Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

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Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]

Facetime November 24

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Welcome to another Facetime! We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. This week our selected readers are Joe O'Brien, Ira Tytel, John Dodenhoff, and Ryan Lenhardt. Thanks to everyone for the great pictures! … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross CEO Receives French Legion of Honor

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Bell & Ross recently held their annual event at the Hôtel National des Invalides, at which CEO Carlos A. Rosillo received the commendation of Knight of the French Legion of Honor from General Baptiste, Director of the Musée de l’Armée. Among the almost 500 guests in attendance were media figures, military representatives, and watchmaking industry leaders. … [Read more...]

Facetime September 22

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Welcome to Facetime! To be featured here, in our magazine, Pinterest, and our other social networks, send us a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) at photo@watchtime.com. … [Read more...]

Pocket Full of Complications: Today’s Haute Horlogerie Pocketwatches

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Even though the wristwatch long ago supplanted it in popularity, the classical pocketwatch continues to soldier on as a novelty in the world of timepieces, beloved by some collectors for their old-school appeal and large, decorative movements, and many of today's watch brands have used the style to express not only their historical cachet but also their horological expertise. Here we shine the spotlight on some recently released modern pocketwatches from popular wristwatch brands. … [Read more...]

Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir

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Bell & Ross's Vintage WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir is now available at Bell & Ross retailers. Like the WW2 Régulateur Heritage, the WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir draws on military and aviation history for its inspiration. This watch reinterprets the look of chronographs used by aviators in the 1920s, which originally only had one button. The single button is used to stop, start, and reset the chronograph. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]