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Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

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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...]


Connoisseur vs. Watchmaker: Two Points of View on the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010

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Regular WatchTime reader and watch aficionado Rich Tyson, our special guest blogger, contributes this very different review of one of his own favorite timepieces, the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010, in which he and a trained watchmaker each examine the watch from their own POV. … [Read more...]


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

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Apple has announced that its highly anticipated new Apple Watch — which it unveiled to great fanfare last fall — will be available at retail in April 2015, 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...]


Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

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Winter is here, and the chilly temperatures have put me — and, I'd guess, many of you — in mind of a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to take? I know — not an easy decision for a watch lover. But how about if I narrow it down? … [Read more...]


Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

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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...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: A (Very) Few Dive Watch Highlights from SIHH 2015

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At last year's SIHH, IWC launched a whopping 15 new Aquatimer models, and Cartier introduced its very first true dive watch, the Calibre de Cartier Diver. This year, at SIHH 2015, the dive watch pickings were rather slim in comparison. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches at SIHH 2015: The Cartier Clé de Cartier

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Anyone who has carved the snow on skis, hugged a turn’s line in a sports car, or caressed the slope of a woman’s back will appreciate the curves in the Clé de Cartier. Cartier’s iconic march of shapes, from Santos to Tank to Rontonde, arrives at a new simplicity of innovation, design and form. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches SIHH 2015: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon

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For 2015, Roger Dubuis focusses heavily on skeletonization, as becomes apparent with the introduction of the Excalibur Spider Double Flying Tourbillon. Prior to these new releases, every single watch had been produced according to the strict specifications of the Poinçon de Geneve, and the new models are no exception. The “Spider” offers exceptional Horological techniques, with a superb contemporary design. … [Read more...]


The New Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

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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' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph

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The Seiko company was founded in 1881, produced its first pocketwatches in 1895, its first alarm clocks in 1899, and its first wristwatches in 1913. That means that 2013 marked 100 years of Seiko wristwatches, and the Japanese company marked the milestone with a special version of its Seiko Ananta Chronograph. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal the story behind the Seiko Ananta 100th Anniversary Chronograph and present to you the details of the centennial-celebrating … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Zenith El Primero 410

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Angus Davies, on his Escapement watch blog, reviews the limited edition Zenith El Primero 410. The watch contains the legendary self-winding El Primero fully integrated chronograph movement. This particular model includes a full calendar and moon-phase indication. As I held the new Zenith El Primero 410 in my hands, it felt reassuringly familiar. Like many admirers of chronographs, I have owned a Zenith timepiece containing the legendary movement that oscillates at 5 Hz. Foolishly, in a moment … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches SIHH 2015: A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down in Pink Gold

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If you ask collectors to name the best ever chronograph, you’ll probably get 2 or 3 recurring answers: Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster and A. Lange & Söhne Datograph. For sure, the two first watches are iconic and highly interesting. However, on our Monochrome-Watches blog, we say that when it comes to Haute Horlogerie matters and technically advanced movements, the one and only correct answer is the Datograph. Already available in platinum, the A. Lange and Söhne Datograph … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

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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 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Blue

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Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but the brand even added, in some references, a split-seconds function or a minute repeater to this already prestigious package. At the 2014 Baselworld watch fair, Patek introduced a new color to its "entry-level" perpetual calendar chronograph, a white gold case with a blue dial. We at Monochrome … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, all released within the past few years, that have most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Leave a comment at the end of this post if you want to add your own favorites. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: IWC Ingenieur Dual Time

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Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the IWC Ingenieur Dual Time. This recently launched watch is equipped with a GMT function, proving highly useful for today’s battle weary business traveler. You can read more from Angus on his Escapement watch blog. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel

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Recently on our Monochrome-Watches blog, we introduced you to some models of Montblanc’s new Heritage Chronométrie collection, like the ExoTourbillon and Dual Time. This new collection also comprises a variety of calendar watches, such as the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama, which comes in a gold and a steel version. The timepiece is imbued with a number of symbolic design references which we will explain below.   … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches Review: Gustafsson & Sjögren Aurora

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The Aurora Borealis, AKA the ‘Northern Lights’ are a natural display of light found on the northern hemisphere. If you’ve had the chance to witness them first-hand you’ll know, they are nothing short of spectacular. Streaks of blue, green, purple and yellow light shooting across the sky in mesmerizing fashion. The same effect is achieved with the Gustafsson & Sjögren watches due to its Damascus steel features. We go hands-on with number 1 of 5 of the new GoS Aurora, which took … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Baume & Mercier Capeland 10107

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Angus Davies, on his Escapement watch blog, provides an in-depth "hands-on" review of the Baume & Mercier Capeland 10107, a watch featuring a worldtimer function, presented in a luxurious 18-carat red gold case. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches: Introducing the Updated Edition Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

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Oris is known for its rugged, sporty tool-watches. The Aquis is famous within the watch diving community – a collection that includes some interesting, technical, well finished but affordable tools to be used under the deep salt waters. One is particularly noticeable because it includes a clever mechanical depth gauge. On our Monochrome-Watches blog we look at this watch; the updated edition of the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge. … [Read more...]