Watch Features

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.

First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

John F. Kennedy with Omega Ultra Thin

With the race for the 2016 presidential primaries already off and running, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December … [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 … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 8: Zenith El Primero

Zenith El Primero

In this week’s edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy (you can check out part 7 here), we come to a watch with possibly one of the best and most widely used luxury movements to date: the Zenith … [Read more...]

Who Owns What: A Guide to the Watch Groups

Calibre de Cartier Diver 2

  Every so often the landscape of the watch industry shifts: a key brand gets sold to a major watch group and the balance of power changes ever so slightly. In the few years since we last … [Read more...]

The True Beat Goes On: Hands-On with the Arnold & Son TBTE

Arnold & Son TBTE - wrist

For a watchmaking force like Arnold & Son, things move fast. Really fast. In the past three years alone, we’ve witnessed around 20 new movements coming out of this progressive manufacture; each … [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 … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 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, marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 7: Cartier Tank

Cartier Tank watch

As I've previously mentioned in my take on the Jaeger-LaCoultre Reverso, I have a soft spot in my heart for square and rectangular watches. To me, they represent a period long past: an era pre-Golden … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 6: IWC Portugieser

IWC Portuguese Anniversary - gold

Last week we covered the Rolex Day-Date; this week we come to a watch my grandfather owns, a piece he wears intermittently between his favorite orange Toy Watch and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. (Is … [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 … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 5: Rolex Day-Date

Rolex Day-Date - White gold Blue

For this fifth edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy (you can check out part 4 here), we’re diving deep into what is, undoubtedly, one of the most iconic wristwatches of all time. This single … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: Hands-On with the Tutima Saxon One Chronograph

Tutima Saxon One Chronograph

Tutima recently returned to its roots, moving into a new manufacture in the German watchmaking hub of Glashütte and overhauling all of its watch collections. At this year's Las Vegas watch and … [Read more...]

What Makes a Dive Watch a Dive Watch?


One leading source offers a definitive answer to the question of what determines whether a timepiece can legitimately called a "dive watch" or "divers' watch" in this article.  … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 4: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

JLC Reverso Duo

As we enter part 4 of our "Vintage Eye" series, we come to yet another classic and innovative watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. First designed in 1931 for British Army polo players stationed in … [Read more...]

Hands-On Review: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic – 47mm


The Luminor 1950 case was developed by Panerai in the late 1940s to be worn by commandos of the Italian Navy and is inspired by a model created in 1956 for the Egyptian Navy. From that came the … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Recently, 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 … [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. The astronauts aboard Mercury spacecraft wore their own … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy Part 3: TAG Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer Monaco

When you think of TAG Heuer, what do you think of? Racecar drivers? That funky red-and-green logo? Sports watches? Possibly all of these things cross your mind, but for many of us it's all about the … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Breguet Watches, From 1801 to Today

Breguet Tourbillon Watch - 1988

On the eve of Breguet’s first major U.S. exhibition, which opens in September in San Francisco, we showcase some of the most important Breguet timepieces, including the very first tourbillon watch … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy Part 2: Grand Seiko

Seiko Grand Seiko 62GS group

I’ll start out by saying that the Grand Seiko 62GS is one of my favorite watches on the market today. This isn’t because I have anything against Swiss watches (which isn’t true) or because I’m … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: On the Waves With the Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Flyback Ceramica

Panerai Luminor Ceramica - map

As legions of Paneristi are aware, Officine Panerai has had a long association with the sea; the brand was, after all, established as a supplier of professional diving watches to the Italian Navy. … [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 … [Read more...]

Buying a Chronograph? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

T AG Heuer’s Mikrograph

Sometimes, the analysis of which watch to buy proceeds little further than, “Wow, that one looks cool.” Chronographs, however, are often thought of as “tool watches,” and when it comes to … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: A Week With the Apple Watch

Apple Watch

By now, you've probably read a lot about the Apple Watch, and might even be thinking of purchasing one to add to your collection. If you’re looking for a little more info on what it’s like to wear … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 1: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak old v. new

As we begin this new series — in which we look at modern-day versions of classic watch models through the eyes of a vintage-watch fan — I think back to all the iconic watches that have achieved … [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 … [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. … [Read more...]

Borrowed Time: Reviewing the New Tissot PR 516 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Tissot PRS 516 - wrist - IMS track

It's always a thrilling feeling to be wearing a watch that few others have. It's even more so when it's the only example of that watch in the entire United States. The latest version of the Tissot PRS … [Read more...]