About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With the MLB playoff chase in full swing, a new NFL Season on the horizon, and U.S. Open tennis starting next week, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]

New Victorinox Swiss Army Watches Celebrate Two Victorinox Anniversaries

Victorinox Swiss Army Inox watches

Victorinox, maker of the iconic Swiss Army knives, was founded 130 years ago, in 1884. The company made its first Swiss Army watches 25 years ago, in 1989. Victorinox marks both milestones this year with the release of two new Victorinox watches: the new Inox line of tough sports watches, and a limited-edition dive watch, the Dive Master 500. … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing. As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]

Orbita Sempre is Automatic Watch Winder for Manual-Wind Watches

Orbita Sempre watch winder

During our annual visits to Orbita at the various watch and jewelry trade shows, we always see an impressive collection of new and existing winders of all sizes, holding anywhere from a single watch to as many as 48. And of course, the vast majority of these Orbita watch winders — and most other watch winders — are equipped to supply power to automatic (that is, self-winding) watches by rotating them at regular intervals so the rotors in the watches' movements can continually supply energy … [Read more...]

Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton

Chronoswiss Timemaster_Chronograoh Skeleton - blue hands

At Baselworld 2014, Chronoswiss released, for the first time ever, a skeletonized version of its sporty Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph, which allows wearers an unencumbered view of the watch's filigreed and decorated automatic movement and offers two different dials, both surrounded by robust, DLC-coated bezels. … [Read more...]

Budget Travelers: 5 World-Time Watches Under $5,000

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

Summer is the preferred time for many people to travel, and what could be more useful for globetrotters than a watch that lets them keep track of time everywhere in the world at once? Many world- time watches will cost you as much as several overseas vacations, but we found a handful, all with mechanical movements, that you can get for $5,000 or less. … [Read more...]

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Now Available in 6 New Steel Versions

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Steel - duo

Jaquet Droz's Grande Seconde SW watch collection, the sportier cousins of the brand's well-known Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde models, expands this year, with six new models in steel cases, offering two different case sizes and three contemporary color schemes. … [Read more...]

The New Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at six of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]

Look, Ma, No Hands: 10 Watches That Tell Time Differently

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The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Bugatti 10-Year Anniversary Watch Debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Parmigiani Bugatti Mythe

The first watch to arise from the partnership of boutique Swiss watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier and French luxury automaker Bugatti, the Bugatti Type 370 watch, launched in 2004. To commemorate 10 years of the partnership, and 10 years of Parmigiani Bugatti watches, Parmigiani unveiled the first of three limited-edition anniversary models at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. … [Read more...]

Horology Comes to Steeltown: Kobold’s Spirit of America

Michael Kobold of Kobold Watch Co.

In WatchTime's March-April 2009 issue, we presented a profile of Pittsburgh-based Kobold Watch Company and the story behind its U.S.-made Spirit of America watch, which brand founder Michael Kobold proudly launched in 2008. Scroll down to read the story and see photos of the watch. … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking (Updated with New Watches from Baselworld 2014)

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Last October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic

Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic Ref. 393RM5B6

Frédérique Constant has sponsored the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's most prestigious showcase events for vintage wooden boats, since 2010. This year, the Geneva-based watch company salutes the event with a new limited-edition watch in its sailing-inspired Runabout collection, the Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic, available in two distinct versions. … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]

The New Waltham Watches: An American Classic Returns with a Modern Swiss Twist

Waltham CDI - front

Waltham is a name well-known to American aficionados of vintage watches and clocks. This fall, the quintessential American watch brand — absent from the United States since the 1980s — returns to that market with new Waltham wristwatches that call to mind the brand's long and storied history but are also decidedly modern. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Arnold & Son DSTB Limited Edition

Arnold & Son DSTB - angle

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is the recently revamped Arnold & Son brand, which will showcase its limited-edition Arnold & Son DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) at the events. … [Read more...]

Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that, like Johnny Cash and goth teens, are clad in black from top to bottom. … [Read more...]

Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]

Movado Derek Jeter Captain Series Collection

Movado Derek Jeter watch

As baseball fans, particularly New York Yankees fans, are aware, 2014 marks the final season for Yankees captain and all-star shortstop Derek Jeter. Movado, the watch brand for whom Jeter has been a longime brand ambassador, now commemorates Jeter's 20-year baseball career with a trio of new watches, the Movado Derek Jeter Captain Series. … [Read more...]

Alpina’s Alpiner 4 Collection: 6 New (and Affordable) Swiss Sports Watches

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph - black w/ strap

In 1938, Alpina launched the original "Alpina 4," which the brand claimed was the "first modern Swiss sports watch." That vintage timepiece was the inspiration for the sporty new Alpiner 4 collection, released by Alpina this year, which includes a chronograph and a GMT watch, both powered by automatic Swiss mechanical movements and priced well under $5,000. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Armin Strom Gravity Date Fire

Armin Strom Gravity Date Fire

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is indie brand Armin Strom, which will showcase its new Armin Strom Gravity Date Fire at the events. … [Read more...]

Whirlwind Romance: 4 Watches with Multiple Tourbillons

TAG Heuer Carrera MikroPendulumS

Nowadays, almost any luxury watch brand worthy of the name offers at least one timepiece with a tourbillon. But there are only a handful of brands that have pushed the envelope to create watches with two, three or even four tourbillons. Here we take a look at four such watches that made their debut at this year's Baselworld and SIHH watch fairs. … [Read more...]

Kering Acquires Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture front

Kering, the luxury goods conglomerate formerly known as Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), has acquired 100 percent of Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin, an independent brand that had long been the subject of takeover rumors. Ulysse Nardin now joins the Sowind Group brands, Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard, in Kering's expanding "Luxury - Watches and Jewellery" division. … [Read more...]

Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series

Breitling Super Avenger Military watch - front

Breitling describes its Super Avenger Military Limited Series watch as "a concentrated blend of power, precision, and functionality." The "power" part undoubtedly refers to the new watch's case, which is made of steel covered with an ultra-resistant, carbon-based black coating. The "precision" and "functionality" most likely refer to this Super Avenger's COSC-certified chronometer movement, Caliber 22. … [Read more...]

Omega Unveils its First 2016 Olympics Watch, the Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016″

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are still two years away. However, Omega, which will be the Games' official timekeeper for the 27th time, has already introduced its first limited-edition watch celebrating the Rio Games: the Omega Speedmaster Mark II "Rio 2016," a chronograph watch with an in-house, co-axial movement. … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Goes Back on the Auction Block at Sotheby’s

Patek Philippe Henry Graves watch

The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction will be offered again this November at Sotheby’s in an auction that will coincide with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition

Carl F Bucherer Manero Tourbillon

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is Carl F. Bucherer, which will showcase its Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition at the events. … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Russell Westbrook

This week's Watch to Watch teams up Zenith with one of the NBA's hottest young talents. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Tribute to Russell Westbrook is an extremely limited edition (just five pieces), available exclusively through Westime Jewelers in Los Angeles. … [Read more...]

Only in New York: The New Hublot King Power 692 Bang

Hublot 692 Bang - yellow strap

The city that never sleeps meets the watch brand that never rests: this week, fresh from serving as official timer of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Hublot launched a new limited-edition watch that will be exclusive to its flagship New York City boutique, the Hublot King Power 692 Bang. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

Lange Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the timepieces featured there by the core sponsor watch brands is the new Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase from A. Lange & Sohne, which made its debut at SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]