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WatchTime Rodeo Drive Returns this Summer

On June 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., WatchTime will return to Los Angeles to celebrate Haute Horlogerie on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. WatchTime Rodeo Drive will offer over 100 attendees the chance to mingle with VIP guests; try on watches and sip cocktails with fellow watch lovers at participating brand boutiques; and chat with brand representatives, collectors, and WatchTime editors and team members. In 2017, 150 guests were treated to an extraordinary watch experience at the...

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The Richemont Group Introduces Baume, a New Entry-Level Brand Focused on Sustainability

Well, no one suspected this.

Earlier today, a watch brand named Baume was unveiled by the Richemont Group as a more affordable sibling to longtime entry-level stalwart Baume & Mercier.

It’s important to note that while Baume shares a first name with Baume & Mercier and the two are technically related, the companies will be separately managed and won’t share similar designs or concepts. In other words, this new brand is looking to develop its own following rather than glom onto...

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A New Level of Crystal Clarity: Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon

A growing, albeit still relatively small, number of luxury watchmakers have embraced the challenges of using sapphire as a material not only for the crystals covering their watches’ dials, but for entire cases as well (a handful of these transparent timepieces are represented here) — but it is Hublot that is clearly (you should pardon the pun) leading the charge. At Baselworld 2018, the Swiss brand known for its bold forays into unconventional materials and envelope-pushing technology...

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Single-Handedly: How Chronoswiss Has Forged Ahead Under New Ownership

During its heyday in the ’90s and early aughts, Chronoswiss was a brand you couldn’t turn a corner without seeing or hearing about. While a large part of the brand’s production was always centered around regulator wristwatches, its collection continued to expand through that period until the 2007 recession landed them (as well as many other luxury brands) in somewhat dire circumstance. Thankfully, the brand found new ownership in the Ebstein family in 2012, led by Oliver Ebstein who now si...

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Maen Hudson Automatic

As often as possible, I like to cover small and start-up watch brands. I know how difficult it can be to obtain media and consumer attention as a fledgling company. And I also appreciate how smaller brands can push designs in innovative ways untethered from design constraints required in larger and more historical brands. Most notably I think back to RGM and its early-20th-Century-inspired pieces like the 151-COE and Nezumi’s 1960s- and ’70s-inspired Voiture chronograph.

 Maen Hudson black dial bracelets - pair

The most recent...

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A Hands-On Review of the Updated Monta Oceanking

When you thinking about microbrands, there are a few things to consider. You should look at what type of materials are being used, how original the design is, and how the price compares to similar offerings. One of the most important aspects, and the one that is most often forgotten, is a look at the owners. Do they care about watches or are they just in it to make a buck? Do they have any sort of background in the watch or design industries?

While this sort of quiz isn’t the be all and...

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Under the (Magnetic) Waves: Hands On With the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer

The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer represents Omega’s maritime heritage, but instead of a dive test, we expose this watch to the continuous magnetic force inside an MRI.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M under MRT

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M under MRI

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Röder inspects the 43.5-mm Omega Planet Ocean with some skepticism. Only then does he reluctantly take off his much more elegant Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss that he’s owned since 2013 and put on the Planet Ocean. Dr. Röder is a rad...

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