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...]

“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

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One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [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...]

5 Mechanical Watches Under $2,000

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At the Swiss watch fairs, the attention-grabbing releases are often the most astronomically priced timepieces with the most complex movements. But what about those who are seeking a more "entry-level" timepiece without compromising on the mechanical movement? We've compiled a list of watches with automatic movements that might have flown under the radar. While less complicated and less expensive, at under $2,000 each, these watches won't break the bank.First seen at Baselworld 2013, the … [Read more...]

Facetime February 15

Derrick Hicks shows off his Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial Chronograph.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Derrick Hicks, Richard Paul King, and Robin Henry for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine. … [Read more...]

Facetime February 8

Lynn Cutolo wears a limited edition Hublot Classic Fusion while on a cruise in the Caribbean.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Louis Cutolo, Tommie Hawkins, and John Stark for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine. … [Read more...]

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...]

Facetime February 1

At Hollywood & Vine Restaurant in Disney World, Adrienne and Derek Bonner show off their watches along with Special Agent Oso. Adrienne is wearing a two-tone TAG Heuer Aquaracer Automatic, Derek is wearing TAG Heuer Aquaracer Day-Date Automatic Chronograph, and Special Agent Oso has a cool watch of his own.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Derek Bonner, Jim Wurzburger, and Ahmed Sajeel for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine. … [Read more...]

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.Day One:The first day of SIHH saw the introduction of Baume & Mercier's first ever tourbillon, the Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon, as well as the Clifton … [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.Audemars Piguet will be introducing the a new Royal Oak Concept model at this year's … [Read more...]

Facetime January 11

On the summit of Chimney Rock at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, Rob Wilder wears his Sinn 856 GMT.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Rob Wilder, David Au-Yeung, and Joel Soleil for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.   … [Read more...]

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.Among Omega's other new models … [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 H2HYT's H2 expands the timekeeping system of its debut … [Read more...]

Facetime January 4

Laszlo Barabas and his wife Gabriella Filotas visit the Matra Mountains in Hungary. Laszlo wears a Rolex Datejust from 1984, while Gabrielle wear a Rolex Oyster Perpetual from 1964.

Happy New Year, and welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Joel Soleil, Phil Brooks, and Laszlo Barabas for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.   … [Read more...]

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?10. Sand Dude: Testing the Breitling SuperoceanAlexander Krupp tested the Breitling … [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.In Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Watches Under $1,000, blogger Robert-Jan Broer of FratelloWatches.com shares his top five watches priced under $1,000, including the Seiko “Black … [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.This E-Special collects three TAG Heuer watch reviews from the pages of WatchTime. Our watch reviewers share the results of their timing tests and list the pros and cons of the TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Edition Steve McQueen; the … [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.In our list of 6 Extreme Divers’ Watches, we look at six divers' watches that can withstand extreme depths, including watches that go as deep as 4,000 meters, like the … [Read more...]

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

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

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? 10. Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback TitanioReference PAM00526 debuted this year, containing a brand-new Panerai movement, Caliber P.9100/R, … [Read more...]

Facetime December 7

Dr. Cliffton Bong (left) and Chris Nguyen enjoy a meal at the historic Gulliver's Restaurant in Irvine, CA. Dr. Bong is wearing his IWC Mark XV while Chris is wearing his newly acquired IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Dr. Cliffton Bong, Pete Murden, and Jaipal Khaira for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.   … [Read more...]

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.If you're searching for the perfect gift for loved ones who share your passion for timepieces (or another one for yourself - we won't tell), the WatchTime Holiday … [Read more...]

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

A. Lange & Söhne Ladies Saxonia Automatic

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.In Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches of 2013, Alexander Linz shares his choices for the top … [Read more...]

Facetime November 23

R.J. Kamatovic wears his Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Limited Edition while posing with Sam-I-Am, who is not wearing a watch.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to C.H. Tse, François Couture, and R.J. Kamatovic for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.  … [Read more...]

Facetime November 16

Greg McWillam and his wife Lynn Melanson rest with their dog Bella after hiking to Ripple Rock, overlooking Seymour Narrows on Vancouver Island, Canada. Greg wears his 50th Anniversary Limited Edition James Bond Omega Seamaster calibre 2507, while Lynn wears her Technomarine Cruise.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Greg McWilliam, Scott Jones, and Matthew Yehiel for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.   … [Read more...]

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.The brand celebrated the arrival of the exhibition to the Big Apple with a private cocktail reception on the evening of … [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.Szanto timepieces, according to Cohen, will … [Read more...]

Facetime November 9

Josh Putterman, wearing his Rolex Submariner anniversary edition with green bezel, and his daughter Grace at a Jacksonville Jaguars football game in Jacksonville, FL.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Josh Putterman, Robert Sharp, and Kevin Conway for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to photo@watchtime.com. We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present them in WatchTime magazine.   … [Read more...]

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. The watch, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne, features Ball Watch's new SpringLOCK anti-shock system, which was put through its paces by Singer's rigorous, high-energy rock-and-roll set. Singer, a major watch collector profiled in the December 2010 issue of WatchTime, later joined Ball Watch CTO … [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.This new E-Special features two articles detailing the history of the ETA/Valjoux 7750, the automatic movement that powers many of the world's most popular Swiss watches. The first article tells the story behind the caliber's development. while the second … [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.Burberry has introduced a line of high-end watches with Swiss movements. The … [Read more...]