Mark Bernardo

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.

5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

RMO52_SKULL_1501

Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological … [Read more...]

Graham Partners With Navy SEAL Foundation for Limited-Edition Watch

Graham Chronofighter Oversize Navy Seals Foundation

Graham, the Swiss watch brand with British roots, has partnered with a decidedly American institution for its new limited-edition watch. This latest version of the Graham Chronofighter Oversize, which … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Chopard Superfast Chrono - front

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 … [Read more...]

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time Novak Djokovic Limited Edition

Seiko Astron GPS Novak Djokovic LE

With the U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event on tennis's 2015 calendar, underway in New York, we showcase a limited-edition Seiko Astron GPS watch created for "brand ambassador" (and top-seeded … [Read more...]

The 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' … [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 … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime New York 2015: RGM 801 Corps of Engineers Watch

RGM 801 Corps of Engineers watch - front

On October 23 and 24, WatchTime stages its biggest and most luxurious watch collectors' event to date, WatchTime New York, in Manhattan's Gotham Hall. (Click here for event details and to purchase … [Read more...]

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

Breguet 5733 BR

As we've seen in recent years, watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 10 Divers’ Watches

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GoodPlanet

Because divers' watches continue to be very popular, we've continued to cover a lot of them here on WatchTime.com. Here we collect photos of some of these timepieces, all of which have been introduced … [Read more...]

James Bond’s New Watch: The Omega Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition

OMEGA Seamaster 300 Spectre LE

Omega has been the watch of choice for James Bond since 1995, when Pierce Brosnan strapped on a Seamaster for Goldeneye. The Swiss brand has released a commemorative 007 timepiece to coincide with … [Read more...]

10 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride … [Read more...]

Saluting 6 “Tribute to the Military” Watches

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer Side

Wristwatches have long been useful tools in military life, and over the years various watch brands have created special timepieces to honor certain branches of the armed forces and those that support … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: On the Waves With the Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Flyback Ceramica

Panerai Luminor Ceramica - map

As legions of Paneristi are aware, Officine Panerai has had a long association with the sea; the brand was, after all, established as a supplier of professional diving watches to the Italian Navy. … [Read more...]

Close-Up: 5 Tissot T-Race MotoGP Watches for 2015

Tissot T-Race MotoGP Automatic front-back

Tissot, longtime partner of the MotoGP World Championship — the Grand Prix of motorbike racing — presents its latest collection of Tissot T-Race MotoGP limited edition watches this year. Here's a … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Zenith Pilot Doublematic

Zenith Pilot Doublematic

Zenith is best known these days for chronograph watches powered by the high-frequency El Primero chronograph movement, which it introduced in the milestone horological year of 1969. However, one would … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

Seiko 5 Sports Speed Timer 1969

Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's … [Read more...]

MeisterSinger U.S.A. Benjamin Franklin Limited Edition

Meistersinger Benjamin Franklin Limited Edition

MeisterSinger, based in Münster, Germany, has cultivated a following with its focus on minimalist, single-handed timepieces offered at affordable prices. For its newest limited edition, the brand has … [Read more...]

A Formidable Foursome: 4 Watches Worn and Endorsed by Pro Golfers

Bubba Watson wearing Richard Mille

For many of us, summer means weekends on the golf course and lazy afternoons watching your favorite professional golfers compete in the major tournaments on TV. And for some of us, this also involves … [Read more...]

Frédérique Constant Runabout Moonphase Automatic

Frederique Constant Ref. FC-365RM5B4

For the fifth consecutive year, Frédérique Constant — well-regarded by many collectors for its affordable Swiss watches with mechanical movements — served as a title sponsor for the Lake Tahoe … [Read more...]

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

Piaget Emperador Coussin Automatic Minute Repeater

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 … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

Carl F Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec, the brand's first professional-grade divers' watch, made its official debut at WatchTime's "Inside Basel-Geneva" collectors' event in 2013 and the line has … [Read more...]

Omega Begins Olympics Countdown with New Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016″

Omega Seamaster Bullhead "Rio 2016" LE

The 2016 Olympic Games begin one year from now in Rio de Janeiro, and Swiss watch brand Omega will once again serve as official timekeeper. This week, Omega releases a new, limited-edition watch for … [Read more...]

A Fleet of Ferraris: 10 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches (Updated with New Models for 2015)

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic thumb 150

Hublot released the first Big Bang Ferrari watches, products of a collaboration with the famed Italian automaker, in 2012. Since then, the brand has expanded the Hublot Ferrari collection each year, … [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 … [Read more...]

7 New Watches Inspired by Historical Pieces

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The vintage-look trend that has been so prevalent in the watch world in recent years showed no signs of abating at this year's Baselworld watch fair. Modern re-editions of historical pieces continue … [Read more...]

Two 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 marked both milestones last year … [Read more...]

DeWitt Academia Chronostream II

DeWitt Academia Chronostream II - front

The Academia collection from Manufacture DeWitt has long been distinguished by its clever melding of classically elegant design elements with modern, sporty ones. The most recent example can be found … [Read more...]

Close-Up: Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom

Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom - reclining

Ulysse Nardin made the watch cognoscenti sit up and take notice back in 2001, when it unveiled its wildly unconventional Freak watch, one of the first timepieces to use silicon in key parts of its … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: Reviewing the New Tissot PR 516 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Tissot PRS 516 - wrist - IMS track

It's always a thrilling feeling to be wearing a watch that few others have. It's even more so when it's the only example of that watch in the entire United States. The latest version of the Tissot PRS … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: Seven IWC Ingenieur Watches

IWC Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon

IWC Schaffhausen recently introduced its revamped IWC Ingenieuer collection, with designs and materials inspired by the brand's new partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One racing team. … [Read more...]