WatchTime August 2007

Rolex's new Yacht-Master II +++ Inside The Hublot Big Bang +++ Test: Panerai's Ferrari, Scuderia Rattrapante +++ Interview: Bulgari's Francesco Trapani +++ Pros & Cons: Silicon Escapement


Bulgari, Hublot, Omega, Panerai, Rolex


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WatchTime August 2007


  • THE BEST SHOWS EVER? By Joe Thompson | A rising tide of luxury watch sales lifted all spirits at Basel and Geneva.
  • BASEL-GENEVA 2007, PART II By Norma Buchanan and Mark Bernardo | Last issue, we offered a glimpse of the new watches from this year’s Swiss fairs. Now we bring you the second wave, with timepieces for all tastes.


  • AUTO EXOTICA By Alexander Linz | Does the Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante, made by Panerai, live up to both companies’ proud histories of technical and design excellence?


  • LOUIS’S JUBILEE By Thomas Wanka | Founded in 1931 and revitalized by an ambitious investment group in 2003, Louis Erard is a watch brand on the rise.
  • PRO & CON: BRIDGING THE SILICON DIVIDE By Gisbert L. Brunner | Several watchmakers have turned to silicon over steel as a material of choice in their escapements, while others remain skeptical of silicon’s place in traditional horology. We hear from both sides.
  • A TINKERER’S TALE By Lucien F. Treub | French watchmaking prodigy Vianney Halter has made a splash on the Swiss watch scene with his innovative, cockpit-themed timepieces.
  • CONNOISSEURS: CAMPANOLA CRAZY By Norma Buchanan | Reputed to be the world’s number-one collector of Citizen Campanola watches, Kurt Behm insists that he’s not crazy – just in love.
  • BIG BANG BOOM By Martina Richter | We take a closer look at the Big Bang, the titanic timepiece that put Hublot back on the horological map.
  • QUO VADIS BVLGARI? By Joe Thompson | By 2012, Bulgari aims to be a full-fledged manufacture, making all of its complicated watches, from chronographs on up, in-house. Bulgari CEO Francesco Trapani outlines his ambitious plans in a conversation with WatchTime.
  • OMEGAMANIA RUNS WILD By Mark Bernardo | Antiquorum’s first all-Omega watch auction fetches record prices in Geneva.
  • FACE TO FACE: BIG SHOT BENSON By Ed Kiersh | From the arrival of the Beatles to the war in Iraq, renowned photojournalist Harry Benson has captured history on film. Can you guess his trusted companion timepiece?


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  • WatchTalk
  • Time for Her
  • Watch Quiz
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  • Last Minute