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Louis Moinet: Rewriting Chronograph History

On February 27, 2014, in Watches News, by admin
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The Swiss watch brand Louis Moinet has unveiled an artifact that may change how we look at the history of timekeeping — a timekeeping device from the early 19th century, invented by the brand’s namesake, that may be the first chronograph ever created. Known as a compteur de tierces — the term “chronograph” had not [...]

 

At Baselworld 2013, two iconic sport watches — the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera — celebrated their 50th birthdays with new models, while another historic watch brand, one with “50″ in its name, celebrated its 60th. Blancpain’s influential Fifty Fathoms divers’ watch, now an entire collection, went back to the basics of its 1953 [...]

 

Switzerland’s Competition Commission (COMCO) has ruled that it would be “premature” to allow the Swatch Group to reduce supplies of assortments (i.e. the regulating organ of a mechanical movement: escape wheel, pallet lever, balance wheel and balance spring) that it sells to Swiss watch brands outside the group. While favoring a continued reduction in supplies [...]

 

Parmigiani Fleurier, the boutique brand founded by master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, has added a new limited-edition watch, called the Tourbillon Abyss, to its collection of Pershing timepieces, established in 2007 in a partnership with the prestigious Italian yacht manufacturer. Introduced at the SIHH watch salon in January, the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss, which is limited to [...]

 

In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. Watch brands spent more on U.S. [...]

 

In 1963, the Heuer watch company (today’s TAG Heuer) released the first Carrera, a chronograph inspired by auto racing, which went on to become an international icon. As TAG Heuer celebrates the Carrera’s 50th anniversary this year, WatchTime sits down for a candid interview with the man who created the Carrera, watch-industry living legend Jack [...]

 

Another Baselworld has come and gone, and while we will be seeing many new timepieces introduced there make their way to retailers’ cases in coming months, it will be another year before we again see the new, larger Baselworld complex and the numerous redesigned booths. For those who didn’t make it to the show this [...]

 

As our “Watch Insider” Alexander Linz reported as a rumor in his blog earlier this week, the Richemont Group has announced changes in its Group Management Committee that will result in new leadership at one of its luxury maisons, Montblanc. Click here to read the official release from Richemont. Richemont announces the following changes to [...]

 

Antiquorum’s “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces” auction held on Sunday, May 12th at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Geneva, headlined by a selection of vintage Rolex Daytona watches commemorating that model’s 50th anniversary, and set two new world records, including the highest ever sale price for a Daytona at auction. The auction featured a total [...]

 

Breitling introduced its Breitling Emergency watch — the first wristwatch with a built-in emergency microtransmitter — in 1995. Since then, the watch has been worn and used by many professional pilots and has played a role in numerous search-and-rescue missions. At Baselworld 2013, Breitling introduced another world-first with its Emergency II, the first watch with [...]