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Close-Up: Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom

Ulysse Nardin Freak Phantom - reclining

Ulysse Nardin made the watch cognoscenti sit up and take notice back in 2001, when it unveiled its wildly unconventional Freak watch, one of the first timepieces to use silicon in key parts of its movement. The Freak Phantom, introduced at Baselworld 2013, continues that tradition of innovation and, well, freakishness. … [Read more...]


Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [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...]


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...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

Just two years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome watches were a bit surprised to discover, at Baselworld 2014, that Patek has already discontinued the steel 5980/1A model  and replaced it with a steel Nautilus Chronograph with a second time zone, like the one in the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5164. … [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...]


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...]


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...]


Where the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Explorer 1, Rolex Sky-Dweller and other Rolex Men’s Watches Were Born

Rolex Explorer I

Curious about Rolex men’s watches? This is a must-read! Discover the pedigrees of the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Explorer I, and Rolex Sky-Dweller, along with an exclusive WatchTime test of the Explorer I, in this FREE triple feature. Whether you’re an avid collector of Rolex watches, or a budding connoisseur looking to learn more about them, this WatchTime compilation has something for you. Did you know… … that the earliest Rolex Submariner didn’t have the now-iconic white … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex’s 50th Anniversary Daytona (with Video)

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph watch made famous by actor and motor racing enthusiast Paul Newman. The anniversary edition that Rolex released at Baselworld 2013 still generates strong opinions in the brand's legion of fans. Here is a closer look at the watch. … [Read more...]


5 Citizen Eco-Drive Watches from Baselworld 2014

Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono-Time

Japan's Citizen Watch Co. introduced a number of watches at this year's Baselworld, many powered by the brand's renowned Eco-Drive solar technology, which absorbs power for the movement from sunlight. Here are five new Citizen Eco-Drive watches (prices included) that will be in stores this fall. … [Read more...]


Press Release: Inside Basel.Geneva – The Premier Watch Collectors’ Event of 2014

IBG_2013_crowd-150

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, once again hosts “Inside Basel.Geneva,” its exclusive annual event for watch aficionados. … [Read more...]


Press Release: WatchTime Presents the Watches of Baselworld 2014

WatchTime E-Special Baselworld 2014 - Cover

New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released its complete Baselworld reporting from 2014 as a downloadable E-Special. This E-Special is packed with informative product news (with photos) on 79 new watches introduced at Baselworld — the world’s largest and most important watch fair — along with sidebar articles and an investigative piece on the state of the worldwide watch market by watch-industry veteran and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson. … [Read more...]


Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: The New Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the timepieces featured there by the core sponsor watch brands is the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph, which made its debut at Baselworld 2014. … [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...]


Monochrome Monday: A Look at New HYT H1 and HYT H2 Watches

HYT H2 Titanium White Gold-Blue

HYT, the so-called "Hydro Mechanical Horologists," introduced quite a few color variations at this year’s Baselworld watch fair. Both the H1 and the H2 collection have been expanded with various metals, with and without coating, used for the cases, and various colors of fluids to indicate the hours. Here are two that we've covered on Monochrome-watches.com: the H1 'Iceberg," a variation on the H1 with a white-and-ice-blue color combination, the coolest version of the H1 collection; and the HYT … [Read more...]


Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue Offers Westminster Chimes and Flying Tourbillon

Ulysse Nardin Imperial Blue

Ulysse Nardin has a notable history in chiming watches, from its Gold Medal-winning minute-repeater chronograph at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to modern timepieces such as last year's Stranger. At Baselworld 2014, Ulysse Nardin introduced its latest haut-de-gamme chiming watch, the Imperial Blue. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi Bezel”

