SIHH 2015: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Grande Complication

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Cartier's headliner at SIHH 2015 was a new ultra-thin grand complication that showcases the brand's technical watchmaking prowess. The Rotonde de Cartier Grande Complication has an automatic movement measuring just 5.49 mm in height. Its three major complications are visible on the skeletonized dial: a flying tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and minute repeater. These functions, coupled with its ultra-thin skeletonized form, make it the most complex Cartier timepiece to date. … [Read more...]


7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

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With the NFL Season in full swing, and the NBA and NHL just getting warmed up, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 5 Ultra-Complicated Dive Watches

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to spend less money this year on watches, you might want to skip this week’s edition of Dive Watch Wednesday: Most mechanical dive watches are priced under $10,000 (even though the iconic Rolex Deepsea, Sea-Dweller, and Submariner watches, as well as many Blancpain Fifty Fathoms models, might go for a bit more nowadays), but there are several types of fascinating dive watches that go way beyond that. … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Brand Videos

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We've added a lot more videos to Watchtime.com over the past year, and many of you have noticed. The videos — most created and provided by some of the top watch brands — have become one of the most popular features on the site. Below, we count down your current favorite watch videos, ranked by page views. Click on each to watch the full video. 10. Inside the HYT H2 HYT's H2 expands the timekeeping system of its debut model, the H1, which uses clear and green-tinted liquids indicate the … [Read more...]


Monochrome Essentials: Reviewing the Patek Philippe Ref. 5496P-014 Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

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2014 was the year of steel for Patek Philippe. Alongside the huge surprise of the sporty Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/1, we at Monochrome Watches presented you, in an extensive hands-on article, the new Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph ref. 5990/1A, a complicated edition of the Gérald Genta-designed icon. However, even with this recent trend toward steel (which was in answer to several collectors’ requests), we shouldn’t forget that Patek’s specialty is dress and complicated … [Read more...]


4 New Vacheron Constantin Watches That Debuted at The Moscow Boutique

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Vacheron Constantin in 2014 opened a new boutique in Moscow. As is the brand's tradition when opening a new flagship store, new limited edition watches are being introduced to coincide with it. (For example, Vacheron inaugurated its Paris boutique with a series of very nice pink gold and guilloche-dial watches and with the very stylish 1972 Prestige. For its new Russian store, Vacheron introduced black-dial versions of 4 of its most iconic models. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 5 Most Popular Watches on Instagram

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Did you know that WatchTime has an Instagram page, in which we regularly post a plethora of watch images, from "soldier' shots provided by the brands to original photography by WatchTime's own expert photojournalists to live "wristies" snapped at watch fairs and events? Here are, currently, the top five most "liked" Instagram photos on our page... … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 5 SIHH 2014 Watches

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The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) last year in Geneva saw very interesting new watches from an array of brands, and from the days I was there, I have compiled a Top Five list of my personal favorite watches. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Rolex’s 50th Anniversary Daytona (with Video)

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Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph watch made famous by actor and motor racing enthusiast Paul Newman. The anniversary edition that Rolex released at Baselworld 2013 still generates strong opinions in the brand's legion of fans. Here is a closer look at the watch. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: The Grandmaster Chime and Other Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary Watches

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Patek Philippe recently unveiled its long-awaited 175th anniversary watch collection, headlined by the magnificent Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime. Scroll down for info and photos on the Patek Philippe 175th Anniversary watch models. … [Read more...]


SIHH 2014 REVISITED: 4 DAYS, 47 WATCHES

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At last year's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our  updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. As we head to SIHH 2015 it's worth a look back at the novelties from 2014. … [Read more...]


A Look Back At Baselworld 2014: 19 Interesting New Watches We’ve Seen

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Scores of new timepieces have been making their world debuts at Baselworld 2014. Here's a roundup of the watches we've reported on. Take a look back at Baselworld 2014 and rediscover some of the year's most interesting novelties. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 10 Most Popular Watches on Pinterest

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Did you know that WatchTime has a Pinterest page with nearly 100 boards and more than 2,300 photos of watches, celebrity watch fans and other images? We've got boards devoted to categories such as divers' watches and tourbillons as well as dozens of individual brands from Rolex to Breguet to Greubel Forsey. Below, we count down the WatchTime pins that you've been clicking the most. Is one of your favorites among them? (And don't forget to visit our boards if you're still doing some early … [Read more...]


Beyond the ÜberWatches: 5 (Possibly) Overlooked Watches from SIHH 2014

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At this year's SIHH, as per usual, the lion's share of buzz and attention went to a handful of "headliner watches," or, as we at WatchTime have dubbed them, "überwatches," even though most of the watch brands each released a dozen or more new products for 2014. And even when a brand doesn't have what we'd call an überwatch, it sometimes releases one piece so unexpected, off-the-wall, or controversial that it overshadows the rest of its new releases (Exhibit A: Last year's debut of the first … [Read more...]


Ulysse Nardin’s Boutique-Exclusive Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

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Ulysse Nardin is known for its innovative, easy-to-set perpetual calendars. This winter it introduced a new version, the Perpetual Calendar Manufacture Boutique Edition. Available only through the brand’s own stores, it is limited to 250 pieces. … [Read more...]


Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Top 10 Chronograph Movements, Part 2

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In last week's Fratello Friday article, I revealed the first five choices in my personal list of top 10 chronograph movements. This week, I cover the remaining five. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

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Continuing our end-of-year reviews on calendar watches, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's December 2010 issue, we present a review of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, with original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

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Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on one of the most remarkable IWC watches of the last few years, the limited "Petit Prince" edition of IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar, introduced at the 2013 Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I provide a review and original photos. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Introducing The Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium

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Audemars Piguet has improved the annual calendar so that it almost becomes a perpetual calendar. That might sound strange, but we’ll explain. This new calendar is function makes its debut in the Audemars Piguet Millenary Quadriennium. (The name is Latin for a quadrennium, which is a four-year period.) The watch also features the famous AP escapement, making for an altogether interesting timepiece. … [Read more...]