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...]

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...]

Watch Review: Omega DeVille Hour Vision Annual Calendar

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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 Insider: Tissot Launches Automatic 80-Hour Movements at Affordable Prices

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At first glance, Tissot's new 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...]

Watch Test: Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard

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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...]

Grand Seiko Watches Go Global: Exploring the Most Prestigious Seiko Watch

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Download this FREE exclusive article from WatchTime magazine's April 2012 issue and learn more about the most prestigious of Seiko watches! To most Americans, Seiko watches are known as affordable quartz timepieces, but in recent years watch enthusiasts have discovered other styles of Seiko watches, most notably the prestigious Grand Seiko collection, which contains Japanese-made mechanical movements. In fact, Seiko began making mechanical pocketwatches in 1895, and made the first mechanical … [Read more...]

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

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One of the headliner watches at this year's WatchTime "Inside Basel.Geneva" collectors' events is one that didn't officially debut in either Basel or Geneva: Carl F. Bucherer's Patravi ScubaTec, the brand's first professional-grade divers' watch, which watch aficionados saw for the first time at IBG. … [Read more...]

Tissot Heritage Navigator 160th Anniversary

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Tissot, founded in the watchmaking hub of Le Locle, Switzerland in 1853, marks its 160th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, the brand has released a new version of its Tissot Heritage Navigator, a world-time watch originally created on the occasion of Tissot's centennial in 1953. … [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...]

Black and Blue: Rolex Upgrades the GMT-Master II (Video)

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(As seen in the October issue of WatchTime.) 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 now. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Launches 6 New Carreras with GMT and Big Date

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As we've previously covered, the TAG Heuer Carrera turned 50 this year, inspiring the brand to release a slew of new Carrera models at this year's Baselworld — most of them, like the original Carrera, chronographs. However, not to be overlooked is the non-chronograph version that also debuted: The Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date GMT. … [Read more...]

3 Standout Tourbillon Watches From Baselworld 2013

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After a few challenging economic years for the watch industry, in which some feared big-ticket haute horlogerie timepieces were on the wane, tourbillon watches came roaring back at this year's Baselworld. Here's a trio of unusual tourbillons that grabbed our attention. … [Read more...]

Breitling for Bentley Celebrates 10 Years With 3 New In-House Chronographs

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Ten years ago, Breitling launched its Breitling for Bentley watch collection on the heels of Bentley winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. To pay tribute to the first decade of collaboration between the Swiss watch brand and the British luxury carmaker, Breitling has launched the first three Breitling for Bentley watches equipped with Breitling manufacture movements. … [Read more...]

Ball for BMW Adds Mechanical Thermometer, Chronograph to its Collection (Video)

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Ball Watch Company, which launched its first Ball for BMW watches last year, introduced two new additions to the collection, developed in collaboration with the German luxury carmaker, at this year's Couture show in Las Vegas: the Ball for BMW TMT, which incorporates the brand's mechanical thermometer module, and the Ball for BMW Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Ralph Lauren Celebrates The RL67 Safari Collection

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Last week, American fashion icon Ralph Lauren, whose company develops Ralph Lauren timepieces in a partnership with Richemont, hosted a private Champagne reception to celebrate the U.S. debut of the watch brand's RL67 Safari collection. … [Read more...]

Watches Submitted for the 2011 International Chronometry Contest

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The 18 watches taking part in the 2011 International Chronometry Contest were submitted on Friday May 20 at the Musée d’horlogerie du Locle – Château des Monts. The watches come from the Jura, from Geneva, from France and the United States. The watches will be subjected to a number of tests over the summer, and the results will be announced on October 20. … [Read more...]

Rolex Romps 7 Million Chronometers in a Decade

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Watch enthusiasts know that when it comes to producing Swiss chronometers, there are the Big Three Brands – Rolex, Omega and Breitling – and then there’s all the rest. Just how big the Big Three are in chronometer production becomes startlingly clear when you analyze Swiss chronometer output by brand over the past decade. … [Read more...]

Who are Switzerland’s Top Chronometer Producers?

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Rolex, Omega and Breitling once again lead the list of Switzerland’s top producers of chronometer watches. Data recently released for 2009 by Switzerland’s official chronometer testing agency, COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), shows that the Big Three accounted for 78% of all chronometer certificates issued that year. (A watch is designated as a certified chronometer if its movement passes a series of stringent tests administered by COSC.) … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original Senator Chronometer

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Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer generated strong buzz among collectors and enthusiasts at this year’s Baselworld, and as of December, 2009, the watch is available at retailers. This is GO’s first timepiece to confirm its timekeeping accuracy with an official chronometer certificate from the observatory in Glashütte, issued under German standard DIN 8319. The DIN standard provides for testing fully assembled watches, while the Swiss COSC test involves uncased movements. Like … [Read more...]

Another Record Year for COSC in 2008

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After setting records in 2006 and 2007, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) once again issued a record number of attestations in 2008 with 1,599,588, an increase of +8.6% over the 2007 results. The number of timepieces submitted rose by 10.6% to 1,676,515. Of these, 1,536,950 were awarded to mechanical movements and 62,638 went to quartz calibers, with the large majority of the latter (56,224) going to Breitling products. … [Read more...]

Porsche Design Rattrapante Chronograph P´6920

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Porsche Design presents the limited edition 45mm P´6920 Rattrapante Chronograph with a design reminiscent of their P'6920 Indicator. The Rattrapante is available in 2 versions: PVD-coated titanium (200 pieces, priced at $27,550), and PVD-coated titanium with a rose gold bezel (50 pieces, priced at $35,730). … [Read more...]

Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer

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Glashütte Original’s Senator Chronometer generated strong buzz among collectors and enthusiasts at this year’s Baselworld. The Chronometer’s classic look incorporates vintage and modern elements. It’s also GO’s first timepiece to confirm its timekeeping accuracy with an official chronometer certificate from the observatory in Glashütte, issued under German standard DIN 8319. The major difference between the DIN and Swiss COSC standards is that the Germans test finished or cased-up … [Read more...]