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

Rolex GMT-Master II - side

(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...]


Video: Breva Génie 01

Breva Genie 01

In WatchTime's September-October issue, on sale now, technical editor Mike Disher seeks out the most offbeat and under-the-radar timepieces at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, most produced by little-known independent watchmakers. Click here to watch a video of one of this year's most interesting newcomers, the Breva Génie 01. … [Read more...]


Video: Touring the Perrelet Turbillon

Perrelet Turbillon - front

At Baselworld 2013, Perrelet added to its flagship Turbine collection of double-rotor timepieces with the line's first tourbillon watch — in this case, cleverly spelled "Turbillon." The new watch is among the 60+ new watches covered in our September-October issue, on sale August 27. Click here for a video showing the Turbillon and its spinning rotor blades in action. … [Read more...]


Video: Inside the HYT H2

HYT H2 - front

In WatchTime's September-October issue, on sale August 27, our editorial team compiles a blockbuster selection of 60+ new watches from Baselworld 2013. One of the featured timepieces is the H2, the latest innovation from the "hydromechanical horologists" at HYT. Click here to see an HD video showing the workings of this unusual timepiece. … [Read more...]


Bremont Codebreaker: A Tribute Timepiece to Britain’s WWII Cryptologists (Video)

Bremont Codebreaker

The Bremont Codebreaker, one of the year's most shrouded-in-secrecy new watch releases, teased at during Baselworld and at the Las Vegas watch and jewelry shows, finally made its United States debut (albeit only as a prototype) this summer. Click here for the story behind this limited-edition watch and the milestone in British history that inspired it. … [Read more...]


IWC Releases Musical Watchmaker Video for Swiss National Day (Video)

iwclogo150

In honor of Swiss National Day, which falls on August 1, Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has released a special video. In it, IWC watchmakers reveal hidden talents in a musical performance, with tiny instruments manipulated with watchmaking tools. The miniature orchestra is conducted by IWC ambassador and master watchmaker, Kurt Klaus. Click below to watch their performance. For more watch videos, including original videos shot exclusively for WatchTime, click here to visit our … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews Jaquet Droz’s “The Charming Bird,” with Photos, Audio, and Video

Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird - front

On my recent trip to Shanghai I had the opportunity to put my hands on a luxury item that in the 18th century was accessible only to emperors and kings — namely, a wristwatch with a singing automaton. Yes, of course, the wristwatch had yet to be invented in the 18th century, and automatons were found instead on table clocks, but Jaquet Droz's new piece, The Charming Bird, would have been right at home in that era. … [Read more...]


Video: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon 3

Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 at the 2013 SIHH. The watch is the first to be equipped with a flying twin-axis tourbillon and contains the first spherical hairspring ever  used in a wristwatch. Click here to see Jaeger-LeCoultre's video of the watch in motion. … [Read more...]


Video: IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month

IWC_Ingenieur-Perpetual-Calendar-Digital-Date-Month_150

The crowning piece in IWC's F1-racing-inspired revamping of its Ingenieur collection this year is the IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, which contains IWC's in-house Caliber 89800 and features the brand's first case made of titanium aluminide. Click here for IWC's video presentation of the new timepiece. … [Read more...]


Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Oro Rosso (Video)

Panerai PAM 00515 - front

Panerai developed its Radiomir case in 1940 to meet the rugged needs of the Italian naval commandos who wore its watches. This year, the company brings back that original case for a series of modern Radiomir timepieces in its Historic Collection, among them this week's Watch to Watch, the Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Oro Rosso. … [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...]


Video: How Harry Winston’s New Opus XIII Works

Harry Winston Opus XIII

As per usual, Harry Winston generated a fair amount of buzz at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair with the latest timepiece in its haute-de-gamme Opus collection. This year's piece, the Opus XIII, turned heads with its 242 functional rubies and unconventional time indication by means of tiny, pivoting markers around the dial. … [Read more...]


Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio (Video)

Panerai PAM00526 - front

Panerai has been involved in the sport of yacht racing since 2005, when it became sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. So it was probably inevitable that the brand, best known for its distinctive divers' watches, would eventually release a watch tailored toward yachtsmen. That timepiece, which contains a brand-new Panerai movement and carries the reference number PAM00526, makes its debut this year. The watch's full name, as with most Panerais, is a mouthful — Luminor 1950 … [Read more...]


Rolex Releases 50th Anniversary Rolex Daytona Watch at Baselworld (Video)

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

Even before the start of the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, watch aficionados — and Rolex freaks in particular — were buzzing about the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, the chronograph watch made famous by actor and motor racing enthusiast Paul Newman. While most knew Rolex would commemorate the milestone with a special watch, many were taken aback by the timepiece the brand actually produced. … [Read more...]


Tudor Fastrider Black Shield at Baselworld (video)

150

Tudor, Rolex's line of more affordable watches, is getting ready for its comeback to the United States this summer and had several new pieces on display at Baselworld. Among the brand's new watches was the Fastrider Black Shield. … [Read more...]


Video: Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph

longines_column_wheel_sm

Longines started manufacturing timing equipment in 1878 with the launch of a simple 20 ligne column-wheel chronograph, reference number 20H. Over the years, many other Longines chronograph calibers have incorporated a column-wheel mechanism. The new Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph continues this horological heritage into the 21st century. Click here for a photo of the Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph movement and further information. Click below to start the video... For more … [Read more...]


Tour the Baselworld Complex (Video)

Head over to Watch Insider now, for a tour of the Baselworld complex. Alexander Linz has provided video of the impressive booths set up by each brand exhibiting at the watch fair. Click below for the first of his videos, and head to watch-insider.com to view the other 10 videos in his Baselworld tour. … [Read more...]


Video: Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe Squelette LE

ml_cgraph_squel_150

This 45mm chronograph is equipped with Maurice Lacroix’s manufacture movement, caliber ML 106-7. The hand-wound 16.5 ligne (36.6mm) movement is developed, manufactured and assembled in-house. Offering classic column wheel design, 1/5 second accuracy and a 60 minute counter, the movement also featured a unique, patent-pending system that reduces the effects of impacts during the interlocking and releasing phases. Click here for more photos of the Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe Squelette … [Read more...]


Video: H. Moser & Cie Mayu

moser_150

We’re in an age of sobriety following a multi-year horological binge during which watches generally became much larger, much wilder, and much more expensive. The H. Moser & Cie Mayu is the perfect watch for these times. This watch is about simplicity, elegance, innovation, craftsmanship, and perhaps most of all, intrinsic value. Click here for more details of the H. Moser & Cie Mayu. Click below to see a video about the H. Moser & Cie Mayu... Receive all the news, … [Read more...]


Vintage Breguet Timepieces On Display at New York’s Frick Collection (Video)

Breguet Carriage Clock

New York City's Frick Collection, the art museum founded by Henry Clay Frick, is hosting an exhibition of historic timepieces, sponsored by luxury watch brand Montres Breguet and featuring several clocks and pocketwatches created by its namesake, legendary horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet and his son Antoine-Louis Breguet. … [Read more...]


Video: Romain Jerome Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Unique Piece

rj_volcano_160

Before the dust has settled, so to speak, Romain Jerome introduces the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA, a unique-piece memento of the eruption that tortured air travelers and newsreaders the world over. The piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity confirming that the volcanic rock and the ash used to create it do indeed come from the infamous volcano. No word on whether delivery of the piece from Geneva may be delayed due to airport closures. Click here to see more photos of the … [Read more...]


Video: Perrelet Introduces the Turbine XL

perrelet_xl_165

Last year Perrelet pumped up its iconic (and patented) double-rotor design with the Turbine, a distinctive 44mm re-imagining that transformed the dial-side rotor into a spinning 12-bladed titanium dynamo. Not one to rest on its laurels, for 2010 Perrelet launches the new 50mm Turbine XL. Click here for photos of the Turbine XL. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and get all the … [Read more...]


