Watch Review: Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

The calendar is the most popular watch complication by far, and in WatchTime's December 2010 issue, we reviewed a number of watches with various types of calendars. One of them was the Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar, which needs resetting just once per year. For our analysis and results, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel, click here. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard

Porsche Design Dashboard - front-back

If you dream of one day owning a Porsche 911, you can fill your time until then with luxury articles from Austria-based Porsche Design, like this Porsche Design P'6620 Dashboard chronograph watch. Click here to read our test of the watch from WatchTime's October 2012 issue, with photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon”

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 Aerospace Evo

Breitling Aerospace Evo - front

Breitling launched the original version of its Breitling Aerospace Evo in 1985. Last year, the brand 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...]


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...]


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...]


Close-Up: 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...]


Close-Up: The Redesigned Breitling Avenger II Collection

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]


Who Tested Your Watch? A Guide to the Watch Industry’s Quality Marks

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People often wonder just how good their watches are. A quality seal can help provide an answer: it shows that the watch has passed a test for its timekeeping ability and, in some instances, the quality of its finishing. COSC and the Geneva Seal are by far the best-known issuers of quality certificates, but there are many others. Some, like these two, test watches from multiple brands; others, such as the Patek Philippe Seal, from just one. From our February 2014 issue, here’s a look at 11 … [Read more...]


6 TAG Heuer Carreras with GMT and Big Date

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 GMT

The iconic TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 in 2013, inspiring the brand to release a slew of new Carrera models at subsequent Baselworlds — most of them, like the original Carrera, chronographs. However, not to be overlooked is the non-chronograph version that debuted in the model's 50th anniversary year: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]


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...]


7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking

Chopard Fleurier - watchmaking

Recently, 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...]


Feeling Blue: 21 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are 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.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap combinations. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 20 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” (With Video)

Rolex GMT-Master II - side

Black for  the night sky, blue for day — these colors just make sense, but if you expected to find them on the bezel of one of the world’s most famous GMT watches, the Rolex GMT-Master II, you would have been disappointed, until recently. In this article from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look at the Rolex watch that has been nicknamed "Batman." … [Read more...]


Tissot’s Luxury Automatics Offer 80-Hour Power Reserve

Tissot Luxury Automatic - front-back

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...]


Watch Insider: Tissot Offers Automatic 80-Hour Movements at Affordable Prices

Tissot Luxury Automatic

At first glance, Tissot's Powermatic 80 automatic caliber appears to be just another ETA movement. But as I reveal in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, that impression is way off the mark. Much like Swatch's new Sistem 51 caliber, this one represents another quiet watchmaking revolution. … [Read more...]


Omega’s New Watch Certification: What Makes It Different?

Omega Seamaster Master Co-Axial Chrono

In December, Omega and METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, held a joint press conference in Geneva to announce a new collaboration. Starting in 2015, Omega watches that are badged "Master Co-Axial" will be officially certified by METAS, using a new testing system. But what does this mean for Omega, and for watch certification systems in general? Let's take a look. … [Read more...]


A Look Back at Baselworld 2014: Return of the Rolex Sea-Dweller at Baselworld 2014

Rolex Sea-Dweller - live shot

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 Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, a highlight piece for many Rolex fans. … [Read more...]


A Look Back at Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

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. The watches have quickly become popular timepieces and are now widely available. … [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...]