Video: Mastering the Rolex Sky Dweller

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In the past half-century, since it launched its GMT Master, Rolex has brought out just one new complication: the Yacht-Master II, in 2007, which has a countdown yacht timer. This year it’s launching another, the Sky-Dweller, equipped with both a second time zone and an annual calendar. Thanks to its innovative movement, and the fact that Rolex launches so few complications, the Sky-Dweller was one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld. … [Read more...]

Video: Speed Dreamin’: Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887

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A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. TAG Heuers' most important model, the Carrera chronograph, was introduced less than 50 years ago, in 1964, but has become a recognized classic. The watch is the brainchild of Jack W. Heuer, then managing director at Heuer, designed a simple dial and then used the tension ring that presses the Plexiglas against the case from the inside as a design element by printing on it the … [Read more...]

Video: Bulgari Octo Maserati Special Edition

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The Bulgari Octo Maserati is the result of a pairing of iconic Italian brands. The famed Roman watch-and-jewelry house teamed up with the Modena-based maker of luxurious sports cars to produce a Swiss timepiece that should appeal to both diehard auto enthusiasts and aficionados of haute horlogerie.Click here to read more about the Bulgari Octo Maserati.Click below to start the video...Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly … [Read more...]

Video: Hublot’s King Power Miami Heat Chronograph

With the NBA Finals heating up, it’s the perfect time to take a look at Hublot’s King Power Miami Heat Chronograph. The watch is cased in 18-carat King Gold (a special alloy of gold and 5% platinum) with a black skeleton dial on a black rubber strap, and features a special 28-minute central counter that echoes the four 12-minute quarters of the NBA game. The Heat logo is displayed on the dial, the bezel mimics a basketball net, and the chronograph push button modeled after a … [Read more...]

Video: Rolex Releases New-Look Submariner for 2012

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Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the 2012 model of Rolex’s iconic Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch, introduced at the Baselworld watch fair in March, retains the Submariner’s immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window of previous models and incorporates several new technical innovations exclusive to Rolex.Click here for photos of the Rolex’s iconic Oyster Perpetual Submariner.Click below to see the video...Receive all the news, … [Read more...]

Video: Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol

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An aviation-inspired watch released this year as part of Hamilton’s 120th anniversary celebration, the Khaki X-Patrol offers a unique and eminently useful feature for anyone who regularly finds himself traveling between America and other world destinations: a mechanical conversion function that allows the wearer to quickly calculate miles into kilometers, feet into meters, et cetera.Click here to see photos of the Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol.Click below for the video...Receive all … [Read more...]

Video: Controlled Chaos: Harry Winston’s Opus XI

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Meet the Harry Winston Opus XI. The circles, spins and flips of carnival rides were what inspired Denis Giguet in his design of the Opus XI, unveiled last year as part of Harry Winston’s Opus series featuring offbeat watches conceived by various independent watchmakers. Every hour, on the hour, in the span of 2 or 3 seconds, the hour display – a system comprised of a multitude of wheels, pinions, arbors, bearings and tiles – disintegrates into utter chaos and then returns to order for the … [Read more...]

Video: Romain Jerome’s Latest Features DNA From the Statue of Liberty

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It’s been 125 years since the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French to the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence — was first erected in New York Harbor. To commemorate the occasion, Romain Jerome has created a new watch, called Liberty DNA, whose dial contains actual fragments of the statue.Click here to see photos of the Liberty DNA.Click below for the video...Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for … [Read more...]

Video: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000

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If three watches constitute a trend, then measuring milliseconds, or 1/1,000s of a second, is a trend. Two watch brands, each with high-speed horological histories, have launched mechanical chronographs claimed to be capable of accurately measuring 1/1,000s of a second. Last year, TAG Heuer debuted its Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, followed this year by the even faster Mikrogirder. At SIHH this year, Montblanc launched its own millisecond-measuring marvel, the TimeWriter II … [Read more...]

Video: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde

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Maurice Lacroix’s most talked-about model in recent years has been the one that embodies the concept of “hip to be square”: the Roue Carrée (literally, “squared wheel”) from its flagship Masterpiece collection, which features a square-shaped gear wheel mounted on the dial. This year, in addition to the original version in a stainless steel case, Maurice Lacroix has released a model with an attractive rose-gold case and an elegantly decorated brown dial.Click here to see photos of … [Read more...]

Video: Bremont’s Victory Watch and Flagship Boutique

Bremont has collaborated with The National Museum of the Royal Navy to create a limited edition watch made with original parts of the HMS Victory, the oldest serving warship still to be in commission. The watch is available in rose gold or stainless steel. To celebrate the launch of the watch, an event was held at the HMS Victory in Portsmouth.Click here to read more about the Victory Watch.Click below for a video of the Bremont Victory Limited Edition…Receive all the news, … [Read more...]

Video: Perrelet’s Turbine Dragon

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Perrelet’s newest Turbine watch is the Limited Edition Turbine Dragon. As with the other pieces in Perrelet’s Turbine double-rotor collection, such as the Turbine Toxic Special Edition and Turbine XL America Limited Edition, the spinning blades on the Turbine Dragon reveal an image on the dial when in motion. The dial bears the image of a dragon, commemorating the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. The dragon is carved out of hand-painted Polynesian mother-of-pearl and is set in a … [Read more...]

Video: Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

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In a year when Omega has introduced a slew of very high-profile timepieces tied to major events that it sponsors — the London Olympics, the new James Bond film, Golf’s Ryder cup — watch aficionados might have thus far overlooked one of the Swiss brand’s most strikingly elegant new releases for 2012, the new De Ville Chronograph — powered by manufacture Caliber 9301, with Omega’s now-famous co-axial escapement, and outfitted in a rose-gold case and of-the-moment blue dial and … [Read more...]

