What many people don't know is that Baselworld is more than just finished timepieces. It also has jewelry, software, tools, and many other categories. Including movements. With Baselworld 2018 rapidly approaching, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier (VMF) has just recently announced the release of their latest high-end movement. The Calibre Seed VMF 6710. It is yet another stunning movement by VMF and we have no doubt that it will be yet another success for the brand. However, in the case of VMF, there is much more below the surface that may be of interest to the watch collector. Let us take you on a tour of this incredible movement as well as all of the other related information that may be of benefit and interest to you.
In the latest installment of our Pre-Basel 2018 series, we present the new Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Limited Edition. A beautiful watch from a very well known and respected brand among watch collectors all over the world. This new timepiece uses the also new Hamilton H-21-Si movement (which is very special) and is also a COSC certified chronometer. In addition to breaking the watch down for you, we dig into the new H-21-Si movement and also what it means to be COSC certified. Please enjoy and leave a comment to let us know what you think about the watch and our Pre-Basel 2018 series.
It is often said that the Swatch Group is the standard that leads the way for the rest of the Swiss watch industry. The Swatch Group has now released their 2017 financials and we take a look at them. While everything looks good, is it all rainbows and unicorns for them? Additionally, the Swatch Group owned brand Tissot really shines as they meet an exclusive financial milestone that puts the brand into rare air of the elite Swiss brands. Join us as we dive into the nitty gritty and break it all down for you.
Welcome to the latest edition of our Pre-Basel 2018 reviews! This time we cover the Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback. We have put a TON of information into this for you. Not only do we cover the new watch, but the history of the model dating back to the "Cairelli" of the 1960s as well as the flyback functionality, the column wheel chronograph complication, the El Primero 405B movement itself, aging stainless steel yourself as a cool DIY project and much more! We think that everyone will find something new, interesting and informative in this post. Please have a look and let us know what you think!
Panerai recently released a new version of the Luminor Base Logo 3 Days Acciaio (PAM775) as well as two (2) other models in the line as well as the Base Marina. All six versions of these new 44mm models utilize the in-house P.6000 mechanical movement that replaces the ETA/Unitas 6497. In this post, we highlight all 3 versions of the Base Logo as well as the Marina Logo and the P.6000 movement. These are all great new entry points into the Panerai brand and are sure to be hit with with old and new collectors alike.
Glashutte Original has announced the release of a new Senator Cosmopolite for Baselworld 2018. It is a stunningly beautiful timepiece in the tradition of German productions, primarily the 3/4 plate on the movement (the in-house 89-02) and a double swan neck regulator. This timepiece is perfect for the frequent world traveler as it supports a amazing selection of 36 time zones, including those with 1/2 hour and 3/4 hour off sets. New to the swan neck regulator? Not to worry as we have you fully covered there and show you all that you would want or need to know about it, what it does and how it does it. Sure to be a hit in Basel in just about a month!
After being on the chopping block for quite some time, it was recently announced that US based Tourneau (recognized as the largest US-based luxury watch retailer) has been sold to the Bucherer Group for an undisclosed sum. This includes approximately 30 brick and motar stores nationwide as well as an established eCommerce or online presence. To be clear, this is not the watch company Carl F. Bucherer but rather the parent company. While it is not clear at this time what this will mean for the US based watch market, it is unavoidable that large scale changes are coming.
Luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen is celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2018 and as a part of this celebration is set to unveil a special Jubilee collection at SIHH 2018 (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie), comprising 27 numbered limited edition watches from different collections. Among these is the new Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”.
While the Swatch Group did report their 2017 half year numbers earlier this year, Talk About Watches was not yet open to the public. Since we do plan on reporting on financial information out of the watch industry moving forward, we did want to present the information for those that may not have seen it as well as to provide a baseline for future reporting as it becomes available.
Some rather drastic changes were made concerning the Baselworld 2018 show (and beyond) that are sure to bring some serious changes to hundreds of the brands that have been exhibiting there for years and also for brands making plans on presenting and attending. We give you all the information that we currently have so that you can stay up to date on this evolving situation.