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.

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 sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]


Rocket Watch: How the Omega Speedmaster Became the Omega Moonwatch

Alan Bean wears Omega Speedmaster on moon

When the Omega Speedmaster watch was introduced in 1957, no one imagined that it would later accompany a parade of space pioneers to the moon. Click here to read WatchTime's fascinating history of the Omega "Moonwatch," from the June 2012 issue. … [Read more...]


WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

Rolex Bienne building

On a rare tour of Rolex’s movement-manufacturing complex in Bienne, Switzerland, WatchTime's Joe Thompson and Norma Buchanan witnessed the making of the Cosmograph Daytona Caliber 4130. We reported on it in this feature from our March-April 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Winders 101

Gucci Time Box by Scatola del Tempo

Watch winders are machines with a simple but vital task to perform for watch owners: ensuring 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 can be differentiated based on their functions as well as their design (stand-up … [Read more...]


Mastering the Rolex Sky Dweller (With Video)

Rolex Sky-Dweller white gold

In the past half-century, since it launched its GMT-Master, Rolex has brought out just two new complications: the Rolex Yacht-Master II, in 2007, with a countdown yacht timer, and the Rolex Sky-Dweller, equipped with both a second time zone and an annual calendar, in 2012. In this feature from our Baselworld 2012 issue, we explain how the Sky-Dweller, and its innovative movement, work. … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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As the U.S. enters a new year with a new divided government, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [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...]


10 Things to Know About Omega

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Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among watch enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

Oris World Timer watch

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled 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...]


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, including the Breitling Emergency, 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 May-June issue of WatchTime, on sale May 13, 2014. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of important firsts, not to mention film appearances and associations with James Bond, Paul Newman, and other notables. Here are 10 key things you should know about Rolex. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About TAG Heuer

Steve McQueen Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer is one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, offering a strong history of innovation, deep connections with sports timing and automobile racing, and more recently, a series of groundbreaking developments in the field of ultra-fast mechanical chronographs. Here are ten things you should know about TAG Heuer. … [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 in-depth  feature we explore Panerai's rise to manufacture status. … [Read more...]


7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25, click here to download it from WatchTime's online store. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: Top 10 Milestones from 10 Years of Greubel Forsey Watches

Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30 Vision

Greubel Forsey, the boutique luxury watch brand specializing in complicated watches with multiple tourbillons, marks its 10th anniversary this year. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per year, the Greubel Forsey watch brand has come a long way since its memorable debut at the 2004 Baselworld watch fair, and can look back on a decade of milestones. Here are the top 10. … [Read more...]


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

Rolex Datejust - 1945

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 the timepiece in question, a tiny Rolex watch, and it also marked the advent of the modern precision wristwatch. … [Read more...]


Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

Confiscated Counterfeit Watches

Looking for cheap watches or discount watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this article from WatchTime's February 2013 issue, we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are hurting both collectors and the watch industry. … [Read more...]


Smartwatches – Smartphones for Your Wrist (Updated with Apple Watch)

Sony SmartWatches

After smartphones come the smartwatches: IT companies — and, perhaps, even some traditional watch companies — are bringing intelligent watches onto the market, and the demand for them is growing. Scroll down for a primer on these groundbreaking devices, including the latest news on the long-rumored Apple smartwatch which was finally launched on September 09, 2014. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

Seiko 5-Sports-Speed-Timer - 1969

Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's history of watchmaking stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, and includes several watch-world firsts. Here are the highlights. … [Read more...]


Concept to Caliber: The Story Behind Audemars Piguet’s Manufacture Caliber 3120

Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120

In this in-depth profile from the WatchTime archives, 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...]