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Budget Travelers: 5 World-Time Watches Under $5,000

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

The holiday season, which will find many of us traveling far and wide, is around the corner. What could be more useful for globetrotters than a watch that lets them keep track of time everywhere in the world at once? Many world-time watches will cost you as much as several overseas vacations, but we found a handful, all with mechanical movements, that you can get for $5,000 or less. … [Read more...]


For Desperate Hours: Breitling Emergency II

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

Breitling introduced its Breitling Emergency watch — the first wristwatch with a built-in emergency microtransmitter — in 1995. Since then, the watch has been worn and used by many professional pilots and has played a role in numerous search-and-rescue missions. At Baselworld 2013, Breitling introduced another world-first with its Emergency II, the first watch with a dual frequency locator beacon. … [Read more...]


The Montblanc Metamorphosis II Transforms Before Your Eyes (With Video)

Montblanc Metamorphosis II 150

At Hong Kong’s Watches and Wonders Fair this year, Montblanc introduced the Metamorphosis II, a watch that takes its name quite literally. With the slide of a lever, it transforms: subdials retract to reveal a wholly different display and set of functions. Read on to see how it works. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the New Longines Heritage Diver

Longines Heritage Diver Chrono

In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released this summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the 1970s. Like the original models, these new Longines dive watches have a case diameter of 43 mm and some of the same distinctive dial details. … [Read more...]


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47 mm “Paneristi Forever”

Panerai PAM00532 Paneristi Forever - front

Many watch brands have their communities of diehard fans, but few can match the intense devotion of the Paneristi, the group of Panerai watch enthusiasts that have met regularly for 13 years on the independent, online forum www.paneristi.com to share their passion for the brand. Panerai has rewarded its most loyal supporters with a limited-edition watch in their honor. … [Read more...]


Roger Dubuis Introduces Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic

The new Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic, unveiled at the Watches and Wonders Fair in Hong Kong, features a trio of technical attributes: a minute repeater with new gongs, a flying tourbillion with a new cage, and twin micro-rotors in hand-guilloché rose gold. Let’s take a closer look. … [Read more...]


A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst Celebrates 20 Years of Lange 1

A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst

Who says you can't go home again? Horological history repeated itself last week at Dresden's Royal Palace, where A. Lange & Söhne introduced the limited-edition Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, a watch made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Saxon brand's iconic Lange 1 watch, which debuted at the same venue two decades prior. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

This month marks Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with a series of limited-edition timepieces? Why not include the most complicated wristwatch Patek Philippe has ever created? That’s just what they did. Here are ten things you need to know about it. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph

At SIHH 2015 in January, Ralph Lauren will launch the new Automotive Chronograph. Inspired by the instrument panel of Lauren's legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, this piece evokes the exotic yet purposeful aesthetic found in the cockpit of a car many regard as the finest gentleman’s sport coupe of all time. … [Read more...]


IWC Launches Special Edition Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

IWC New Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”

The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding sporting events in the world. IWC celebrates its role as the Official Timekeeper with the launch of the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” Special Edition.   … [Read more...]


Camo and Chrono: 7 New Casio G-Shock Watches

Casio G-Shock_GD-X6900CM-5_JR_DR

Fans and collectors of Casio G-Shock watches now have seven more reasons to make room on their shelves and wrists. This year, the brand launched three new styles of Casio G-Shock watches — an all-analog chronograph, an analog-digital chrono, and a military-style, camouflage-pattern all-digital model — available in a total of seven new color schemes. … [Read more...]


Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime

Breitling Transocean Chrono Unitime

Breitling introduced its first Unitimer model — a self-winding world-time watch, now a sought-after collectors’ item — in the 1950s. At the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, the brand unveiled the updated version, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime, a timepiece that expresses the brand's classical, aviation-inspired theme with technical innovations and a striking, modern design. The watch features Caliber B05, based on Breitling's first in-house movement, automatic chronograph Caliber B01, … [Read more...]


Vacheron Constantin Launches New Watches in Hong Kong

Vacheron Constantin Watches & Wonders

Vacheron Constantin launched several new watches, including an ultra-complicated piece with astronomical displays, at the recent Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair. Three new Patrimony models also debuted. Here are six new Vacheron Constantin watches that caught our eye. … [Read more...]


