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.

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

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

Amidst the fanfare surrounding the new Patek Philippe watches commemorating the Swiss brand's 175th anniversary this year, 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...]


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

Nomos Tangente Datum

Nomos Glashütte, a watch brand very popular in its native Germany but not as well-known here in the States, is making a big push in America this year, beginning with its flagship timepiece, the starkly designed — and multiple design-award-winning — Tangente watch, which applies Bauhaus design principles to its dial. … [Read more...]


7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With the NFL Season in full swing, and the NBA and NHL just getting warmed up, 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...]


Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

RMO52_SKULL_1501

We're all familiar with skeleton watches, but this Richard Mille tourbillon timepiece is more accurately described as a skull watch, hence its name: the Tourbillon RM 052 Skull. The watch, which made its debut at  SIHH 2012, was released in a limited edition of 21 pieces — 15 in titanium and six unique pieces set in rose or white gold. … [Read more...]


5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

Breguet 5733 BR

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...]


5 New 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 — presented the 2015 collection of Tissot T-Race MotoGP limited edition watches on November 11 at the final race of the 2014 season in Valencia, Spain. … [Read more...]


IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

IWC upgraded its Ingenieur collection of sports watches in 2013, incorporating design touches inspired by the brand's partnership with the Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas Formula One racing team. Among the new models in the line is the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil, which pays tribute to a classic race car. The Chronograph Silberpfeil is named for the Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow ("Silberpfeil" in German), which famously got its name from  a race at the Nürburgring in 1934 in which the … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex Yacht-Master in Rolesium (With Video)

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, a sailors' watch introduced in 1992, underwent a major facelift recently in both its design and technology. In 2012, Rolex released a version with an Oyster case made of its patented alloy Rolesium, and a cool, blue dial with brushed sunray pattern. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s November-December Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime December 2014 Cover

The November-December issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Omega Speedmaster Mark II, a showcase of Patek Philippe's 24 most historic wristwatches, a horological tour of Switzerland's Vallée de Joux,  and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue… … [Read more...]


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...]


A Fleet of Ferraris: 6 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon

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 with six new models, all equipped with Hublot's in-house Unico movement. Here we've compiled our coverage of these Ferrari watches from WatchTime.com and Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Update: Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Sells for $24 Million at Sotheby’s

Patek Philippe Henry Graves watch

The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction retained that lofty title at a Sotheby’s auction on November 11, which coincided with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek Philippe. … [Read more...]


For Veterans’ Day: 6 “Tribute to the Military” Watches

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer

The United States celebrates Veterans Day today, a holiday that honors America's armed forces. We decided to mark the holiday, and those men and women who've served or are currently serving in the military, by showcasing six watches made especially to honor certain branches of the armed forces and those that support them. Herewith, our six "Tribute to the Military" watches. … [Read more...]


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

Piaget Minute Repeater front

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 other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: 6 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs for 2014

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Along with headline-grabbers like its new Royal Oak Concept watch and Millenary Minute Repeater, the other big debut from Audemars Piguet at this year's SIHH was a set of six all-new watches in its Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection, which features some contemporary design updates for 2014. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon”

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in black ceramic with moon bkgd

Since its debut in 1957, Omega's iconic Speedmaster chronograph, nicknamed "Moonwatch" for its presence on all six NASA lunar missions, sported a tricompax dial arrangement. In 2011, Omega outfitted the watch with a new co-axial movement and bicompax design, both of which are used again in the first Moonwatch with a black ceramic case, unveiled at Baselworld 2013. … [Read more...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

Glashutte Original Senator Diary

They're not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it's curious that more watch brands haven't embraced them. Here are five worth noting. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex’s New-Look Submariner (with Video)

Rolex Submariner 2012

Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the recently redesigned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window of previous models and incorporates several new technical innovations exclusive to Rolex. … [Read more...]


Omega Speedmaster Racing

Omega Speedmaster Racing

Before Omega's legendary Speedmaster watch was worn by astronauts on the moon — and thus forever linked to space exploration and assigned the nickname "Moonwatch" — it was much more closely associated with the decidedly earthbound activity of automobile racing. In fact, when Omega introduced the first Speedmaster in 1957, it designed the watch's dial to resemble the dashboard of that era's Italian sports cars. Motorsports and rally drivers prized the Speedmaster for its chronograph … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex’s 50th Anniversary Daytona (with Video)

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph watch made famous by actor and motor racing enthusiast Paul Newman. The anniversary edition that Rolex released at Baselworld 2013 still generates strong opinions in the brand's legion of fans. Here is a closer look at the watch. … [Read more...]


Romain Jerome Batman-DNA: The Dark Knight of Watches

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA

This year marks the 75th anniversary of DC Comics's Batman, and Romain Jerome — a luxury watch brand that has previously paid tribute to pop culture touchstones, including 1980s video arcade games, and historical events such as the sinking of the Titanic — now honors Gotham City's Dark Knight with the limited-edition Batman-DNA watch. … [Read more...]


Breitling Aerospace Evo

Breitling Aerospace Evo - front

Breitling launched the original version of its Breitling Aerospace Evo in 1985. The Breitling Aerospace Evo quickly became a electronically powered, multifunction chronograph watch popular with many Breitling Aerospace fans. Last year, the brand released a new model of the Breitling Aerospace Evo, a mainstay of its Professional collection, packing all of the existing functions into a slightly larger and redesigned case. … [Read more...]


16 Prize-Winning Watches from the 2014 Geneva Grand Prix

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7727

On October 31st, the 14th annual Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — the watch world's equivalent of the Oscars — was held at Geneva's Grande Theatre. The international jury of watch experts handed out prizes in 16 categories, including the prestigious "Aiguille d'Or" grand prize, awarded to Breguet for its Classiqu Chronometrie. Scroll down for the full list of winners. … [Read more...]


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

Vacheron Constantin event - wines

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

Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono-Time

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

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

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”

Panerai PAM00532 Paneristi Forever - front

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

Casio G-Shock_GD-X6900CM-5_JR_DR

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...]