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.

Watch Wallpaper: 12 Skeleton Watches

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Skeleton

Growing fascination with the inner workings of mechanical watches has sparked a boom in skeletonized looks. Scroll down to download wallpaper images of skeleton watches from Breguet, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and many other skeletonized watches from 12 luxury brands, to decorate your desktop. … [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...]


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 are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]


7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched in 2014

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Baselworld 2015 is just around the corner, and we expect that, as per usual, there will be a number of new tourbillon watches among the offerings. While we wait and wonder, here's a look back at last year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: 5 Grand Seiko Watches That Pay Homage to 1964 Classic

Seiko Grand Seiko 1964 - blue

Last year, Seiko added several new models to its prestigious Grand Seiko watch collection. Along with the new hi-beat GMT models, which we covered here, these Grand Seiko watches include five new models that pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of a fondly remembered Grand Seiko from 1964. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015 Preview: New Hamilton Ventura “Elvis80″ and Worldtimer Chrono

Hamilton Ventura Elvis80 watch

With Baselworld 2015 just over two weeks away, Hamilton Watch Co. has released news and photos on two new models it will launch at the world's biggest watch fair: the Hamilton Ventura Elvis80, in honor of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's 80th birthday; and the Hamilton Chrono Worldtimer, an aviator-friendly new world-time watch. … [Read more...]


The Apple Watch Launch: What We Know So Far

Apple Watch - orange strap

Next Monday, March 9, Apple has announced its "Spring Forward" event, which will be available as a live video stream on the company's website. Though Apple has not confirmed the specifics, the event is widely expected to produce the final details on the company's long-awaited smartwatch, the Apple Watch. … [Read more...]


Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph

Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph

Ball Watch continues to introduce patented technologies to its watches. In addition to the Engineer II Magneto S watch, with its new antimagnetic system, the company last year introduced the Ball Engineer Master II Slide chronograph, which uses a mechanical slide, rather than the traditional pushers, to start, stop and reset the stopwatch. … [Read more...]


If You’ve Got a Boat, Regatta Watch: 5 Yachting Watches

Panerai PAM00526 - front

Spring is around the corner, and regatta season will be in full swing before you know it. several purveyors of luxury watches have developed timepieces specifically suited for competitive sailing and other nautical activities, often with some version of the all-important regatta countdown function. Here we run down five yachting and regatta watches and reveal why they're ideal companions out on the waves. … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

Amidst the fanfare surrounding Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary last year and the commemorative watches recently released, we revisit a Patek Philippe timepiece, released in 2013, aimed squarely at aficionados of classical, hand-wound watches: the Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date Indication. … [Read more...]


Frédérique Constant, Alpina and Mondaine Are First Brands with New MMT Horological Smartwatch Tech

Frederique Constant smartwatch

As reported last night on WatchTime's social media channels, the smartwatch revolution continues to have an impact on traditional Swiss watch brands. The latest evidence came last night at a launch event in San Francisco, where Frédérique Constant CEO Peter Stas announced  the debut of the MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies) smartwatch technology platform, a joint venture that represents, according to Stas, "the bridge between Silicon Valley and Switzerland." … [Read more...]


6 “Tribute to the Military” Watches

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer

Watches have long been used by soldiers, sailors, airmen, and other military operators in the line of duty. Here we showcase six watches made by various brands especially to honor certain branches of the armed forces and those that support them. Herewith, our six "Tribute to the Military" watches. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: 5 Rolex Day-Date Watches in 5 Colors (With Video)

Rolex Day-Date in white gold/cherry dial

The Rolex Day-Date, launched in 1956 and touted by Rolex as the first chronometer wristwatch to spell out both the date and day of the week on its dial, has throughout its long history been available only in gold cases. That tradition continues with five models launched in 2013, which have either an 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, or 18k Everose gold case and are available in different dial-strap combos. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: The Award-Winning, Bauhaus-Inspired Nomos Tangente Watch

Nomos Tangente Datum

Nomos Glashütte, a watch brand very popular in its native Germany and now making a big push in America as well, takes justifiable pride in its flagship timepiece, the starkly designed — and multiple design-award-winning — Tangente watch, which applies Bauhaus design principles to its dial. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: The Redesigned Breitling Avenger II Collection

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]


A. Lange & Söhne 1815 “200th Anniversary of F.A. Lange”

A. Lange & Sohne 1815 200th Anniversary F.A. Lange - angle

February 18, 2015 marked what would have been the 200th birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, one of the founding fathers of Saxon watchmaking and namesake of the modern A. Lange & Söhne watch brand, founded by his great-grandson. To commemorate this milestone, the brand has released a limited-edition timepiece, the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 "200th Anniversary F.A. Lange." … [Read more...]


Let’s Kick It: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

Hublot 150

The so-called "beautiful game" is what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world's luxury watch and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, with special-edition watches specially devoted to the sport and its players. … [Read more...]


5 Things to Know About the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 - front

Montblanc unveiled the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100, a chronograph watch capable of measuring elapsed times to 1/100 second, at the 2014 SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are five pertinent things you should know about this innovative timepiece from Montblanc. … [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 history of watchmaking stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, and includes several watch-world firsts. Here are the highlights. … [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 and/or released within the past few years, as downloadable wallpaper for your desktop. Click each photo for the larger image. … [Read more...]