Annual Check-Up: Testing A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia Annual Calendar

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WatchTime takes the pulse of A. Lange & Söhne's Saxonia Annual Calendar, the first such complication for the Glashütte-based luxury watch brand, in this Watch Test feature from our archives. Click here to read the results and to marvel at Nik Schölzel's gorgeous photos of the watch. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Vintage WW2 Régulateur Heritage

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Bell & Ross demonstrated its affinity for military and aviation history last year with the release of two timepieces modeled after those worn during World War I: the PW1 pocketwatch and its wristwatch version, the Vintage WW1. This year, the company pays tribute to the timekeepers and navigation instruments of the second World War with its new model, the Vintage WW2 Régulateur Heritage. World War II bomber pilots and navigators needed a watch that emphasized clear legibility and ease of … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross WW2 Régulateur Heritage

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Bell & Ross has announced the release of the WW2 Régulateur Heritage. Their latest watch to be inspired by military history reinterprets pocket watches bomber pilots strapped to their legs during World War II. The WW2 Régulateur Heritage separates the time information with a central hand for the minutes, a counter for the hours, and a small independent seconds hand. The case has a "gun-metal grey" steel finish. This watch retails for $6600. Read our full feature on this watch here. … [Read more...]


Facetime Photos for June 23

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It's time for another round of Facetime photos. Summer's officially here, so be sure to send us photos from your vacations. Send us a hi-res pic at photos@watchtime.com and your photo can appear here, on our social media sites, and in our magazine. Our first photo this week includes an impressive collection of watches. If anyone can top this collection, share it with us (and make sure you're in the picture, too). … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Announces New Sports Watch

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Just in time for the summer, Bell & Ross has announced the Vintage BR126 sport, a two-counter chronograph powered by an automatic ETA movement. It will be availble this July in either a stainless steel ($4,800) or black leather strap ($4,500). Have a look at the watches below. … [Read more...]


Clockwork Orange: Wallpaper From the WatchTime Archives

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Back in our December 2006 issue, we ran a photo feature called "Clockwork Orange," showcasing watches with orange dials, straps, and other elements. Now we've selected a half-dozen of these striking still-life images, shot by our faithful watch shutterbug Nik Schölzel, for you to download to decorate your computer screen. Simply click on the photos for full-sized wallpaper images. Orange you glad you visited our site? … [Read more...]


Pilot’s Watch Review: Breitling Chronomat GMT

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For many watch lovers, a Breitling is the epitome of a pilots’ watch. So it made sense that we include one in the pilots' watch review in our March-April 2012 issue. For the story, we selected nine watches to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in south Germany. Click below to read how our … [Read more...]


Pilots’ Watch Review: Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chrono

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For the pilots' watch review in our March-April issue, on sale now, writer Martina Richter selected two three-hand pilots’ watches and seven pilots’ chronographs to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in southern Germany. One of the watches chosen was the Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronograph … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Sets Records at Paris Auction

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French auction house Artcurial recently held a sale of exceptional aeronautical objects. The auction, titled “Aeronautics, the Air and Space Conquest,” took place at the prestigious Hotel Dassault in Paris. Among the hundreds of items featured in the sale, aeronautic enthusiasts were pleased to discover three Bell & Ross watches, which sold well above their original retail prices. Find the sale results inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross BR03-90 Grande Date & Réserve de Marche – 42mm

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The name says it all: the Bell & Ross BR03-90 Grande Date & Réserve de Marche offers a big date and power reserve in a 42mm polished and satin-finished case with 100 meter water resistance. Beneath the sapphire crystal, the galvanic matte black dial combined with photoluminescent index, numerals and hands offer excellent visibility. The movement is an automatic-winding Soprod 9090. Rubber and heavy canvas straps are included for the US retail price of $4,800. … [Read more...]


2011: The Year in Review Quiz, Part II

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This week it’s time for Part II of our 2011 Year in Review Quiz. Have you been taking notes? Celebrate the end of 2011 with this little quiz, where we present 12 questions about news stories from the past year. As always, the answers appear at the end. And remember, your term papers are due next week. Good luck! … [Read more...]


2011: The Year in Review Quiz, Part 1

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It's December, and you know what that means. It's time to look back. Have you been paying attention for the past 12 months? You knew there would be a quiz, right? Say goodbye to 2011 with this little test the focuses on some of the most (and least) important stories of the year. As always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Opens its Online Store on Facebook

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Always an online leader, Bell & Ross now makes its online shop available on its Facebook page. The online shop is available to residents of the USA and Europe. Now using Facebook, fans can get the latest information, browse the Bell & Ross line, share favorites, and purchase timepieces directly. Click the "e-Boutique" tab on the brand's Facebook page, or click here to visit now. … [Read more...]


Custom Bell & Ross Harley-Davidson to Tour U.S.

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After an impressive third place finish in the Modified Harley-Davidson Class at the AMD World Championships in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 11, 2011. Shaw Harley-Davidson’s Bell & Ross inspired custom built Nascafe Racer will go on tour in the U.S. starting September 29. Find the dates and locations and wallpaper of the custom Harley inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross WW1 Collection Launch Party

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Bell & Ross recently presented its new WW1 collection at the historic Hôtel National des Invalides whose famed Eglise du Dome houses Emperor Napoleon I’s tomb. This new collection, which includes a pocket watch (the PW1) as well as the WW1 wristwatch, traces the evolution of timepieces from the pocket to the wrist. … [Read more...]


