris Jazz Watch Dizzy Gillespie Limited Edition

(06/2008) With his pouched cheeks, he drew adventurous sound sequences from his bent horn: trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, gifted improviser and clownish showman, belongs to the most famous personalities of jazz. Oris dedicates its rectangular Dizzy Gillespie watch to the co-founder of bebop and modern jazz. The edition is limited, according to his year of birth, to 1917 watches, all individually numbered.

Seven million were manufactured! 25 years of M-Watch

(06/2008) Since a quarter century the Migros sells exclusively the Swiss watch brand M-Watch. Seven million of the robust, reliable and multi various time keepers were manufactured since then in Mondaine watch factory in Biberist SO. The M-Watch is a Swiss Made quality product at reasonable prices between 43 and 140 Swiss francs. The specialists test all case on their water resistance.

Dive into the depths Glycine LAGUNARE Certified Chronometer 3000

(05/2008) Beautiful, strong and very safe is a short description of the extraordinary diver watch LAGUNARE LCC 3000. Thanks to its elaborately designed case, it is water-resistant up to 1000 metres. The high class, refined, COSC-certified movement is protected by a coat of soft iron, giving the watch enormous resistance against magnetic fields – much stronger than official standards for antimagnetic watches require. The extra strong sapphire glass is domed.

Singapore May 8th to 18th Time & Luxury Watch Fair

(05/2008) Yafriro will be organizing their Time & Luxury Watch Fair in Singapore from the 8th to the 18th of May. Greubel-Forsey will be there, along with other luxury brands including BRM, Cabestan, DeLaCour, DeWitt, , Hautlence, HD 3, Jean Dunand, Parmigiani and Vincent Bérard.

The Hublot Big Bang starts the countdown to Euro 08

(05/2008) Just over a year after announcing its partnership with UEFA EURO 2008 - which heralded the entry into the world of football of the first brand of luxury watches! - Hublot is getting ready to experience the European championship “live”. The contribution of the watchmaking company to football has provided it with numerous opportunities, and many personalities in this sport have been able to get to know the brand, which is progressing in their field.

Songs of the Abyss For the maritime world: VULCAIN CRICKET DIVER X-TREME

(04/2008) Vulcain unveils the Cricket DIVER X-TREME, its new instrument for exploring the ocean depths. A complete measuring instrument, this new model is equipped with a bidirectional inner bezel and beats to the rhythm of the legendary Cricket V-10 alarm movement. In the wake of its famous Nautical model, the brand from Le Locle is confirming its presence in the maritime world.

BASELNEWS Greubel Forsey report an excellent Baselworld 2008

(04/2008) Greubel Forsey were very happy to welcome a large numbers of visitors, including press, retail partners, collectors and interested members of the public, who visited their booth at Baselworld 2008. The ever increasing level of interest in their timepieces is gratifying reward for the time and effort which goes into developing and crafting them.

Mysteriously iridescent lustre The MAYU Black Pearl from Moser

(04/2008) A black mother-of-pearl dial with a mysteriously iridescent lustre sets the character of the MAYU Black Pearl from Moser. Bordered by diamonds of the highest clarity and the finest cut, this watch represents a new, luxurious range of jewellery watches from Moser. Enhanced by an extravagant black stingray leather strap, it is the star of a glittering evening.

Three time zones Glycine AIRMAN Chrono 08: the perfect world time watch

(04/2008) This watch leaves nothing to be desired: the AIRMAN Chrono 08 displays three time zones, has an integrated chronograph – and looks fantastic. Because of its functionality, it is also visually appealing. For example, the 24-hour rotating bezel which is a novelty for Glycine as it lies under the sapphire glass: it is separated into a lower white part for the day and an upper black part for the night. Thanks to the protection provided by the crystal, it was possible to use luminous material, like on the dial.

BASELNEWS 2008 DeWitt Tourbillon Différentiel - A colourful, whirling Tourbillon of precious metals

(04/2008) Patented in 2005, Dewitt’s Tourbillon Différentiel® has taken its place in the history of creative watchmaking and represents a significant breakthrough with respect to the basic working principles of a mechanical movement. Traditionally housed in a case that is a combination of titanium, rose gold and rubber, the Tourbillon Différentiel®, starting this year, will be clothed in 950 platinum, 18-carat rose gold and a blend of 18-carat rose and white gold.

