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Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Click here for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]

Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

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The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko Astron GPS solar watch, with original photographs by Robert Atkinson, first published in our April 2013 issue. … [Read more...]

5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]

Press Release: Bulgari vs. Hermès — A Comparative Watch Test

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New York City (NY); America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, has released a comparative test of the Bulgari Bulgari vs. the Hermès Dressage - two steel watches with automatic movements, both priced under $10,000. … [Read more...]

Smartwatches – Smartphones for Your Wrist (Updated with Apple Watch)

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After smartphones come the smartwatches: IT companies — and, perhaps, even some traditional watch companies — are bringing intelligent watches onto the market, and the demand for them is growing. Scroll down for a primer on these groundbreaking devices, including the latest news on the long-rumored Apple smartwatch which was finally launched on September 09, 2014. … [Read more...]

Watch Winders 101

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Watch winders are machines with a simple but vital task to perform for watch owners: ensuring that automatic (or self-winding) watches have sufficient energy for their clockwork drive by generating constant and steady motion. But that’s not all watch winders can do. The selection of models, sizes, designs and functions of available watch winders is as full of variety as the watch winders themselves. Watch winders can be differentiated based on their functions as well as their design (stand-up … [Read more...]

Comparative Watch Test: Bulgari Bulgari vs. Hermès Dressage

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In this exclusive watch test feature from WatchTime's upcoming September-October issue, we compare two steel automatic watches, the Bulgari Bulgari and the Hermès Dressage, from brands known for their high style. … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

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Looking for cheap watches or discount watches on the internet? Better think twice before making that purchase. In this article from WatchTime's February 2013 issue, we explore how sales of these counterfeit watches are hurting both collectors and the watch industry. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

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Longines introduces a new edition in its Heritage line, a vintage- and military-inspired watch that takes its place alongside the recently launched Heritage 1935, Heritage Diver and Conquest Heritage 1954. This collection of Longines watches is certainly the brand's most interesting, with vintage inspired designs and practical complications. The Longines Avigation GMT is no exception: it's a robust watch with an old-fashioned style and a useful display. … [Read more...]

World Cup Wallpaper: 5 Footballers And Their Hublot Watches

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As part of its "Hublot Loves Football" campaign for the 2014 World Cup, the Hublot watch company (the tournament's official timekeeper) enlisted Swiss photographer Fred Merz to snap portraits of soccer legends of today and yesteryear, with each one featuring both a Hublot watch and the brand's World Cup symbol, a soccer ball painted and decorated by Brazilian artist Romero Britto. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Swatch Watches

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Who says we don't cover affordable watches here? Swatch has released its Spring/Summer 2014 catalog, and in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal to you my top 10 new Swatch watches from the brand's latest offerings. (Incidentally, some of these Swatch watches are also among the best selling models at retail. All of them are priced at 130 euros or less. … [Read more...]

5 Watch Brands We’ve Seen on “Mad Men”

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As AMC's hit drama series "Mad Men" kicks off its seventh and final season on Sunday night, we've decided to re-present our list of five watch brands that we've identified so far on the wrists of the show's characters. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Tudor’s Heritage Ranger and New “Style” Line

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In addition to the new version of the Heritage Black Bay, Tudor had two other introductions at Baselworld this year. The Rolex sister brand added the rugged new Ranger to its Heritage collection, and introduced a new collection known as Style. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: 10 Things to Know

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Over the next few weeks you’ll be reading quite a bit about Baselworld. What is Baselworld exactly? Why is it so important? What happens there? Can I go? For the answers to these and more questions, read on. We’ve put together a list of 10 watch-centric FAQs, complete with images taken inside and outside the main hall, so you'll have all the basic facts about the huge show that gets under way this week.    … [Read more...]

WatchTime.com: 17 Watches With Blue Dials And Straps

New York City (NY); Watchtime.com, the website of America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, puts its focus on the watch world’s hottest style trend, showcasing 17 watches with blue dials and straps: http://www.watchtime.com/blog/feeling-blue-10-watches-blue-dials-straps/ This list was compiled by Mark Bernardo, the digital media editor of WatchTime, with the help of WatchTime’s editorial staff. The article includes watches from popular brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

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Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting new ladies' watch collections, female watches and top ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my blog Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for the best watches for women, most beautiful ladies' timepieces, top ladies' watches and best ladies' watches presented in 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far. … [Read more...]

