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.

Making the Past Present: Inside the Parmigiani Manufacture

Parmigiani dial

Michel Parmigiani holds up an antique singing-bird snuff box and pushes a slider on its side. The lid of the box lifts and out pops a small, mechanical bird, which stands upright at the center of an … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Rolex Day-Date 40mm – New Size, New Movement, New Warranty

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The now-discontinued Rolex Day-Date II had a diameter of 41 mm. In my opinion, that watch was a bit too big and lacked the finesse and perfect design ratio of the original Day-Date in 36 mm. Somehow, … [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...]


Watch Test: Longines Avigation Oversize Crown

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The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown, launched last year, is modeled on a Longines pilots’ watch from the 1920s. Its most salient feature is, as its name suggests, its crown, which is prominent not … [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, marked its 10th anniversary in 2014. Though it still produces only around 100 pieces per … [Read more...]


What Makes a Dive Watch a Dive Watch?

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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...]


Borrowed Time: Hands-On With the Devon Tread 2

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The Devon Tread 1, the brainchild of Southern California-based designer Scott Devon, is a watch about which I had heard much positive buzz over the past few years, but one with which I had little in … [Read more...]


The Art of The Dial: Exploring Cartier’s Maison des Métiers d’Art

Cartier Lion - dial

In its new Maison des Métiers d'Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Cartier creates artisanal dials for manufacture watches. WatchTime was among a group who were the first visitors to the new … [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...]


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...]


Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Marvel Maker: The Man Behind Today’s Jaquet-Droz Watch Brand

Pierre Jaquet-Droz

You’ve heard of the brand. Here’s a look at the man. We explore the fascinating life of the pioneering watchmaker whose ideas live on in the modern Jaquet Droz watch brand. … [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...]


10 Things to Know About Omega

Omega Speedmaster International Space Station

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 … [Read more...]


Borrowed Time: Kentucky Derby Weekend with the Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase

Longines Conquest Classic Moonphase - with Oaks Race ticket

When Longines invited me to attend the Kentucky Derby, the crown jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, as a guest of the brand, I was very intrigued. When it agreed to let me wear and review one of … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


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

Cartier Geneva Seal movement

In recent years Cartier, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature WatchTime's Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and … [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...]


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...]


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...]


Visconti’s See-Through Watch

Visconti's Scuba Abyssus 3000M watch with a bronze case

  In 2013, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Italian luxury-pen maker Visconti took a page out of Montblanc’s book: it launched a watch line. It’s a natural diversification for the … [Read more...]


Family Values: Patek Philippe’s Thierry and Philippe Stern

Thierry and Philippe Stern of Patek Philippe

Geneva’s Stern family has owned and operated Patek Philippe for nearly 80 years. When it comes to making watches, they say, family matters. Scroll down to read WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: A Week With the Apple Watch

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As of today, the Apple Watch will be available in stores. But if you’re looking for a little more info and want our first impressions on what it’s like to wear an Apple Watch, the Watch Insider … [Read more...]


Horology Comes to Steeltown: Kobold’s Spirit of America

Michael Kobold of Kobold Watch Co.

The Kobold Watch Company recently moved from Pittsburgh to Pennsylvania's Amish country. In this article from our archives, we tell the story behind Kobold's U.S.-made Spirit of America watch, and … [Read more...]


When Rolex Went Quartz: A Tale of the 1970s

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How did mechanical-watch king Rolex dealt with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s? What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien Trueb. … [Read more...]


Time Displays: Dresden’s Mathematics and Physics Salon

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Dresden’s Mathematics and Physics Salon, with its scores of timepieces from Germany and elsewhere, reopened in 2013 after a six-year renovation. Norma Buchanan explored the hallowed halls in this … [Read more...]


Watch Winders 101: The Ultimate Watch Winder Guide

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 … [Read more...]