Video: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time The World Has More Time Than You Think

vc_wt_200

World time is a very popular complication among collectors. The most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction was a world time. The dials can have great aesthetic appeal, and in this age of global interconnectedness, it is always handy to know the time around the world at a glance. Yet most world time watches present a partial picture, displaying only the 24 standard time zones. Recently, some manufacturers have trumpeted new models that include the half-hour time zones. Vacheron’s new … [Read more...]


Video: Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

Sebastien Secchi & Benoît Patte

For 2011 the 180-year-old brand is launching a new chronograph in its Capeland line. The 44mm case, available in steel or 18K red gold, houses a La Joux-Perret automatic bi-compax chronograph movement with flyback and date. The dial offers a distinctly vintage appeal with telemeter and tachymeter scales. Blued or gilt Breguet hands complete the retro look. Click here for photos of the Capeland Flyback Chronograph. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and … [Read more...]


Video: HYT Unveils H2

HYT, the "hydro mechanical horologists," made waves at last year's Baselworld fair with its H1 watch, which displays time via two liqiuds flowing through tubes. HYT has just released a first look at the H1's successor, the H2, which will be shown at Baselword 2013 later this month. Click below to watch the teaser video for the H2. Receive all the blog posts and breaking news from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free daily alert and get all the news delivered to your inbox. … [Read more...]


Video: Alpina Launches Startimer Pilot Collection

alpina_startimer_165

Alpina’s new Startimer Pilot Collection includes a range of timepieces inspired by original Alpina designs used by pilots during the 1920s and 30s. The collection includes four models, each measuring 44mm in diameter: three variations offering time and date, including two with a manufacture movements, and a two-register chronograph. Click here to see photos of the Startimer Pilot Collection. Click below for a video of the Alpina Startimer Manufacture... Receive all the news, … [Read more...]


Video: Christophe Claret Teases Kantharos

Christophe Claret, a brand known for creating complicated timepieces (like the Soprano, seen at SIHH), has posted a teaser video for its Baselworld 2013 novelty, the Kantharos. The video provides a sneak peek of the movement of the watch, which is a mono-pusher chronograph with constant force mechanism. The watch will be formally unveiled at Baselworld 2013, on the first day of the brand's exhibit at the fair, which will last from April 24th to May 2nd. Be sure to check watchtime.com during … [Read more...]


Video: Hamilton Pan Europ

ham_europ_165

Inspired by a Hamilton timepiece of the same name originally introduced in 1971, the modern Pan Europ takes a nostalgic look back in time. The year 1971, also the number of pieces in this limited edition, is a significant date in Hamilton’s history. It marks the year the brand joined the Swatch Group, then known as SSIH. Click here for photos of the Hamilton Pan Europ. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to … [Read more...]


Video: Omega Debuts New Planet Ocean Collection and Announces Film Project in Capri

omega_po_165

Omega chose the Italian island of Capri to debut its upgraded Planet Ocean collection. The four new watches are equipped with unidirectional rotating bezels, helium escape valves and water resistance to 60 bar / 600 meters / 2000 feet. The in-house co-axial movements with silicon balance springs are backed by a four-year warranty. Click here for photos of the Planet Ocean collection. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for … [Read more...]


Video: Tempting Tonneaus: Vacheron Constantin Redesigns the Malte Collection

malte_190_2

Vacheron Constantin introduced its first form watch in 1912. To celebrate the centennial of the curvy case, Vacheron Constantin launched four new Malte models at SIHH, each wearing an appealing, updated shape. The top model houses the new hand-wound Calibre 2795 shaped tourbillon movement. Click here for more photos of the Malte Collection. Click below to start the video... Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Sign up to our free weekly newsletter and … [Read more...]