Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

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Winter is here, and the chilly temperatures have put me — and, I'd guess, many of you — in mind of a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to take? I know — not an easy decision for a watch lover. But how about if I narrow it down? … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph

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The Seiko company was founded in 1881, produced its first pocketwatches in 1895, its first alarm clocks in 1899, and its first wristwatches in 1913. That means that 2013 marked 100 years of Seiko wristwatches, and the Japanese company marked the milestone with a special version of its Seiko Ananta Chronograph. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal the story behind the Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph and present to you the details of the centennial-celebrating … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, all released within the past few years, that have most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Leave a comment at the end of this post if you want to add your own favorites. … [Read more...]


Audio: 12 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2015

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At SIHH 2015 in Geneva, I had the chance to chat with 12 watch industry executives, from 11 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces introduced at the show and what lies ahead in 2015. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Watch Insider Previews the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette

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At SIHH in Geneva this year, Parmigiani Fleurier has brought out a new skeletonized ultra-thin watch: the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette. It gives a clear view of the new PF 705 movement. Here's a look at the new SIHH release, originally published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

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Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature originally presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

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Of all the watches that debuted at last year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in recent years. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I give you the scoop on Cartier's foray into the world of "real" sports watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

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In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through our in-depth watch testing gauntlet. Scroll down to see the results of the test, originally published in our print edition, along with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s 6 Most Underestimated Watch Manufacturers of 2014

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Some watch brands get all the credit, while others deserve more than they get. This six-pack – Breguet, Cartier, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Nomos and Tissot – does a great job. All six are extremely innovative and have a huge range of in-house-manufactured calibers. But the greater public of watch collectors and aficionados may not realize all that these brands are doing. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I discuss the unsung strengths of these six watch brands. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Exclusive Photos of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Pelé

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During last year's SIHH in Geneva, as part of its big 2014 World Cup push, Hublot launched its new chronograph watch made in cooperation with Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. Shortly afterward, I had the opportunity to snap some of the very first photos of this beautiful timepiece for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Click here to see photos and technical info on the watch. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Montblanc Goes Smart with the Montblanc e-Strap

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Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert has given us a New Year's gift. The Richemont Group brand has announced the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, a piece of wearable technology built into the strap of a watch. I think it's a great idea. Why not use the huge real estate of the watch strap to display information coming from a smartphone? In this post from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I take a look at this all-new technological development. … [Read more...]


The Apple Watch: What Does Our Watch Insider Think of the New Smartwatch?

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"Not bad at all" was my immediate reaction to the introduction of the Apple Watch. However, it also struck me that this is not really a watch but more a reincarnation of the iPod Nano, only designed with round edges and meant to be worn on the wrist. A kind of Bonsai-iPhone, for lack of a better description.  … [Read more...]


SIHH 2014: Watch Insider’s Top Five Sport Watches

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I am assembling lists of my top five watches introduced at last year's SIHH in three categories: design, innovation and, today, my favorite sports watches. Keep in mind these are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked by preference. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Tissot Offers Automatic 80-Hour Movements at Affordable Prices

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At first glance, Tissot's Powermatic 80 automatic caliber appears to be just another ETA movement. But as I reveal in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, that impression is way off the mark. Much like Swatch's new Sistem 51 caliber, this one represents another quiet watchmaking revolution. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: The Grandmaster Chime and Other Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Watches

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Patek Philippe recently unveiled its long-awaited 175th anniversary watch collection, headlined by the magnificent Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Scroll down for info and photos on the Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary watch models. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Explains the Rado Hyperchrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer

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Last year Rado introduced a watch that has no crown, in which the wearer activates the functions and sets the time by touch. In my opinion, the Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer, with its easy-to-use second-time zone function, is a perfect travel companion as well as a great-looking watch. Discover how it works in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches Of The Year

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Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? In this top 10 Swatch watches article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal to you my top 10 new Swatch watches from the brand's latest offerings. (Incidentally, some of these Swatch watches are also among the best selling models at retail). All of them are priced at 130 Euro or less, many of them are unisex watches and can be worn every day, as dress watches, sport watches. Enjoy my top 10 Swatch watches for this year, and I look forward to … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 10 Watches From 2014 With That “Certain Something”

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Some watches simply "have it" and some do not. These 10 timepieces, to me, have that certain something that sets them apart. Scroll down to see my choices. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

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With Baselworld 2015 starting soon, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the 2014 show for you. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld 2014 that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the New Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

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The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is a new wristwatch is equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter-and-barometer movement. In fact, it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch at an affordable price. Learn more about it in this in-depth review, excerpted from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]