Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon” – Updated With Tech Details and New Photos

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Since its debut in 1957, Omega's iconic Speedmaster chronograph, nicknamed "Moonwatch" for its presence on all six NASA lunar missions, sported a tricompax dial arrangement. In 2011, Omega outfitted the watch with a new co-axial movement and bicompax design, both of which are used again in the first Moonwatch with a black ceramic case, unveiled at Baselworld 2013. … [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.The watch is powered by Breitling's Caliber 17, … [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

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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...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

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Continuing my series of Omega articles for WatchTime.com, 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...]

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

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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.The brand celebrated the arrival of the exhibition to the Big Apple with a private cocktail reception on the evening of … [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...]

Breitling Aerospace Evo

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Breitling launched the original version of its Breitling Aerospace Evo in 1985. The Breitling Aerospace Evo quickly became a electronically powered, multifunction chronograph watch popular with many Breitling Aerospace fans. Now, the brand has released a new model of the Breitling Aerospace Evo, a mainstay of its Professional collection, packing all of the existing functions into a slightly larger and redesigned case. … [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

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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 OptimumClick 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...]

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. … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

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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 has a 45-mm case (larger than the existing Marine Chronometer case) and a new crown designed for … [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 position at sea. This year, at the Baselworld watch fair, the company launched an unlimited version … [Read more...]

Breitling Rolls Out New Bentleys

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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 limited edition, the GMT V8. … [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 natural escapement, has a pawl-fitted automatic winding system combined with a self-regulating escapement … [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 Christopher Columbus's historic voyage to the Americas in 1492. … [Read more...]

Chopard Paul Miller Racing Limited Edition Mille Miglia GTXL

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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...]

Glashütte Original Creates Unique Senator Chronometer for Only Watch

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Glashütte Original has created this "1 of 1" Senator Chronometer for Only Watch 2011. The 18k red gold case is perfectly sized at 42mm. On tap are panorama date, day/night indication, and a stop-seconds feature with innovative minute detent. Of course the case houses a 58-jewel certified chronometer movement visible through a sapphire case back. Find the wish price and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]