About Alexander Linz

Alexander Linz is an Austrian watch journalist, watch collector and blogger (www.watch-insider.com). He belongs to a small group of European journalists who have been covering the Swiss and Japanese watch industry for decades. Alexander writes on a regular base for the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse", Austria's leading watch and jewelry trade magazine "Uhren-Juwelen" and the leading watch magazines in Germany "Chronos" and "Uhren Magazin". His interviews and features appeared in many of the world's leading watch forums and are frequently being shared by watch experts and journalists.

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

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A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list recently, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would … [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. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the Longines Heritage Diver

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In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released last summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is a wristwatch equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter-and-barometer movement. In fact, it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch at … [Read more...]


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

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Just over 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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches

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As the watch world prepares for the release of the new products introduced at Baselworld 2015, we revisit my year-end "Top 10" lists for 2014, all originally posted on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. We … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: A Week With the Apple Watch

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As of today, the Apple Watch will be available in stores. But if you’re looking for a little more info and want our first impressions on what it’s like to wear an Apple Watch, the Watch Insider … [Read more...]


Sovereign Statement: Testing F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain

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F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Souverain is renowned for its rarity and collectibility, but how well does it function as a timekeeper? WatchTime puts the watch through its paces in this exclusive test … [Read more...]


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

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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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s 6 Most Underestimated Watch Manufacturers

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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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 10 Watches 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’s Top Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

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Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting top new ladies' watch collections, female watches and best ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Best-Value Chronographs

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As watch brands introduced their new models at SIHH and Baselworld, let's look at my annual Top 10 Best-Value Watches list, which I assembled for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. We've covered my favorite … [Read more...]


Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 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 … [Read more...]


Vintage Style: Watch Insider’s Top 10 Modern Re-Edition Watches

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The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, are my personal … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

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 … [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? … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Previews the New Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

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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 … [Read more...]


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

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Winter is finally fading, but 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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

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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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men

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From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 men's watches that represent the most excellent value for price. There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" … [Read more...]


The First Annual Watchstars Awards: Here Are the 5 Winning Watches for 2014

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Last week, the winners of the 2014 Watchstars Awards were announced, as selected by an international committee of experts. The Watchstars Awards are international watch awards, intended to honor … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld

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I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from Baselworld, first published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Unveils 3 New Breitling Watches

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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 … [Read more...]


Introducing the New James Bond Watch: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond SPECTRE Limited Edition

The newest James Bond movie, called Spectre, will hit theaters on November 6th of this year and, as we all have expected and anticipated, Omega has unveiled its latest official 007 watch, the Omega … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]