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Monochrome Monday: 3 Interesting Vintage Heuer Chronographs

Heuer Carrera 12 Dato

In this selected article from our "Cool Finds" series on Monochrome Watches.com, in which we seek out little-known and often underrated vintage chronograph watches, we focus on a single brand, one that we love and one that is also growing fast in the heart of collectors: Heuer, predecessor of today's TAG Heuer. Recently we unearthed a trio of vintage Heuer Chronographs that we present to you here. … [Read more...]

Breguet Sponsors Louvre Restoration

Room Gilbert and Rose Marie Chagoury

Montres Breguet S.A. held a gala dinner at the Louvre Museum in Paris on June 17, highlighting its role as a major sponsor of the restoration of the museum’s Department of Decorative Arts rooms and galleries devoted to the art of French living in the 18th century. Those rooms, encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, had been closed to the public for nearly 10 years during the renovation. The entire area has been revamped and is now reopened to the public. … [Read more...]

The 5 Top Patek Philippe Watches in Antiquorum’s June Watch Auction

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004

Antiquorum's next "Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces" auction will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong on June 28. More than 532 watches will be on the block and highlighted, as per usual, by several important models from Patek Philippe. Here are the five Patek Philippe watches expected to draw the most attention (and, perhaps, the biggest bucks) at the auction. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

Rolex Datejust w/ German writing

I begin this week's Fratello Friday article with a small confession. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is an example of how easy it is to be tricked. It was probably around 2003 when I started searching for an Oyster bracelet for my Rolex Datejust (which came on a Jubilee bracelet). I quickly found one on eBay and, after doing a quick feedback check on the seller, I decided to hit the "Buy Now" button. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Watches That Deserve a Re-Edition

Rolex_6036

Ever since the revival of mechanical wristwatches in the 1990s, brands are eager to re-launch some of their successful models from the past. This makes total sense, since some of the brands out there have an impressive and interesting history behind some of their watches. The most famous ones are, of course, the TAG Heuer Monaco and Carrera, the Omega Seamaster PloProf, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea, more or less all Panerai's models, and so on. But what about some of these historic watches that … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 2)

Zenith Chronomaster

In case you missed part one of this article, please click here. The basic question is: "What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time?" As I wrote last time, there are two answers here, a short version and a long version. The short answer is simple: Rolex and Patek Philippe. The long answer is what I try to cover in this two-part article. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Discover the Most Dangerous Dive Watch Ever Made

Sicura Safari watch with fold-out Victorinox knife

A couple of weeks ago, the watch brand Artya presented a fold-out knife strap buckle for its eccentric range of watches (which the brand's own representatives refer to as “crazy projects,” occasionally). The idea instantly reminded me of an unfortunately much more serious attempt at bringing together two iconic Swiss products: the Safari dive watch from the 1970s. And even though it was the Victorinox Swiss Army brand (which happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary of making … [Read more...]

Two Vintage Breguet Pocketwatches Added to the Brand’s Collection of Historic Timepieces

Breguet No. 1766 pocketwatch

Montres Breguet added to its private collection of historically significant watches on Monday, May 12, 2014, when brand president and CEO Marc A. Hayek acquired two important lots at Christie's Geneva auction: the Breguet no. 4039, a half-quarter repeating watch with an off-centered hour dial and date indication, and the extremely rare Breguet Tourbillon no. 1176. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the quintessential rotating bezel. However they did not invent the first watch used by divers. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Remembering the 1970s’ Aquastar and its Pioneering Divers’ Watches

Aquastar Geneve Glasstar Navigator Panel

In our inaugural "Dive Watch Wednesday," the latest ongoing feature on our WatchTime blog, dive-watch enthusiast Roger Ruegger from DiveintoWatches.com explores the contributions of the nowadays lesser known watch brand Aquastar Genève, including how its watchmaking mastermind influenced the course of other, more famous dive watch models. … [Read more...]

Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

At this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, IWC released a slew of new models in its revamped IWC Aquatimer collection of luxury divers' watches (Click here to check them out). For fans of vintage watches — and vintage IWC watches, specifically — we've decided to highlight here five important IWC Aquatimers from the brand's history. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value? (Part 1)

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? In this week's Fratello Friday, I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex, Part 2

Rolex Explorer 2

In last week's Fratello Friday, the first of this two-part article on buying and collecting Rolex watches, I offered my thoughts on the pros and cons of vintage Rolex watches. This week, we shift the focus to the other side of the spectrum, discussing the merits and pitfalls of new and modern Rolexes. … [Read more...]

7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25, click here to download it from WatchTime's online store. … [Read more...]

4 New Longines Conquest Heritage Watches Celebrate the Model’s 60th Anniversary

Longines Conquest Heritage - yellow gold

Longines registered the name "Conquest" with the Swiss Federal Intellectual Property Office in May 1954. At Baselworld 2014, the Swiss brand released a new collection of limited-edition, commemorative watches to honor the 60th anniversary of the patent filing, the new Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

Just to warn everyone up front, this week's Fratello Friday article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting Rolex watches. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention from watch consumers than any other watch brand. I respect Rolex for what it is able to accomplish (producing high-quality watches in large numbers for reasonable prices) and I own and have owned my share of Rolex watches, both vintage and new. This week, the focus is on vintage … [Read more...]

5 Milestone Breitling Watches, from 1915 to Today

Breitling Chronomat - 1941

Pilots rely on Breitling’s chronographs, but calendars, world timers and divers’ watches also are part of the brand’s 130-plus-year history. Here are five important Breitling watches, including the Breitling Emergency, that helped define the brand's identity from 1915 through the modern day. For the full list of 20 milestone Breitling watches, download the complete article from the WatchTime online shop, or check out the May-June issue of WatchTime, on sale May 13, 2014. … [Read more...]

14 Millestone Audemars Piguet Watches, From the First Minute Repeater to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

WT Spotlight - Audemars Piguet

Watchtime Spotlight: Audemars Piguet – 14 Milestone Audemars Piguet watches Download this FREE feature and expand your knowledge about the 14 most important timepieces in more than a century of Audemars Piguet watches. The story of Audemars Piguet is one of constant innovation. From their earliest days, Audemars Piguet watches have been recognized for their boldness in both design and technology. This FREE download from WatchTime magazine gives you the stories behind 14 of history’s most … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The 5 Coolest Omega Constellation Watches

Omega Constellation Grande Lux

I've covered lots of Omega Seamasters and Speedmasters — the brand's most popular families — in my series of Fratello Friday columns on Omega, but let’s not forget about the Constellation. Although the current Constellation is popular mostly in Asia, past models were considered to be the brand's flagships just about everywhere. This week's article reveals my five favorite Omega Constellation timepieces of all time. … [Read more...]

7 Rare Watches at Antiquorum’s 40th Anniversary Auction

Patek Philippe Ref5004J - Lot 236

Geneva-based Antiquorum Auctioneers turns 40 this year, and it is celebrating with an auction of “Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces,” to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, on Saturday, February 22. Among the highlights of the more than 250 timepieces on the block are a rare, steel Patek Philippe chronograph; a prototype Richard Mille tourbillon watch; and several vintage Rolexes. … [Read more...]