Video: The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I

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WatchTime’s Jens Koch spent some time with the 2010 model of Rolex’s classic Oyster Perpetual Explorer — a watch originally made for a Mount Everest expedition and recently revamped with a larger case and new caliber.Click here for more photos of the new Rolex Explorer.Click below to see the video...Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the news delivered to your inbox. … [Read more...]

Video: Piaget’s Gouverneur Collection

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Piaget’s headline introduction at this year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva was a new collection of dress watches called Gouverneur. The Gouverneur models’ distinguishing feature is the shape of their cases and bezels: all have a round case and an oval dial opening. Each dial, in turn, has a circular chapter ring, creating a round, oval, round pattern from the dial to the outside of the case.Click here to read our report on all three models in the line, including photos of the watches and … [Read more...]

Video: Cartier’s Crystal Ball: Inside the ID Two Concept Watch

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Cartier is rare among watch manufacturers because it releases concept watches that reveal its future plans for all to see. The latest concept, called ID Two, looks like something teleported to us from the year 2020.Click here to read WatchTime technical editor Mike Disher’s report on the ID Two.Click below to see the video...Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the news delivered to your inbox. … [Read more...]

Video: Grieb & Benzinger’s “Blue Danube”

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The German watch firm Grieb & Benzinger is known for its one-of-a-kind skeletonized watches with intricate guilloché embellishments. Two of its notable watches are the Blue Danube and the Blue Whirlwind, the latter a skeletonized tourbillon minute repeater based on a rare Patek Philippe caliber.Click here for photos of the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Whirlwind.Click below to see a video of the Grieb & Benzinger Blue Danube...Receive all the news, features and reviews from … [Read more...]

Video: Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels

The understated, elegant look that has come back into fashion in men’s watches over the past few years is on display in the men’s dress watch introduced by watch-and-jewelry maison Van Cleef & Arpels at this year’s SIHH watch fair: the Pierre Arpels, named after a son of the brand’s co-founder, is a contemporary version of a wristwatch that Arpels created for himself in 1949.Click here to see photos of the Pierre Arpels.Click below to see the video...Receive all the … [Read more...]

Video: Skydiver and His Zenith Watch Break Sound Barrier

The Austrian skydiver and Zenith brand ambassador Felix Baumgartner (not to be confused with the watchmaker Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk fame) became the first man to break the speed of sound in a freefall after jumping from the edge of space, 39,045 meters high (the record will be officially certified at a later date). He reached a max speed of 1,342.8 km (Mach 1.24) in the vacuum-like stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere. Joining him on the historic jump was the new Zenith El … [Read more...]

Video: David Beckham & Breitling’s Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling has announced David Beckham as the representative for its Transocean Chronograph Unitime worldtimer watch, establishing a long-term partnership between the Swiss brand and the famous athlete. About his involvement with the brand, Beckham says “I’ve always been a long-time admirer of Breitling. As a company, they create not only the highest-performance watches but also timeless designs that have inspired generations. It was a natural choice for me to partner with this fantastic … [Read more...]

Video: Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater

Jaquet Droz has channeled the spirit of its namesake, the 18th-century inventor renowned for his complicated automatons and musical clockworks — many of them using singing birds — with its new ultra-complicated timepiece, the Bird Repeater.Click here to see more photos and details of Jaquet Droz’s Bird Repeater.Click below for a video of the Bird Repeater...Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all … [Read more...]

Video: Chopard’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watch Inspired by ’70s Racecars

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Since 2002, Chopard has partnered with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a racing event devoted to historical racecars, which takes place along the same route as the Monaco Grand Prix. As official timekeeper, Chopard this year launches a new chronograph wristwatch inspired by the design of sportscars from the 1970s. Click here for more photos of Chopard’s Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Watch.Click below to see the video...Receive all the news, features and reviews from … [Read more...]

Video: Hublot F1 King Power Austin

Hublot is celebrating the return of Formula 1 to the United States by unveiling their latest King Power watch. The penultimate Grand Prix of the season will take place in the new “Circuit of the Americas” built in Austin, Texas, so Hublot, as the Official Watch of Formula 1, has named their new watch the F1 King Power Austin. Like the previous King Power Great Britain model, the design of this watch is inspired by Formula 1, with its carbon and titanium bezel having a perforated effect … [Read more...]

Video: F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Optimum

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The Chronomètre Optimum, which F.P. Journe calls the "masterpiece" of its eponymous brand's Souveraine collection, incorporates in its manufacture movement all of the technologies that Journe has developed — which have previously debuted in other Souveraine watches — to ensure ideal timekeeping precision and stability.Click here to see photos of the F.P. Journe Chronomètre OptimumClick below for F.P. Journe's official video of the Chronomètre Optimum.Receive all the … [Read more...]

Video Pick: Tempus II, the Fourth Dimension

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In the Twilight Zone episode A Kind of Stopwatch, Rod Serling took us to a world where stopping a watch stopped time itself. What if that watch didn't stop, but simply ran very slow? The world might have looked like this video, where all manner of minor mayhem is revealed in incredible detail through the magic of super slow motion. … [Read more...]

Video Pick: The Birth of a Watch

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In this 4 minute video, Armin Strom shows us every step in the creation of a watch, from initial hand drawings to CNC programming, through manufacturing, skeletonizing, engraving and decorating, plating, final assembly, and quality inspection. Click below to see the birth of a watch, and don't hesitate to enlarge it to full screen. … [Read more...]

Video Pick: Peter Speake-Marin: A Watchmaker’s Story

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In this eight minute video directed by Ricardo Coll, Peter Speake-Marin discusses his beginnings and development as a watchmaker. Peter talks about his first watch, his philosophy, and why he feels we've entered a new age in watchmaking. Click here to watch the video. … [Read more...]