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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...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-On with the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec - Blue - reclining

Recently, Carl F. Bucherer sent us one of its Patravi ScubaTec prototype watches for a closer inspection, and after spending a few days with it, we at DiveIntoWatches.com think that the brand has built a watch that ticks a lot of boxes. … [Read more...]


Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Previewing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar with Meteorite Dial

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite dial

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar isn’t technically a new watch in the brand's catalog, having first appeared at the 2013 SIHH watch fair. It has a very classical display and a very restrained design. So, how to bring new attention to an already known model and add some freshness? By introducing new dials! And the dials that Jaeger-LeCoultre chose are pretty interesting indeed. Here is a look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite dial, which makes its official debut at SIHH … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches of 2014

Omega De Ville Tresor - White Gold

As we approach the end of the year, I have started assembling my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Last week, we looked at my favorite new chronograph watches that debuted in 2014. This week, the focus is on the year's top dress watches for men. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Reviewing the Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days

Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days

About 10 years ago, around the time I started my watch blog Fratello Watches, I owned a couple of Panerai watches and wore them with much pleasure. However, being not only a writer of watch articles but also a watch collector, I "traded them up" over the years for watches from other brands. Of course, the Panerai watches I used to own were made long before the brand introduced its in-house-developed movements. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]


The World’s Most Expensive Watches: 8 Timepieces Over $1 Million

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor Silicium

We've all experienced sticker shock while perusing the world's most expensive watches. There are even a few brands for which six-figure price tags are the norm — "expensive watches" by almost anyone's definition. But a handful of luxury watches go well beyond "pricey" and into the rarefied "million dollar watch" category, i.e., costing more than $1 million. We've compiled eight of the world's most expensive watches, all breaking the $1 million ceiling, in which the only things grander than the … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 5 Dive Watches You Can Wear With Your Santa Suit

Tissot Seastar 1000

Since it is "that time of year" again, we at DiveIntoWatches felt it was important to provide an important bit of consumer advice to anyone finding himself in the position of wearing a fake white beard and a red coat soon for some festive occasion or other. Specifically, we've found five dive watches that won't clash with your St. Nick ensemble. … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 12 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Chopard Superfast Chrono - front

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...]


Orbita Sempre is Automatic Watch Winder for Manual-Wind Watches

Orbita Sempre watch winder

During our annual visits to Orbita at the various watch and jewelry trade shows, we always see an impressive collection of new and existing winders of all sizes, holding anywhere from a single watch to as many as 48. And of course, the vast majority of these Orbita watch winders — and most other watch winders — are equipped to supply power to automatic (that is, self-winding) watches by rotating them at regular intervals so the rotors in the watches' movements can continually supply energy … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

Just two years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome watches were a bit surprised to discover, at Baselworld 2014, that Patek has already discontinued the steel 5980/1A model  and replaced it with a steel Nautilus Chronograph with a second time zone, like the one in the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5164. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Chronographs for 2014

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic

As we approach the end of 2014, I have started assembling my annual Top 10 Watches list in various categories for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. First up are my favorite new chronograph watches that debuted this year. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Reviewing the Longines Legend Diver

Longines Legend Diver

We at Fratello Watches are keen on re-editions of vintage timepieces of certain eras, but they need to be very well executed in order to succeed as such. Perhaps this also explains why certain watches that never changed that much are often a brand's key to success; take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak "Jumbo" or the Rolex Submariner, for example. … [Read more...]


Feeling Blue: 20 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


9 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Zenithium? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort to … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium

If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its new Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch, introduced at SIHH 2014, has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The 12,000-Meter Dive Watch (and It’s Not a Rolex)

Vintage VDB P1070 Deepsea - dial CU

Last week, we introduced you to the watches that were used during the U.S. Navy’s “Project Nekton,” with the Rolex “Deep-Sea Special” becoming the first watch that ever actually reached a maximum depth of 10,916 meters, or 35,797 feet. This week, we show you a modern-day dive watch that its makers hope will achieve another such record-breaking feat. … [Read more...]


5 Limited-Edition Omega Watches Made for the Olympic Games

omega_olympics2014150

For many years, Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. In addition to its timing duties, Omega often releases timepieces celebrating the games and the nations that host them. For this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Omega introduced the Omega Sochi Petrograd, which we covered here. Below, we take a look at five other Omega watches (in most cases, exclusive and extremely limited) made specifically for the Olympic games. … [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...]


Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

Piaget_OnlyWatchSkeletonFace_560150

In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical "openwork" artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 10 skeleton watches introduced in recent years. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 with Art Deco Dial

Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 with Art Deco dial

Dear Santa, if you are reading this article, you may consider the timepiece discussed here as the only item on my wish-list for Christmas 2014. This edition of  the Kari Voutilainen GMT-6, with its Art Deco dial, is horological art — pure, inspired, technical, lavishly finished and elegant. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Longines Watches for New Collectors

five affordable longines

Longines represents an excellent entry point into the world of fine Swiss-made watches. During the brand’s 182-year history, it has served as an official Olympic timer, supplied timepieces to multiple expeditions and to the International Aviation Federation, won numerous Grand Prix competitions, and of course created the famous Lindberg Hour Angle pilots’ watch. Today, Longines offers a broad range of great-looking watches at attractive prices. Here are five we can recommend for new … [Read more...]


Five Baume & Mercier Watches Under $5,000

affordable baume mercier

Founded in 1830, Baume & Mercier has a proud history, producing award-winning complicated timepieces in the 19th century and both pure classics and avant garde designs during the 20th. Today the company is known for producing beautiful, Swiss-made watches at accessible prices. Here are five we can recommend, each available for less than $5,000.   1. Clifton Small Seconds 10054 This Clifton watch with small seconds offers classic good looks that work with dress and casual … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

Breitling_Transocean-Chrono-GMT_150

A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Omega Seamaster Watches

Omega Seamaster ProDiver Titanium

In this week's Fratello Friday, I offer my personal "Top 5" list of Omega Seamaster watches. Omega introduced the Seamaster collection (which originally were much more like dress watches than sport watches) in 1948. In 1957, Omega introduced the first real divers'-watch Seamaster, the CK2913. This first Seamaster 300 was in the same sporty vein as the Speedmaster (CK2915) and Railmaster (CK2914). The dressier Seamaster models were re-branded as Seamaster DeVille, and eventually the DeVille would … [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...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

LeCoultre Weems watch - 1941 - museum

In the third part of our ongoing series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]