Davide Cerrato is on fire. He joined Montblanc as head of its watch division in December 2015 after successful stints at Panerai and Tudor and immediately pivoted the brand into a sportier direction with the relaunch of the TimeWalker collection. By combining Montblanc’s history with its movement manufacture — the erstwhile Minerva — Cerrato has been able to tap into a brand identity that goes back over a century and features a hearty dose of mechanical chronographs. Highlights from last year’s...Read more: Going Upstream: The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition in Bronze with a Salmon...
One of things we look forward to the most about WatchTime New York each year is getting to work with the independent brands that aren’t always visible to the horological mainstream. From an American watchmaking rockstar hell-bent on returning Pennsylvania to its former horological glory to a Finnish luminary operating at the peak of his powers, we welcomed more independents than ever before to Gotham Hall this year. Here are five of our favorite watches from these autonomous brands that...Read more: Five Timepieces from Independent Brands at WatchTime New York 2017
When it comes to museums operated by watch brands, the Omega museum in Bienne is definitely one worth a visit (and if you’re not planning a trip to Switzerland, there’s a website as well: www.omegamuseum.com). It is located just across from Omega HQ, admission is free, it’s open on Saturdays as well as during the week, and — best of all — you get to see hundreds of watches, clocks, movements, and instruments displaying more than a century of the brand’s fascinating history.
Of course,...Read more: 4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production
Last Friday, Bulgari celebrated the grand re-opening of its famed Fifth Avenue boutique following an 18-month redesign by architect Peter Marino. Bulgari also unveiled an exclusive new jewelry collection “From Rome to New York” comprised of 33 jewelry pieces and a limited edition take on the 2017 Octo Finissimo Automatic (at 5.15 mm thick, its the slimmest self-winding watch on the market) with blue hands and indexes and “Fifth Avenue” markings on the dial.
The watch is...Read more: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic “Fifth Avenue Edition”
If you stopped by the Saturday session of WatchTime New York 2017, you may have attended one of our numerous panels and seminars throughout the day.
For early risers, we hosted a conversation between true horological rockstars that was moderated by noted collector Jeff Kingston. Kari Voutilainen, Roland G. Murphy of RGM Watch Company, Romain Gauthier, and Claude Greisler of Armin Strom spent over an hour discussing the industry at large and how independent brands are able to flourish in today’s c...Read more: WatchTime New York 2017 Panel Recap
The so-called “bullhead” chronograph — with crown and pushers at the top of the watch rather than on the side — is a type that very few watches even attempt to pull off today, with some notable exceptions — Omega makes one as an extension of its main Speedmaster line — but Contatempo (CT) Scuderia, a brand of auto-racing inspired chronographs founded by third-generation Italian watchmaker and motorbike racing enthusiast Enrico Margaritelli, has embraced the style, applying it across its nearly i...Read more: Hands-On: CT Scuderia Master Time Automatic