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3 New Baume & Mercier Watches Debuting at SIHH 2015

Baume & Mercier Clifton Big Date Power Reserve

Baume & Mercier has released info and photos of three new watch references the brand is launching at January's SIHH watch fair. Two are new automatic models in Baume & Mercier's rectangular-cased Hamptons collection; the third is a new complication in the brand's recently launched Clifton family. … [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...]


Breitling Redesigns its Colt Military Watch Collection

Breitling Colt Automatic, Colt Chrono, Colt Quartz

The Breitling Colt collection — introduced in the 1980s and intended, as were its predecessors, the Breitling Navitimer and Breitling Chronomat, as military watches — has been revamped this year. The new Breitling Colt watches include models for men and ladies, with both quartz and automatic movements, including a quartz chronograph. … [Read more...]


Hublot Big Bang Unico

Hublot Big Bang Unico titanium/ceramic

Since its debut in 2009, Hublot's in-house Unico caliber, a column-wheel flyback chronograph movement, has been used in various models in the brand's King Power collection. At Baselworld 2013, Hublot introduced the first Big Bang watch equipped with the Unico. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: New Dial Designs for A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

A Lange & Sohne Saxonia - trio

Ahead of next month's SIHH watch fair, German luxury watch brand A. Lange & Sohne has unveiled three new models in its elegant, understated Saxonia collection. The new-generation versions of the Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic, and Saxonia Dual Time all feature subtly redesigned dials, with two models also sporting new case dimensions. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon - angle

At its 2014 Fine Watchmaking Workshop, Cartier revealed several of its new watches slated for debut at SIHH 2015 in January. One of the more interesting timepieces was the Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon, a watch whose unconventional flying tourbillon is displayed on a minimalist, sunburst-guilloché dial with an off-center hours and minutes display. … [Read more...]


Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

Omega_DeVille_Chrono_150

In 2012, Omega introduced a slew of very high-profile timepieces tied to major events that it sponsored — the London Olympics; the James Bond film, Skyfall; and Golf's Ryder cup. Largely lost in the hoopla was one of the Swiss brand's most strikingly elegant new releases from that year, an Omega De Ville Chronograph powered by manufacture Caliber 9301, with Omega's now-famous co-axial escapement, and outfitted in a rose-gold case and blue dial and strap. Here we give this watch the showcase we … [Read more...]


3 Standout Features of Citizen Watch Co.’s New York Flagship Boutique

Citizen NYC Boutique - Ceiling

Citizen Watch Company of America has opened its first dedicated retail concept store in North America. The Japanese brand's global flagship boutique, which opened its doors to the public on November 20, is located at 1500 Broadway, in New York City's Times Square, and features a full range of Citizen watches and a number of innovative touches. Here are three aspects we found interesting. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex Yacht-Master II in Stainless Steel (with Video)

Rolex Yacht-Master II - steel

Fans of the Rolex Yacht-Master will remember that Baselworld 2012 saw the debut of a new version of the Rolex Yacht-Master in a Rolesium case. In 2013, that model's larger successor, the Rolex Yacht-Master II, was the focus, with Rolex introducing the first version of the popular regatta-countdown chronograph watch in a 904L stainless steel case with a blue Cerachrom bezel insert. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Piaget Presents the World’s Thinnest Hand-Wound Chronograph

Piaget Altiplano Chronograph - angle

Piaget watches have long been renowned for their elegant thinness, and the brand has set numerous watch-world thinness records with its releases of recent years. The new Piaget Altiplano Chronograph — which debuts at the 2015 SIHH in January — sets another one, for world's thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph. … [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...]


Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Redesigned

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015 Preview: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Acoustic Research”

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research

As it did last year, Audemars Piguet has unveiled its newest Royal Oak Concept watch ahead of the upcoming 2015 SIHH watch fair. This year's model is truly a milestone: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept "Acoustic Research" is a unique prototype piece that is the result of an eight-year program to develop the "perfect" minute repeater sound volume. … [Read more...]


Raymond Weil Maestro – Raymond Weil Limited Edition

Raymond Weil Maestro Limited Edition

Raymond Weil, who founded his eponymous Swiss watch brand in 1976, passed away early this year. Now, the Raymond Weil watch brand honors its pioneering namesake with the release of a special tribute timepiece, the Maestro Raymond Weil Limited Edition, which features a gold case and a COSC-certified mechanical chronograph movement. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (With Video)

Rolex GMT-Master II - side

Black for  the night sky, blue for day — these colors just make sense, but if you expected to find them on the bezel of one of the world’s most famous GMT watches, the Rolex GMT-Master II, you would have been disappointed, until recently. In this article from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look at the Rolex watch that has been nicknamed "Batman." … [Read more...]


