Experience Watchmaking for a Weekend in Zurich

 |  July 31st, 2015

Always dream of going to Switzerland? Of seeing how watches are made? Well now you have your chance. The Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich is offering a “Luxurious Watchmaking Experience”  this summer and running through September 30, 2015. Operated as a special package by the iconic hillside-nesteld hotel, the event is designed to offer guests a unique watchmaking experience. Run by top Zurich retailer, Bucherer, the watchmaking class enables participants to gain a rare look inside the fascinating world of watchmaking. A  trained watchmaker will teach the art of beautiful timepieces via a once-in-a-lifetime look inside the best Swiss timepieces.  The package includes a two-night stay at the hotel, which also boasts an award-winning spa, and other amenities. Packages start at just about $3,000 per person.

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Rare Swiss Watches Stolen from Museum

 |  July 30th, 2015

The historic town of La Chaux-de-Fonds and nearby Le Locle – where Swiss watchmaking got its start – are sleepy towns with rich heritage and significant architecture that has garnered UNESCO World Heritage status. Recently, though, the towns were anything but sleepy. In fact, Monday night, thieves broke through window bars at the well-known Musee’ d’ Horlogerie du Locle and stole approximately 15 timepieces. The loot they made off with included antitque pocket watches, antique travel clocks and some more modern wristwatches – all stolen within minutes. The thieves have not yet been found. This break in comes just two months on the heels of the burglary at Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds back in May, where thieves broke down the front…

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Baume & Mercier’s Clifton Complete Calendar: A Moon for Every Man

 |  July 29th, 2015

Baume & Mercier has been making quality Swiss-made timepieces for the past 184 years and is well poised for another couple of centuries. The brand makes a constant effort to combine traditional styles with modern approaches, which has resulted in an amazing line up of watches. Among them: the Clifton Complete Calendar with its Anthracite dial and moon phase. The piece itself features a Swiss-made self-winding Dubois Depraz 9000 movement, which handles quite a few technical functions.The Dubois Depraz caliber (with 25 jewels) boasts a 42-hour power reserve. The moon phase, day, month and central hand date functions are displayed in a very classic, yet contemporary manner. At 43mm, the polished/satin-finished steel casing contains a sapphire crystal both on the front as well…

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Affordable Watches: Introducing Bold New Normlzeit Vienna Cube Clock Wristwatches

 |  July 28th, 2015

  There is a bold new affordable wristwatch player on the block: Normalzeit Vienna Cube Clock Wristwatches.   The new wristwatch is a bold reinterpretation of the Cube Clock, a Vienna landmark icon since 1907. The clock became an institution in the city – with newer versions installed regularly. Unfortunately, in 2007, the city of Vienna replaced all of the Cube Clocks with new ones. At that time, international Vienna art trading company, Lichterloh, purchased the clocks and design rights. They later interpreted the design into urban chic furniture. Next, they partnered with Vienna-born, New-York based graphic designer Fredi Brodmann for the creation of the wristwatch.   The Normalzeit Vienna Cube Clock wristwatch – like the clock – features a dial with…

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Watch this Armin Strom Watchmaking Video — You’ll be Glad You Did

 |  July 27th, 2015

If seeing is believing, then Armin Strom’s newest short video will have you understanding the fundamental principles behind the brand’s entire manufacturing process. The detailed craftsmanship that goes into creating such exceptional timepieces is now available for all to see.  From a concept’s inception to its final completion, the balance between man and machine aligns perfectly. The  approximately 2-1/2-minute video below demonstrates the brand’s Swiss watchmaking abilities and forward thinking innovation– and is worth the time. It is interesting to note that one of the key lines for the brand is its Skeleton Pure  three-dimensional timepieces with four distinct models, two of which we covered  here. The watch is the perfect tie-in with Armin Strom’s sailing venture, now in its second year. In…

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