April 2017

Breaking news: CVC Capital Partners Fund VI agrees to acquire majority stake in Breitling SA

Friday 28 April 2017
TITLE: CVC Capital Partners Fund VI agrees to acquire majority stake in Breitling SA


CVC Capital Partners ("CVC") today announced that CVC Fund VI has agreed to acquire an 80% stake in Breitling SA ("Breitling"), a leading independent, family-owned manufacturer of Swiss luxury watches and an internationally renowned premium brand.

Omega Speedmaster - 60 years young! 1957 - 1969




The first Speedmaster

The original timepiece in a legendary family. Called the “Broad Arrow” due to its distinctive hands, this was not only the first Speedmaster, it was also the first chronograph wristwatch in the world with its tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial - a feature designed for the benefit of racing car drivers. This is perhaps the most highly valued of all the Speedmasters and it signalled the start of a very special journey.


Omega Speedmaster - 60 years young! The year 2017




An online community tribute

In 2012, an online community of #SpeedyTuesday fans began to grow around the world, with Speedmaster pictures and comments being shared every week. In tribute to these Speedmaster devotees, OMEGA produced this new Limited Edition model to celebrate the 5th anniversary. It marks the first OMEGA watch marketed purely through social media and sold exclusively online, and the design was based on several vintage models from the past including the “Alaska III”.

Omega Speedmaster - 60 years young! 2010 - 2016




First Speedmaster with meteorite dial

With a dial and subdials made from slices of meteorite, this Speedmaster was built from a real piece of space. It commemorates the historic moment when astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (USA) and cosmonaut Alexei A. Leonov (USSR) shook hands in space in 1975. The caseback features two spacecraft from both the USA and the Soviet Union and the names of the cosmonauts and astronauts involved.



Omega Speedmaster - 60 years young! 1991 - 1999




For Switzerland’s 700th anniversary

This Speedmaster model was limited to 50 pieces. Although it celebrated the 700th anniversary of Switzerland, the watch was released exclusively for the Japanese market. As well as the chronograph function, it also includes a Moonphase and a perpetual calendar programmed up to the year 2100. It is often considered to be the most complicated watch OMEGA has ever produced in series.



Omega Speedmaster - 60 years young! 2000 - 2009




25th anniversary

With their spacecraft docking together in space in 1975, the Apollo and Soyuz commanders shook hands through an open hatch and signaled a bright future for the two nations. This gold watch was created to mark the 25th anniversary of that landmark event and was limited to 50 pieces. The mission name appears in English and Cyrillic in the counter at 6 o’clock and a special dedication inscription is included on the caseback.



Breaking News: Julien Tornare will become the next CEO of Zenith (Updated with picture and official press release)

Starting 1. May Julien Tornare will take over Zenith as CEO. Julien Tornare was the Managing Director of Vacheron Constantin in Asia and based in Hongkong. Julien Tornare originates from Geneva and passed almost all his career at Vacheron Constantin after leaving Raymond Weil in 2000. He is a proven expert for the Chinese market and he will probably very quickly develop Zenith on the Chinese market, since the brand is not really present there yet ... I will have more details coming in the next days ...  

Some interesting facts about Nomos Glashütte

You might have recognized that I did not publish an interview with either Roland Schwertner, the founder of Nomos Glashütte in 1990, nor with Uwe Ahrendt, the CEO of the watchmaking company. It does not fail according to my will, but due to the fact that Roland Schwertner does not give any taped interviews at all and Uwe Ahrendt prefers to do them in German I simply couldn't. As I know that Nomos Glashütte is popular among you guys I want to serve you some written facts in a kind of Q&A I put together for you...    

Nomos Campus - the name tells the story

That´s a mechanical wristwatch for a great start in life! Either to celebrate academic achievement, starting a career or to set a clear signal against digital- and/or smart-watches as a young chap. To own a Nomos Club is not a question of money, but a question of personal conviction!  So listen dear parents, there is no reason why your kids should not continue a tradition and not wear a mechanical wristwatch!