Fratello Friday: 5 Top Watches in 5 Categories from SIHH 2015

Lange Datograph Perpetual

SIHH 2015 has come and gone, and instead of immediately bringing you a "Top 5 Watches" or "Top 10 Watches"  — which we will surely do later on, nevertheless — we at FratelloWatches thought it might be interesting to pick a top new watch release from SIHH 2015 in five different categories. … [Read more...]


Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

Zenith_3019PHF_500150

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, this week’s Fratello Friday (and next week's) focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is part … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre

Regular readers of my "Fratello Friday" posts know that I'm a sucker for Omega’s Speedmaster Professional, a.k.a the "Moonwatch." Today's post, however, concerns a different type of "moonwatch," namely the type with a moon-phase indicator. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

Omega Seamaster De Ville - 1968

WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? In this week's Fratello Friday, I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Comparing the Original and Modern Omega Seamaster Ploprof

Omega Semaster Ploprof - old vs. new

I love a good, modern re-edition watch, but most of the time a lot of watch brands get it wrong — wrong case size, wrong movement (or at least not in the right "spirit" of the original movement), wrong hands, wrong printing, and so on. Sometimes it is just one of these things, but most of the time it is a nasty combination of all of them, which doesn't — in my mind — make the watch a true re-edition. … [Read more...]


Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

Just to warn everyone up front, this article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting Rolex watches. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention from watch consumers than any other watch brand. I respect Rolex for what it is able to accomplish (producing high-quality watches in large numbers for reasonable prices) and I own and have owned my share of Rolex watches, both vintage and new. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: What If You Could Only Have One Watch? My Top 5 Choices

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial

If you are like me and my colleagues at Fratellowatches, you can’t live with only one watch. You need at least one chronograph, one watch with a second time zone, and one divers' watch (even if you never go near a swimming pool). Perhaps you need at least one quartz watch as well, if only to set the time correctly on your mechanical watches. What about a watch with a moon-phase? Can’t do without one, right? … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 3 Watches for the Blind

Bradley watch - CU

A recently published article on the BBC website (here) caught my attention with its depiction of a wristwatch for blind people. The watch pictured in the article is the Bradley Timepiece, named after a Paralympic gold medalist, Brad Snyder, who lost his sight in Afghanistan. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Tips For Buying a New Watch

ff_wempe150

When I am writing for Fratellowatches or when contributing to the WatchTime website, I tend to forget that not everyone is a watch nut or has an in-depth knowledge about watches or watch manufacturers. Of course, this is not mandatory when buying a new watch, but let me at least give you some hints and tips when you are buying a new watch for the first time. Feel free to contribute your own tips and experiences in the comments section. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Top 5 Rectangular Watches I Might Wear

Cartier Tank watch

In my modest collection of watches, there is not a single one with a rectangular case; the only non-round one is the octagonal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Nevertheless, since rectangular-case watches do have their fans, this week's Fratello Friday focuses on the top five I would wear... if I did indeed wear them. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Interesting Pre-Owned Watches Under $4,000

Rolex Datejust

I wrote a Fratello Friday article on the things you need to consider when buying a pre-owned or vintage timepiece. I suggest that if you are not familiar with buying pre-owned watches, you read that article first to familiarize with the things you need to consider before buying a pre-owned watch... which is the subject of this week's Fratello Friday. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Watches With Diamonds That Men Can Actually Wear

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402B

Yes, we're talking men’s watches with diamonds. No, don’t click away from this post just yet.  I am aware that this is a bit of a tricky subject, since most men don’t like to wear diamonds. However, a lot of men who love watches do have respect for the work that goes into diamonds — the cutting, polishing, setting, et cetera. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Very Unusual Timepieces

Urwer UR202S

Since I started writing my thoughts and ideas about watches on my blog, Fratellowatches, I have been visiting the big watch fairs like Baselworld and the SIHH in Geneva. Sometimes, one comes across some very odd-looking watches at these fairs — watches that perhaps should not be defined as watches, but as mechanical art or — as MB&F's Maximilian Büsser puts it — horological machines. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 3 Most Interesting Omega Speedmasters

Omega Speedmaster Pro ACP

Among all the watches with interesting histories, Omega's Speedmaster Professional is one that truly stands out. It was – and still is – the official watch for NASA astronauts performing EVA (extra-vehicular activities). NASA chose the Speedmaster to become the official chronograph watch for astronauts in 1965, after a process that included rigorous test procedures. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Independent Watch Brands Worth Your Time

Christian Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Aquarius

One could say that choosing a watch from one of the big brands (Rolex, Omega, Breitling, et cetera) is going the easy route. There are many alternatives out there from independent brands that deserve a fair chance as well, of course. The big advantage of owning a watch from one of these brands is that you will have a piece designed or crafted without too many concessions to sales and marketing departments. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: The Most Exciting Omega Watch

Nixon's Omega Speedmaster watch

This post is a part of my series of Omega articles, zooming in on some of the most interesting and iconic models that Omega manufactured (or still manufactures), which began last week with a list of Omega watches you can find for under $1,000. In this week's post, I attempt to answer the question of  what is the most exciting Omega watch ever — in my own humble opinion, that is. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Rolex Watches Introduced at Recent Baselworlds

Rolex Sky-Dweller

While SIHH is about to start, the watch industry is also getting ready for Baselworld. Every year, as soon as the doors of the exhibition open, there is a run (literally) on the Rolex booth to see what's new from Geneva's luxury-watch giant. Here's a look back at some of the recent Baselworld Rolex introductions. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 5 SIHH 2014 Watches

Richard-Lange-Perpetual-Calendar-Terraluna-Gold_150

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) last year in Geneva saw very interesting new watches from an array of brands, and from the days I was there, I have compiled a Top Five list of my personal favorite watches. … [Read more...]