Jean-Claude Biver on Zenith’s New Chronograph Movement

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Zenith is introducing “the El Primero of the 21st Century,“ as revealed by Zenith CEO Jean-Claude Biver in an exclusive interview with the Editorial Director of Ebner Publishing’s Watch Division Rüdiger Bucher. Zenith is introducing “the El Primero of the 21st Century,“ as revealed by Zenith CEO Jean-Claude Biver in an exclusive interview with WatchTime collaborator […]

A Watch of Note: The Inside Story of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731

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What’s the Mt. Everest of watchmaking? Is it a minute repeater? How about an ultra-thin caliber? Each requires special manufacturing know-how. Neither tolerates imprecision, and assembling either one requires tremendous skill. Now imagine an ultra-thin minute repeater. That’s a challenge the craftsmen at Vacheron Constantin accept every day. They are making the Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre […]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Arca Collection

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Vacheron Constantin, looking back on its remarkable 260 years of history, introduced a series of celebratory collections at SIHH 2015, including the all-new Harmony collection and two Métiers d’Art Mécaniques Gravées timepieces. The third offering builds on a deep tradition of artisanal crafts perfected since the brand’s founding in 1755. In this article from Monochrome-Watches, we […]

A World Record: Vacheron Constantin Unveils a Watch with 57 Complications

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On September 17, at a press event at its manufacture and headquarters in Plan-les-Ouates on the outskirts of Geneva, Vacheron Constantin unveiled the most complicated watch ever made. The double-dial portable mechanical timepiece has a total of 57 complications, by Vacheron’s count. Several of the complications are world firsts. (All 57 complications are listed at […]

Close-Up: Zenith Pilot Doublematic

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Zenith is best known these days for chronograph watches powered by the high-frequency El Primero chronograph movement, which it introduced in the milestone horological year of 1969. However, one would have to go further back to discover that the brand also boasts a history of developing precision timekeeping instruments for aviation. In fact, French pilot […]

Vacheron Constantin Announces “World’s Most Complicated Watch:” Here’s a Glimpse

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On Sept. 17 in Geneva, at a celebration marking its 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin will present what it calls “the most ingenious and sophisticated mechanical watch ever made.” Ahead of the launch, Vacheron has released some preliminary information about the watch to a small number of watch publications around the world, including WatchTime. (It did […]

A Two- Week Tourbillon: Testing the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days

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The movement of the Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days, from Vacheron Constantin, is a beauty: a rich mélange of elegant sunburst, perlage and Geneva stripes; hand-beveled edges; immaculately polished screws; a tourbillon cage adorned with a Maltese cross; and engravings decorated with gold. Given the watch’s eye-popping price of $292,700, you’d expect all this… and […]