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.

Roger Dubuis Introduces Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic, unveiled at the Watches and Wonders Fair in Hong Kong, features a trio of technical attributes: a minute repeater with new gongs, a flying tourbillion with a new cage, and twin micro-rotors in hand-guilloché rose gold. Let’s take a closer look. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

This month marks Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with a series of limited-edition timepieces? Why not include the most complicated wristwatch Patek Philippe has ever created? That’s just what they did. Here are ten things you need to know about it. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

5 affordable zenith

Zenith is best known as the creator of the El Primero – an integrated, automatic chronograph movement that has earned a place in the pantheon of historic calibers. Today, the brand is also known and appreciated for offering classically styled timepieces and excellent value. Here are five Zenith watches the we can recommend for new collectors.   … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

At SIHH 2015 in January, Ralph Lauren will launch the new Automotive Chronograph. Inspired by the instrument panel of Lauren's legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this piece evokes the exotic yet purposeful aesthetic found in the cockpit of a car many regard as the finest gentleman’s sport coupe of all time. … [Read more...]


IWC Launches Special Edition Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

IWC New Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. IWC celebrates its role as the Official Timekeeper with the launch of the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” Special Edition.   … [Read more...]


Vacheron Constantin Launches New Watches in Hong Kong

Vacheron Constantin Watches & Wonders

Vacheron Constantin launched several new watches, including an ultra-complicated piece with astronomical displays, at the recent Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair. Three new Patrimony models also debuted. Here are six new Vacheron Constantin watches that caught our eye. … [Read more...]


Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Cartier under $10000

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention. … [Read more...]


Meistersinger Launches the New Circularis With Bespoke Movement

meistersinger circularis

Meistersinger – maker of the famous watch with one hand – has announced a new watch with a new, bespoke, manually wound movement known as caliber MSH01. The movement features a striking design and some interesting technical features. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


New from RGM Watch Company: Pro Aviator and “Baseball in Enamel”

RGM Baseball in Enamel

This month RGM Watch Co. is launching two very different watches: the Pro Aviator pilots’ watch, and a limited edition Baseball watch with a grand feu enamel dial, inspired by a rare, vintage Waltham pocket watch. Grand feu means "great fire" in French, and it took RGM founder Roland Murphy three years to locate an artisan to bring his dream to life. … [Read more...]


Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

In the new Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, Breitling wraps its manufacture Caliber 01 chronograph movement in a case that employs striking contrasts to achieve excellent legibility and a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature instrument style. Let's take a closer look. … [Read more...]


5 Accessible Audemars Piguet Watches for New Collectors

Affordable Audemars Piguet for Collectors

Audemars Piguet timepieces combine iconic designs with meticulously hand-finished movements. Accordingly, prices run well into six figures. For new collectors and those considering their first Audemars Piguet purchase, WatchTime offers five currently available models at the more accessible end of the range.   Royal Oak Selfwinding The word “audacious“ is invoked far too often in the world of watches, and though the Royal Oak may seem tame by today’s standards, it was truly … [Read more...]


Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]


Omega Launches New Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”

omega grey side of the moon

Following its highly successful “Dark Side of the Moon,” Omega announces the new Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon.” Fashioned from ceramic and platinum, the new watch features several design elements that distinguish it from other Omega watches. … [Read more...]


Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

Seiko Astron in Space

The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko Astron GPS solar watch, with original photographs by Robert Atkinson, first published in our April 2013 issue. … [Read more...]


6 New Panerai Watches Debut in Hong Kong

new panerai luminor black seal

Panerai has announced six new watches, two of which are part of an exciting Special Edition set. The new models, introduced at the recent Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair, range from a simple automatic with a new movement to a tourbillion GMT. We have all the prices. Let’s take a look.   … [Read more...]


Hublot Launches the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade

hublot classic fusion dwayne wade

Hublot is launching its latest timepiece made in collaboration with its "brand ambassador," Dwyane Wade. The Hublot Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade is the second limited-edition Hublot watch to carry the name of the NBA basketball star, and it includes an impressive storage option. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable TAG Heuer Watches for New Collectors

affordable tag heuer

When it comes to automobile races and the precision chronograph watches that time them, TAG Heuer is the name most enthusiasts think of. Let’s take a look at five models that are available in stores now at accessible prices. … [Read more...]


Nomos Orion 1989 Celebrates 25 Years of Freedom

nomos orion 1989

November, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nomos celebrates this historic event with a special-edition watch, the Nomos Orion 1989, which features a manufacture movement with an interesting special feature. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Breitling Watches for New Collectors

affordable breitling watches

Many brands offer aviation-themed timepieces, but when you think of fighter pilots and the instrument watches made for them, chances are that one brand comes to mind: Breitling. Here are five Breitling watches that are in stores now at accessible prices.   … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

affordable swiss in-house

When shopping for a fine timepiece, people often seek particular attributes, and two of the most popular are “Swiss made” and “In-house movement.” Here are five watches that meet these criteria, and that you can acquire without breaking the bank. … [Read more...]


Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges: 10 Things to Know

girard-perregaux neo-tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux’s Tourbillon with Three Bridges has been an icon of classic design for almost 150 years. This year, the brand’s signature timepiece is reborn with a radical new look. Here are 10 things to know about this futuristic masterpiece. … [Read more...]


Watch Quiz: Can You Identify These Dive Watches Under Dress Shirt Cuffs?

dive watch quiz

Some say that dive watches and dress shirts are a fashion faux pas. We disagree. We’ve squeezed eight dive watches under a dress shirt cuff, leaving just a bit exposed. Put your watchspotting skills to the test and see if you can identify them. The answers appear at the end of page 2. Good luck! … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors

affordable omega watches

Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are five models that are in stores now at accessible prices for both new and seasoned collectors. … [Read more...]


Smartwatch Showdown: Apple Watch vs. the Competition

smartwatch comparison

The new Apple Watch launched to great fanfare last week. How does it stack up against the Samsung Gear S, Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and Pebble Steel? Let’s take a look. … [Read more...]


Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition

nardin monaco limited

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

new vacheron

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

affordable rolex

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

apple smartwatch

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

apple smartwatch

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

journe sport

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...]