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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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

Carl F Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec

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...]


3 Standout Tourbillon Watches From Baselworld 2013

Chopard LUC Engine One tourbillon

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)

Ball for BMW TMT limited edition

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...]