About Mike Disher

My name is Mike Disher and I am WatchTime's technical editor. My interest in watches dates to 1972 and I caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 I combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year I attended my first Basel Fair. I managed TZ from 2000-2007, and in 2008 I joined WatchTime.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition

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Ulysse Nardin is a six-time sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show, and to celebrate this year’s event, this brand that is so closely linked to the seas has created a new watch, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition. … [Read more...]

New Watch: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve

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Vacheron Constantin’s Collection Excellence Platine welcomes a new model for those who appreciate classically understated timepieces. The limited edition Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve embodies the finest horological traditions in every sense. … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

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Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world. Here are five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible prices for collectors of all ages.   … [Read more...]

The Apple Watch: New Information, and Hands-On Reactions

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The new Apple Watch launched on Tuesday, and the premier was as notable for what Apple did not tell as for what it did. Over the past few days, important new information has become available, as have some initial opinions from hands-on testers. Here’s the latest. … [Read more...]

The Apple Smartwatch Arrives: Here Are the Highlights

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At long last, following what feels like a years-long media build-up (because it was), Apple revealed its new smartwatch today, and it turns out that most of the rumors were right on the money, except for the name. It's not the iWatch or the iTime, it's simply the Apple Watch, and CEO Tim Cook said it will redefine what people expect from a watch. Here's an overview.   … [Read more...]

F.P. Journe Octa Sport Titanium

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The latest timepiece from the enigmatic watchmaker François-Paul Journe is the F.P. Journe Octa Sport in titanium. The new model is part of the independent watch brand's lineSport collection. The case is in grade 5 titanium in an anthracite grey color with a satin finish. Let's take a closer look. … [Read more...]

New Hublot Watch Partnership: Official Timekeeper of the Dallas Cowboys

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Hublot has formed an exclusive partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, making the Swiss luxury watch brand the team’s Official Luxury Watch & Timekeeper. Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe joined Dallas Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones in Dallas, Texas to kick off the start of the multi-year partnership.     Known as America’s Team, the Cowboys are among the best-known sports teams worldwide, with five Super Bowl championships. The Cowboys share the record for most … [Read more...]

What’s Your Perfect Watch? Here’s a 10-Step Plan to Find It

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Have you ever wondered “What’s the perfect watch for me?” Perhaps you framed the question like this: “Which watch should I buy?” Here’s a 10-step plan to help you find the one that's perfect for you. … [Read more...]

Rolex Introduces New Cellini Collections

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Rolex sports watches are the most recognized, high-profile timepieces available. When the occasion calls for something dressed-up, look no further than the manufacture’s Cellini line of elegant dress watches. Rolex is launching three new and distinctive Cellini families this year. Here’s what you need to know. … [Read more...]

Samsung Debuts 3G Gear S Smartwatch Ahead of Apple Launch

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If Apple has a major event scheduled next week (it does), it’s a safe bet that competitors will be out to steal some thunder. Apple is widely expected to announce its long-anticipated smartwatch, and Samsung’s preemptive strike is the new Gear S smartwatch with built-in 3G connectivity. … [Read more...]

Inside Basel.Geneva 2014 Showcase: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

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WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston are teaming up again to present the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" live event series, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. The series also visits New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Blancpain returns this year as a core sponsor, and at the show, you will be able to try on the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon

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WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston are teaming up again to present the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” collector event series, and we're kicking things off September 5 in Chicago. We'll also visit New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’re fortunate to have Hublot as a core sponsor, and at the show, you will be able to try on the new, limited edition Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon. … [Read more...]

Tourneau Trains Students for Careers in Watchmaking

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When the average person thinks “watchmaker”, they picture an older man in a white lab coat working in the mountains of Switzerland. Watch retailer Tourneau is challenging that image with a program that gives disadvantaged kids in New York City a chance at a watchmaking career. Company executives gathered recently to recognize the program’s newest group of graduates. … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Rolex Daytona, Sky-Dweller, Milgauss and Oyster Perpetual Live Shots

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At Baselworld 2014, Rolex presented new versions of several timepieces, including the Daytona, Milgauss, Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual. Check inside for live images of and prices for these new models.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: New Rolex GMT-Master II with “Pepsi” Bezel

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Traditionalists rejoice: the GMT Master with a red and blue “Pepsi” bezel – the watch that graced the wrists of the Concorde test pilots - is back, and it's better than ever. Bringing it back wasn’t as easy. The new bezel is as much a technological feat as it is a return of an aesthetic icon. The complex process for creating Cerachrom bezels, and some basic rules of chemistry, conspired to make the rebirth a challenging process.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Zenith El Primero Lightweight Chronograph

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Zenith previewed a pre-production version of the El Primero Lightweight  at SIHH, and now at Baselworld, the brand unveils the final product. Significant changes include a decision not to include the Striking 10th complication, which in turn lowers the final price by about $3,000. Find images, complete details and technical specifications inside. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Harry Winston Z8 Dual Time & Opus Updates

