Watch Insider’s Top 10 Best-Value Chronographs of 2014

Longines Column Wheel Single-Push-Piece Chronograph

As the New Year approaches, I continue to assemble my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. So far, we've covered my favorite chronograph watches and men's dress watches that debuted in 2014. This week, I put the spotlight on chronograph watches offering the best value for money. … [Read more...]


Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

Longines Master Retrograde dial CU

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: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches of 2014

Omega De Ville Tresor - White Gold

As we approach the end of the year, I have started assembling my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Last week, we looked at my favorite new chronograph watches that debuted in 2014. This week, the focus is on the year's top dress watches for men. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Chronographs for 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic

As we approach the end of 2014, I have started assembling my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. First up are my favorite new chronograph watches that debuted this year. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

Breitling_Transocean-Chrono-GMT_150

A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Le Petit Prince

Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on one of the most remarkable IWC watches of the last few years, the limited "Petit Prince" edition of IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar, introduced at the 2013 Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I provide a review and original photos. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turns out it's one of the coolest new watches of the year. 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

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy Seals

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 Unveils 3 New Breitling Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

This is what I would call a nice line extension. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I offer a look at three newly released Breitling watches (or “Instruments for Professionals,” as Breitling would call them): the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition, Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, and Breitling Galactic 44. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" and "affordable luxury" when it comes to watch brands. For me, it means watches under $5,000, with mechanical movements, from trusted watch brands. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable men's watches that represent the most excellent value for price. … [Read more...]


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

Tissot Luxury Automatic

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’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux_Constant-Escapement

On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far 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 my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the New Longines Heritage Diver

Longines Heritage Diver Chrono

In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released this summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the 1970s. Like the original models, these new Longines dive watches have a case diameter of 43 mm and some of the same distinctive dial details. … [Read more...]


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

Island

Autumn has begun, 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...]


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

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

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


The Apple Watch Is Here! What Does Our Watch Insider Think of the New Smartwatch?

Apple Watch - orange strap

"Not bad at all" was my immediate reaction to yesterday's 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...]


Watch Insider: Discover 100 Years of Rolex Chronometers and Rolex Oyster Watches

Rolex Datejust - 1945

One hundred years ago, in 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” chronometer certificate to a wristwatch for the very first time. This was a major achievement for the timepiece in question, a tiny Rolex watch, and it also marked the advent of the modern precision wristwatch. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Previews the New Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

Chopard Superfast Porsche

Recently I attended the Ennstal-Classic, a historical sports car rally in Austria, and while there had the chance to see the new Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph, a watch I like very much. Check it out (including specs and original photos) in this article, excerpted from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the New Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

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...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches

Swatch Garosugil

Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? Swatch has released its Spring/Summer 2014 catalog, and in this 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 euros or less. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Chronograph Watches: Are These The Best Chronographs?

Cartier Montre Calibre de Cartier

Top chronograph watches remain incredibly popular, even if most of us don't even use their signature chronograph watch functions. I am no exception; along with GMT/UTC functions, chronographs are one of my favorite complications. For all chronograph fans like myself, I have compiled a top 10 list of my personal best chronographs and best chronograph watches here and on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. All watches are relatively new, either from 2013 or 2014. The list will be updated throughout the … [Read more...]


Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Military Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a military watches trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these military watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Explains the New Rado Hyperchrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer

Rado HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer - Black

At Baselworld 2014, 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 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. 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 that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

Linz and Omega's Urquhart

Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Patek Philippe to Unveil New Booth at Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe New Booth - Baselworld 2014

Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and I have continued to preview new watches and cover other news on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. This week Patek Philippe, one of Baselworld's most popular exhibitors, announced that it will be debuting an all-new booth at the fair. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Watch Insider Previews 3 New Hublot Ferrari Chronographs

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari

Continuing its partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, Hublot will introduce at Baselworld 2014 three new 45-mm Hublot Big Bang Ferrari chronographs, all equipped with the Hublot's in-house Unico chronograph caliber. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is a sneak peek at these three new Hublot Ferrari watches, with U.S. prices added. … [Read more...]


Baselworld Preview: Watch Insider Reveals the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling has released specs and photos on the first of its new watches set to debut at Baselworld 2014, the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon, a deep black, ticking tribute to the biggest Bentley engine, the famous 6.75-liter version that powers Bentley's Mulsanne limousines. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal photos and technical details direct from the brand. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

Piaget_Altiplano560150

Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting new ladies' watch collections, female watches and top ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my blog Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for the best watches for women, most beautiful ladies' timepieces, top ladies' watches and best ladies' watches presented in 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far. … [Read more...]