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In this episode of our Calibre Podcast, the CEO of the Watches of Switzerland Group Brian Duffy sits down with the founder of the New York City-based Analog Shift, James Lamdin. Brian speaks with James about his obsession with cars and when his fascination with watches began and ultimately led to the creation of Analog Shift. This episode of the Calibre Podcast was recorded in the offices of Analog Shift in New York City.

Key discussion points:

  • How James’ found his interest in watches
  • Where the idea for Analog Shift came from
  • A discussion around several key timepieces

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In this episode of our Calibre Podcast, the CEO of The Watches of Switzerland Group, Brian Duffy and Non-Executive Chairman of the LVMH Watchmaking Division, Jean-Claude Biver discuss his long and illustrious career including his time at TAG Heuer, Hublot, Blancpain, Omega and more.

Key discussion points:

  • How Mr. Biver began his career within the luxury watch industry
  • Mr. Biver’s history with Audemars Piguet, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Omega, to name a few
  • How the Hublot Big Bang Fusion came to be

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The time has come. On 29th November, we opened our first Watches of Switzerland showroom in New York City at 60 Greene Street, SoHo.

Boasting an ample 8,377sq ft of space set over two floors, our showroom is home to brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, OMEGA,  Cartier, Breitling, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hublot, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Bremont and Longines—along with a special offering of important vintage timepieces, an in-house cocktail bar, a curated library of collectible watch books and an evolving collection of photographic artwork available for purchase.

Meticulously designed to help preserve the heritage of the downtown neighbourhood, from the area’s loft apartments, wooden floors, ornate iron columns and exposed-brick walls throughout, and its lofty 8m-high ceilings maximises the natural light and create a feeling of airiness.

‘We’ve worked hard to tap into the tremendous charm and history of the buildings in SoHo,’ explains our CEO Brian Duffy. ‘The surrounding community is very discerning and made up of creative and artistic people from all fields, and we want our showroom to become a place where they come to hang out and, in doing so, get to know us as a brand.’

Designed by MNA, the lower level cocktail bar created in partnership with Death & Co., is one of New York City’s most influential cocktail lounges. Intended as a respite for shoppers and a gathering place for enthusiasts and the local community, the WOS bar will offer artisanal cocktails crafted exclusively for Watches of Switzerland clients by Death & Co. bartenders.

For the more literary-minded shopper, we have created an intimate library/bookshop, curated by Esquire Fashion Director and noted watch enthusiast, Nick Sullivan.  The collection includes a range of books from biographies to anthologies to luxe coffee table favourites, covering not only timepieces, but also rare automobiles, classic yachts and other hallmarks of a well-lived life.

Recognizing the importance of the neighbourhood’s historic connection to art, we have also forged a partnership with the renowned non-profit arts foundation, Aperture, to curate a continually rotating exhibition of contemporary photography. The first installation of artwork will include photographs from Bill Armstrong, Michael Flomen, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky and Richard Misrach.  All photographs will be available for sale with proceeds benefitting the artists and Aperture.

For the collector and enthusiast, we have invited one of the world’s top vintage watch dealers, Analog/Shift, to present a selection of exceptional vintage timepieces, including Rolex, Omega and TAG Heuer. Watches of Switzerland will provide clientele with access to emerging and less established watch brands through dynamic in-store pop-ups, taking place every three to four months.  Kicking-off the pop-up program will be a partnership with Grand Seiko.  Clients of our new Greene Street boutique will also have access to a dedicated Service and Repairs department, as well as a watch strap bar featuring a wide assortment of colours and materials.  A collection of specialized watch winders and storage units will also be available.

To mark the opening of our new showroom, we held an exclusive launch party, inviting some of the key influencers in the Luxury Watch Industry as well as local businesses clients, and celebrities.