Meistersinger Launches the New Circularis With Bespoke Movement

meistersinger circularis

Meistersinger – maker of the famous watch with one hand – has announced a new watch with a new, bespoke, manually wound movement known as caliber MSH01. The movement features a striking design and some interesting technical features. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


New from RGM Watch Company: Pro Aviator and “Baseball in Enamel”

RGM Baseball in Enamel

This month RGM Watch Co. is launching two very different watches: the Pro Aviator pilots’ watch, and a limited edition Baseball watch with a grand feu enamel dial, inspired by a rare, vintage Waltham pocket watch. Grand feu means "great fire" in French, and it took RGM founder Roland Murphy three years to locate an artisan to bring his dream to life. … [Read more...]


Back to the Past: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin 1948

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948

The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has had many incarnations since its debut as a watch for polo players in 1931. One of the most recent is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948, a classically elegant watch that revives the look of the Reverso model that heralded the style of the 1950s. … [Read more...]


Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven

In the new Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven, Breitling wraps its manufacture Caliber 01 chronograph movement in a case that employs striking contrasts to achieve excellent legibility and a bold interpretation of the brand’s signature instrument style. Let's take a closer look. … [Read more...]


Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]


Omega Launches New Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”

omega grey side of the moon

Following its highly successful “Dark Side of the Moon,” Omega announces the new Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon.” Fashioned from ceramic and platinum, the new watch features several design elements that distinguish it from other Omega watches. … [Read more...]


Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]


6 New Panerai Watches Debut in Hong Kong

new panerai luminor black seal

Panerai has announced six new watches, two of which are part of an exciting Special Edition set. The new models, introduced at the recent Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair, range from a simple automatic with a new movement to a tourbillion GMT. We have all the prices. Let’s take a look.   … [Read more...]


Hublot Launches the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade

hublot classic fusion dwayne wade

Hublot is launching its latest timepiece made in collaboration with its "brand ambassador," Dwyane Wade. The Hublot Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade is the second limited-edition Hublot watch to carry the name of the NBA basketball star, and it includes an impressive storage option. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


Breguet Previews Major 2015 Museum Exhibition with 3 Antique Timepieces

Breguet No. 3519 - Movement

Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," an exhibit comprising the largest collection of antique Breguet timepieces ever shown in the Americas. Last week, a select group of watch journalists got a look at three of the historic pieces that will be on display. … [Read more...]


Nomos Orion 1989 Celebrates 25 Years of Freedom

nomos orion 1989

November, 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Nomos celebrates this historic event with a special-edition watch, the Nomos Orion 1989, which features a manufacture movement with an interesting special feature. … [Read more...]


IBG 2014: Highlight Watches from 3 Boutique Watch Brands

Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT

WatchTime's 2014 "Inside Basel.Geneva" event tour wraps up this week in San Francisco (October 2). West coach watch aficionados who attend this final IBG show of the year will have the opportunity to see and try on many new watches, including several standout models from respected indie watch brands F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey and Parmigiani Fleurier. … [Read more...]


6 TAG Heuer Carreras with GMT and Big Date

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 GMT

The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 last year, inspiring the brand to release a slew of new Carrera models at subsequent Baselworlds — most of them, like the original Carrera, chronographs. However, not to be overlooked is the non-chronograph version that debuted in 2013: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]


Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges: 10 Things to Know

girard-perregaux neo-tourbillon

Girard-Perregaux’s Tourbillon with Three Bridges has been an icon of classic design for almost 150 years. This year, the brand’s signature timepiece is reborn with a radical new look. Here are 10 things to know about this futuristic masterpiece. … [Read more...]


Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsometre

Doctors and other medical professionals will appreciate the newest watch in Blancpain's elegant Villeret collection. The Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre is not only equipped with a flyback chronograph function but also includes, for the first time in a Blancpain watch, a pulsometer display for checking heart rates. … [Read more...]


Watch Quiz: Can You Identify These Dive Watches Under Dress Shirt Cuffs?

dive watch quiz

Some say that dive watches and dress shirts are a fashion faux pas. We disagree. We’ve squeezed eight dive watches under a dress shirt cuff, leaving just a bit exposed. Put your watchspotting skills to the test and see if you can identify them. The answers appear at the end of page 2. Good luck! … [Read more...]


Smartwatch Showdown: Apple Watch vs. the Competition

smartwatch comparison

The new Apple Watch launched to great fanfare last week. How does it stack up against the Samsung Gear S, Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and Pebble Steel? Let’s take a look. … [Read more...]