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Fratello Friday: 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

Rolex Daytona

From my blog, Fratellowatches.com, I offer up my personal list of Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches Of The Year

Swatch Garosugil

Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? In this top 10 Swatch watches article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal to you my top 10 new Swatch watches from the brand's latest offerings. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Clerc Hydroscaph Chronograph

Clerc Hydroscaph Chronograph

In 2008, Geneva-based brand Clerc launched a dive watch that was rather different from anything else in the category: The Clerc Hydroscaph introduced, among other features, a unique, octagonal bezel … [Read more...]


What’s Your Perfect Watch? Here’s a 10-Step Plan to Find It

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Have you ever wondered “What’s the perfect watch for me?” Perhaps you framed the question like this: “Which watch should I buy?” Here’s a 10-step plan to help you find the one that's … [Read more...]


For Vintage Watch Fans: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

Omega Seamaster PloProf

From the "Fratello Friday" archives, we present this post focusing on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I … [Read more...]


The 10 Best Dive Watch Brands You Don’t Know About

Pita Oceana Bezel

To someone who's not all that interested in dive watches, many of them may look alike. But if you are into collecting dive watches, you're always looking for another one to buy. In doing so, you have … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Parmigiani Tonda Metrographe

Parmigiani Tonda Metrographe - front

Parmigiani is a relatively new name in the world of high-end timepieces. The brand has remained a niche player for its first 18 years, and has focused exclusively on the absolute top end of haute … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

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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 … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 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 … [Read more...]


Look, Ma, No Hands: 10 Watches That Tell Time Differently

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The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

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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 (for Rolex, that is) prices for … [Read more...]


Temptation Thursday by Escapement: Hands-On with the Chopard L.U.C. Regulator

Chopard LUC Regulator - wrist

In this week's Temptation Thursday, Angus Davies of online watch magazine Escapement gets up close and personal with the Chopard L.U.C. Regulator, a timepiece launched by the brand at this year's … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 5 Contemporary Titanium Dive Watches

Omega Seamaster 1200 Ploprof

Even though Seiko was the first watch company to use titanium for a watch case back in the 1970s, it was IWC that first commercially launched a watch made entirely out of titanium in the '80s. Why … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is a wristwatch equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter-and-barometer movement. In fact, it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch at … [Read more...]


Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches … [Read more...]


“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

Piaget Minute Repeater front

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

A few 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 … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Reviewing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater

Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater - front

In my book, a minute repeater is the ultimate complication. Of course, a tourbillon is a feast for the eyes, and a perpetual calendar dial filled with apertures for day, date, month, year and moon … [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 … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Discover 100 Years of Rolex Chronometers and Rolex Oyster Watches

Rolex Datejust - 1945

Just over one hundred years ago, in 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” chronometer certificate to a wristwatch for the very first time. This was a major achievement for … [Read more...]


Temptation Thursday by Escapement: Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball 3000

Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball - wrist

Our inaugural "Temptation Thursday," from Angus Davies of the online watch magazine Escapement, focuses on the Armin Strom Tourbillon Gumball 3000, a limited edition from the official watch partner of … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Omega Seamaster ETNZ Chrono

Omega Seamaster 300 Chronograph ETNZ

While Omega’s new Globemaster range was one of the brand’s more discussed launches at this year’s Baselworld, its latest Seamaster Chronograph edition for Team New Zealand (ETNZ) was probably … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux_Constant-Escapement

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 … [Read more...]


Expert Advice: 5 Tips for Buying Vintage Watches

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watches

Whether you’re buying out of sentimentality — say, you want to own a watch from the year of your birth — or simply for investment purposes, education is the most important factor when it comes … [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 … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound 8 Days – 75th Anniversary Edition

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IWC chose the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser line to introduce a model that takes its style cues directly from the original. In this article from Monochrome-Watches, we take a look at a modern … [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. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: The Ball Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro

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A short while back on my online watch magazine Escapement, I reviewed the Ball Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro. Released in 2014, this chronograph, with its highly legible display, is attractively … [Read more...]


8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses … [Read more...]