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.

Close-Up: The New Bremont America’s Cup Collection

Bremont America's Cup watch

British watch brand Bremont — which already this year began a partnership with Jaguar cars and had prominent placement in the big-budget spy thriller Kingsman — has pulled off perhaps its biggest … [Read more...]


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

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 2012

Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the redesigned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window … [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 … [Read more...]


Let’s Kick It: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono in King Gold

The so-called "beautiful game" is what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world's luxury watch and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Hublot’s Tonneau-Shaped “Spirit of Big Bang” Collection

Hublot Spirit of Big Bang -King Gold

First glimpsed during last year's SIHH week in Geneva, The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang watches are a bit of a departure for the brand in that they are all in tonneau cases — a style Hublot has … [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 … [Read more...]


Affordable Oris: 5 Oris Watches Under $2,500

Oris Aquis Date

Founded in 1904 in Holstein, Switzerland, Oris has developed a reputation as a purveyor of very reasonably priced timepieces in a variety of styles, and all with Swiss-made mechanical movements. Here … [Read more...]


Cleared for Takeoff: The Breitling Emergency II Lands at U.S. Retailers This Summer

Breitling Emergency - Orange Dial

Breitling introduced the Emergency II — successor to the wildly popular Breitling Emergency, and the first-ever watch with a dual-frequency locator beacon — at Baselworld 2013. However, the … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 21 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 … [Read more...]


Close-Up: TAG Heuer Carrera with GMT and Big Date

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 GMT

The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 in 2013, inspiring the brand to release a slew of new Carrera models at subsequent Baselworlds — most of them, like the original Carrera, chronographs. … [Read more...]


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

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

It's no secret that many watch aficionados are also avid travelers. 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 … [Read more...]


A Clearer Calendar: Girard-Perregaux’s New Traveller with Large Date, Moon Phases and GMT

Girard-Perregaux Traveller Large Date Moon Phases GMT - gold-angle

Girard-Perregaux launched its Traveller collection — a revamp of its travel-themed ww.tc line — in 2013. Several variations on those first models have arrived on the scene since that debut, … [Read more...]


Sinn 556 Weiss Limited Edition

Sinn 556 Weiss - Front

The German sports watch brand Sinn, which sells its watches direct-to-consumer on the Web, has long prided itself on its close relationship with its customers. Its newest limited edition, the Sinn 556 … [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 … [Read more...]


5 Things to Know About the Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab

Ulysse Nardin Freak Lab - side

The Ulysse Nardin Freak, with its wildly unconventional no-dial/no-hands time display, was the talk of the watch world when it burst on the scene in 2001, and Ulysse Nardin has used this trailblazing … [Read more...]


Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

Piaget_OnlyWatchSkeletonFace_560150

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 … [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 … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: Top 10 Milestones from 10 Years of Greubel Forsey Watches

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30 Vision

Greubel Forsey, the boutique luxury watch brand specializing in complicated watches with multiple tourbillons, marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per … [Read more...]


Borrowed Time: Hands-On With the Devon Tread 2

Devon Tread 2 - front

The Devon Tread 1, the brainchild of Southern California-based designer Scott Devon, is a watch about which I had heard much positive buzz over the past few years, but one with which I had little in … [Read more...]


Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

Last year, IWC released a slew of new models in its revamped IWC Aquatimer collection of luxury divers' watches (Click here to check them out). For fans of vintage watches — and vintage IWC watches, … [Read more...]


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

Rolex Yacht-Master II - steel

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 … [Read more...]


Scenes From the WatchTime/F.P. Journe Collectors’ Event in Miami

F.P. Journe event - 1

Miami's most ultra-luxe shopping destination played host to a lively gathering of avid watch collectors, and a rare U.S. appearance by a watch-industry rock star, on June 8, as WatchTime and F.P. … [Read more...]


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...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

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 … [Read more...]


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

RMO52_SKULL_1501

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...]


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...]


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica – 48 mm

Panerai PAM577 - front

Panerai's latest version of its Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica, this week's Watch to Watch, blends history and modernity — with a contemporary, matte-black ceramic case and a minimalist dial inspired … [Read more...]


7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With baseball season heating up and the NBA and NHL finals underway, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of … [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...]


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...]