7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking (Updated with New Watches from Baselworld 2014)

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Last October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

Watch Review: Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph

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In this feature from our February 2013 issue, we take a look at the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, with its two central elapsed-time flyback hands; original photos provided by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [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...]

Rolex Expands its Palette: 5 Rolex Day-Date Watches in 5 Colors (With Video)

Rolex Day-Date in white gold/cherry dial

The Rolex Day-Date, launched in 1956 and touted by Rolex as the first chronometer wristwatch to spell out both the date and day of the week on its dial, has throughout its long history been available only in gold cases. That tradition continues with five models launched in 2013, which have either an 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, or 18k Everose gold case and are available in different dial-strap combos. … [Read more...]

Tissot’s Luxury Automatics Offer 80-Hour Power Reserve

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Fans of affordably priced Swiss mechanicals may want to take a close look at the new Tissot Luxury Automatic COSC collection, which includes the first Swiss watches to contain the new caliber nicknamed Powermatic 80, an automatic movement with COSC chronometer certification and an 80-hour power reserve. … [Read more...]

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04

As it demonstrated with many of its new watches at Baselworld 2014, Breitling continues to equip more and more of its watch collection with in-house movements, including its Breitling for Bentley watches. The latest of these is the Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04, a new "travel chronograph" bearing design influences from Bentley cars. … [Read more...]

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, including the Breitling Emergency, 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 May-June issue of WatchTime, on sale May 13, 2014. … [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...]

Monochrome Monday: Return of the Rolex Sea-Dweller at Baselworld 2014

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Along with our colleagues from WatchTime.com, the Monochrome team also spent a busy week at Baselworld 2014, and had the chance to see and review a number of new watches introduced at the fair. In this article from our online magazine monochrome-watches.com, we take a closer look at the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, a highlight piece for many Rolex fans. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Rolex Daytona, Sky-Dweller, Milgauss and Oyster Perpetual Live Shots

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At Baselworld 2014, Rolex presented new versions of several timepieces, including the Daytona, Milgauss, Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual. Check inside for live images of and prices for these new models.   … [Read more...]

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

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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 Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

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The iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. … [Read more...]

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)

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...]

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...]

Feeling Blue: 17 Watches With Blue Dials and Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

One of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S. — is the blue-on-blue dial-strap combination. We took a look at watches unveiled at the 2013 watch fairs as well as watches released within recent years, and compiled a list of 17 timepieces from brands on the blue bandwagon. First unveiled at JCK in Las Vegas, Bremont's U-2 Blue chronometer takes its design cues from a model worn by Israeli … [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...]

4 Limited-Edition Watches Celebrate China’s Year of the Horse

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January 31 marked the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse. Since the huge growth in demand for luxury watches in the Asian market, several top watch brands have commemorated the lunar New Year with limited-edition timepieces. We've already shown you Jaquet Droz's Ateliers d'Art Horse watches; here are four more from three other luxury brands. … [Read more...]

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

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in black ceramic with moon bkgd

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...]

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...]

Video: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

In WatchTime's January-February 2014 issue, on sale December 31, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, a "muscular tool watch" boasting a COSC-certified chronograph movement and a tough titanium case.  Click below to watch an exclusive video of the watch taken by Robert Atkinson (who also provided photos for the story), available only here on WatchTime.com. … [Read more...]

Seiko Grand Seiko 44GS Historical Collection

Seiko Grand Seiko 44GS Historical watch

These days, watch brands view just about any anniversary as an opportunity to issue a limited edition. This proliferation diminishes the impact of truly significant anniversaries. This year, Seiko is celebrating one of them with this week's Watch to Watch, which comes to us from WatchTime's October 2013 issue. … [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...]