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

Emporio Armani Meccanico watch

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...]

Zenith El Primero Lightweight Limited Edition (Video)

Zenith El Primero Lightweight

In 2010, Zenith introduced its El Primero Striking 10th chronograph, whose highlight feature was a sweep-seconds hand that made 10 jumps per second and a complete sweep of the dial every 10 seconds. This year, the brand introduces a version of that watch designed for maximum lightness called, appropriately, the El Primero Lightweight. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Recently I had the opportunity to see the latest masterpiece from Montblanc's Villeret collection, the 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, presented by new Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert. In this article, originally run on my blog, Watch, I explore the watch and provide original photos and a short HD video. … [Read more...]

Video: Perrelet Turbine Chronograph

Perrelet Turbine Chrono

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Perrelet Turbine Chronograph. Take a look at this new Perrelet watch, and its double-rotor turbine dial, in motion in this video taken by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson. … [Read more...]

Video: Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar. Click play on the video below, taken by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson, for an up-close look at this new Zenith pilots' watch. … [Read more...]

5 Questions for Max Büsser on the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 (Video)

Maximilian Busser of MB&F

Max Büsser, founder and owner of the MB&F watch brand, calls his unconventional haute horlogerie timepieces "horological machines," emphasizing artistry over traditional timekeeping. He visited WatchTime to discuss the brand's newest release, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2. Here are his answers to the five questions we posed to him about the watch. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s Joe Thompson Discusses Samsung Smart Watch on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”


WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson appeared as a guest on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo on September 4. Thompson was one of two guests invited to be interviewed about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch launched earlier that day. Click below to see what Thompson had to say. … [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)


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


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...]

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield at Baselworld (video)


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 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 to view the other 10 videos in his Baselworld tour. … [Read more...]

Video: Maurice Lacroix Le Chronographe Squelette LE


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


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


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


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


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...]