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 Vacheron Constantin Watches — and the Perfect Wines to Pair With Them

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Ever wonder what bottle of wine pairs best with your favorite luxury watch? WatchTime and Vacheron Constantin explored the concept in grand style on October 28 at a co-sponsored event held at Privé, the upscale wine bar at le Bernardin in New York City, and featuring watch-and-wine pairings chosen by award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm, wine director at Le Bernardin.   The evening began with wine and hors d'oeuvres, in which guests mingled amidst vitrines of Vacheron Constantin watches … [Read more...]


5 Citizen Eco-Drive Watches from Baselworld 2014

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Japan's Citizen Watch Co. introduced a number of watches at this year's Baselworld, many powered by the brand's renowned Eco-Drive solar technology, which absorbs power for the movement from sunlight. Here are five new Citizen Eco-Drive watches (prices included) that will be in stores this fall. … [Read more...]


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

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

The holiday season, which will find many of us traveling far and wide, is around the corner. 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...]


For Desperate Hours: Breitling Emergency II

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Breitling introduced its Breitling Emergency watch — the first wristwatch with a built-in emergency microtransmitter — in 1995. Since then, the watch has been worn and used by many professional pilots and has played a role in numerous search-and-rescue missions. At Baselworld 2013, Breitling introduced another world-first with its Emergency II, the first watch with a dual frequency locator beacon. … [Read more...]


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47 mm “Paneristi Forever”

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Many watch brands have their communities of diehard fans, but few can match the intense devotion of the Paneristi, the group of Panerai watch enthusiasts that have met regularly for 13 years on the independent, online forum www.paneristi.com to share their passion for the brand. Panerai has rewarded its most loyal supporters with a limited-edition watch in their honor. … [Read more...]


A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Celebrates 20 Years of Lange 1

A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst

Who says you can't go home again? Horological history repeated itself last week at Dresden's Royal Palace, where A. Lange & Söhne introduced the limited-edition Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, a watch made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Saxon brand's iconic Lange 1 watch, which debuted at the same venue two decades prior. … [Read more...]


Camo and Chrono: 7 New Casio G-Shock Watches

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Fans and collectors of Casio G-Shock watches now have seven more reasons to make room on their shelves and wrists. This year, the brand launched three new styles of Casio G-Shock watches — an all-analog chronograph, an analog-digital chrono, and a military-style, camouflage-pattern all-digital model — available in a total of seven new 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 seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]


Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling Transocean Chrono Unitime

Breitling introduced its first Unitimer model — a self-winding world-time watch, now a sought-after collectors’ item — in the 1950s. At the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, the brand unveiled the updated version, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime, a timepiece that expresses the brand's classical, aviation-inspired theme with technical innovations and a striking, modern design. The watch features Caliber B05, based on Breitling's first in-house movement, automatic chronograph Caliber B01, … [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...]


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

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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...]


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

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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 headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. As we approach Halloween, here are five recent examples of skull watches that may entice more than scare you. … [Read more...]


Back to the Past: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin 1948

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948

The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has had many incarnations since its debut as a watch for polo players in 1931. One of the most recent is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948, a classically elegant watch that revives the look of the Reverso model that heralded the style of the 1950s. … [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...]


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

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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...]


Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]


5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — 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 super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [Read more...]


Breguet Previews Major 2015 Museum Exhibition with 3 Antique Timepieces

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Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," an exhibit comprising the largest collection of antique Breguet timepieces ever shown in the Americas. Last week, a select group of watch journalists got a look at three of the historic pieces that will be on display. … [Read more...]


IBG 2014: Highlight Watches from 3 Boutique Watch Brands

Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT

WatchTime's 2014 "Inside Basel.Geneva" event tour wraps up this week in San Francisco (October 2). West coach watch aficionados who attend this final IBG show of the year will have the opportunity to see and try on many new watches, including several standout models from respected indie watch brands F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey and Parmigiani Fleurier. … [Read more...]


6 TAG Heuer Carreras with GMT and Big Date

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 GMT

The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 last year, inspiring the brand to release a slew of new Carrera models at subsequent Baselworlds — most of them, like the original Carrera, chronographs. However, not to be overlooked is the non-chronograph version that debuted in 2013: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]


Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsometre

Doctors and other medical professionals will appreciate the newest watch in Blancpain's elegant Villeret collection. The Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre is not only equipped with a flyback chronograph function but also includes, for the first time in a Blancpain watch, a pulsometer display for checking heart rates. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s September-October Issue is On Sale Now!

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The September-October issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Rolex GMT-Master "Batman" with blue-black ceramic bezel, an exclusive interview with Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek, a foldout timeline covering 100 years of the wristwatch, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]


Highlight Watches From WatchTime’s IBG 2014 Watch Collector Events

Breguet Tourbillon QP

The sponsoring luxury watch brands for WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of watch collector events have really strutted their stuff this year. As noted by WatchTime's IBG event partner, watch collector and aficionado Jeff Kingston, not only did each brand have a broad selection from its collection on display at the opening event in Chicago — far broader than you'd ever find at a boutique or other retailer — but key new watch models from SIHH and Baselworld that won’t be in stores … [Read more...]


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Set to Debut in Hong Kong

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph

The first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watch, which featured a hand-wound movement and a groundbreaking case made of forged carbon and ceramics, had watch-world tongues wagging in its debut year 2010. This year, at the upcoming Watches and Wonders watch fair in Hong Kong, AP launches the next generation, with a brand-new automatic movement. … [Read more...]


The Apple Watch: What Does It Mean For the Swiss Watch Industry?

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The wait is finally over. Apple announced its new and highly anticipated new smartwatch — apparently to be called simply "Apple Watch" rather than the rumored "iWatch" or "iTime" — at its press conference in Cupertino, California on Tuesday, September 9. So what does the new Apple smartwatch mean for the luxury watch industry in Switzerland? … [Read more...]


Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Gets a Redesign

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...]


Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

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In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical "openwork" artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 10 skeleton watches introduced in recent years. … [Read more...]


Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique

Breguet Extra-Flat 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 tomorrow night, September 5, in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is Breguet, which will showcase its Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5377 at the events. … [Read more...]


Breitling Redesigns its Colt Military Watch Collection

Breitling Colt Automatic, Colt Chrono, Colt Quartz

The Breitling Colt collection — introduced in the 1980s and intended, as were its predecessors, the Breitling Navitimer and Breitling Chronomat, as military watches — has been revamped this year. The new Breitling Colt watches include models for men and ladies, with both quartz and automatic movements, including a quartz chronograph. … [Read more...]


Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet

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Omega's long association with the ocean began in 1932 with the invention of its first divers' watch. In 2011, the brand partnered with the GoodPlanet Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 that promotes environmental awareness and sustainable development. The results of the partnership are evident in a new watch introduced at Baselworld, the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet. … [Read more...]