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Fratello Friday: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

Just to warn everyone up front, this week's Fratello Friday 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 … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing the “Real” TAG Heuer Carrera CH80

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH80 - reworked-Black

A few months ago, TAG Heuer presented a brand new in-house calibre called 1969. It was clear then that Baselworld 2014 would be the place where TAG Heuer would unveil a new watch containing that movement. And the brand did present a very nice one, the Carrera CH80, a retro-style Carrera inspired by the very first 1960s versions. What we didn’t expect, was that the CH80 presented in Basel … [Read more...]

5 Watch Brands We’ve Seen on “Mad Men”

Don Draper JLC

As AMC's hit drama series "Mad Men" kicks off its seventh and final season on Sunday night, we've decided to re-present our list of five watch brands that we've identified so far on the wrists of the show's characters. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 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...]

Baselworld 2014: Hermès Dressage L’Heure Masquée

Hermes Dressage L'heure Masquee

Many of us wondered what Hermès would do for an encore to its innovative Le Temps Suspendu watch from a few years ago. The brand answered our question this year with its introduction of the Hermès Dressage L'Heure Masquée, which boasts a new proprietary movement with a clever "hidden hours" complication. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Omega De Ville Trésor with New Antimagnetic Movement

Omega De Ville Tresor in SEDNA gold

Along with its new Speedmaster Professional and Speedmaster Mark II watches, Omega also unveiled at Baselworld 2014 an elegant men's model, the Omega De Ville Tresor, which is an update of a vintage Omega watch from 1949 and contains the brand's new Master Co-Axial Caliber 8511, designed for maximum resistance to magnetic fields. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Return of the Rolex Sea-Dweller at Baselworld 2014

Rolex Sea-Dweller - live shot

Along with our colleagues from WatchTime.com, the Monochrome team also spent a busy week at Baselworld 2014, and had the chance to see and review a number of new watches introduced at the fair. In this article from our online magazine monochrome-watches.com, we take a closer look at the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, a highlight piece for many Rolex fans. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Sinn EZM 13 Divers’ Watch

Sinn EZM3

The German watch brand Sinn, known for its tough, professional-grade diving watches, has released another one at Baselworld 2014, the Sinn EZM 13. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Glashütte Original Debuts New Movement in Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, introduced last week at Baselworld 2014, features an entirely new chronograph movement, Caliber 37-02, which was designed and manufactured in-house at the brand's manufacture in Saxony. The new watch becomes the latest in the vintage-inspired Glashütte Original Seventies collection. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Watches from Baselworld 2014

Tudor Black Bay

Fratello Friday returns! Last week we were swamped with Baselworld 2014 appointments, and in this week's article, I will show you the five watches that impressed me the most during the show. Actually, it is virtually impossible to come up with just five, as there were 1,500 exhibitors showing their goods. So, my selection is taken only from the brands that we (Fratellowatches) actually visited … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Bulgari Octo Finissimo is New “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

Recently, we ran a list of record-setting ultra-thin watches. At Baselworld 2014, Bulgari went for the title of "world's thinnest tourbillon movement" with its new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a new timepiece with a movement thickness of only 1.95 mm — thinner than a Swiss five-franc coin — and a case thickness of a mere 5 mm. … [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...]

Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

Linz and Omega's Urquhart

Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Announces New In-House Movement for Dual Time Manufacture

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Ulysse Nardin re-introduced its GMT watch with a new manufacture movement this week at Baselworld. UN’s Dual Time watch has a simple, legible display and is designed for ease of use, particularly in setting the time. Now these characteristics have been incorporated into an in-house caliber. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Shinola Introduces Runwell Chronograph

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At Baselworld this year, the American brand Shinola brought out its first chronographs. The Detroit watch company is presenting a wide array of quartz chronographs as additions to its Runwell line. These watches extend Shinola’s collection past the three-hand options that it has made available thus far. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Ball Watch Engineer II Magneto S With New Antimagnetic Technology

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At Baselworld this year, Ball Watch Co. announced the Ball Engineer II Magneto S, a new mechanical watch with a patented magnetic protection system. Ball’s new technology, known as the A-Proof device, shields the movement from magnetic fields up to 80,000 Amperes per meter (A/m). … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Unveiled at Baselworld 2014

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon - front

TAG Heuer's headliner watch from Baselworld 2014 is the newest generation of its game-changing TAG Heuer Monaco V4, first introduced as a concept watch in 2004. The new Monaco V4 Tourbillon takes the V4 technology to the next level: it is the world's first tourbillon watch driven by belts. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Corum Presents New Admiral’s Cup Watches

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At Baselworld this week, Corum added several novelties to its Admiral’s Cup collection. Part of the AC-One family of watches, these Admiral’s Cup pieces draw upon different aspects of the brand’s signature twelve-sided bezel and maritime design features. Corum’s new skeletonized watch, the AC-One 45 Squelette, gives the wearer a clear view into the workings of the movement. The AC-One 45 … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

The iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. … [Read more...]