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.
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.
Under most normal circumstances, we would not post something about a watch auction in our Industry News section. However, we know that many of you are Rolex fans (and might even own one or two) and are also fans of vintage watches. Perhaps you are looking for your next investment purchase (PLEASE NOTE: we never advocate purchasing a timepiece strictly for investment purposes). Therefore, we thought the upcoming auction of the Rolex "007" or "Big Crown" Submariner from 1958 might be of interest to you. Even if you are not interested in the Fellows auction, we have additional information on this particular 007 Submariner, James Bond watches worn in the movies and why Rolex timepieces cost what they do.