BASELNEWS 2008 The voice of sport: Vulcain Cricket GMT X-TREME

(04/2008) With the Cricket GMT X-TREME, Vulcain is making a spectacular entry into the world of sports watches. Equipped with a new version of the legendary Cricket movement, the GMT X-TREME displays its resolutely dynamic nature through both its aesthetics and its use of materials. From Paris to Sydney via Moscow, Tokyo or New York, the time around the entire planet is within reach thanks to the just-released Vulcain model, the Cricket GMT X-TREME.

BASELNEWS 2008 Greubel Forsey presents the Double Tourbillon Technique and Invention Pieces 3

(04/2008) The Double Tourbillon Technique is an  entirely original and  innovative interpretation of Greubel Forsey’s first fundamental invention, the Double Tourbillon 30°. At the heart of the timepiece is the Double Tourbillon 30° mechanism?; however, to perpetuate the art of horology and contribute to its 21st century development, several additional technical elements have been added, including four fast-rotating co-axial barrels.

Avant-garde watches Epos Collection Sportive

(04/2008) The EPOS ‘Collection Sportive’ has been extended with the arrival of the 3389, a model that is available in three versions, reflecting the characteristic design of the highly successful Chronograph 3388 launched in 2007. This avant-garde watch epitomises not only pure power, luxury and good taste but also strength and durability.

SIHH 2008: Montblanc celebrates the world premiere of its first own watch movement

(04/2008) From Monday 07 April 2008, Montblanc will present the first Montblanc chronograph with its own in-house movement, the ‘Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph’, to the international press and a specialist audience at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, as well as the ladies’ watch ‘Montblanc Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds’, a very special masterpiece.

Designed to provide Blancpain connoisseurs The BLANCPAIN Lettres du Brassus Magazine

(04/2008) Launched two years ago by Blancpain, Lettres du Brassus is a magazine dedicated to the art of living and which is also designed to provide Blancpain connoisseurs and devotees with first-hand information on the brand’s projects and the latest creations from the Manufacture. The silver medal received by Issue No. 2 of the publication last year in the European Best of Corporate Publishing competition shows that the world’s oldest watch brand has even surpassed its objective.

Limited to 100 pieces worldwide Glashütte Original PanoMaticChrono - Limited Variation in Navy Blue

(04/2008) Yearning for adventure and the wide open seas is something a glance at the new variation of the PanoMaticChrono by Saxon watch manufactory Glashütte Original will facilitate. Modern technology, great reliability, and an exceptionally designed dial lend this timekeeper a special place among today’s chronographs. The new platinum PanoMaticChrono model, limited to 100 pieces worldwide, makes one want to see even more.

BASELNEWS 2008 Glycine AIRMAN 7: big lightweights

(04/2008) They are big, the AIRMAN 7 models by Glycine – very big. Three independent movements combined in one watch need their space. Glycine’s new watches prove that largeness does not necessarily have to mean a lot of weight. Thanks to the high quality materials titanium and carbon fibre, the round AIRMAN 7 and the square AIRMAN 7 Plaza Mayor weigh about a quarter to a third less than their predecessors. The case of the four new models is made of the very sturdy, lightweight and corrosion-resistant titanium.

BASELNEWS 2008 Songs of the Abyss: Vulcain Cricket DIVER X-TREME

(04/2008) Vulcain unveils the Cricket DIVER X-TREME, its new instrument for exploring the ocean depths. A complete measuring instrument, this new model is equipped with a bidirectional inner bezel and beats to the rhythm of the legendary Cricket V-10 alarm movement. In the wake of its famous Nautical model, the brand from Le Locle is confirming its presence in the maritime world.

