Chronometers

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5 Milestone Breitling Watches, from 1915 to Today

Breitling Chronomat - 1941

Pilots rely on Breitling’s chronographs, but calendars, world timers and divers’ watches also are part of the brand’s 130-plus-year history. Here are five important Breitling watches that helped define the brand's identity from 1915 through the modern day. For the full list of 20 milestone Breitling watches, download the complete article from the WatchTime online shop, or check out 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...]

3 New Tissot Men’s Watches Debut at Baselworld 2014

Tissot Le Locle Automatic Small Second

Tissot, a Swiss watch brand known for its affordable watches, has launched three new men's watches with mechanical movements at Baselworld 2014: Tissot le Locle Small Second, Tissot PRS 516 Extreme, and Tissot T-Complication Chronometer. … [Read more...]

Chopard L.U.C. 1963

Chopard L.U.C. 1963

Every year seems to bring with it a fresh slew of anniversaries in the watch world, and 2014 is no exception. The new Chopard L.U.C. 1963, premiering at Baselworld, commemorates the 50th year of Chopard's ownership by the Scheufele family with a wristwatch inspired by the golden age of chronometer pocketwatches. … [Read more...]

Top 20 Swiss Chronometer Watch Brands 2012: Rolex Leads the Pack

Rolex Submariner CU

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale now, we examine data from COSC that reveals the top 20 Swiss watch brands by number of COSC chronometer certificates issued to them in 2012. … [Read more...]

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

On May 24th, 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter, commander of the Aurora 7 space capsule,  became the second American to orbit the earth and his chosen wristwatch — a Breitling Navitimer — became the first wristwatch to do so on the wrist of an American, earning its new name of Cosmonaute. Last year, Breitling paid tribute to the historic space mission by releasing a 50th-anniversary limited … [Read more...]

Arnold & Son’s HMS1 Collection Strives for Classical Elegance

Arnold & Son HMS1 Rose Gold case

Arnold & Son, the Swiss watch brand based in La Chaux-de-Fonds and named for 18th-century London watchmaker John Arnold, has released a new collection of elegantly simple watches called HMS1. The name harks back to John Arnold's history as a supplier of marine chronometers to the British Royal Navy. … [Read more...]

Ball and BMW Team Up For New Watch Collection

Ball for BMW Classic blue dial

Ball Watch Company, whose history is rooted in the early days of train travel, has taken its watchmaking talents from the rails to the roads, collaborating with German luxury automaker BMW to introduce a new line of watches, called Ball for BMW. … [Read more...]

Video: F.P. Journe’s Chronomètre Optimum

F.P. Journe Chronometre Optimum in rose gold

The Chronomètre Optimum, which F.P. Journe calls the "masterpiece" of its eponymous brand's Souveraine collection, incorporates in its manufacture movement all of the technologies that Journe has developed — which have previously debuted in other Souveraine watches — to ensure ideal timekeeping precision and stability. Click here to see photos of the F.P. Journe Chronomètre … [Read more...]

News, Photos, and Video: F.P. Journe Unveils Chronomètre Optimum

F.P. Journe Chronometre Optimum in rose gold

Even though he has created many very complicated watches, French watchmaker Francois-Paul Journe has always been interested in accuracy above all. His newest timepiece, the Chronomètre Optimum, which made its debut last week at the F.P. Journe boutique in New York City, takes the quest for timekeeping precision to a new level. … [Read more...]

Breitling Adds “Code Yellow” Model to Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Line

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Breitling's Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel model — a divers' watch with 3,000-meter water resistance and a carbon-treated black steel case — was one of WatchTime.com's most popular "Watches to Watch" of recent months. This week, Breitling announced the release of a new model, limited to 1,000 pieces, called Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow. The "Code Yellow" nickname refers to the yellow … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture front

Marine chronometers are part of Ulysse Nardin’s identity: the company was famous for them in the 19th century. It should come as no surprise, then, that the brand selected its Marine Chronometer wristwatch, which was named in honor of the company’s ships chronometers, to be among the first timepieces to receive the new caliber UN-118 manufacture movement. The Marine Chronometer Manufacture … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original Senator Observer

Glashutte Original Senator Observer

Last year, Glashütte Original introduced a limited-edition watch called the Senator Observer, a white-gold timepiece that celebrated the memory of German watchmaker Julius Assmann and famed explorer Roald Amundsen. It was modeled on the traditional observation watches (more widely known as "deck watches") made in the German town of Glashütte, which were used by navigators to determine a ship's … [Read more...]

Breitling Rolls Out New Bentleys

Breitling-for-Bentley-GMT-V8 angle

It’s been a big year for Breitling, which introduced a slew of new products at this year’s Baselworld watch fair in March. The brand's family of Breitling for Bentley watches, elegant sporting timepieces developed in cooperation with Bentley, the prestigious British automobile marque, was no exception. This year sees the debut of two new models: a more compact version of the Barnato and a new … [Read more...]

Laurent Ferrier’s Galet Micro-Rotor Now a Certified Chronometer

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Laurent Ferrier's Galet Micro-Rotor has been officially certified as a chronometer by the Besancon Observatory. Upon passing several tests performed by ISO3159 (16 days of continuous testing in 5 positions and at 3 different temperatures), the Galet Micro-Rotor received the official title of "Bulletin de marche au Chronomètre." Its in-house mico-rotor calibre, inspired by A.L. Breguet's … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Commemorates Columbus’s Santa Maria with Limited Edition

Ulysse Nardin Classico LE Santa Maria

Ulysse Nardin's origins as a maker of nautical clocks and marine chronometers are on display in many of the brand's modern wristwatches, like its Marine collection of divers' watches. The newest model from the Swiss brand's Cloisonné collection of limited-edition timepieces, the Classico Limited Edition Santa Maria, continues the theme of sailing with its tribute to the flagship vessel of … [Read more...]

Chopard Paul Miller Racing Limited Edition Mille Miglia GTXL

To support its partnership with Paul Miller Racing in the American Le Mans Series, Chopard introduces the Paul Miller Racing Limited Edition Mille Miglia GTXL. Available with a leather or rubber strap and set in 18k rose gold or stainless steel, these timepieces will be available at select Paul Miller dealerships and the Chopard boutique in New York City. Find prices and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]

18 Entrants Will Compete in the 2011 International Chronometry Contest

Fourteen watchmaking companies and four schools will participate in the 2011 International Chronometry Contest. The winners will be announced on October 20 at Château des Monts – Horological Museum of Le Locle. Find complete details and a list of entrants inside. … [Read more...]

Rare Museum Finds Come Back to Life

During the renovation of the German Watch Museum Glashütte, workers discovered 13 original marine chronometers that had been hidden away. It was an astonishing find. Today, each has been carefully restored and paired with a Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer Platinum to create a very few historically significant sets that will be available to the public. … [Read more...]

Rolex Romps 7 Million Chronometers in a Decade

Watch enthusiasts know that when it comes to producing Swiss chronometers, there are the Big Three Brands – Rolex, Omega and Breitling – and then there’s all the rest. Just how big the Big Three are in chronometer production becomes startlingly clear when you analyze Swiss chronometer output by brand over the past decade. … [Read more...]