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...]


Raymond Weil Maestro – Raymond Weil Limited Edition

Raymond Weil Maestro Limited Edition

Raymond Weil, who founded his eponymous Swiss watch brand in 1976, passed away early this year. Now, the Raymond Weil watch brand honors its pioneering namesake with the release of a special tribute timepiece, the Maestro Raymond Weil Limited Edition, which features a gold case and a COSC-certified mechanical chronograph movement. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Omega Seamaster Watches

Omega Seamaster ProDiver Titanium

In this week's Fratello Friday, I offer my personal "Top 5" list of Omega Seamaster watches. Omega introduced the Seamaster collection (which originally were much more like dress watches than sport watches) in 1948. In 1957, Omega introduced the first real divers'-watch Seamaster, the CK2913. This first Seamaster 300 was in the same sporty vein as the Speedmaster (CK2915) and Railmaster (CK2914). The dressier Seamaster models were re-branded as Seamaster DeVille, and eventually the DeVille would … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Hands-On With the Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial

Omega De Ville Tresor - angle

It wasn't only Rolex that decided to come out with a new dress watch this year (the Rolex Cellini Time, Date and Dual Time); Omega also decided to surprise everyone at Baselworld 2014 with a classic looking timepiece. Classic on the outside, that is, since the new Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial is equipped with the brand's latest technical innovations in its manual-wind movement. … [Read more...]


Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot Celebrates the Brand’s 150th Anniversary

Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot

In 1865, 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot founded his watch manufacture in Le Locle, giving birth to the watch brand we know today as Zenith. To mark Zenith’s 150th anniversary, the brand is launching the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot, a limited-edition timepiece featuring a rare and ancient complication. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: The 5 Coolest Omega Constellation Watches

Omega Constellation Grande Lux

I've covered lots of Omega Seamasters and Speedmasters — the brand's most popular families — in my series of Fratello Friday columns on Omega, but let’s not forget about the Constellation. Although the current Constellation is popular mostly in Asia, past models were considered to be the brand's flagships just about everywhere. This week's article reveals my five favorite Omega Constellation timepieces of all time. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

Omega Seamaster PloProf

This week's Fratello Friday post focuses on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I narrowed it down to five Omega watches that I consider most important to the brand or to the world of watches in general. … [Read more...]


Breguet Previews Major 2015 Museum Exhibition with 3 Antique Timepieces

Breguet No. 3519 - Movement

Beginning September 19, 2015, the Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will host "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking," an exhibit comprising the largest collection of antique Breguet timepieces ever shown in the Americas. Last week, a select group of watch journalists got a look at three of the historic pieces that will be on display. … [Read more...]


IBG 2014: Highlight Watches from 3 Boutique Watch Brands

Greubel Forsey Platinum GMT

WatchTime's 2014 "Inside Basel.Geneva" event tour wraps up this week in San Francisco (October 2). West coach watch aficionados who attend this final IBG show of the year will have the opportunity to see and try on many new watches, including several standout models from respected indie watch brands F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey and Parmigiani Fleurier. … [Read more...]


Kering Acquires Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin marine Chronometer Manufacture front

Kering, the luxury goods conglomerate formerly known as Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), has acquired 100 percent of Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin, an independent brand that had long been the subject of takeover rumors. Ulysse Nardin now joins the Sowind Group brands, Girard-Perregaux and Jeanrichard, in Kering's expanding "Luxury - Watches and Jewellery" division. … [Read more...]


Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series

Breitling Super Avenger Military watch - front

Breitling describes its Super Avenger Military Limited Series watch as "a concentrated blend of power, precision, and functionality." The "power" part undoubtedly refers to the new watch's case, which is made of steel covered with an ultra-resistant, carbon-based black coating. The "precision" and "functionality" most likely refer to this Super Avenger's COSC-certified chronometer movement, Caliber 22. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Previews the New Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph

Chopard Superfast Porsche

Recently I attended the Ennstal-Classic, a historical sports car rally in Austria, and while there had the chance to see the new Chopard Superfast 919 Porsche Motorsport Chronograph, a watch I like very much. Check it out (including specs and original photos) in this article, excerpted from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Montres Journe Introduces Solid Gold Dials on 3 New F.P. Journe Watches

F.P. Journe Octa Lune

Francois-Paul Journe, the founder and namesake of the F.P. Journe watch brand, had long dreamed of making watches — not just cases — out of gold. In 2004 his watch company, Montres Journe, became the first to produce entire movements in 18k rose gold, and this year, Journe has added yet another component: gold dials for three of his brand's watch models. … [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...]


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...]


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

Ball thumb

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...]


Baselworld 2014: New Rolex GMT-Master II with “Pepsi” Bezel

gmt_pepsi_150

Traditionalists rejoice: the GMT Master with a red and blue “Pepsi” bezel – the watch that graced the wrists of the Concorde test pilots - is back, and it's better than ever. Bringing it back wasn’t as easy. The new bezel is as much a technological feat as it is a return of an aesthetic icon. The complex process for creating Cerachrom bezels, and some basic rules of chemistry, conspired to make the rebirth a challenging process.   … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2014: 3 New Rolex Sky-Dwellers (Updated with Live Image)

Rolex Sky-Dweller - Everose

The WatchTime team finally visited Rolex today at Baselworld 2014, and among the new Rolex watches we saw were three new versions of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, the innovative annual calendar watch first introduced at Baselworld 2012. … [Read more...]


Chopard Mille Miglia 2014 Rolls Out at Baselworld

Chopard Mille Miglia 2014

The newest Chopard Mille Miglia watch, which made its debut this week at Baselworld 2014, is the most distinctly Italian timepiece in the collection, which is inspired by the Mille Miglia classic car race. … [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...]