Jerome Lambert, CEO, Montblanc Watches, Raises the Bar Adding Complications and Women’s Watches

 |  September 19th, 2014

It was only about a year and a half ago that Jerome Lambert – then fierce-leader at Jaeger-LeCoultre – took over the helm of Montblanc. (You can read a Q&A from that appointment here). The brand, with a rich heritage in writing instruments and then timepieces, was ripe for the reshaping – something I knew Lambert would do in his own inimitable style. Captain of a new ship, Lambert wasted no time getting it on course. He capitalized on the brand’s superb Minerva workshops in Villeret (you can read about that manufacture here), bringing much of this Manufacture’s high standards and codes of watchmaking to the forefront for the core Montblanc watchmaking facility in LeLocle – where the brand already has exceptional…

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Mouawad Watches: Expanding into Full Manufacture Mode

 |  September 18th, 2014

We have brought you coverage here before about  the Mouawad brand — a company that has been creating fine jewelry and watches for years.  Known for its extraordinary jewels, the brand has also been building Swiss-made timepieces under a host of names for nearly half a century. I remember traveling to BaselWorld back in the  1980′s and 1990′s and spending time talking with the Mouawad family — which at that time created the Roberge’ brand of Swiss-made watches — a brand it continues to produce today. In an effort to continue its watch business as an adjunct to its already highly successful jewelry business, Robert Mouawad, in the late 1990s, acquired a watch case production facility in Les Breleux, where it…

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Affordable Watch Wednesday: Fine Watchmaking Meets Functionality: Up-Close with the Fortis Flieger Chronograph Pilot’s Watch

 |  September 17th, 2014

By: Marc Shaffer Fortis has been producing watches for over 100 years. With an exceptional history that covers inventing the first automatic mechanical watch to surpassing 100,000 orbits of planet earth, Fortis watches have a history few can emulate. You can read more about the Fortis story at the Fortis page on GevrilGroup.com. My review is on the Fortis 597.20.71 M “Flieger” Stainless Steel Automatic Watch, a Fortis pilot’s watch, which I recently purchased. The Fortis 597.20.71 M Flieger gives off an impression as one sweet pilot’s watch right out of the box. The watch just hits you with the quality of the fit and finish. I couldn’t wait to get it on my wrist. The packaging is about what…

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Introducing Alexandre Meerson Watches — the New Generation

 |  September 16th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold Independent watchmakers often strike a chord with us, due to the personal stories behind their creations, and the sheer amount of emotion in their work. While Alexandre Meerson has spent the better part of his career working for luxury conglomerates like LVMH and Richemont, he has long, firm roots in independent watch brands thanks to his father: Emerich Meerson (we here at ATimelyPerspective remember Emerich Meerson and his fashion-forward brand). This month Alexandre follows in his father’s footsteps, launching his own self-named brand: Alexandre Meerson. The brand’s inaugural collection of classic watches for men and women, “Altitude,” combines a truly intriguing aesthetic with a multitude of subtle details, all crafted to the highest standards of haute horlogerie. eerson’s father…

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Laurent Ferrier Watches: Introducing the Stunning Galet Traveller Enamel US Edition

 |  September 15th, 2014

Watch lovers in the USA will be thrilled with the newest timepiece being released by Laurent Ferrier. We’ve written about this brand before here and we know it is a particular favorite of those who appreciate not only classic elegance, but also superlative watchmaking. Now, Laurent Ferrier unveils a new USA Special Edition Galet Traveller Enamel watch with cloisonné dial limited to 8 pieces in white gold. Designed and built in Geneva by Laurent Ferrier, the dual-time zone watch is based on the 298-part, self-winding Traveller movement, with pawl-fitted micro-rotor and a double direct-impulse escapement that is fitted directly on to the balance. The two push-buttons integrated into the left-hand side of the case serve to move the local time…

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