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Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents

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As another Election Day approaches in the United States, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see the list we've compiled of notable wristwatches and pocketwatches belonging to past (and current) commanders-in-chief. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The 5 Coolest Omega Constellation Watches

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I've covered lots of Omega Seamasters and Speedmasters — the brand's most popular families — in my series of Fratello Friday columns on Omega, but let’s not forget about the Constellation. Although the current Constellation is popular mostly in Asia, past models were considered to be the brand's flagships just about everywhere. This week's article reveals my five favorite Omega Constellation timepieces of all time. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: A Review of the Tudor Pelagos

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If you are a regular reader of WatchTime’s Dive Watch Wednesday, you will probably remember one of our September dive watch blog posts in which we revealed our personal “Top 5 Most Wanted” list of dive watch models currently produced. The good news is, this list theoretically just got one watch shorter. The bad news? That open spot has almost immediately been filled by the next contender (hint: it starts with a “B” and ends with “athyscaphe”). But that’s a different story for … [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...]

Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic

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The Jackson Five, ABBA and Queen. The Godfather, Bruce Lee and Star Wars. Platform shoes, sideburns, and bell-bottomed pants. The Royal Oak, Nautilus and Ingenieur. All of them first saw the light of day during the seventies, and in the watch industry, this era seems to be making a comeback when it comes to design. The original Hamilton Pan Europ was introduced in 1971, and in recent years it has come back to life. The Chronograph version was redone and re-issued in 2011, and for 2014 Hamilton … [Read more...]

Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

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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. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention. … [Read more...]

5 Skull Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

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Many watch brands have at least one skeleton watch in their collection, but only a few have actually introduced skull watches — timepieces with skulls on their dials, some with a horological headbone actually incorporated into the movement itself. As we approach Halloween, here are five recent examples of skull watches that may entice more than scare you. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

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This week's Fratello Friday post focuses on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I narrowed it down to five Omega watches that I consider most important to the brand or to the world of watches in general. … [Read more...]

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

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Autumn has begun, 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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Limited-Edition Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronograph

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Last week, Blancpain introduced its “Ocean Commitment” initiative at Cap d’Antibes in the South of France. This program will unite the manufacture's various activities to preserve and protect the world’s oceans as well as to increase public awareness through ocean exploration. … [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 downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: The New Grandmaster Chime and Other Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Watches

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe unveiled its long-awaited 175th anniversary watch collection this week in Geneva, headlined by the magnificent Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Scroll down for info and photos on the new Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary watch models. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing the New Piaget Altiplano Skeleton

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Ultra-thin timepieces and the name Piaget have gone hand-in-hand for many decades. So it will not come as a shock that Piaget introduced a number of varieties on the ultra-thin, skeletonized Caliber 1200S. That’s the movement of the Piaget Altiplano 1200, which is the world’s thinnest automatic skeletonized watch. … [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 Audemars Piguet purchase, WatchTime offers five currently available models at the more accessible end of the range.   Royal Oak Selfwinding The word “audacious“ is invoked far too often in the world of watches, and though the Royal Oak may seem tame by today’s standards, it was truly … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Everyone Needs at Least One, Right? My Top 5 Digital Watches

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Perhaps it is a bit like cursing in a church when discussing digital watches on a site devoted primarily to luxury watches, but I am certain that everyone should own at least one. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Charmex’s CX Swiss Military Watch Breaks a Scuba Diving Record

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You have probably never heard of Charmex nor of Ahmed Gabr, but there are at least two reasons why both are worth knowing. In 2005, the Swiss watch company Charmex launched a massive dive watch capable of withstanding water pressures down to 12,000 feet. It was not only the most water-resistant (serially produced) mechanical dive watch at that time, but also the only (7750-based) chronograph amongst similar "extreme" dive watches. … [Read more...]

5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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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...]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing the IWC Portofino Midsize Collection

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At last week's Watches & Wonders fair in Hong Kong, IWC added no less than 20 new models to its Portofino collection. These included 17 new "midsize" models, all adorned with diamonds, and three new versions of the 40-mm Portofino Automatic, now in new 18K rose gold or white gold cases and 72 diamonds set on the bezel. Most models come on beautiful hand-made leather Santoni straps, and two come on an extra-fine Milanese mesh bracelet. There are also two new models equipped with a second time … [Read more...]

5 Affordable TAG Heuer Watches for New Collectors

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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...]

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Watches

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As we've seen in recent years — and most especially at this year's SIHH — watch brands are pulling out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are five recent examples of timepieces that (at least for the moment) have set records for thinness in their respective categories. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Omega Collectors Gather in Amsterdam for “Moonwatch Only” Book Launch

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If you are into collecting Omega Speedmasters like I am, you need a good reference book. Even though there is a lot of really useful information that can be found online (for instance, in the Fratello Watches Speedy Tuesday section), the world of collecting Omega Speedmaster watches has up until recently lacked a good "standard" on the subject. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

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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...]

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

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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 several options: you can go vintage, stick with the classics from established brands, or maybe even consider some of the many alternatives out there from start-up, re-launched, and boutique dive watch brands. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” in White Gold

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The Richard Lange Collection by A. Lange & Söhne represents some of the German brand's most complicated watches from the brand. Some great examples from that collection include the recently introduced Langematik Perpetual and the Datograph Up/Down, which we recently reviewed on Monochrome Watches. But when you add the words "Pour le Mérite" to the equation, you have quite an explosive horological cocktail indeed. … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Breitling Watches for New Collectors

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Many brands offer aviation-themed timepieces, but when you think of fighter pilots and the instrument watches made for them, chances are that one brand comes to mind: Breitling. Here are five Breitling watches that are in stores now at accessible prices.   … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

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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...]

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...]

Watchtoberfest: 5 Tough German Sports Watches

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Bring out the dirndls, lederhosen and giant beer mugs — Germany's Oktoberfest is underway! We at WatchTime thought it might also be a good time to showcase some robust sports watches from some smaller German watch brands that may have flown under your radar this year. Here are five recently released German sports watches. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907

We at Monochrome Watches do get our share of impressive timepieces to wear, but a watch that is (almost) the thinnest watch in the world still manages to impress. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin 1907, introduced earlier this year during the SIHH in Geneva, is thin as a razor, superbly legible, and very stylish. We’ve reviewed this 4.05-mm thick (or thin) watch for you. … [Read more...]