Documenting every watch that competed in the time trials.
Many watches are certified, for various qualities like accuracy, durability and water-resistance, by independent agencies, ranging from COSC to TIMELAB. These certifications are proof of watchmaking and chronometric excellence, with a sprinkle of savvy marketing. Here's a handy guide to the most important Swiss watch certificates.
Explaining Seiko’s Legendary History In Swiss Chronometer Trials, With Live Pictures Of Its Landmark Astronomical Observatory ChronometerBy the late sixties Seiko dominated Swiss observatory chronometry trials, just before the contests were cancelled for good. At the end of the sixties, 226 Seiko wristwatches were certified by the Neuchâtel observatory and sold to the public as Astronomical Observatory Chronometers, making them amongst the rarest and most desirable Seiko timepieces ever.
Introducing the FP Journe Chronomètre Optimum, Featuring Remontoir and Double Escape Wheels (with specs and price)This watch has been rumoured to have been in the works for some years and finally it is here, the FP Journe Souveraine Chronomètre Optimum. As the name suggests this watch is Journe's idea of the ideal chronometer. It is essentially a fusion of ideas from the Tourbillon Remontoir e'Egalite and the Chronometre Souverain - it has constant force mechanism along with twin barrels.
Introducing The Specially Adjusted, Ultra-Precise Grand Seiko High Beat Special Edition (With Specs And Price)In addition to the 10th anniversary Grand Seiko GMT limited editions, Seiko has just unveiled a special edition of the Grand Seiko High Beat 36,000 bph at Baselworld 2012.
Hands-On With The Kari Voutilainen Vingt-8 Chronometer, Featuring His First In-House Movement (with live photos and price)Presented earlier this year as the sucessor to the successful Observatoire, the Vingt-8 is equipped with Voutilainen's first in-house calibre featuring a enormous, adjusable mass balance and dual escape wheels.