Gucci Grammy Special Edition Interlocking Watch

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The 56th Grammy Awards, held last night in Los Angeles, inspired this week's Watch to Watch, which comes from Gucci. A partner of the Recording Academy, organizers of the Grammys, since 2010, Gucci has introduced the latest timepiece in its Gucci Grammy Special Edition Interlocking series, with a dial made of the same material as the famous Grammy Awards statuette. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: William Shatner’s Watch, The Hole-in-One Club, and More

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Welcome to this week's installment of “Around the Web.” This week, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with some of what else was happening in the watch world while many of us were paying attention to the news and new products from SIHH 2014. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: A Small Selection of Images

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Each year I attend SIHH and like every digital camera owner, I take far more images than I will ever use. Some will appear in upcoming stories. Most will never appear on your screens. To break the monotony of endless posts about new watches, here are a few images selected for your enjoyment. They include people, places, and yes, a watch. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Picks for Last Year’s 5 Top Watches

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It's Fratello Friday! Since 2014 started a good week ago, and this year's new watches start rolling out at the SIHH watch fair just over a week from now, I thought it was time to list my Top 5 favorite watches introduced in 2013. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 Tourbillon Watches from Vacheron Constantin, Greubel Forsey, & Ralph Lauren

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With less than two weeks before the 2014 SIHH watch fair kicks off in Geneva, the luxury watch brands exhibiting there continue to send sneak peeks of several new watches set to debut at the show this year. This week, we take a look at three new watches from three very different brands but with one thing in common: all of them have tourbillons. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: 2014 Watch Predictions, Tiffany-Swatch Legal Decision, Blancpain’s Chefs and the “Death Watch”

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The new year has begun, and it is time for our first installment of "Around the Web" for 2014.  As always, 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. … [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...]

Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

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Contrary to popular belief, Baselworld is not just a steady stream of tourbillons, chronographs, and watches that are mostly black. The show does play host to some individualists who create watches that are outside the mainstream. Some are newcomers, and some return year after year, reliably delighting us with their unique vision. In this feature from WatchTime's October 2013 issue, we take a look at a few of their creations. … [Read more...]

Historical F.P. Journe Tourbillon Marks 30 Years of Independent Watchmaking

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Thirty years ago, 20-year-old French watchmaking prodigy Francois-Paul Journe completed his pet project: a pocketwatch with a handmade tourbillon, in an era in which that 19th-century horological invention was virtually forgotten. This year, Journe celebrates the anniversary with a wristwatch version of that groundbreaking timepiece, the F.P. Journe Anniversary Tourbillon. … [Read more...]

First Look: Emporio Armani’s New Mechanical Watch, the Armani Meccanico (Video)

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Following in the footsteps of brands like Hermès, Gucci, Chanel, and others, Emporio Armani has joined the growing club of fashion houses that are producing high-end watches with mechanical movements. Click here to find information on, and watch an official brand video for, the new Emporio Armani Meccanico collection, debuting this fall. … [Read more...]

5 Fashion Brands You Didn’t Know Made Men’s Mechanical Watches

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Watches bearing the names of big fashion houses tend to get written off by serious watch aficionados, who tend to think of them as only for ladies or, worse, only inexpensive pieces with quartz movements. In addition to brands like Hermes, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel, who have taken strides to establish themselves in the world of men's mechanicals, here are five other such brands that may have flown under your radar. … [Read more...]

The Big Fix: Behind Girard-Perregaux’s Makeover

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The new Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk goes under the microscope in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now. In this feature from the June 2013 issue, we delve into how new Sowind Group CEO Michele Sofisti plans to cure what's been ailing that Swiss high-horology brand. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Hermès Unveils its First Tourbillon Watch

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Up until very recently, Hermès was known more as a fashion brand than as a purveyor of haute horlogerie. However, its watchmaking subsidiary, La Montre Hermès, has been challenging those assumptions as of late with many of its new watches and proprietary movements, and has now released its first tourbillon watch, called the Arceau Lift. … [Read more...]

TAG Heuer Watches and Oracle Team USA Introduce First Smartwatch for Sailing

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Well, that didn't take long. The recent rise of the so-called smartwatch has reached the "traditional" Swiss watch industry. TAG Heuer has teamed up with America's Cup champion Oracle Team U.S.A. to develop the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 72, which TAG is calling "the first-ever Swiss sports smartwatch dedicated to competitive sailing." … [Read more...]