Mark Bernardo

About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on 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 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Recently, 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 … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original Senator Observer Adds Luminous Highlights for 2015

Glashutte Original Senator Observer

Several years ago, Glashütte Original introduced its first Senator Observer, a limited-edition, white-gold timepiece that celebrated the memory of German watchmaker Julius Assmann and famed explorer … [Read more...]

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


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...]

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...]

Borrowed Time: Reviewing the Bremont ALT1-WT World Timer

Bremont ALT1 World Timer

Let me state right up front that I’ve always had a thing for world-time watches; to me it’s a style of timepiece that lends itself to both practical utility as well as, almost across the board, … [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...]

Hublot Big Bang Unico “Full Magic Gold” Celebrates 10 Years of Big Bang

Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold

It was 10 years ago, in 2005, that Jean-Claude Biver revitalized the Hublot brand with the introduction of the now iconic Hublot Big Bang. The model that the brand introduced to celebrate this … [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 Here we collect photos of some of these timepieces, all of which have been introduced … [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...]

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...]

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 2015

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield - leather glove

Swiss watch brand Tudor began its partnership with Italian motorcycle maker Ducati in 2011, and introduced its first Fastrider Black Shield watch — directly inspired by the Ducati Diavel — in … [Read more...]

On Sale Now: WatchTime November-December 2015 Issue

WatchTime December 2015 - Cover

The November-December 2015 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the revamped Lange 1 from A. Lange & Söhne, an in-depth report on … [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...]

Special Seating: A Gallery of Retro-Design Watches From WatchTime’s Special Design Issue

Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date

For WatchTime's Special Design Issue — on newsstands now and also available in the WatchTime online shop — we showcase six retro-designed watches, sitting pretty on miniature retro chairs. Scroll … [Read more...]

The WatchTime Q&A: Jean-Claude Biver on the TAG Heuer Connected Watch

Jean-Claude Biver - Interview - LVMH

The biggest news in the watch world this week was the launch of the TAG Heuer Connected, a "smartwatch" developed by the Swiss brand in partnership with Google and Intel. (Click here for our detailed … [Read more...]

SIHH 2016 Preview: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in Yellow Gold

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak QP - yellow gold - angle

For the first new watch that it is unveiling in advance of SIHH 2016 in January, Audemars Piguet goes for what many would consider old-school horological luxury — releasing a new version of its … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: 7 “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...]

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...]

Breitling for Bentley GT3 Chronograph Limited Edition

Breitling for Bentley GT3 Chronograph

Team Bentley made its big comeback to motorsports last year, scoring major wins at Silverstone and Le Castellet with Bentley's new high-performance racing machine, the Bentley Continental G3. The new … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Launches TAG Heuer Connected Smartwatch with Intel & Google

TAG Heuer Connected - smartwatch

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer officially threw its hat into the smartwatch ring today with the launch of the TAG Heuer Connected watch — first announced at this year's Baselworld — a revolutionary … [Read more...]

Only Watch 2015 Auction Results: Another Record for Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe 5016A - Only Watch 2015

The sixth edition of the biennial Only Watch charity auction took place on November 7th at Geneva's La Réserve, with 44 one-of-a-kind timepieces, sold under the hammer of watch expert Aurel Bacs, … [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...]

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

OMEGA Seamaster 300 Spectre LE

"Does it do anything?" "It tells the time. We know you have trouble with punctuality." So goes the exchange between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Q (Ben Whishaw) as Agent 007 is handed his newest … [Read more...]

The New Louis Erard Excellence and 1931 Collections

Louis Erard watch

Watchmaker Louis Erard founded his eponymous watch brand in 1931 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Now based in Le Noirmont in the Jura Valley, the brand has reinvented its collections in recent … [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...]

“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...]

Greubel Forsey Takes Top Prize at GPHG 2015; Full List of Prize-Winning Watches

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision

The 15th Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), known as the watch world's Oscars, took place October 28 at Geneva's Grand Théatre. A distinguished jury of 26 authoritative watch experts and … [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...]

Broadway Debut: New Watch Models Launch at WatchTime New York 2015

Ball Fireman NECC - blue dial

When a new play wants to make a big splash, it opens on Broadway. When a watch company wants to put its newest timepieces in front of the most avid and knowledgeable collectors, it also turns to … [Read more...]

Close-Up: 6 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

At SIHH 2014, Audemars Piguet debuted a set of six new models in its Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection, which also features some contemporary design updates. Here's a closer look at the … [Read more...]