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.

A Musical Whirlwind: Introducing the Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon

Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon

To some collectors, a watch brand — even one with a proud history — only proves its horological legitimacy when it produce its first tourbillon. Geneva-based Raymond Weil joins that prestigious club this year, with the release of its extremely limited Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon. Best of all, the watch still manages to fit squarely into the brand's long-held value-for-price arena. … [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: 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. However, not to be overlooked is the non-chronograph version that debuted in the model's 50th anniversary year: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]


Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

At SIHH 2014, 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, specifically — we've decided to highlight here five important IWC Aquatimers from the brand's history. … [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 the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet. … [Read more...]


A Fleet of Ferraris: 10 Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Watches (Updated with New Models for 2015)

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Black Ceramic thumb 150

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


Alpina’s Alpiner 4 Collection: Six Affordable Swiss Sports Watches

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph - black w/ strap

In 1938, Alpina launched the original "Alpina 4," which the brand claimed was the "first modern Swiss sports watch." That vintage timepiece was the inspiration for the sporty Alpiner 4 collection, released by Alpina in 2014, which includes a chronograph and a GMT watch, both powered by automatic Swiss mechanical movements and priced well under $5,000. … [Read more...]


Hamilton Pan Europ H-30

Hamilton Pan Europ 9474

At last year's Baselworld, Hamilton introduced a contemporary version of its Hamilton Pan Europ, one of the very first wristwatches equipped with an automatic chronograph movement, introduced in 1971. The Hamilton Pan Europ H-30 debuts with a modern-day movement boasting an 80-hour power reserve.  … [Read more...]


Hublot Classic Fusion “ForbiddenX”

Hublot King Power Forbidden X

With the recent restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, American cigar smokers may soon be able to puff on Cuban cigars legally. Now they can count down to that historic moment on a watch that actually has real tobacco leaves in its dial: the Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX. … [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 year, the Greubel Forsey watch brand has come a long way since its memorable debut at the 2004 Baselworld watch fair, and can look back on a decade of milestones. Here are the top 10. … [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...]


Three Watch Brands That Surprised Us at Baselworld 2015

Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Cronografo Landeron

While nearly every watch brand exhibiting at Baselworld puts forth at least one notable headliner piece each year, those of us who cover the industry often find many of the new offerings to be somewhat on the predictable side. Occasionally, we'll see something truly unexpected, like Patek Philippe's Calatrava Travel Time, or Bulgari's "connected" luxury watch, the Diagono Magnesium, both introduced at this year's fair. And sometimes, some of the smaller or more under-the-radar brands will come … [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. Here are five recent examples of skull watches that may entice more than scare you. … [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...]


New Tiffany Watch Collection Pays Tribute to the “New York Minute” (Updated with Live Photos)

Tiffany CT60 Calendar watch

Jewelery giant Tiffany & Co. has been fairly quiet in the men's watch arena in recent years but returned in a big way last week, announcing the launch of a brand-new watch collection called Tiffany CT60, with designs inspired by a particularly notable historical timepiece, namely the gold Tiffany watch given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany. … [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 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 13 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [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 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...]


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

Apple Watch - small

The much-discussed Apple Watch will be available at retail this month, with prices starting at $349. So what does the release of the latest and most discussed smartwatch mean for the luxury watch industry in Switzerland? … [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 models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 13 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


Back is Beautiful: 11 Luxury Watch Wallpapers

Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime

In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, we presented the latest edition of our popular series of "Back is Beautiful" photo features, which showcases fine mechanical watches that are as intriguing from the back as they are from the front. Click below to download these amazing original photos as wallpaper for your desktop. … [Read more...]