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Baselworld 2015: The Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon

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What was still only a prototype in 2014 has now become a reality. At Baselworld 2015, Ulysse Nardin brought out the Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon, a limited-edition piece. This watch is most notable for being the first with Ulysse Nardin's proprietary constant force escapement system, made entirely out of silicon. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

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WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


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

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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: Our Top Five Dive Watches From Baselworld 2015

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Whilst the impact and potential of the smartwatch certainly dominated many of the discussions at Baselworld 2015, one watch category in particular has already witnessed the rise of a digital instrument capable of doing so much more than just indicating time. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel (Updated with Live Photos)

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One of Blancpain’s highlights at this year’s Baselworld is the L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel, a highly complicated piece with a futuristic dial and case design to match. Tourbillons and carrousels both rotate their cages within a movement, but understanding them can also get your head spinning. So let’s take a moment to break down the differences between them. … [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...]


Baselworld 2015: The Tissot Vintage Collection (Updated with Live Photo)

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In time for Baselworld, Tissot has launched a new collection of affordable luxury watches. The Tissot Vintage watches, for men and women, include automatic and quartz movements and fine engraving work on the dial. What's more, the automatic models make use of Tissot's in-house movement. Here's a look at the men's versions. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, Hamilton watches became synonymous with precision timekeeping, supplying pocketwatches to railroads, marine chronometers for ships, and clocks for aircraft. Today, Swiss-owned Hamilton offers a wide range of timepieces at accessible prices. Here are five models we can recommend for new collectors. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Ball Watch’s Ball for BMW TimeTrekker

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Ball Watch has a long history that links the brand to transportation. After all, its eponymous founder, Webb C. Ball, made his name by creating timing instruments for the American railroads. One contemporary way that the brand connects to these roots is through its partnership with BMW. At this year's Baselworld, Ball Watch brought out a new piece for the special collection: the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday – Baselworld 2015: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award

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This is the one we (almost) predicted on our Monochrome-Watches blog. We were 90% sure that Omega would come with a new edition of the Snoopy Speedmaster Professional. The one we imagined, however, is quite far from this new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award ref. 311.32.42.30.04.003. Using the iconic Speedy Pro base, it brings not only a new dial but also several little details that will definitely create a proper collectible edition. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Longines Watches for New Collectors

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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...]


Baselworld 2015: Introducing The First Skeletonized TAG Heuer Carrera

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Over the years, TAG Heuer has introduced a bevy of variations on its flagship watch model, the Carrera, but none quite so avant-garde as the one the Swiss brand introduced this week at Baselworld 2015. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 — a new take on the classic Carrera design that TAG Heuer says will represent the backbone of the collection going forward. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Rolex Launches New Everose Gold Yacht-Master with “Oysterflex” Bracelet

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Rolex, a brand known for keeping things mostly traditional in its watch designs, made a somewhat bold aesthetic statement at Baselworld 2015 this week, introducing a striking black-and-gold version of its Rolex Yacht-Master, which also features the brand's innovative "Oysterflex" bracelet in matte black. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Breitling Galactic Unitime (Updated with Live Photos and Prices)

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Breitling refers to its new Galactic Unitime SleekT — one of the timepieces the Swiss brand unveiled this week at Baselworld 2015 — as a “double revolution.” So what are these two revolutions? Scroll down for details. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Breguet Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077

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One of Breguet’s headliners at Baselworld 2015 is the Tradition Chronographe Indépendant 7077. In this remarkable new chronograph, Breguet pulls off an unusual feat. Looking at the 7077, you’re actually seeing two watches at once. Or, to be more accurate, one timekeeper and one chronograph. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: New Grand Seiko Revives the Spirit of ’67

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For the past two years, Seiko has mined the rich history of its Grand Seiko watch to create modern re-editions of some notable models of the past for what the Japanese brand calls its Historical Collection, This year's Baselworld saw the launch of its latest, the 62GS, based upon the very first Grand Seiko with an automatic movement, released in 1967. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: The Hublot Big Bang Alarm Repeater

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For the 10th anniversary of the Big Bang, Hublot has created a new alarm watch with a dial arrangement that stands out from most of the brand's designs. Among the Nyon-based company's Baselworld headliners this year is the Big Bang Alarm Repeater. It has more than a couple features that will make you sit up and pay attention, whether that alarm is ringing or not. … [Read more...]


Arnold Schwarzenegger Previews New Watch Brand at Baselworld 2015

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The last time I met with actor/athlete/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, he was promoting his final collaborative watch project with Audemars Piguet. Arnold has been very busy since then, with one of his many projects being the launch of his own Schwarzenegger watch brand, which he and his team are previewing here at Baselworld 2015. I had the pleasure of sitting down with "the Governator" again and seeing his very distinctive timepieces. Here's a glimpse. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Tudor North Flag Features the Brand’s First In-House Movement

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Since its return to the U.S. market a few years ago, Tudor has made great strides in stepping out from under the shadow of its "big brother," Rolex. At this year's Baselworld, the brand too its boldest step yet: the introduction of its first manufacture movement, which debuts in an all-new collection called North Flag. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Zenith Introduces The Elite 6150 and New Caliber

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At Baselworld this year, one of Zenith’s headliners is a new automatic watch with a new caliber. The Elite 6150 highlights the brand’s ability as a manufacture and will also be the basis for its future developments. Here’s a look at the watch and the movement within it. … [Read more...]