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.

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

WatchTime Sept-Oct 14 Cover

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?

Apple Watch - small

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

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GoodPlanet - front

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...]

9 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 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...]

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...]

Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Longines 24 Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph

Longines has added another new watch to its vintage-inspired Longines Heritage collection. The Longines Twenty-Four Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph takes its cues, including its extra-large case and pocketwatch-sized movement, from a historical Longines pilots' watch from the 1950s. … [Read more...]

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

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Silicium

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...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Harry Winston Project Z8

Harry Winston Project Z8

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 September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is Harry Winston, which will showcase its innovative Harry Winston Project Z8 watch at the events. … [Read more...]

7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With the MLB playoff chase in full swing, a new NFL Season on the horizon, and U.S. Open tennis starting next week, 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...]

New Victorinox Swiss Army Watches Celebrate Two Victorinox Anniversaries

Victorinox Swiss Army Inox watches

Victorinox, maker of the iconic Swiss Army knives, was founded 130 years ago, in 1884. The company made its first Swiss Army watches 25 years ago, in 1989. Victorinox marks both milestones this year with the release of two new Victorinox watches: the new Inox line of tough sports watches, and a limited-edition dive watch, the Dive Master 500. … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

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 automobile racing. As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [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 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...]

Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph Skeleton

Chronoswiss Timemaster_Chronograoh Skeleton - blue hands

At Baselworld 2014, Chronoswiss released, for the first time ever, a skeletonized version of its sporty Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph, which allows wearers an unencumbered view of the watch's filigreed and decorated automatic movement and offers two different dials, both surrounded by robust, DLC-coated bezels. … [Read more...]

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

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

Summer is the preferred time for many people to travel, and 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...]

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Now Available in 6 New Steel Versions

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Steel - duo

Jaquet Droz's Grande Seconde SW watch collection, the sportier cousins of the brand's well-known Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde models, expands this year, with six new models in steel cases, offering two different case sizes and three contemporary 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...]

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...]

Parmigiani Bugatti 10-Year Anniversary Watch Debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Parmigiani Bugatti Mythe

The first watch to arise from the partnership of boutique Swiss watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier and French luxury automaker Bugatti, the Bugatti Type 370 watch, launched in 2004. To commemorate 10 years of the partnership, and 10 years of Parmigiani Bugatti watches, Parmigiani unveiled the first of three limited-edition anniversary models at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. … [Read more...]

Horology Comes to Steeltown: Kobold’s Spirit of America

Michael Kobold of Kobold Watch Co.

In WatchTime's March-April 2009 issue, we presented a profile of Pittsburgh-based Kobold Watch Company and the story behind its U.S.-made Spirit of America watch, which brand founder Michael Kobold proudly launched in 2008. Scroll down to read the story and see photos of the watch. … [Read more...]

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

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

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...]

Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic

Frederique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic Ref. 393RM5B6

Frédérique Constant has sponsored the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's most prestigious showcase events for vintage wooden boats, since 2010. This year, the Geneva-based watch company salutes the event with a new limited-edition watch in its sailing-inspired Runabout collection, the Frédérique Constant Runabout Chronograph Automatic, available in two distinct versions. … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

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...]

The New Waltham Watches: An American Classic Returns with a Modern Swiss Twist

Waltham CDI - front

Waltham is a name well-known to American aficionados of vintage watches and clocks. This fall, the quintessential American watch brand — absent from the United States since the 1980s — returns to that market with new Waltham wristwatches that call to mind the brand's long and storied history but are also decidedly modern. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Arnold & Son DSTB Limited Edition

Arnold & Son DSTB - angle

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 September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is the recently revamped Arnold & Son brand, which will showcase its limited-edition Arnold & Son DSTB (Dial Side True Beat) at the events. … [Read more...]