2011: The Year in Review Quiz, Part II

This week it’s time for Part II of our 2011 Year in Review Quiz. Have you been taking notes? Celebrate the end of 2011 with this little quiz, where we present 12 questions about news stories from the past year. As always, the answers appear at the end. And remember, your term papers are due next week. Good luck!




Breitling Jet Team

1. Who flew with the Breitling Jet Team without using an airplane?

A. Ian Groom
B. Yves Rossy
C. Hannes Arch
D. Markus Feyerbend


Who won the prize?

2. Which watch won the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix award? read more

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Only Watch Auction Returns to Monaco in September

The fifth Only Watch, a charity auction of unique timepieces, returns on September 28th, taking place once again in Monaco and conducted by Antiquorum Auctioneers. This year, 38 watch manufactures will each donate a unique piece specially created for the auction.

The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy, promoter of Only Watch with Antiquorum and the Monaco Yacht Show, in order to help finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease affecting 1 in 3,500 boys, therefore 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world. The previous Only Watch in 2011 raised €4,563,000 for the cause. read more

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A Record-Breaking Patek Philippe Highlights Top 5 Watches from Only Watch 2013

The Patek Philippe watch, the first and only one of its reference with a titanium case, was the subject of fierce bidding among the gathered collectors and philanthropists, who hailed from all corners of the globe. Its final sale price was an astonishing, and record-breaking 2,950,000 euros. Reference 5004, produced between 1995 and 2011 as part of Patek’s Grand Complications collection, is a manual-wind chronograph containing Caliber CHR 27-70 Q, a Nouvelle Lémania base movement produced exclusively for Patek, to which Patek’s watchmakers added a split-seconds mechanism and a perpetual calendar. the “T’ at the end of the reference number in this version signifies the unique titanium case. The watch far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of 400,000 – 600,000 euros. read more

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Audio: DeWitt CEO Viviane de Witt

Viviane de WittIn the November-December 2014 issue of WatchTime, on sale November 18, we profile Montres DeWitt and how founder Jerome de Witt’s wife, Viviane, rescued the troubled DeWitt watch brand. In this bonus, exclusive audio excerpt, Viviane DeWitt recalls the conversation she had with her husband before she became the new Montres DeWitt CEO.


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WatchTime’s November-December Issue is On Sale Now!

• In the cover feature, “A Sleeker Speedy,” Jens Koch tests the recently re-released Omega Speedmaster Mark II, a more streamlined version of the Speedmaster that landed on the moon in 1969. Koch’s hands-on analysis provides all the pros and cons of this retro-styled timepiece, and Nik Schölzel provides original photos of the watch and its movement. (You may also download this article from the WatchTime online store.)

• “Patek Philippe Milestones,” written by watch historian Gisbert Brunner, marks the prestigious brand’s 175th anniversary with an exploration of its most important wristwatches, from the very first Patek Philippe wristwatch, to the first perpetual calendar for the wrist, to modern achievements like the recent manual-wind chronograph, Ref. 5170. (This article is also available for download from the WatchTime shop.) read more

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Global Launch of Longines Conquest V.H.P

Longines has leveraged its outstanding expertise in quartz technology to create the ultimate high-precision wristwatch: the all-new Conquest V.H.P.


This collection constitutes another milestone in the history of quartz timepieces, successfully incorporating many features of today’s smart connected replica watches, such as ultra-precision, technical sophistication and a sporty feel, without any of the drawbacks, and all this while preserving the brand’s signature elegance. The watch also has an in-built system that resynchronises the hands after exposure to a shock or a magnetic field, a world first that guarantees timekeeping which is as accurate as the new-generation quartz movement itself. read more

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Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek Jr.Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article we examined the list for you to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are:

SF6 – 7 billion
Members of the Landolt family own the Sandoz Family Foundation and are heirs to the fortune of Sandoz, the pharmaceutical giant now known as Novartis. The foundation is the majority shareholder in Parmigiani Fleurier and the manufacturing group MHF (Manufactures Horlogères de la Fondation), which includes Manufacture Vaucher. read more

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DeWitt Academia Chronostream II

The Academia collection from Manufacture DeWitt has long been distinguished by its clever melding of classically elegant design elements with modern, sporty ones. The most recent example can be found in this week’s Watch to Watch, the DeWitt Academia Chronostream II.

The DeWitt Academia Chronostream II represents the next generation of the original Chronostream model, which incorporated in the center of its dial, between two chronograph subdials, an appliqué pattern inspired by the radiator grilles of vintage racing cars (a hobby of brand founder — and descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte — Jerôme De Witt). The new watch dispenses with the grille motif in favor of a more streamlined, legible bi-compax look for the dial. read more

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DeWitt Classic and Golden Afternoon Dazzle with Powdered Gemstone Dials

Mother’s Day is on May 8, and watch aficionados know what that means: the opportunity to express their appreciation to moms, wives, sisters, and other important ladies with a well-chosen timepiece. Between now and the big day, we will spotlight some notable ladies’ watches we’ve discovered at this year’s watch fairs. First up are two new models from boutique haute horlogerie brand DeWitt, the Classic jewellery and Golden Afternoon.

DeWitt Japanese Spring dials - pair

While the colorful dials of these two watches appear at first glance to be ornately executed miniature paintings, this is not the case. The floral-themed, subtly textured imagery on the dials — which DeWitt call “Japanese Spring” — is formed by hand using the powder of precious gemstones, including diamond, gold, pearl, agate and gemstones. As one might expect, both of these watches are extremely limited, only 10 pieces of each. read more

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