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.

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 watch introduced at this year's Baselworld, the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet. … [Read more...]


Stealth Pilots: 5 All-Black Breitling Watches

Breitling Avenger Blackbird

Black-on-black watches have been a popular category for the last several years, and Breitling has created more than its share of these "stealth" timepieces, for its popular pilots' watch collections as well as other families, like its Superocean dive watches and even the automotive-inspired Breitling for Bentley models. Here are five all-black Breitling watches, including an all-new model in the Breitling Avenger collection. … [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

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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...]


Close-Up: Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom

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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 movement. The Freak Phantom, introduced at Baselworld 2013, continues that tradition of innovation and, well, freakishness. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Greubel Forsey GMT Black

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Greubel Forsey, a brand known for its ambitious, innovative multi-tourbillon watches, introduced its own singular take on the classic world-time watch in 2011. A new execution of the succinctly named Greubel Forsey GMT, with a blackened titanium case, makes its debut at the upcoming SIHH 2015. … [Read more...]


Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

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With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]


3 New Baume & Mercier Watches Debuting at SIHH 2015

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Baume & Mercier has released info and photos of three new watch references the brand is launching at January's SIHH watch fair. Two are new automatic models in Baume & Mercier's rectangular-cased Hamptons collection; the third is a new complication in the brand's recently launched Clifton family. … [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...]


Breitling Redesigns its Colt Military Watch Collection

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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...]


The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

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We've all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world's most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — "expensive watches" by almost anyone's definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond "pricey" and into the rarefied "million dollar watch" category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We've compiled eight of the world's most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the … [Read more...]


Hublot Big Bang Unico

Hublot Big Bang Unico titanium/ceramic

Since its debut in 2009, Hublot's in-house Unico caliber, a column-wheel flyback chronograph movement, has been used in various models in the brand's King Power collection. At Baselworld 2013, Hublot introduced the first Big Bang watch equipped with the Unico. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: New Dial Designs for A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

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Ahead of next month's SIHH watch fair, German luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne has unveiled three new models in its elegant, understated Saxonia collection. The new-generation versions of the Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic, and Saxonia Dual Time all feature subtly redesigned dials, with two models also sporting new case dimensions. … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 12 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

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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 models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon

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At its 2014 Fine Watchmaking Workshop, Cartier revealed several of its new watches slated for debut at SIHH 2015 in January. One of the more interesting timepieces was the Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon, a watch whose unconventional flying tourbillon is displayed on a minimalist, sunburst-guilloché dial with an off-center hours and minutes display. … [Read more...]


Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

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In 2012, Omega introduced a slew of very high-profile timepieces tied to major events that it sponsored — the London Olympics; the James Bond film, Skyfall; and Golf's Ryder cup. Largely lost in the hoopla was one of the Swiss brand's most strikingly elegant new releases from that year, an Omega De Ville Chronograph powered by manufacture Caliber 9301, with Omega's now-famous co-axial escapement, and outfitted in a rose-gold case and blue dial and strap. Here we give this watch the showcase we … [Read more...]


3 Standout Features of Citizen Watch Co.’s New York Flagship Boutique

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Citizen Watch Company of America has opened its first dedicated retail concept store in North America. The Japanese brand's global flagship boutique, which opened its doors to the public on November 20, is located at 1500 Broadway, in New York City's Times Square, and features a full range of Citizen watches and a number of innovative touches. Here are three aspects we found interesting. … [Read more...]


Orbita Sempre is Automatic Watch Winder for Manual-Wind Watches

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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 to as many as 48. And of course, the vast majority of these Orbita watch winders — and most other watch winders — are equipped to supply power to automatic (that is, self-winding) watches by rotating them at regular intervals so the rotors in the watches' movements can continually supply energy … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex Yacht-Master II in Stainless Steel (with Video)

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Fans of the Rolex Yacht-Master will remember that Baselworld 2012 saw the debut of a new version of the Rolex Yacht-Master in a Rolesium case. In 2013, that model's larger successor, the Rolex Yacht-Master II, was the focus, with Rolex introducing the first version of the popular regatta-countdown chronograph watch in a 904L stainless steel case with a blue Cerachrom bezel insert. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Piaget Presents the World’s Thinnest Hand-Wound Chronograph

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Piaget watches have long been renowned for their elegant thinness, and the brand has set numerous watch-world thinness records with its releases of recent years. The new Piaget Altiplano Chronograph — which debuts at the 2015 SIHH in January — sets another one, for world's thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph. … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [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...]


Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Redesigned

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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...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

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There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Acoustic Research”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research

As it did last year, Audemars Piguet has unveiled its newest Royal Oak Concept watch ahead of the upcoming 2015 SIHH watch fair. This year's model is truly a milestone: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept "Acoustic Research" is a unique prototype piece that is the result of an eight-year program to develop the "perfect" minute repeater sound volume. … [Read more...]


9 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

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We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Zenithium? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The 12,000-Meter Dive Watch (and It’s Not a Rolex)

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Last week, we introduced you to the watches that were used during the U.S. Navy’s “Project Nekton,” with the Rolex “Deep-Sea Special” becoming the first watch that ever actually reached a maximum depth of 10,916 meters, or 35,797 feet. This week, we show you a modern-day dive watch that its makers hope will achieve another such record-breaking feat. … [Read more...]


Raymond Weil Maestro – Raymond Weil Limited Edition

Raymond Weil Maestro Limited Edition

Raymond Weil, who founded his eponymous Swiss watch brand in 1976, passed away early this year. Now, the Raymond Weil watch brand honors its pioneering namesake with the release of a special tribute timepiece, the Maestro Raymond Weil Limited Edition, which features a gold case and a COSC-certified mechanical chronograph movement. … [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...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

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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...]