US-Based Watch Companies – American Pride

To celebrate Independence Day, iW presents a selection of United States-based watch companies. Some produce their watches on American soil, while some host minimal production in America. Either way, these companies are boosting the 240-year old country’s horological reputation around the world.

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Citizen to Acquire Frederique Constant, DeMonaco and Alpina

The Japanese company, which already owns several Swiss watchmaking concerns (La Joux-Perret and its affiliated brands Arnold & Son and Angelus) as well as Bulova, seeks to expand its own presence in stores that carry the mid-price-range timepieces made by Frederique Constant and Alpina. Citizen Watch Co. said Thursday that it plans to acquire Frederique Constant Holding, the Geneva-based watchmaker that owns and operates the brands Frederique Constant, Alpina, and DeMonaco. read more

Review – Casio G-Shock MRGG1000HT Hammer Tone Limited Edition Watch

A big part of me wishes to splurge on elaborately decadent Japanese watches from time to time. Well, actually, I do… High-end Japanese watches come in a range of forms from more classically conservative watches by Citizen and Seiko, to “luxury Mr. G” G-Shock sport watches from Casio. This new-for-2016 “Hammer Tone” MRG-G1000GT is one of those, being a limited-edition G-Shock model that combines unparalleled durability with cool technology… and hand-craftsmanship. read more

Technology With T-Touch Solar & Tissot Smart-Touch Watch

At recent time, it has been long guessed and confirmed that the first major smartwatch from the Swatch Group would be released by group brand Tissot. A few weeks ago Swatch Group chairman Nick Hayek mentioned that a Tissot smartwatch would be released at Baselworld 2016 and currently here it is: the Tissot Smart-Touch. According to the outgoing Tissot T-Touch Solar, the Smart-Touch is an completely logical and modern evolution of the T-Touch family of technology-inspired Swiss timepieces that started life in the late 1990s. read more

The Special Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante Watch

There are technically impressive movements, beautifully executed ones, complicated ones… and then, sometimes, there are movements that imply someone at the brand has gone completely mad, mix-and-matched his or her favorite complications… and refused to take no for an answer. Here’s a perfect example of that latter phenomenon, the Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante, a watch with a tourbillon, a double column wheel flyback split second chronograph, automatic winding, power reserve indication, and a healthy amount of skeletonization. read more

Official Timekeeper of the US Open – Citizen Watches

In concordance to such position is the company’s breakthrough as well and success in constructing the cutting-edge Ecological Friendly timepieces, which they achieved with their Citizen Eco-Drive collection. Watches that are part of this collection are powered by both, natural and artificial sort of light. The Timepieces from Eco-Drive line of products by Citizen Watches therefore do not require batteries and are constantly fueled by light. All the models from this series are constructed in Japan, though some are assembled in China. read more

Solar-Powered Timepieces

The days are long and the sun is high. So get out that solar timepiece and power it up. It’s good for the environment, too.

In a nutshell, a solar powered watch converts light—either sunlight or artificial light or both—into electrical energy that powers the timepiece, thereby avoiding the need for battery changes or battery disposal. The light is usually absorbed by a solar panel behind the crystal, and stored in a rechargeable cell. read more