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In Memoriam: Kazuo Kashio, Casio Chairman and CEO (1929 – 2018)

Both the watch world and the electronics industry lost one of their giants this week, as Kazuo Kashio — co-founder of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. and a driving force behind the success of the company’s most influential timepiece, the G-Shock — passed away at the age of 89.

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Kazuo Kashio, photographed at his Tokyo office in 2010

Kazuo Kashio was one of the four brothers who founded Casio Computer in 1957. The eldest of the four, Tadao Kashio, had founded the firm’s predecessor, Kasio...

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Macaw-tomaton: Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch Celebrates 280 Years

Jaquet Droz, which in 2018 marks 280 years since its founder and namesake began making watches under his own name, has a deep-rooted history in automatons, repeating and chiming mechanisms, musical birds, and elaborately decorated pocketwatches. The modern company, now part of the Swatch Group, pays tribute to all these hallmarks with a unique piece it introduced at Baselworld 2018, the Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch.

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The Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch is a one-of-a-kind

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TAG Heuer Celebrates Le Mans Milestone with New Formula 1 and Monaco Gulf Editions

The 24 Hours of Le Mans took place this weekend at France’s Circuit de la Sarthe, and TAG Heuer, the watch brand with perhaps the most legendary connection to auto racing, took the opportunity in the days leading up to the race to introduce its latest racing-influenced timepieces, which pay tribute to an historic Le Mans victory in 1968. Here’s what you need to know about the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition and the 50-piece Monaco Gulf Limited Edition.

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Future Ready: A Close-Up Look at the Panerai Lo Scienziato

Panerai continues marrying cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship with its new, blue version of the Lo Scienziato. WatchTime India editor Neha Bajpai explores the watch and speaks to the man behind it, former Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati.

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The 2018 version of the Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio

Swiss watches, for the longest time, have thrived on the romance of handcraft. Generations of watchmakers here have spent long, dreary winters holed up in workshops,...

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Frederique Constant Adds Two Affordable Automatics to the Classics Index Line

After releasing the Vintage Rally Healey collection at CoutureTime 2018 in Las Vegas, Frederique Constant has returned with two new automatic dress watches priced right around $1,000. Placed within the Classics Index Automatic line, the two new timepieces are North American exclusives and are a welcome addition to the brand’s value-driven catalog.

The 40 mm, stainless steel watches come in either black or navy with a matching leather strap. The applied, silver indices and hands have a pool...

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Leica Camera Enters the Watch Industry with Two Timepieces

Leica, one of the most well-regarded camera producers in the world, announced late last week that it was introducing an intriguing new product line into its portfolio. That’s right, the brand beloved by camera enthusiasts around the globe is crossing over into the watch world with two new timepieces, the time-and-date-only Leica L1 and the Leica L2 GMT.

Whenever a non-horologically inclined luxury brand ventures into the watch sphere, there’s usually a decent amount of skepticism...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Omega Seamaster 1948

The Omega Seamaster is one of the most recognizable dive watches on the market, today. Even before its modern-day placement on James Bond’s wrist in the Daniel Craig era, the timepiece has been one of the most popular models in the diving category in its Professional and 300 iterations since 1957. Yet before its release as a full-time diver, the Seamaster was better known as a small dress watch cast in steel and frequently gold (vintage picture below, via Theo & Harris). This...

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