First 7-plane display on April 26th and 27th in Evora Breitling Jet Team: A 7th plane in the flight formation

(04/2008) The Breitling Jet Team is the world's only civilian professional aerobatics team performing on jets. This year, it is welcoming an additional L39 that will enable it to perform its displays with 7 planes in all. A new pilot has joined the team: like the other team members, Olivier Boulay has enjoyed a career as a fighter pilot in the French air force, including four years with the Patrouille de France.

BASELNEWS 2008 Exclusive innovation: Milus APIANA Chronograph Haute Joaillerie

(03/2008) The successful APIANA Chronograph line, presented for the first time at last year's Baselworld, is being extended this year by the breathtaking Haute Joaillerie variation. The charismatic APIANA Chronograph Haute Joaillerie is a dream in black and white. The colors of the brilliant-cut diamonds that adorn the dynamically designed case in 18-carat white gold transform the timepiece into an exquisite jewellery watch created with supreme artistry reminiscent of art nouveau styling.

Play goes on! Two new INCURSORE Black Jacks by Glycine

(03/2008) Following the successful launch of the INCURSORE Black Jack range from Glycine in autumn 2007, two new models have now been introduced. Playful but simple – and very black. A deep black case and dial with white luminous features and splashes of red: this is the colour scheme of the INCURSORE Black Jack watches from Glycine. The two first limited editions were so popular that CEO Katherina Brechbühler decided to create two new models, both of which continue to play on the number 21, the most important number in Black Jack.

For aficionados Watch for purists: Glycine AIRMAN Special II Limited Edition

(01/2008) “We’re waiting for a new AIRMAN with a diameter of 42 millimetres,” announce Glycine experts and aficionados. And now the wait is finally over: the AIRMAN Special II with 24-hour display has arrived. A watch for purists. The design of the new AIRMAN Special II harks back to the pioneering times when Glycine developed its first world time watches. That was back in the 1950s.

Ambassador of the Patek Philippe style Masterpiece of horological ingenuity: Patek Philippe Calatrava

(12/2007) More than ever before, the Calatrava with the hobnail-patterned bezel exemplifies the Patek Philippe spirit. With its round case, elegant dial, and guilloché bezel, the Calatrava “Clous de Paris” is one of the most emblematic ambassadors of the Patek Philippe style. The manufacture’s watchmakers have subtly evolved the timeless classic, creating a slightly enlarged version that underscores its ultra-thin silhouette and the eloquence of its design. It is an irresistible paragon of elegance.

Imposing stature The largest Navitimer model - Montbrillant Légende

(11/2007) As the latest addition to the Navitimer line, the new Montbrillant Légende chronograph is also the largest in this emblematic collection, with an imposing stature of 47 mm. But that is certainly not the only special feature of its design. By smoothly integrating the case and bracelet, Breitling has endowed this model with flowing, balanced lines that further emphasize its unique character.

A new socialism of luxury watches Tourbillions Made in China

(11/2007) They call themselves Million Smart Enterprise or PTS resources Ltd. They fabricate in South China and are mostly based in Hongkong. And they get ready to challenge Swiss watch manufactures where it hurts most – automatic watches with extensive complications and going as far as Tourbillons.

Watch-Highlight at Sotheby’s in Geneva A creation of Jean-François Bautte seduces Geneva

(11/2007) On 13th November, Sotheby’s Geneva adjudged a very rare pair of gold, enamel and pearl set perfume sprinklers/watches in the form of flint lock pistols with matching keys, made in Geneva about 1806. Extremely beautiful, this lot is attributed to the master watch-maker Jean-François Bautte (the roots of Girard-Perregaux) and his partner Moulinié. It used to be part of the prestigious Sandberg Watch Collection. Estimated at CHF 350'000- 450'000, the hammer price was CHF 855'400.- (with buyer’s premium).

Patrimony Contemporaine Retrograde Vacheron Constantin wins the Watch of the Year 2007 prize

(11/2007) Yesterday evening, on Thursday 1st November 2007, in front of 700 people assembled at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Geneva, Juan-Carlos Torres, Vacheron Constantin’s CEO, received, on behalf of the brand, the Jury Prize for the Watch of the Year 2007 for the Patrimony Contemporary Retrograde Date and Day.

