Watch Features

Welcome to WatchTime's watch features section. Here you will find watch feature stories, watch reports, interesting watch technology coverage, interviews with watch brands, background articles about watches, watch brands and technical stories.

5 Milestone Breitling Watches, from 1915 to Today

Breitling Chronomat - 1941

Pilots rely on Breitling’s chronographs, but calendars, world timers and divers’ watches also are part of the brand’s 130-plus-year history. Here are five important Breitling watches that helped define the brand's identity from 1915 through the modern day. For the full list of 20 milestone Breitling watches, download the complete article from the WatchTime online shop, or check out the … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

In late October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are the seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 23 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

Oris World Timer watch

In WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we profile Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]

Watch Winders 101

Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

Watch winders get their name from what they do. Their purpose is to ensure that automatic (or self-winding) watches have sufficient energy for their clockwork drive by generating constant and steady motion. But that’s not all watch winders can do. The selection of models, sizes, designs and functions of available watch winders is as full of variety as the watch winders themselves. Watch winders … [Read more...]

The Big Fix: Behind Girard-Perregaux’s Makeover

Michele Sofisti

The new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk goes under the microscope in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now. In this feature from the June 2013 issue, we delve into how new Sowind Group CEO Michele Sofisti plans to cure what's been ailing that Swiss high-horology brand. … [Read more...]

Smartwatches – the Smartphone you Wear on your Wrist

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After smartphones come smartwatches: IT companies are looking to bring intelligent watches onto the market in the near future, and the demand for these is reportedly high. But can the initial products from Samsung, Apple and co. also impress in practice? What can smartwatches do? The smartwatch, which is worn on the wrist like a normal watch, connects with the smartphone in your pocket using … [Read more...]

The Watches of James Bond

Doctor No

He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James … [Read more...]

Ringmaster: Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern Talks Minute Repeaters (Audio)

Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern

(As seen in the October issue of WatchTime.) You’ve seen the advertisement. It shows a man with a white glove on his right hand holding a watch up to his ear. The copy reads, “Of course, the acoustics of all minute repeaters have to be tested. In our family-owned watch company, the President does it.” The company in question is Patek Philippe. The man holding the watch is CEO Thierry … [Read more...]

Making a Move: How Panerai Became a Manufacture

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For the cover story of  WatchTime's September-October issue, on sale next week, our editors test the Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica. In this feature from our June 2009 issue, we explore Panerai's rise to manufacture status. … [Read more...]

Bremont Codebreaker: A Tribute Timepiece to Britain’s WWII Cryptologists (Video)

Bremont Codebreaker

The Bremont Codebreaker, one of the year's most shrouded-in-secrecy new watch releases, teased at during Baselworld and at the Las Vegas watch and jewelry shows, finally made its United States debut (albeit only as a prototype) this summer. Click here for the story behind this limited-edition watch and the milestone in British history that inspired it. … [Read more...]

One-Man Brand: The Story of UTS Divers’ Watches

UTS 2000m Diver

Munich-based UTS has carved out a niche: German-made professional divers’ watches, all with cases made in-house from single blocks of steel by engineer Nicolaus Spinner. Learn more in this feature from WatchTime's December 2011 issue. … [Read more...]

La Montre Hermès CEO Luc Perramond: The WatchTime Q&A

Luc Perramond, CEO of Hermes watches

Luc Perramond, CEO of La Montre Hermès, the watchmaking division of the famed French fashion house, is on a mission to elevate Hermès timepieces to a higher level of manufacturing self-sufficiency and horological mastery. Last year, the first Hermès watches with proprietary mechanical movements made their debut at Baselworld, and Perramond has been very busy since then. … [Read more...]

From WatchTime Magazine: 7 “Buzz” Watches From Baselworld 2013

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Every Baselworld has its "buzz" watches, new models that set fairgoers' tongues wagging, whether they're technologically advanced, unexpected from the brand that produced them, or a new twist on an old standby, In the current issue of Watchtime, on sale now, we spotlight seven of them in detail. Here is a glimpse of the timepieces that were the talk of the watch cognoscenti. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Reviews Jaquet Droz’s “The Charming Bird,” with Photos, Audio, and Video

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On my recent trip to Shanghai I had the opportunity to put my hands on a luxury item that in the 18th century was accessible only to emperors and kings — namely, a wristwatch with a singing automaton. Yes, of course, the wristwatch had yet to be invented in the 18th century, and automatons were found instead on table clocks, but Jaquet Droz's new piece, The Charming Bird, would have been right … [Read more...]

From WatchTime Magazine: The Story Behind Audemars Piguet’s Manufacture Caliber 3120

Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120

In this in-depth profile from our March-April 2009 issue, discover how Audemars Piguet brought its manufacture movement, Caliber 3120, to life, from concept to finished caliber, and see behind-the-scenes photos of Audemars Piguet watchmakers at work assembling the movement. … [Read more...]

Audio: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Stéphane Belmont Explains the Gyrotourbillon 3

Jaeger-LeCoultre's Stephane Belmont

In our July-August 2013 issue, on sale next week, WatchTime's Mike Disher visits Jaeger-LeCoultre's manufacture in Le Sentier, and meets with JLC marketing and technical director Stéphane Belmont, to reveal the story behind the brand's ultra-complicated Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 wristwatch. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Commemorates 50 Years of Carrera

TAG HEUER CARRERA JACK HEUER EDITIONS - 2012 & 2013

Jack Heuer is the man behind the TAG Heuer Carrera, the iconic sports watch that turns 50 this year. In this story from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal the Carrera's fascinating history, with quotes and insight from Jack himself, and unveil the 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera watches introduced at Baselworld. … [Read more...]

Cartier Gets Serious: The Evolution of Cartier Men’s Watches

Cartier Geneva Seal caliber

In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture Cartier. … [Read more...]

Five “Uber Watches” from SIHH

Greubel Forsey Double Balancier

There are watches and there are watches. Included in the second category are pieces so technically extravagant, so hyper-engineered that they belong to a very special club. Their prices are stratospheric. Hardly anyone will ever own one. But they are fascinating nonetheless. As always, this year’s SIHH fair in Geneva in January brought out a fresh crop of these, what we might call “über” … [Read more...]

Seconds City: Exploring La Chaux-de-Fonds

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In our March-April issue, on sale now on newsstands and for the iPad, Norma Buchanan visits the Swiss watchmaking town of Le Locle. In this feature story from our June 2009 issue, Buchanan journeys to another cradle of Swiss horology, La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town that is still, as Karl Marx described it a century and a half ago, “one giant watch factory.” … [Read more...]