In addition to the many watch-world anniversaries being commemorated this year, 2018 also marks 100 years since the death of one of Switzerland’s best-known artists, 19th-century symbolist painter Ferdinand Hodler (1853 – 1918). And leave it to Swiss watchmaking maison Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has previously paid tribute to the work of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, to commemorate the occasion with a limited-edition Reverso watch from its heralded “Métiers Rares”...Read more: Flipping Art: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New Enamelled Reverso Pays Tribute to Swiss Master Ferdinand Hodler
Actual pandas are a rare and vulnerable species, only recently removed from the endangered list, but so-called “panda dial” watches — loosely described as chronographs with black subdials on a predominantly white main dial — are more ubiquitous than ever, especially in the wake of the record-breaking auction sale of perhaps the world’s most famous panda-dial watch, the “Paul Newman” Rolex Cosmograph Daytona once owned by Newman himself (though that timepiece, of...Read more: Hello, Newman! 10 Panda-Dial Chronographs That Aren’t the Rolex Paul Newman Daytona
As per tradition, Rolex generated much of the watch-media buzz at Baselworld 2018, primarily for the release of its new GMT-Master II in a steel case. But that was not the only big news coming out of Rolex this year; fans of the brand’s extreme-depth divers’ watch, the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Sea-Dweller, were treated to a revamped model with new lugs and bracelet and a new “Superlative Chronometer” movement.Read more: The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller Gets an Upgrade
This year is the 55th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Carrera which we’ve been celebrating with a multi-part series highlighting the model’s unique history. At Baselworld 2018, TAG Heuer introduced multiple new models to commemorate the occasion, from the ultra-modern, skeletonized Tête de Vipère to the vintage-inspired Calibre 16 Chronograph in two different colors.
In the official WatchTime Baselworld 2018 wrapup, I described the blue-dialed Calibre 16 Chronograph on a steel bracelet...Read more: The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph
Editor’s Note: Today, we’re introducing a new bi-weekly series focused on highlighting the profusion of independent small-scale brands in today’s watch marketplace. Over the past decade, this arena has soared in interest thanks to social media, value-focused watch blogs, and the proliferation of watch forums. This column will give WatchTime readers and subscribers a chance to look through the marketing fog and see which microbrands are worth the buzz. The articles that appear...Read more: A Hands-On Review of the Brellum Duobox Pandial
Walk into any horological meetup with a quartz watch on and you’re likely to get the door slammed in your face. I kid, I kid — but only partly. Ever since the mechanical watch industry made its recovery in the face of a specific doom brought on by Japanese watchmakers, many so-called watch enthusiasts (snobs might be the more appropriate nom de guerre) have outright refused to let a battery-operated watch end up on their wrists. Is that fair? Depends — of course anybody that calls themselves a t...Read more: The Ultimate Guide to High Accuracy Quartz Watches
While the once-rare tourbillon has by now been firmly established as a mainstay in the haute horlogerie world, there are still some watchmakers that can come up with clever new variations on it. At Baselworld 2018, Corum became one of these innovators, with the release of a new timepiece with an eye-catching centrally mounted tourbillon in its “playful and contemporary” Bubble collection.
The Coru...Read more: Whirlwind in a Bubble: The New Corum Bubble 47 Central Tourbillon