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“Sound” Investments: 10 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

Piaget Minute Repeater front

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a watch from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 10 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles. … [Read more...]

Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]

7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched This Year

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Today marks the birthday of the patent for Abraham Louis-Breguet's most famous invention, the tourbillon, so what better time to re-visit our post-Baselworld 2014 feature on this year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch? Scroll down to get the scoop on seven notable new tourbillon watches making their debut this year. … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph

Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph

Ball Watch continues to introduce patented technologies to its watches. In addition to its Engineer II Magneto S watch, with its new antimagnetic system, the company has introduced another new sports watch, the Ball Engineer Master II Slide chronograph, which uses a mechanical slide, rather than the traditional pushers, to start, stop and reset the stopwatch. … [Read more...]

7 Extreme Divers’ Watches

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at six of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]

Star Time: 12 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing Audemars Piguet

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these big-name stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special watches to which they lend their own names. Below is a list of 12 sports watches from eight brands, developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]

5 Mechanical Watches Under $2,000

Raymond Weil Maestro Trois Aiguilles Or Rose

At the Swiss watch fairs, the attention-grabbing releases are often the most astronomically priced timepieces with the most complex movements. But what about those who are seeking a more "entry-level" timepiece without compromising on the mechanical movement? We've compiled a list of watches with automatic movements that might have flown under the radar. While less complicated and less expensive, at under $2,000 each, these watches won't break the bank. First seen at Baselworld 2013, the … [Read more...]

Return of a Classic Explorers’ Watch: Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 rose gold

As we hinted on Thursday on WatchTime's social media, Jaeger-LeCoultre has announced the return of a collectors' classic from the brand's archives: a limited-edition chronometer watch called the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Watches for the Blind

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A recently published article on the BBC website (here) caught my attention with its depiction of a wristwatch for blind people. The watch pictured in the article is the Bradley Timepiece, named after a Paralympic gold medalist, Brad Snyder, who lost his sight in Afghanistan. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Bulgari Octo Finissimo is New “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon

Recently, we ran a list of record-setting ultra-thin watches. At Baselworld 2014, Bulgari went for the title of "world's thinnest tourbillon movement" with its new Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon, a new timepiece with a movement thickness of only 1.95 mm — thinner than a Swiss five-franc coin — and a case thickness of a mere 5 mm. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Ball Watch Engineer II Magneto S With New Antimagnetic Technology

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At Baselworld this year, Ball Watch Co. announced the Ball Engineer II Magneto S, a new mechanical watch with a patented magnetic protection system. Ball’s new technology, known as the A-Proof device, shields the movement from magnetic fields up to 80,000 Amperes per meter (A/m). … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon Unveiled at Baselworld 2014

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Tourbillon - front

TAG Heuer's headliner watch from Baselworld 2014 is the newest generation of its game-changing TAG Heuer Monaco V4, first introduced as a concept watch in 2004. The new Monaco V4 Tourbillon takes the V4 technology to the next level: it is the world's first tourbillon watch driven by belts. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret Maestoso with Live Images

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Christophe Claret’s latest superwatch features a unique traditional pivoted detent escapement with constant force and a cylindrical balance spring. The movement incorporates three patented developments. The entire watch - case, hands and all the parts of the movement, including the balance spring – was designed, manufactured and assembled in Claret's workshops. This is the ultimate in in-house. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 11 Cartier Watches from SIHH

Cartier Ballon Bleu

Cartier was among the luxury watch brands that introduced its newest timepieces at SIHH 2014 in January. Many of these new Cartier watches won’t be available at retail until later this year, but until then, you can adorn your desktop with these 11 downloadable wallpaper images featuring new men's and ladies' watches introduced this year by Cartier. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Exclusive Photos of the Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Pelé

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Pele

During SIHH in Geneva, Hublot offered a preview of its new chronograph watch made in cooperation with Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. Shortly afterward, I had the opportunity to snap some of the very first photos of this beautiful timepiece for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Click here to see photos and technical info on the watch. … [Read more...]

Rolex Yacht-Master II in Stainless Steel (Video)

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For fans of Rolex, the world's biggest luxury watch brand, we highlight he Rolex Yacht-Master II - an extremely popular Rolex Yacht-Master watch that has many fans around the world. … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com goes beyond 23 historic Cartier watches in an exclusive download.

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, presents a downloadable feature showcasing 23 milestone watches from Cartier. “WatchTime Spotlight: Cartier” can be downloaded here: http://www.watchtime.com/downloads/milestone-cartier-watches-from-the-cartier-santos-to-the-calibre-de-cartier/. The watches featured range from early, iconic pieces like the original Cartier Santos to modern innovations like the Calibre de Cartier. In … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 9 New Luxury Watches for Ladies

Parmigiani Ladies Metropolitaine

At the big watch fairs, like the upcoming Baselworld show and the recent SIHH in Geneva, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year, watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as their male counterparts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we're looking at some recently announced ladies' watches which will be available in 2014. … [Read more...]

Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked New Watches from SIHH 2014

Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat

At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the watch brands each released a dozen or more new products for 2014. And even when a brand doesn't have what we'd call an überwatch, it sometimes releases one piece so unexpected, off-the-wall, or controversial that it overshadows the rest of its new releases (Exhibit A: Last year's debut of the first … [Read more...]