Visit the new showroom at  Watches Of Switzerland 60 Greene Street, SoHo, New York

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A celebration of Swiss Watches with David Gandy, Jim Chapman and Bill Prince

Last month, 155 Regent Street, our flagship Watches of Switzerland showroom, opened their doors to a celebration of Swiss timepieces with renowned watch enthusiasts David Gandy, Jim Chapman and Bill Prince, Deputy Editor, British GQ. Joined by some of the most sartorially stylish men within the fashion and lifestyle industries, the exclusive event hosted by Brian Duffy, CEO of The Watches of Switzerland Group included an evening of trend talks, panel discussions and of course a vast range of luxury timepieces.

The event started with an in-depth panel discussion between our Senior Watch Buyer Faye Soteri, David Gandy, Jim Chapman and Bill Prince. With a range of interesting topics up for debate, the panel covered everything from first watch – a vintage OMEGA Speedmaster for David and an IWC Portifino for Jim, to ‘if money was no object’ – a Patek Philippe World Time for Bill and JFK’s OMEGA for David. A lively discussion followed to whether smart watches have had an impact on the traditional watch industry and whether our panellists had been inspired by timepieces in films. You can read the full panel discussion Q&A here.

Following the discussion, our guests were treated to a bespoke styling session with a selection of iconic luxury timepieces from our festive gift guide. Split into sport, classic and ladies; the session tailored pieces to our guest’s unique tastes and featured watches from the Hublot Big Bang and Zenith Defy to OMEGA Tresor and Cartier Panthere.

The session also featured show-stopping pieces including the exquisite Ulysse Nardin Circus Aventurine Minute Repeater (worth £334,500.00) and a stunning Rolex Daytona in 18ct Rose Gold.

The evening progressed with an exclusive trend talk from Brian Duffy, CEO of The Watches of Switzerland Group. Packed with insider knowledge, Brian shared key horological trends such as the emergence of bi-colour dials, as showcased by the Rolex DateJust 41.0mm Everose Rolesor, OMEGA Seamaster 42.0mm Steel Rose Gold and Cartier Santos 40.0mm Steel & Yellow Gold. Alongside large dials for ladies with the Rolex DateJust 36.0mm Yellow Rolesor, Panerai Luminor Due 38.0mm Steel and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37.0mm Rose Gold.

The night concluded with an opportunity for the guests to take a look at, photograph, and try on more luxury timepieces over dinner. This included the Patek Phillippe Calatrava, Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day, Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Complete Calendar and Piaget Limelight Gala.

What better way to spend the evening than with good food, great company and exquisite timepieces. See more from the exclusive event with our highlights video.

To view any of these pieces in this post, please visit our spectacular showroom at 155 Regent Street, London or browse our online gift guide.

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In this episode of our Calibre podcast, the CEO of Watches of Switzerland Group Brian Duffy chats to James Dowling, author of The Best of Time, Rolex Wristwatches, and is one of the most respected authorities in horology.

Key discussion points include;

  • The story of Rolex from its conception until today
  • Where the name Rolex came from
  • How the wristwatch came to be common practice
  • The invention of the oyster case
  • And much more

If you have a horological question you’d like answered, please head over to our social media to let us know, and we may well include it in upcoming Podcasts.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, acast, Stitcher, Overcast and Podbean, the Calibre Podcast will be easily accessible and available across all major podcast solutions so you can listen on the go.

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In this episode of our Calibre podcast, the CEO of Watches of Switzerland Group Brian Duffy chats to the esteemed CEO of one of the biggest Swiss manufacturer of luxury mechanical watches, Francois-Henry Bennahmias of Audemars Piguet.

Key discussion points include;

  • A brief history of Audemars Piguet and its background
  • Some of François-Henry Bennhamias’ experience whilst being in his current position as CEO
  • What the future looks like for Audemars Piguet

If you have a horological question you’d like answered, please head over to our social media to let us know, and we may well include it in upcoming Podcasts.

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This episode, entitled ‘Entering A Digital Age’ is going to be one of our most talked about episodes yet.

It features our CEO Brian Duffy speaking with Senior Watch Buyer Faye Soteri and Rob Waugh, an author and tech journalist for the Mail On Sunday, Daily Telegraph and the Metro.

