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A Musical Whirlwind: Introducing the Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon

Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon

To some collectors, a watch brand — even one with a proud history — only proves its horological legitimacy when it produce its first tourbillon. Geneva-based Raymond Weil joins that prestigious club this year, with the release of its extremely limited Raymond Weil Nabucco Cello Tourbillon. Best of all, the watch still manages to fit squarely into the brand's long-held value-for-price arena. … [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...]


Brand to Watch: Aerowatch and the Aerowatch Renaissance Orange Tornado

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Aerowatch is a small brand with a big history. At Baselworld 2015, the Jura-based brand debuted the Renaissance Orange Tornado, a new skeletonized watch with bright accents on the dial. It’s worth taking a look at both where this watch company comes from and what it’s doing today. Here’s the Aerowatch story behind the Renaissance Orange Tornado. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: TAG Heuer Carrera with GMT and Big Date

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 GMT

The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 in 2013, 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 the model's 50th anniversary year: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]


Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

At SIHH 2014, IWC released a slew of new models in its revamped IWC Aquatimer collection of luxury divers' watches (Click here to check them out). For fans of vintage watches — and vintage IWC watches, specifically — we've decided to highlight here five important IWC Aquatimers from the brand's history. … [Read more...]


Alpina’s Alpiner 4 Collection: Six Affordable Swiss Sports Watches

Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph - black w/ strap

In 1938, Alpina launched the original "Alpina 4," which the brand claimed was the "first modern Swiss sports watch." That vintage timepiece was the inspiration for the sporty Alpiner 4 collection, released by Alpina in 2014, which includes a chronograph and a GMT watch, both powered by automatic Swiss mechanical movements and priced well under $5,000. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at last year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in recent years. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I give you the scoop on Cartier's foray into the world of "real" sports watches. … [Read more...]


Three Watch Brands That Surprised Us at Baselworld 2015

Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Cronografo Landeron

While nearly every watch brand exhibiting at Baselworld puts forth at least one notable headliner piece each year, those of us who cover the industry often find many of the new offerings to be somewhat on the predictable side. Occasionally, we'll see something truly unexpected, like Patek Philippe's Calatrava Travel Time, or Bulgari's "connected" luxury watch, the Diagono Magnesium, both introduced at this year's fair. And sometimes, some of the smaller or more under-the-radar brands will come … [Read more...]


Breitling Introduces the Superocean II

Superocean II 44 wet thumb 150

Over the years the Superocean has been a mainstay of Breitling’s watches, moving through a variety of different designs and variations. But this year Breitling has brought out a new generation altogether: the Breitling Superocean II. Let’s take a look to see what distinguishes this new watch from its forebears. … [Read more...]


8 Things to Know About the Christophe Claret Allegro

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At #baselworld 2015, Christophe Claret’s headliner was the Allegro, a new minute repeater watch that boasts very fine craftsmanship and an extremely eye-catching movement. Here’s what you need to know about the Le Locle brand’s latest in order to stay up to date. … [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...]


Close-Up: Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi

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The #breguet Classique Hora Mundi, in simple terms, is the first example of a mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time zone display. All of the displays jump between time zones with the push of a button. Once you see it, the concept is so intuitive, you wonder why it has not been done before. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: The Movado 1881 Collection

Movado 1881 automatic black dial thumb 150

At Baselworld this year, Movado showed its all-new collection of men's automatic watches. The 1881 Automatic Collection combines familiar Movado design characteristics with elements of the brand's revamped look – all with a reliable Swiss movement inside. … [Read more...]


Omega’s 4 New Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” Watches for 2015

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Omega turned heads in 2013, when it debuted the first Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon watch at Baselworld. And in 2014, the brand complemented it with a sister in gray. But for those who have wanted more variations on the Dark Side of the Moon, look no further: in 2015, your time has come. Here are four new versions of the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon that Omega presented at Baselworld. … [Read more...]


Glashütte Original Introduces the Senator Cosmopolite

Glashutte Original Senator Cosmopolite WG thumb 150

The highlight of Glashütte Original's Baselworld 2015 showcase was the Senator Cosmopolite, an all-new watch with an all-new manufacture movement. The Senator Cosmopolite is intended for the world traveler: it combines an easy-to-read, dual time-zone display with all the high-quality workmanship of German haute horlogerie. Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015 Roundup: 7 New Watches Inspired by Historical Pieces

Longines Pulsometer Chronograph

The vintage-look trend that has been so prevalent in the watch world in recent years showed no signs of abating at this year's Baselworld watch fair. Modern re-editions of historical pieces continue to emerge from some of the most venerable watch brands. Here are seven notable examples of "vintage-inspired" watches we saw in Basel. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime

Last year marked 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...]


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...]


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 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...]


Close-Up: 6 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronographs

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Along with headline-grabbers like its new Royal Oak Concept watch and Millenary Minute Repeater, the other big debut from Audemars Piguet at last year's SIHH was a set of six all-new watches in its Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph collection, which features some contemporary design updates. … [Read more...]