Two traditional Pforzheim manufacturers ARISTO and Bethge & Söhne are presenting their jointly developed pilot's watch

(11/2007) Since renowned watch manufacturers are beginning to concentrate on their respective strength, joint ventures are becoming more and more common in the watch industry. A typical example of such collaboration is the “original B-watch” of the “German air force”, a classic among the pilot watches.

Bell&Ross - BR 02 INSTRUMENT - 1000 M

(09/2007) Bell & Ross has made its name as a benchmark in Haute Horlogerie and the exclusive world of professional users with watches that totally respond to requirements of extreme conditions. Indeed, Bell & Ross watches are designed to support professionals cope with extreme temperatures, violent speed accelerations or to resist dangerous pressure levels.

Master watchmakers A. LANGE & SÖHNE AKADEMIE has been opened

(09/2007) Nothing remains more firmly implanted in our memory than what we have experienced ourselves or – better still – created with our own hands. Who ever visits the Lange factory and been allowed to look over the shoulders of the master watchmakers as they perform their highly concentrated and extremely complicated work, begins to understand just how much in the way of precision and, above all else, passion, goes into a watch that bears the signature of “A. Lange & Söhne”.

Diver's watch with armored glass Entirely in its element - Breitling Superocean Héritage 46 & Superocean Héritage 38

(09/2007) In 1957, having already established its mastery of the skies, Breitling set off to conquer the maritime depths by launching the Superocean, a diver's watch featuring a monohull case and armored glass guaranteeing water resistance to 200 meters (660 feet) and representing an exceptional technical feat at that time. Designed to equip professional and military divers, and particularly special troops, the Superocean soon gained a following among enthusiasts of leisure diving, an increasingly popular activity.

The model of the famous five-minute clock How time came to Glashuette

(09/2007) The collection of historical timepieces in the Mathematisch-Physikalischen Salon in the Dresdner Zwinger is one of the most important collections in the world. It provides an overview of the history of precision clock- and watch-making from the 16th to 19th century, which was at its peak in Europe at that time. In this unique setting, the art of watchmaking in Saxony is very prominent.

Power and elegance Breitling designs a new clock for Bentley

(07/2007) To accompany the launch of the Continental GT Speed, the latest epitome of power and elegance from Bentley, Breitling has entirely redesigned the dashboard clock equipping the famous Continental models. In 2002, Breitling heralded its prestigious alliance with Bentley by contributing to the design of the technical instrumentation and by creating the dashboard clock for the new Continental GT.

Live music, free beer, and grilled gastronomic specialties Topping-Out Ceremony for German Watch Museum Glashütte

(06/2007) A traditional topping-out ceremony took place at the construction site of the German Watch Museum Glashütte on June 28, 2007, celebrating the end of another important construction phase. After clearing away one complete floor and completing a new attic, the point has now been reached where the historical state of the building can once again be attained.

Three further models IWC: News about the Ingenieur

(06/2007) The Ingenieur has been a watchword for fifty years and, like no other watch, plays a part in the success story of the Schaffhausen manufactory. The pursuit of progress maintains its steady course with The Big Ingenieur, the Ingenieur Automatic 44 millimetre and the Ingenieur Automatic 40 millimetre.

Supreme horological achievement H. Moser & Cie: The HENRY Double Hairspring

(05/2007) A tonneau watch with a double hairspring. With an innovation for the oscillating system, the most complicated component of the mechanical watch. The legendary elegance of a Moser watch in combination with a unique escapement designed to exclude gravitational error. Two self-compensating and antimagnetic helical springs oscillate against one another.

Watch of the Year The winners are two german watches

(05/2007) Wempe received a huge honour in April 2007: On the opening day of Baselworld, the world’s most important trade fair for watches, the Zeitmeister ladies’ watch from Wempe was crowned “Watch of the Year”. Readers of Die Welt, Welt am Sonntag and the watch magazine Armbanduhren chose this watch from Glashütte in Saxony as their favourite from a field of 72 ladies’ watches. A total of 11,893 readers took part in the survey, so this cherished award is a genuine sign of public recognition.