Key discussion points include;

  • Swiss Watch brands and their foray into the digital market
  • The evolution and progression of digital marketing for Swiss Watch brands
  • Why a smart watch is chosen over their traditional counterpart

If you have a horological question you’d like answered, please head over to our social media to let us know, and we may well include it in upcoming Podcasts.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, acast, Stitcher, Overcast and Podbean, the Calibre Podcast will be easily accessible and available across all major podcast solutions so you can listen on the go.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, acast, Stitcher, Overcast and Podbean, the Calibre Podcast will be easily accessible and available across all major podcast solutions so you can listen on the go.

To subscribe to our podcast, just search ‘Calibre Podcast’.

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Episode 2 of our Calibre Podcast is ‘Making Of A Modern Watch Brand’

George Bamford is the founder of the Bamford Watch Department. Bamford launched his company in 2004 from a desire to re-discover the lost art of personalisation in an age of mass production. It has become a sensation in the luxury world, collaborating with watch brands including Zenith, TAG Heuer and Bulgari.

He talks us through everything you’d need to know from setting up a business to the innovations within the horology world, and what is next to come. He also delves into his love and history with timepieces, having been gifted a Breitling Navitimer at eleven years old. He subsequently took the watch apart to teach himself how it worked.

If you have a horological question you’d like answered, please head over to our social media to let us know, and we may well include it in upcoming Podcasts.

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We are thrilled to launch our Calibre Podcast with the inaugural episode entitled ‘History Of Swiss Watches’ . In this first episode, Brian Duffy, the CEO of the Watches Of Switzerland Group speaks to Mark Toulson our Head Of Watch Buying, on the history of Swiss Watches.

This episode includes;

–              The History of Swiss brands including Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron

–              A discussion around the origin of Swiss Watches

–              A conversation about the process of manufacturing

The Calibre Podcast will be a fortnightly series that explore topics and questions related to the world of horology. Presented in a combination of a Q&A and round table formats, each episode will see our guests focus on topics that are important to them.

If you have a horological question you’d like answered, please head over to our social media to let us know, and we may well include it in upcoming Podcasts.

You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, acast, Stitcher, Overcast and Podbean, the Calibre Podcast will be easily accessible and available across all major podcast solutions so you can listen on the go.

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“DO BETTER IF POSSIBLE, AND THAT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE”

François Constantin uttered these words on July 5, 1819. Now legendary, they speak volumes to the spirit of Vacheron Constantin. Over the centuries, the company has shrewdly intertwined tradition with innovation to acquire the technical, aesthetic, artistic and human capital that shapes its vision of time. From setting out to conquer the skies to tracking great explorers, passion for fine craftsmanship and human hands are behind every feat it accomplishes.

Founded in Geneva in 1755, the Maison Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest continuously operating watch manufacturer. For more than 260 years, each timepiece embodies the quest for excellence and the values cherished by Vacheron Constantin, the loyal custodian of unique technical expertise and creativity.

For over 260 years, Vacheron Constantin has represented an exclusive circle where a limited number of pieces made by the workshops guarantee the highest level of excellence. This culture is rooted in true knowledge; not the appearance of knowing.

Their latest collection is called Fiftysix. A new modern collection characterised by a retro-contemporary style, perfect to be worn in any circumstance. Inspired by the iconic reference 6073 presented in 1956, the Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix offers the keys to modern elegance and relaxed refinement. This timepiece is distinguished by its shape, and notably its lugs, each representing a branch of the Maltese cross. We have three different styles of the watch here at Watches Of Switzerland, and they are Self Winding, Day-Date & Power Reserve and Complete Calendar. The Vacheron Constantin Fifty-six Men’s Watches comes equipped with a 40mm case, which houses the silver dial and hand-made automatic movement that provides the power. Attached to the case is an alligator skin leather strap for increased comfort on the wrist. The timepieces are water resistant up to 30 metres.

Self Winding

Day-Date & Power Reserve

Complete Calendar

To have a look at the brand new Vacheron collection, you can visit your nearest Watches Of Switzerland Showroom

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