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The Z stands for Zalium, a zirconium-based alloy that is lighter and harder than titanium, and exclusive to Harry Winston. While this latest Z-series piece continues past traditions, one significant aspect is new: the movement is supplied by Blancpain, and, like Zalium, it is exclusive to Harry Winston. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Breguet Ultrathin Tourbillon and Tourbillon QP

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Previewed at Baselworld 2013, Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon extra-plat automatique makes its official debut this year in platinum. This piece sets the mark as the thinnest automatic-winding tourbillon on the market. The movement is a mere 3 mm high, and the case is 7 mm thick. Breguet also showed a two versions of a magnificent tourbillon with perpetual calendar. One has a traditional dial, and the other is fully skeletonized.  … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: The Doors Open

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Wednesday March 26 was press day at Baselworld. Only exhibitors and journalists were allowed in. Thursday, the show opened to retailers and general public, and the crowd waiting to get in was large. Once inside, visitors were greeted by  beautiful booths the size of small buildings. Here are some quick shots taken in the minutes after the show opened. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: HYT H2 Tells Time with Blue Fluid

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Last year HYT launched the H2, the brand’s latest in hydro-mechanical timepiece. This year we’re treated to new aesthetic enhancements, including a striking new model with blue blood in its veins. For the uninitiated, HYT uses fluids and complex micro-mechanical control systems to tell time in an entirely unique way. Let’s dive in. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret Maestoso with Live Images

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Christophe Claret’s latest superwatch features a unique traditional pivoted detent escapement with constant force and a cylindrical balance spring. The movement incorporates three patented developments. The entire watch - case, hands and all the parts of the movement, including the balance spring – was designed, manufactured and assembled in Claret's workshops. This is the ultimate in in-house. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Live Images of Patek’s New Booth

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2013 saw the debut of the newly remodeled Hall 1 at Baselworld, as well as new booths for most of the brands. So everyone noticed when Patek Philippe did not update their booth. The reason soon became clear - they were saving the new booth for this year, which marks the brand’s 175th birthday. Today is press day at Baselworld, and we have some quick live images of Patek’s new Baselworld HQ.   … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Breva Génie 02 Air – Updated with Live Images

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Last year at Baselworld Breva burst upon the horological scene with an excellent first effort - the Génie 01, featuring the world’s first mechanical weather station for the wrist. For 2014 Breva follows up with the sequentially named Génie 02 Air, a 100% Swiss-made timepiece created with award-winning movement constructor Jean-François Mojon of  Chronode. Find the complete technical details and price inside. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Peter Speake-Marin Magister Tourbillon

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The Magister Tourbillon is both a new timepiece and the first watch in a new collection from independent watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin.  The Magister Tourbillon incorporates several visual cues from Speake-Marin’s very first timepiece – a handmade pocket watch with tourbillon known as the Foundation Watch, which featured the same blued steel hands and tourbillon cage with topping tool motif. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: 10 Things to Know

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Over the next few weeks you’ll be reading quite a bit about Baselworld. What is Baselworld exactly? Why is it so important? What happens there? Can I go? For the answers to these and more questions, read on. We’ve put together a list of 10 watch-centric FAQs, complete with images taken inside and outside the main hall, so you'll have all the basic facts about the huge show that gets under way this week.    … [Read more...]

Audio: Excerpts from our Interview with Arnold & Son Watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet

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In WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, on sale March 18, technical editor Mike Disher gives you the skinny on Arnold & Son's Ultra-Thin tourbillon watch, the UTTE, in an in-depth watch test. Click below for audio excerpts from Disher's one-on-one interview with the man behind the watch, Arnold & Son's head of movement development, Sébastien Chaulmontet. … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery: Touring the Luxury Booths of SIHH 2014

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which took place last week in Geneva, is probably the world's most exclusive international watch fair, with an invitation-only guest list. As we did last year, WatchTime wanted to give our readers and diehard watch fans a peek inside those hallowed halls of horology, courtesy of these exclusive photos by our own Mike Disher. Click below to begin the tour... … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Zenith Pays Tribute to the Wright Brothers

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This year Zenith honors the Wright brothers with a watch issued in a 1,903-piece limited edition: the Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 GMT 1903. Of course 1903 is the year Orville Wright successfully flew the appropriately named “Flyer” over a distance of about 130 feet at the Kitty Hawk dunes in North Carolina. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Christophe Claret Poker

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Following the introductions of the 21 Blackjack and the Baccarat, this year Christophe Claret completes his trilogy of gaming watches with the Poker. For my money, this is the best of the three, both because the game it plays – Texas Hold ’em, is so compelling, and because the play on the watch is so realistic. … [Read more...]