Video: Perrelet Introduces the Turbine XL

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Last year Perrelet pumped up its iconic (and patented) double-rotor design with the Turbine, a distinctive 44mm re-imagining that transformed the dial-side rotor into a spinning 12-bladed titanium dynamo. Not one to rest on its laurels, for 2010 Perrelet launches the new 50mm Turbine XL. Click here for photos of the Turbine XL. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the … [Read more...]

Video: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time The World Has More Time Than You Think

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World time is a very popular complication among collectors. The most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction was a world time. The dials can have great aesthetic appeal, and in this age of global interconnectedness, it is always handy to know the time around the world at a glance. Yet most world time watches present a partial picture, displaying only the 24 standard time zones. Recently, some manufacturers have trumpeted new models that include the half-hour time zones. Vacheron’s new … [Read more...]

Video: Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

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For 2011 the 180-year-old brand is launching a new chronograph in its Capeland line. The 44mm case, available in steel or 18K red gold, houses a La Joux-Perret automatic bi-compax chronograph movement with flyback and date. The dial offers a distinctly vintage appeal with telemeter and tachymeter scales. Blued or gilt Breguet hands complete the retro look. Click here for photos of the Capeland Flyback Chronograph. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and … [Read more...]

Video: Alpina Launches Startimer Pilot Collection

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Alpina’s new Startimer Pilot Collection includes a range of timepieces inspired by original Alpina designs used by pilots during the 1920s and 30s. The collection includes four models, each measuring 44mm in diameter: three variations offering time and date, including two with a manufacture movements, and a two-register chronograph. Click here to see photos of the Startimer Pilot Collection. Click below for a video of the Alpina Startimer Manufacture... Receive all the news, … [Read more...]

Video: Hamilton Pan Europ

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Inspired by a Hamilton timepiece of the same name originally introduced in 1971, the modern Pan Europ takes a nostalgic look back in time. The year 1971, also the number of pieces in this limited edition, is a significant date in Hamilton’s history. It marks the year the brand joined the Swatch Group, then known as SSIH. Click here for photos of the Hamilton Pan Europ. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to … [Read more...]

Video: Omega Debuts New Planet Ocean Collection and Announces Film Project in Capri

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Omega chose the Italian island of Capri to debut its upgraded Planet Ocean collection. The four new watches are equipped with unidirectional rotating bezels, helium escape valves and water resistance to 60 bar / 600 meters / 2000 feet. The in-house co-axial movements with silicon balance springs are backed by a four-year warranty. Click here for photos of the Planet Ocean collection. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for … [Read more...]

Video: Tempting Tonneaus: Vacheron Constantin Redesigns the Malte Collection

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Vacheron Constantin introduced its first form watch in 1912. To celebrate the centennial of the curvy case, Vacheron Constantin launched four new Malte models at SIHH, each wearing an appealing, updated shape. The top model houses the new hand-wound Calibre 2795 shaped tourbillon movement. Click here for more photos of the Malte Collection. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and … [Read more...]

Video: Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin

Piaget is the undisputed master of ultra-thin. The brand holds several world records for thinnest movements, both simple and complicated. At SIHH, the list of records grew by two with the introduction of the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin. Click here to read more about the  Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Ultra-Thin. Click below to start 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 … [Read more...]

Video: Rolex Revamps the Yacht-Master

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Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, a sailors’ watch introduced in 1992, undergoes a major facelift this year in both its design and technology. The new model, which has an Oyster case made of a patented alloy called Rolesium, and a cool, blue dial with brushed sunray pattern, made its debut at the Baselworld watch fair this month. Click here for photos of the Yacht-Master. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! … [Read more...]

Video: Omega Speedmaster Racing

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Before Omega’s legendary Speedmaster watch was worn by astronauts on the moon — and thus forever linked to space exploration and assigned the nickname “Moonwatch” — it was much more closely associated with the decidedly earthbound activity of automobile racing. In fact, when Omega introduced the first Speedmaster in 1957, it designed the watch’s dial to resemble the dashboard of that era’s Italian sports cars. Motorsports and rally drivers prized the Speedmaster for its chronograph … [Read more...]

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...]