About Jason Francisco

Jason Francisco is the Junior Administrative Assistant of WatchTime. His mission is to share all news, tests and stories with our readers worldwide via social media networks. Jason also is supporting the mobile editions of WatchTime on the iPad, iPhone, Nook and Kindle. From time to time Jason writes blog posts on various watch topics.

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

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Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]


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Facetime February 8

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SIHH 2014: 9 New Luxury Watches for Ladies

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At the big watch fairs, like the upcoming Baselworld show and the recent SIHH in Geneva, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year, watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as their male counterparts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we're looking at some recently announced ladies' watches which will be available in 2014. … [Read more...]


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SIHH 2014 ROUNDUP: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

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At last week's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our live updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2014 Preview: 10 New Watches Launching at SIHH

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This year's SIHH watch fair, held in Geneva, starts on Monday. If you're a regular visitor to WatchTime.com, you've seen that several watches making their debut at SIHH have already been unveiled before the event. To prepare you for our upcoming on-site coverage of the SIHH, we're giving you a taste of watches from ten brands that we (and, perhaps, some of you) will be seeing live for the first time there. … [Read more...]


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5 Limited-Edition Omega Watches Made for the Olympic Games

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For many years, Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. In addition to its timing duties, Omega often releases timepieces celebrating the games and the nations that host them. For the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Omega has introduced the Omega Sochi Petrograd, which we covered here. Below, we take a look at five other Omega watches (in most cases, exclusive and extremely limited) made specifically for the Olympic games. … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Videos of the Year

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We've added a lot more videos to Watchtime.com over the past year, and lots of you have noticed. The videos — most created and provided by some of the top watch brands — have become one of the most popular features on the site. As we begin a New Year, we're looking at our most popular videos of 2013. Below we count down your favorite watch videos ranked by page views. Click on each to watch the full video. 10. Inside the HYT H2 HYT's H2 expands the timekeeping system of its debut … [Read more...]


Facetime January 4

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WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Reviews and Tests of the Year

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Watch Tests and Watch Reviews, all taken from the print edition of WatchTime magazine, are among our most popular features on Watchtime.com, so as 2013 comes to a close, we're looking back at the watches our readers were most excited to see us put to the test. Below we count down our most popular watch tests and watch reviews, ranked by page views. (Number One may surprise you.) Which was your favorite? … [Read more...]


24 Holiday Watches for the Budget-Minded

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Christmas is right around the corner, and many of you might still be looking for the perfect gifts for your fellow watch freaks. With just a few days left to go, we're offering some suggestions for watch gifts that won't break the bank. Follow the links below for 24 affordable watches you can buy this holiday season. … [Read more...]


WatchTime E-Special: TAG Heuer Triple Feature

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WatchTime’s latest digital exclusive, WatchTime E-Special: TAG Heuer Triple Feature is now available on the WatchTime shop and the WatchTime app! Download the app from the Google Play store or the iTunes App store to read this trio of TAG Heuer watch reviews. … [Read more...]


Gift Ideas for a “Wet” Christmas: 23 Divers’ Watches

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Last week we helped you pick out a watch for the lady in your life, guiding you to our recent posts covering 25 ladies' watches. This week we're looking at 23 divers' watches covered on Watchtime.com. Follow the links below to find some great gift ideas for the divers and water sports enthusiasts on your holiday gift list. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 10 Watches to Watch of 2013… What Was Your Favorite?

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Every week, WatchTime's Mark Bernardo picks one watch to showcase in our "Watch to Watch" feature. As the year is winding down, we've decided to spotlight the most popular "Watches to Watch" of 2013, based on page views. Here we count down the top 10 watches you were watching this year. Can you guess what made Number 1? … [Read more...]


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WatchTime Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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We're celebrating the holidays with our latest digital exclusive, the WatchTime Holiday Gift Guide 2013. Download the app on the Google Play store or the iTunes App store to purchase this special issue showcasing 111 watches, introduced at this year's Baselworld and SIHH watch fairs, available at retailers this holiday season. … [Read more...]


Need a Gift for Her? Here are 25 Ladies’ Watches from WatchTime.com and Watch Insider

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With the holiday season upon us, many of you are probably seeking out a gift for the lady in your life. Why not share with her your passion for fine watches? We've decided to make your search a bit easier by gathering several of our recent articles on ladies' watches all in one place. Follow the links below, where we highlight recently released ladies' watches to narrow down your gift options. … [Read more...]


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Breguet Tourbillon Exhibition Comes to New York

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Breguet brought its traveling exhibition, “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” to New York City, for the last stop on a U.S. tour at the Breguet Boutique Fifth Avenue. Featuring a retrospective of the tourbillon mechanism throughout watchmaking history, the showcase has traveled across Asia and Europe since its unveiling in Geneva at the start of 2013. … [Read more...]


Luminox Founder Launches Szanto, New Vintage-Inspired Watch Collection

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Szanto (pronounced Sahn-tow) is a new brand of vintage-inspired timepieces designed by watch-industry veteran Barry Cohen, founder and owner of Luminox . Seeing the trend toward vintage looks in the watch world and elsewhere, Cohen developed his new watch brand with an eye toward designs with an early-20th century flavor, particularly those of classical military watches. The new American watch takes its moniker, Szanto, from an old family name. … [Read more...]


Facetime November 9

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KISS Drummer Eric Singer Tests Ball Watch on Stage

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At a recent invitation-only press event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, KISS drummer (and WatchTime Connoisseuer profile subject) Eric Singer tested a Ball watch during on onstage performance. … [Read more...]


Now Available – WatchTime E-Special: The Valjoux 7750

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WatchTime’s latest digital exclusive, WatchTime E-Special: The Valjoux 7750 is now available on the WatchTime app! Download the app on the Google Play store or the iTunes App store to read the history of the famous Valjoux 7750 movement. … [Read more...]


5 Fashion Brands You Didn’t Know Made Men’s Mechanical Watches

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Watches bearing the names of big fashion houses tend to get written off by serious watch aficionados, who tend to think of them as only for ladies or, worse, only inexpensive pieces with quartz movements. In addition to brands like Hermes, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel, who have taken strides to establish themselves in the world of men's mechanicals, here are five other such brands that may have flown under your radar. … [Read more...]


Facetime November 2

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WatchTime’s November-December Issue Now on the WatchTime App

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WatchTime’s November-December issue is now available on the iPad and on Android devices! … [Read more...]