Tag Archives: Swiss Watch Industry News

INDUSTRY NEWS: Formex To Offer Sub $700 COSC Auto Via Kickstarter

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono “Panda”

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: MB&F L’Epee 1839 Grant Robotic Clock

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!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Oris 55th Reno Air Races Limited Edition

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!

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Bell & Ross BR-X2 Skeleton Micro-Rotor Tourbillon Limited Edition

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Swiss Commission Will Not Investigate Swatch Group And Others Over Spare Parts

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.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Baselworld CEO (MCH Group) Resigns

After the industry bombshell announcement from the Swatch Group that they (and their 18 watch brands) were pulling out of the Baselworld show, it did not take long for the CEO of the MCH Group (the company responsible for the show) to resign. In this post, we give you all of the latest news that we have. Baselworld 2019 is still on. However, major changes are coming.

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Rado Tradition Captain Cook MKIII Automatic

While Rado might not be a brand that is on the lips of all watch collectors when discussing timepieces, it is a part of the Swatch Group and is well known to many for their dive watch designs that have much more history than they are often give credit for. The new Tradition Captain Cook MKIII Automatic takes design inspiration from a very popular 1960's/1070's design with a larger overall case profile as well as sportier colors (and a much longer power reserve via the ETA C07.621 automatic movement. Get all of the information you can use here, along with video and the original design inspiration.

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