Close-Up: the $150, Swiss-Mechanical Swatch Sistem51

Swatch Sistem51 blue

One highlight of Baselworld 2013 was the introduction of Sistem51, a new mechanical watch from the Swatch brand. Now the first four Sistem51 models, which first launched in Switzerland, are finally available at U.S. retailers. In this article from WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, we explore what makes these watches fascinating. … [Read more...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

Glashutte Original Senator Diary

They're not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it's curious that more watch brands haven't embraced them. Here are five worth noting. … [Read more...]


The MB&F HM6 Space Pirate – Six Things to Know

MB&F Space Pirate

Maximilian Büsser & Friends, better known as MB&F, has announced their latest creation, the Horological Machine 6 "Space Pirate", or simply HM6. This new model takes the domed look introduced with the HM3 "Frog" to new heights. MB&F timepieces are always creative on many levels. Here are six things to know about HM6. … [Read more...]


Longines Conquest 1/100th Alpine Skiing

Longines Conquest 1/100th Alpine Skiing

As the 2014/2015 Alpine ski season kicks off, Longines introduces a new chronograph watch dedicated to timing the sport of competitive skiing. The Longines Conquest 1/100th Alpine Skiing contains a new quartz chronograph movement that enables the watch to display times to 1/100th of a second. … [Read more...]


Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Limited Editions

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

In 2012, Seiko launched the Astron – the world’s first watch able to receive GPS signals and, using an onboard database, convert those signals into precisely accurate time anywhere on Earth. Powered by the Sun, the Astron is always on time, even on top of a mountain or in the middle of the ocean. Here are the two newest models, including the first-ever for women. … [Read more...]


Rolex Expands its Palette: 5 Rolex Day-Date Watches in 5 Colors (With Video)

Rolex Day-Date in white gold/cherry dial

The Rolex Day-Date, launched in 1956 and touted by Rolex as the first chronometer wristwatch to spell out both the date and day of the week on its dial, has throughout its long history been available only in gold cases. That tradition continues with five models launched in 2013, which have either an 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, or 18k Everose gold case and are available in different dial-strap combos. … [Read more...]


Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases

Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945 Large Date Moon-Phases

Girard-Perregaux reveals the complexity behind the dial, adding a level of mechanical involvement to an already dramatic timepiece. The movement’s wheels and levers co-star with the large date and moon-phase displays to increase appreciation of the intricate inner engine. … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

Amidst the fanfare surrounding the new Patek Philippe watches commemorating the Swiss brand's 175th anniversary this year, we revisit a Patek Philippe timepiece, released in 2013, aimed squarely at aficionados of classical, hand-wound watches: the Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date Indication. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: The Award-Winning, Bauhaus-Inspired Nomos Tangente Watch

Nomos Tangente Datum

Nomos Glashütte, a watch brand very popular in its native Germany but not as well-known here in the States, is making a big push in America this year, beginning with its flagship timepiece, the starkly designed — and multiple design-award-winning — Tangente watch, which applies Bauhaus design principles to its dial. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Le Petit Prince

Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on one of the most remarkable IWC watches of the last few years, the limited "Petit Prince" edition of IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar, introduced at the 2013 Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I provide a review and original photos. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing The Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium

Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium - angle

Audemars Piguet has improved the annual calendar so that it almost becomes a perpetual calendar. That might sound strange, but we’ll explain. This new calendar is function makes its debut in the Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium. (The name is Latin for a quadrennium, which is a four-year period.) The watch also features the famous AP escapement, making for an altogether interesting timepiece. … [Read more...]


Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull

RMO52_SKULL_1501

We're all familiar with skeleton watches, but this Richard Mille tourbillon timepiece is more accurately described as a skull watch, hence its name: the Tourbillon RM 052 Skull. The watch, which made its debut at  SIHH 2012, was released in a limited edition of 21 pieces — 15 in titanium and six unique pieces set in rose or white gold. … [Read more...]


Three Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Chiming Jump Hour

patek chiming jump hour

The ornate, double-dialed Grandmaster Chime has dominated coverage of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. It is an amazing timepiece that makes a big statement. The watch we’re going to look at today is its counterpoint. With one dial and two hands, it appears to be the paradigm of simplicity, but it’s not. … [Read more...]


5 New Tissot T-Race MotoGP Watches for 2015

Tissot T-race MotoGP Automatic - front-back

Tissot, longtime partner of the MotoGP World Championship — the Grand Prix of motorbike racing — presented the 2015 collection of Tissot T-Race MotoGP limited edition watches on November 11 at the final race of the 2014 season in Valencia, Spain. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2015: Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica – 44 mm

SIHH Panerai PAM580

At SIHH 2015, Panerai will debut the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica - 44 mm. This new model surrounds the P.9100 manufacture chronograph movement with a high-tech matte-black case fashioned from synthetic ceramic based on zirconium oxide. … [Read more...]