Rolex GMT-Master II - Pepsi-blue-red-wristshot

When Rolex unveils a new watch, it does it exactly when it wants to do it. As we told you before, when we were guessing what the new Rolex watches for 2014 would be, Rolex can be even more secretive than the famous Swiss banks. Our guesses turned out to be pretty accurate, and one of the models that we were hoping to see was the new Rolex GMT-Master II with red/blue "Pepsi" bezel. However, The new "Pepsi" elicited some rather mixed emotions at Monochrome headquarters. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Explains the New Rado Hyperchrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer

Rado HyperChrome Touch Dual Timer - Black

At Baselworld 2014, Rado introduced a watch that has no crown, in which the wearer activates the functions and sets the time by touch. In my opinion, the Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer, with its easy-to-use second-time zone function, is a perfect travel companion as well as a great-looking watch. Discover how it works in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


4 New Longines Conquest Heritage Watches Celebrate the Model’s 60th Anniversary

Longines Conquest Heritage - yellow gold

Longines registered the name "Conquest" with the Swiss Federal Intellectual Property Office in May 1954. At Baselworld 2014, the Swiss brand released a new collection of limited-edition, commemorative watches to honor the 60th anniversary of the patent filing, the new Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014. … [Read more...]


New from Baselworld 2014: Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull - white

Hublot, the watch brand known for its "fusion" of materials, unveils another new case material — and some very eye-catching design elements in the movement— with its Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skull, the latest in its series of "skull" watches, introduced at the recent Baselworld 2014 watch fair. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing the “Real” TAG Heuer Carrera CH80

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH80 - reworked-Black

A few months ago, TAG Heuer presented a brand new in-house calibre called 1969. It was clear then that Baselworld 2014 would be the place where TAG Heuer would unveil a new watch containing that movement. And the brand did present a very nice one, the Carrera CH80, a retro-style Carrera inspired by the very first 1960s versions. What we didn’t expect, was that the CH80 presented in Basel wouldn't actually be the final version, and that some small but significant changes were planned. For that … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Hermès Dressage L’Heure Masquée

Hermes Dressage L'heure Masquee

Many of us wondered what Hermès would do for an encore to its innovative Le Temps Suspendu watch from a few years ago. The brand answered our question this year with its introduction of the Hermès Dressage L'Heure Masquée, which boasts a new proprietary movement with a clever "hidden hours" complication. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Omega De Ville Trésor with New Antimagnetic Movement

Omega De Ville Tresor in SEDNA gold

Along with its new Speedmaster Professional and Speedmaster Mark II watches, Omega also unveiled at Baselworld 2014 an elegant men's model, the Omega De Ville Tresor, which is an update of a vintage Omega watch from 1949 and contains the brand's new Master Co-Axial Caliber 8511, designed for maximum resistance to magnetic fields. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Return of the Rolex Sea-Dweller at Baselworld 2014

Rolex Sea-Dweller - live shot

Along with our colleagues from WatchTime.com, the Monochrome team also spent a busy week at Baselworld 2014, and had the chance to see and review a number of new watches introduced at the fair. In this article from our online magazine monochrome-watches.com, we take a closer look at the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, a highlight piece for many Rolex fans. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Sinn EZM 13 Divers’ Watch

Sinn EZM3

The German watch brand Sinn, known for its tough, professional-grade diving watches, has released another one at Baselworld 2014, the Sinn EZM 13. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: Glashütte Original Debuts New Movement in Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashutte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date

The Glashütte Original Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date, introduced last week at Baselworld 2014, features an entirely new chronograph movement, Caliber 37-02, which was designed and manufactured in-house at the brand's manufacture in Saxony. The new watch becomes the latest in the vintage-inspired Glashütte Original Seventies collection. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Watches from Baselworld 2014

Tudor Black Bay

Fratello Friday returns! Last week we were swamped with Baselworld 2014 appointments, and in this week's article, I will show you the five watches that impressed me the most during the show. Actually, it is virtually impossible to come up with just five, as there were 1,500 exhibitors showing their goods. So, my selection is taken only from the brands that we (Fratellowatches) actually visited this year; in a few weeks, we'll round up a final Top 5, since I'm pretty sure even I haven't seen … [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...]