It's great to stay up to date on what is happening in the watch industry. But not all "news" is really all that newsworthy. We will do our best to bring you the most interesting and relevant information from the industry on a regular basis. Learn more about what we plan to cover and how.
Times, they're a changing...and especially for the watchmaking industry. Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing platforms are becoming more popular for watchmakers and wannabe watchmakers. Now comes Formex and their new model Essence, the first ever COSC certified chronometer to be offered on Kickstarter. In leveraging this technological manufacturing process, Formex is able to offer a COSC certified timepiece at a price that is rarely seen. We have all the info that you need as well as some additional information on their very innovative "TryOn" Android and iPhone app.
As a part of their 185th birthday celebration, Jaeger-LeCoultre has release the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface. An absolutely amazing reversible dual face mechanical flying tourbillon. Yes, this watch is expensive. Grail worth level of expense. In addition to introducing you to this watch, we present you with information to understand the incredible level of craftsmanship that goes into not only this particular timepiece, but all Jaeger-LeCoultre creations. Please enjoy and let us know what you think.
After the very sad news in 2017 that Fortis was filing for bankruptcy protection, some good news is now on the horizon. As of 09/01/18, Fortis is now under the new ownership of Jupp Philipp and his newly appointed CEO, watch industry veteran Lorenz Aebischer. Hopefully, this will bring about positive results soon. Are you familiar with Fortis? Did you know that they partnered with the inventor of the self-winding automatic watch and presented the very first one at the Baselworld watch show in 1926? Did you know that they are one of the very few watch brands to officially make it to outer space? We have all the info you need here, please do check it out!
Some very light reading for you this holiday Monday (as there is very little out on this timepiece right now). But, the Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono "Panda" pays homage to the earlier Hamilton Chronograph A from 1968. The most distinctive feature (at least visually) is the black and white "panda" colored dial. Also a standout is the Hamilton H-31 automatic chronograph movement that uses the Valjoux 7753 as a base. We have all the info available. Please check it out.
For those that know MB&F, they are known for their crazy and innovative timepiece creations. And, when it comes to L'Epee 1839, they are always a MUST see booth at the Baselworld shows in Switzerland. Their clockmaking productions are just stunning in their creativity. When they partner to produce clocks, the results are just fascinating. The new "Grant" creation joins his brothers Melchior, Balthazar and Sherman in this totally unique and innovative collection. We have all the info you need and more!
Hamilton has released new monochromatic models in their American Classic Intra-Matic line, in both 42mm and 38mm options on both a 22mm very nice nine (9) piece multi-link bracelet and leather strap. The approximate MSRP is $950 depending on the bracelet/strap option.
Oris has long held a strong reputation for the pilot and aviation inspired timepieces. This is exemplified in their new 55th Reno Air Races Limited Edition automatic. Produced as a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 550 pieces. Oris is the Official Timepiece Sponsor of the Reno Air Races. We have all of the information that you need to know on the watch and Oris itself. Enjoy!
The Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon Limited Edition is the latest edition in the BR-X2 "Experimental" collection that was released last year. The showcase here is the BR-CAL 381 micro-rotor automatic flying tourbillon (developed in conjunction with MHC Manufacture Haute Complication). The main design concept behing the BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon is to do away with the traditional three (3) part case configuration and instead have the case and movement form a single element. Bell & Ross has done this beautifully. We have all of the information you need here.
To help celebate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Caliber 9F movement, the first ever Grand Seikp 9F quartz GMT has been announced. A total of three (3) models will be available. The Reference SBGN001 (yellow) as a Numbered Limited Edition of 800 and two (2) permanent additions to the Grand Seikp Sport Collection (Refernce SBGN003 and SBGN005, black and blue respectively). We have all of the information that you need here!
On January 1, 2016, the Swatch Group began limiting the access of spare parts to watches and movements produced and owned by them. This cuts out the vast majority of independent watchmakers and repair/service centers. Shortly after this, the Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO) began to receive official complaints and was considering opening an official inquiry into the situation. They have made their official ruling and it's not good for the independents out there and, potentially, anyone making a new watch purchase going forward.