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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 … [Read more...]

5 Milestone Breitling Watches, from 1915 to Today

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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 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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

7 Rare Watches at Antiquorum’s 40th Anniversary Auction

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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 … [Read more...]

Milestone Cartier Watches: From the Cartier Santos to the Calibre de Cartier

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Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of Cartier watch history with this comprehensive collection of 23 historic Cartier watches! Everyone knows the name Cartier symbolizes luxurious and beautiful jewelry. But Cartier watches also display a passion for technology and innovation. This FREE downloadable feature from WatchTime magazine introduces you to the 23 most important … [Read more...]

Around the Web: Babe Ruth’s Watch, Erotic Timepieces in Demand, CIA Watches, and More

Babe Ruth Pocketwatch

Welcome to this week’s installment of “Around the Web”. 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 popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our  eye this week. … [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...]

Cartier at the Grand Palais

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On our way to this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, (SIHH), which kicks off on Monday at Geneva's Palexpo Event Center, WatchTime made a first stop in Paris to see the Cartier Style and History exhibition at the Grand Palais. (Cartier will be one of the 16 luxury watch brands exhibiting at the SIHH.) The exhibition includes more than 600 pieces of jewelry, objects, watches and … [Read more...]

Around the Web: History’s 9 Most Important Watches, Smartwatches at CES, and More

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Welcome to this week's installment of “Around the Web”.  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 popular watch blogs and other media. Here’s what caught our eye on the web this week. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: The Most Exciting Omega Watch

Nixon's Omega Speedmaster watch

This week I continue my series of Omega articles, zooming in on some of the most interesting and iconic models that Omega manufactured (or still manufactures), which began last week with a list of Omega watches you can find for under $1,000. In this week's post, I attempt to answer the question of  what is the most exciting Omega watch ever — in my own humble opinion, that is. … [Read more...]

The 10 Top Watches From Christie’s December Watch Auction

Rolex Padellone

Christie's New York closed a very successful season of watch auctions on December 17, with a 365-lot auction of "Important Watches" that achieved a total of $12,926,175, including a new auction record for the highest-selling timepiece, a Rolex reference 8171 "Padellone" in steel. Here are the top 10 sellers in Christie's year-ending watch auction. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 4 Vintage Omega Watches Under $1,000

Omega Seamaster De Ville - 1968

WatchTime has asked me to publish a series of blog posts about Omega watches. As you probably know by now, on Fratellowatches.com we have a Speedmaster topic every Tuesday, called Speedy Tuesday. A successful series of articles also resulted in a "Speedy Tuesday" Event (photo report here) at the official ‘Space Expo’ visitors' center  of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands. However, … [Read more...]

Around the Web: 4 Stories You Should Read This Week

Sir Edmond Hillary's Rolex Explorer

In this first installment of "Around the Web," 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 two weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and lifestyle media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week, … [Read more...]

Longines Heritage 1968

Longines Heritage 1968

The watch designs of the 1960s and 1970s have had quite a resurgence lately (check out our Watch Insider's list of vintage re-edition watches here), and now Longines joins the retro party with its new Heritage 1968, a square-cased timepiece inspired by a vintage watch from the Longines museum in the brand's ancestral home of St.-Imier, Switzerland. … [Read more...]

Photo Slideshow: Images from the Smithsonian’s “Time and Navigation” Exhibit

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In the November-December 2013 issue of WatchTime, on sale October 29, associate editor Jay Deshpande visits the Smithsonian's "Time and Navigation" exhibit. Click on the image gallery below for a look at classic chronometers on display at the exhibit. … [Read more...]

The Rise of Longines Watches: A History of the Longines Watch Company

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Become an expert historian on Longines watches! Download this FREE exclusive article from WatchTime magazine and learn more about the history of Longines watches! Longines watches have a long tradition and look back upon an eventful history. Today, Longines is a well-known brand; perhaps some of you are wearing a Longines watch right now, or are planning to add another Longines watch to your … [Read more...]

Patek Philippe, Pocket Watch to Wristwatch: A History of the Patek Philippe Watch Company

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WatchTime Spotlight On Patek Philippe: The Birth of a Legend WatchTime’s Spotlight shines on Patek Philippe, taking you on a fascinating journey through the history of this famous watchmaker. The Patek Philippe story spans more than 160 years; in that time, the brand has won international renown and has reconfirmed its standing as one of the world’s most important watchmakers. Discover the … [Read more...]

For Vintage-Watch Lovers: Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph

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At Baselworld 2013, Omega introduced a retro-styled version of its well-known Speedmaster chronograph watch, the Omega Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph, named for the year of the first Speedmaster's release and featuring that original model's straight lugs that extend from the case and its familiar bracelet. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Top 3 Most Interesting Omega Speedmasters

Omega Speedmaster Pro ACP

Among all the watches with interesting histories, Omega's Speedmaster Professional is one that truly stands out. It was – and still is – the official watch for NASA astronauts performing EVA (extra-vehicular activities). NASA chose the Speedmaster to become the official chronograph watch for astronauts in 1965, after a process that included rigorous test procedures. As some of you might … [Read more...]