Montblanc and the Salon of fine watches A glittering appearance at the SIHH 2007 in Geneva

(04/2007) The brand Montblanc, rooted now for 100 years in writing culture, has also long been one of the established watch manufacturers attending the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva every year. The timepieces with the white star, produced in the Swiss location of Le Locle by Montblanc Montre S.A., stand for high, traditional craftsmanship in contemporary design.

Straumann double hairspring escapement H. Moser & Cie: Extraordinary technology in fascinatingly elegant watches

(04/2007) H. Moser & Cie is again revolutionizing the heart of the mechanical watch: this time, the escapement. The interchangeable Moser escapement module in all watches from H. Moser & Cie created a major sensation throughout the world at the time of its introduction. The use of traditional materials of the highest grade in conjunction with the simplest and most reliable interchangeability appealed to watchmakers and watch enthusiasts alike.

BASELNEWS 2007 Glycine AIRMAN 7 Plaza Mayor: generous, but yet modest

(04/2007) The AIRMAN 7, with its three independent movements and probably the most well-known and largest watch by Glycine, is being extended: the AIRMAN 7 Plaza Mayor. The three movements are fitted into a curved Carré case, so that despite the impressive size of 53 by 53 mm the watch still rests ergonomically on the wrist.

International Academy of Visual Arts W3 Silver Award for the Vacheron Constantin Website

(03/2007) After winning the Standard of Excellence Web Award from the prestigious Web Marketing Association and the Official Honoree Webby Award (the Oscars of the Web according to Time Magazine), Vacheron Constantin’s international website has now been given a W3 Silver Award by the highly respected International Academy of Visual Arts. This organisation is a veritable Who’s Who of professionals in the worlds of the media, interactivity, marketing and advertising.

Good value Glycine COMBAT 07 Automatic: functional and clean lines

(02/2007) The COMBAT 07 Automatic looks every inch a classic and embodies everything that a functional quality watch should be "and nothing more, quite consciously," says Katherina Brechbühler. The lines of the new automatic COMBAT are clean in every respect, from the casing to the dial and the hands. The ergonomics have improved over those of its predecessor, which is why the watch fits the wrist even better.

Watch of the Year Awards in Dubaï Vacheron Constantin among the winners

(02/2007) During the 2006 Watch of the Year Awards organised by the watch and jewellery magazine Alam Assaat Wal Moujawharat on February 13th 2007 in Dubaï, Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Contemporaine Collection Excellence Platine was awarded first prize for the best “Classic Watch”. This was one of 13 categories.

BASELNEWS 2007 Steel Temper - Breitling Avenger Skyland

(02/2007) Within the Breitling philosophy, the conception of a chronograph is governed by four essential criteria: sturdiness, functionality, precision and aesthetic sophistication. The new Avenger Skyland is a perfect illustration of this approach. Based on the solid Avenger “platform” and reflecting all its attributes, its rugged construction includes a screw-locked crown protected by substantial crown guards, pushpiece reinforcements screwed into steel as well as a thick glare-proofed sapphire crystal.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary Vacheron Constantin at the Geneva Barbier-Mueller Museum

(02/2007) Vacheron Constantin is a partner of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The Geneva watch manufacturer held three dinners in this magical place to introduce a select group of guests to the museum’s exceptional private collection of primitive arts – the largest in the world.

Recognisable watch-design New face: Glycine COMBAT 07 Chronograph

(01/2007) The Glycine COMBAT family already has a great tradition of chronographs. CEO Katherina Brechbühler realises that "they're amongst Glycine's most popular watches". Little wonder then that she continues to develop this watch and constantly improve it, resulting in the Glycine COMBAT 07 Chronograph, with a screwed down crown and fresh design.

New generation of surprising horological innovations The brilliant renaissance of the IWC Da Vinci

(01/2007) IWC Schaffhausen is bringing the Da Vinci into the future with a new generation of surprising horological innovations. The three members of the new Da Vinci family not only appear in an attractive tonneau-shaped case, they also do justice to their name as a byword for advanced technologies. With the Da Vinci Chronograph, IWC Schaffhausen has developed its first proprietary chronograph movement and has given it a modern interpretation with an incomparable analogue time display.

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