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

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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)

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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

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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...]


Baselworld 2014 Preview: 19 New Watches We’ve Seen So Far

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Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and the WatchTime team will be on-site at the world's biggest watch fair to provide you up-to-the-minute coverage of the scores of new timepieces making their world debuts there. Before we dive in, here's a roundup of the watches we've reported on so far, from brands that have provided pre-Baselworld press materials on some of their new products. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: What we Know About the New Omega Seamaster Launching at Baselworld 2014

Omega Seamaster Master Co-Axial Chrono

As it is every year, the watch press is being overwhelmed with previews of new watches set to be presented during Baselworld 2014. Some brands have already shown their products in all their glory, with no secrets left to unveil, while others have revealed only bits and pieces of their upcoming releases. … [Read more...]


Baselworld Preview: Watch Insider Reveals the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling has released specs and photos on the first of its new watches set to debut at Baselworld 2014, the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon, a deep black, ticking tribute to the biggest Bentley engine, the famous 6.75-liter version that powers Bentley's Mulsanne limousines. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal photos and technical details direct from the brand. … [Read more...]


Basel 2014 Preview: 3 New Watches from Carl F. Bucherer, Speake-Marin, and Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Perpetual

As we continue the countdown to Baselworld 2014, we present three more watches making their worldwide debuts at the fair — two new perpetual calendar watches from Carl F. Bucherer and Ulysse Nardin and the first-ever chronograph from Britain's Peter Speake-Marin. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Omega Seamaster Watches

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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...]


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...]


Rolex Yacht-Master II in Stainless Steel (Video)

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For fans of Rolex, the world's biggest luxury watch brand, we highlight he Rolex Yacht-Master II - an extremely popular Rolex Yacht-Master watch that has many fans around the world. … [Read more...]


Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel (Updated)

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In summer of 2012, Breitling added a new watch to its popular Avenger series of timepieces  — a sleek divers' model outfitted in black and tough enough to descend to serious undersea depths. The limited-edition Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel is a professional-grade diver’s watch whose case — made of steel and blackened by means of a highly-resistant carbon-based treatment — is water-resistant to the extreme depth of 3,000 meters. … [Read more...]


Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT “Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary”

Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary

The year 2014 marks two milestones in aviation history: the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and the 50th anniversary of the "Patrouille Suisse" aerobatics team. Breitling, a Swiss watch brand renowned for its pilots' watches and close ties to aviation, marks the latter anniversary with a limited-edition version of its Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT watch. … [Read more...]


Advertisement: Jaeger-LeCoultre 2014 Collection

JLC Master-Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon

Jaeger-LeCoultre has released an array of new timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva this week. Click here for detailed information and photos of the all-new Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon as well as new watches from the Grande Reverso, Duomètre, and Master Ultra Thin collections. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s January-February Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime Jan-Feb 2014 Cover

The January-February issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and on Nook, Kindle, and the WatchTime app for iOS and Android), featuring in-depth watch tests of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, a reference guide to the watch industry's quality marks, a gallery of blue-dial beauties, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]


Around the Web: The Cartier/Chanel/Tourneau Feud, CNN on Pre-Owned Watches, and More

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New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and it is time for our final installment of "Around the Web" for 2013. WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and other media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week, with updates on Captain Bligh, Tourneau, … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

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WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


Around the Web: 4 Stories You Should Read This Week

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In this first installment of "Around the Web," WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past two weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and lifestyle media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week, with updates on Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Omega and Art Basel. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Watch Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements, Part 1

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A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, this week’s Fratello Friday (and next week's) focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is part … [Read more...]


Why Did Patek Philippe Create its Own Quality Seal?

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Patek Philippe, the most prestigious firm in the watch world, has thrown down a gauntlet to the Swiss watch industry. After 123 years, the Swiss brand replaced the Geneva Seal with a higher-standard seal of its own. Find out why in this article from WatchTime's May-June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual

Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual

The latest in our end-of-year series on calendar watches, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue, is our review of the Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual, which combines a perpetual calendar with a second time zone. Click here to read the article and see original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Breguet Tourbillon Exhibition Comes to New York

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Breguet brought its traveling exhibition, “Breguet the Innovator. Inventor of the Tourbillon,” to New York City, for the last stop on a U.S. tour at the Breguet Boutique Fifth Avenue. Featuring a retrospective of the tourbillon mechanism throughout watchmaking history, the showcase has traveled across Asia and Europe since its unveiling in Geneva at the start of 2013. … [Read more...]


New Limited-Edition Breitling Navitimer Watch Supports Honor Flight Network

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Pilot-watch specialist Breitling has partnered with the non-profit Honor Flight Network, which flies World War II veterans to the memorial dedicated to their service in Washington, DC, to release a limited-edition Breitling watch with proceeds going to the organization. I spoke with Breitling USA president Thierry Prissert at the watch's post-Veterans' Day launch event at the brand's New York City boutique. … [Read more...]


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

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Here, we examine data from COSC that reveals the top 20 Swiss watch brands by number of COSC chronometer certificates issued to them in 2012. An interesting list for fans of swiss made watches. … [Read more...]


Photo Slideshow: Images from the Smithsonian’s “Time and Navigation” Exhibit

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In the November-December 2013 issue of WatchTime, on sale October 29, associate editor Jay Deshpande visits the Smithsonian's "Time and Navigation" exhibit. Click on the image gallery below for a look at classic chronometers on display at the exhibit. … [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 edition of the original Cosmonaute, and it follows it up this year with the release of an all-black … [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 Optimum Click below for F.P. Journe's official video of the Chronomètre Optimum. Receive all the … [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...]