Antiquorum & The Consulate of Monaco Host Only Watch Reception in New York

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Watch Collectors, VIP guests, philanthropists, members of the press and representatives from the leading watch brands filled Antiquorum’s auction room on September 12 in New York City to get a closer look at the extraordinary timepieces offered in the upcoming “Only Watch” auction benefitting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Find a link to over 100 images of the evening inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross BR01 Casino for Only Watch 2011

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For Only Watch 2011, Bell & Ross has created the BR01 Casino. The dial is made up of three rotating concentric circles in pink gold. And yes, it does tell the time. Have you worked out how? We'll tell you inside. The 46mm diameter case is pink gold and PVD, and the roulette-themed display is powered by an automatic ETA 2892-based movement. … [Read more...]


Only Watch World Tour Runs August 30 – September 22

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On September 23, the Principality of Monaco will stage the world-famous Only Watch charity watch auction. Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II, 40 unique timepieces will be sold by leading horological auction house Antiquorum. Leading up to the auction, the featured timepieces will be on tour, visiting many of the world's leading collecting capitals. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross BR Twelve O’Clock Limited Edition Set

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By its very nature, time is a relative concept that man has always wanted to punctuate with markers. The development of watch mechanisms has enabled it to be measured precisely. With the creation of the BR Twelve O’Clock timepiece, Bell & Ross is rewriting the rules of traditional watchmaking by doing away with minutes and seconds. Find pricing and availability inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Launches New Website

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Bell & Ross is an online pioneer. In 1999 it was among the first brands to create its own website. In 2009, it was the first to make all of its models available for purchase online. In 2011, the new ambition is to make the web the brand's greatest showcase, and to create a virtual web experience as close as possible to an actual shopping experience. … [Read more...]


New Bell & Ross BR 02 Dive Watches

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Bell & Ross has announced two new dive watches that will be available in August. Both models have 44mm steel cases with decompression valves and 1000 meter water resistance, and both are powered by ETA 2892 movements. The differences lie in the finishes. Find pricing inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Airborne II Limited Edition

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The original Bell & Ross Airborne, launched in 2009, paid tribute to the military paratroopers and especially the US Airborne divisions that played such a distinguished role in the Second World War. The limited series hit with collectors and sold out quickly. Now in 2011, a new Airborne II is offered in an edition of 999 pieces worldwide. Find pricing inside. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Vintage PW1 and WW1

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Reimagining military watches of the 1920s, Bell & Ross has created two nostalgic yet modern timepieces: the Vintage PW1 pocket watch, and the WW1 wristwatch. Both pieces combine vintage styling cues with the unmistakable Bell & Ross design codes to produce a distinctive look. Find prices and availability dates inside. … [Read more...]


Seiko Wins Sports Watch of the Year at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

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Seiko's Spring Drive Spacewalk Commemorative Edition was named the Sports Watch of the Year at the 2010 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. This accolade is the most prestigious yet awarded to Seiko’s unique Spring Drive technology. The Spacewalk was taken into space by Richard Garriott and worn during his stay onboard the International Space Station in 2008. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Vintage Collection Launch Event

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Bell & Ross officially launched their new Vintage Collection with an event at the historic Cercle National des Armées in Paris on September 15. At the opening, the three Vintage Collection lines were on display: the Original, Heritage and Officer. These new timepieces draw their inspiration from pilot's watches of the 40s and 50s, and are all faithful to the original inspiration of the brand. … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Vintage

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Bell & Ross is launching a new collection with two lines: Vintage Original and Vintage Heritage. The collection is an homage to 1940s aviator watches. Legibility is excellent, and the watches have the trademark Bell & Ross look. The collection includes a time and date model (BR 123) and a chronograph (BR 126). Both watches have 41mm round stainless-steel cases. The BR 123 time and date model puts the small seconds and date at 6. The BR 126 chronograph has central seconds, a 60 second … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross Launches Vintage Collection

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Bell & Ross is launching a new collection with two lines: Vintage Original and Vintage Heritage. The collection is an homage to 1940s aviator watches. Legibility is excellent, and the watches have the trademark Bell & Ross look. The collection includes a time and date model (BR 123) and a chronograph (BR 126). Both watches have 41mm round stainless-steel cases. … [Read more...]


Chronograph Quiz

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How well do you know chronographs? This week we look at technical, functional, and historical aspects of what may be the all-time favorite complication. So fire up your chronographs and see how long it takes you to complete this quiz. As always, the answers appear at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]


TIME TEST: The Name Game

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Ever wonder how your watch got its name? Test your knowledge of watch-brand handles by matching these brand names with the explanations of the origins. Answers take the form 1-C, 2-G, etc. Good luck! … [Read more...]


Bell & Ross BR03-92 Military Ceramic “Phantom”

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Designed to maintain a low profile, the Bell & Ross BR03-92 case is fashioned entirely from a monochromatic khaki-camouflage ceramic with a matte finish. The ceramic will absolutely retain its color, and you won't be able to scratch it unless you go after it with a diamond. It's also lighter than steel and hypoallergenic. The 42mm diameter and 100 meter water resistance make the watch suitable for a wide variety of applications. The dial and hands are highly legible in all lighting … [Read more...]