SIHH 2017: Vacheron Constantin Unveils Most Complicated Wristwatch: $1M Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication

 |  January 16th, 2017

The century-old battle of the complications continues, as Vacheron Constantin unveils its most complicated wristwatch to date: Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600. The watch, which was five years in the making, boasts 23 functions and complexities, and offers   civil, solar and sidereal time indications – each via its own separate gear train. Based on previous demand of its bespoke pieces, we estimate that this unique watch easily carries a hefty price tag that goes above and beyond the $1 million mark. The watch was two years in the design and development stages for the movement, the functions and the mechanics – especially so that they would all fit inside a case that measures 45mm in diameter and is just…

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Five Fantastic Meteorite Dial Watches on the Wrist

 |  January 9th, 2017

Last month on Haute Time we introduced seven great watches with meteorite dials. Here we bring you a look at that article and at another five fantastic meteorite dial watches ….     Easily one of the most exciting ways to bring the stars and sky to the wrist is via a watch with a meteorite dial. However, that is no easy feat. Meteorites are hard to come by, and once secured, they are difficult to work into the form of  a watch dial. However, this is part of the allure of owning a rare meteorite for the wrist. Currently, approximately  a dozen brands that turn to meteorite for certain timepieces, make no mistake: this is a rare material. The fact that…

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Luminescent Watches: How Watches Like Rolex, Tudor Get Their Glow

 |  December 21st, 2016

Today in history, in 1898, to be precise, husband-and-wife scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium. It was a discovery that would change lives forever, as the substance made its way into all walks life ranging from medical to watchmaking. Radium was the true start of the luminescent watch and the leader (albeit a killer one) of the pack of “glowing” watches hands and markers. Over the years, the way watches get their glow has changed significantly, but here is a look at how watches get their glow. Essentially, watches that glow in the dark are designed to make nighttime or underwater reading of the time and functions easier. However, the century-plus journey to get to where we are today was not an easy…

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Louis Moinet Named by Guinness World Records ™ for ‘First Chronograph’

 |  November 22nd, 2016

  In a super exciting move, and following six months of thorough investigation of the brand and its claim as the inventor of the chronograph, Louis Moinet has been named the holder of the title of “First Chronograph” by the famed Guinness World Records organization that has been naming world records and firsts since 1955. The award was bestowed on the luxury watch brand for its invention of the chronograph by Louis Moinet in 1816, wherein he released the “Compteur de Tierces” watch. This year, the brand celebrated the 200th anniversary of the invention of the chronograph and has unveiled a host of exciting new chronograph watches, including several versions of the outstanding “Memoris” chronograph, which you can read about…

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Retail Jewelers: Get a Blog, Get the Millennials (Survey Results)

 |  November 18th, 2016

Recently, we discussed how the changing landscape in the watch industry may actually pave a new course for watch brands. You  can read about that here.  Interestingly enough, that article sparked a host of emails and conversations about the state of retail, as well.  Indeed, an unprecedented number of retail watch stores have, over the past couple of years, been closing their doors. Much of this is due to lack of traffic, lack of sales and a  lack of understanding how to  reach today’s millennial customers. One key solution is for retailers to reach out on line: get a blog, get the customers. Why You Should Blog About Watches: The retailer has a great website, and even a blog about watches.…

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