Armand Nicolet adds a chronograph to expanded line of classic watches

Armand Nicolet adds a chronograph to expanded line of classic watches

While most mainstream luxury watchmakers crammed their 2017 creations into smaller cases than in recent years, Armand Nicolet has gone the other way and increased the size of its J09 Chronographs. The addition of a chronograph to its classic line of luxury watches is also new. The company describes the move as a link between

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Audemars Piguet creates its first perpetual calendar wristwatch in black ceramic

Audemars Piguet has used almost indestructible black ceramic for the latest in a long line of perpetual calendar wristwatches. Audemars Piguet introduced its first perpetual calendar wristwatch in 1955. Only nine of the highly complex watch were made in 18ct gold. The complication has been used many times since that year, but 2017 is the


Bremont makes trade-up offer to pre-owned watch owners

US-based pre-owned watch marketplace Crown & Caliber is partnering with Bremont to offer consumers the first ever watch trade-in programme backed by a watch manufacturer. The trade-in programme is limited to just the month of May. If successful, it could lead to a similar experiment in the UK, WatchPro has been told. Hamilton Powell, CEO and


Maurice de Mauriac build on the success of the L1 with its latest divers’ watch

Maurice de Mauriac has built on the technical excellence and widespread acclaim for its L1 divers’ watch with a new edition, sensibly named the L2. Founders Daniel Dreifuss and designer Fabian Schwaerzler invested years in the creation of the L1, which combined the precision engineering required to survive at underwater depths of up to 300

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Rolex and Patek pieces among 29 Jackie Collins watches auctioned off

Watchmakers including Harry Winston, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex and Chanel are part of a collection of 29 watches belonging to the late best-selling author, Jackie Collins, to be sold off. The watches are being sold as the contents of Collins’ Beverly Hills mansion is auctioned off. The auction is led by Bonhams and will


Panerai crafts anniversary watch range for classic yachts challenge

Italian sports brand Panerai has added three new watches to its Luminor 1950 chronograph collection. The launch marks the 13th year of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, an international circuit reserved for classic and vintage sails. New Luminor watches include the Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio, featuring a 47mm brushed titanium case and


Nomos helps sun worshipers maintain status and style on the beach

Nomos is determined to prove that luxury and style should not be sacrificed when heading to the beach. The German watchmaker has created a fresh collection within its Neomatic range that zings with sporty colour and is water-resistant to 200 metres. The Aqua series is a range of precise, extra water- resistant timepieces based on

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Swiss foundation creates mobile phone app that teaches the basics of watchmaking

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Academy (HH Academy) has created a mobile phone app that guides complete novices through the basics of making a mechanical watch. HH Academy is a Swiss institution that promotes fine watchmaking worldwide, through its four missions to inform, train, recognise and organise. The mobile app introduces people to the

The President of LVMH Watch Division and TAG Heuer CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, says customers will shape the future of retail.

EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Claude Biver fears for future of retailers that underperform online

Jean-Claude Biver says that the move towards online retail is irresistible for watch brands because that is the way customers want to shop. The head of LVMH’s watch division, who is currently also CEO of TAG Heuer and Zenith, tells WatchPro: “Online retail is the future, and you will not be able to stop it.


Dutch watch brand Fromanteel looks to expand into the UK

Fromanteel is hoping that a growing number of UK customers buying directly online from the Dutch watch brand will spark interest from retail partners this year. The company operates in the affordable luxury segment of the market, competing with brands such as Raymond Weil and Maurice Lacroix with Swiss-made timepieces retailing for between £350-1000. The