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10 Things to Know About TAG Heuer

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TAG Heuer is one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, offering a strong history of innovation, deep connections with sports timing and automobile racing, and more recently, a series of groundbreaking developments in the field of ultra-fast mechanical chronographs. Here are ten things you should know about TAG Heuer. … [Read more...]


Connoisseur vs. Watchmaker: Two Points of View on the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010

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Regular WatchTime reader and watch aficionado Rich Tyson, our special guest blogger, contributes this very different review of one of his own favorite timepieces, the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010, in which he and a trained watchmaker each examine the watch from their own POV. … [Read more...]


Watch-Spotting at the Vienna Clock Museum

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It’s not that anyone would need another reason to visit Vienna, but should you find yourself in Austria’s capital, and you are a timepiece aficionado, make sure you pay a visit to the Vienna Clock Museum. … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

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The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Tudor Style

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Angus Davies, on his Escapement blog, reviews the Tudor Style, a watch which references the past and yet delivers a timeless quality with its accomplished design. He has recently returned from a short sojourn in Cannes on the glorious Côte d’Azur. As he ambled along the Promenade de la Croisette, Angus gazed in many shop windows festooned with incredibly luxurious clothes and shoes. Here is what he saw. … [Read more...]


Speed Dreamin': Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (With Video)

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A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. WatchTime took the watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, for a spin. Click here for the results of our comprehensive watch test, originally published in our print edition, along with exclusive photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


5 Watch Brands We’ve Seen on “Mad Men”

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When AMC's hit drama series "Mad Men" kicked off its seventh and final season this year, we've decided to re-present our list of five iconic watch brands that we've identified on the wrists of the show's characters. … [Read more...]


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

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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, the Speedmaster is just one of many models in the Omega catalog. … [Read more...]


Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

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...]


SIHH 2015: IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary”

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To mark the 75th anniversary of its Portugieser watch family, IWC has launched, at SIHH 2015, the vintage-inspired Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary," as part of its newly revamped collection of Portugieser watches. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Comparing the Original and Modern Omega Seamaster Ploprof

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I love a good, modern re-edition watch, but most of the time a lot of watch brands get it wrong — wrong case size, wrong movement (or at least not in the right "spirit" of the original movement), wrong hands, wrong printing, and so on. Sometimes it is just one of these things, but most of the time it is a nasty combination of all of them, which doesn't — in my mind — make the watch a true re-edition. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: The TAG Heuer Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph

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In this article from my online magazine, Escapement, I offer you a review of the TAG Heuer Monaco 24 Calibre 36 Automatic Chronograph, a chronograph watch with a proud auto racing history. … [Read more...]


Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Click here for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]


The Monochrome Team Reviews the Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

Omega Speedmaster Lunar Dust

We at Monochrome Watches were all so excited with the idea of the re-edition of the Seamaster 300 that we actually didn’t expect a new version of the Speedmaster at Baselworld 2014. Last year, Omega went the extra mile: playing the vintage card with the Seamaster 300 and the Speedmaster Mark II and also being innovative with the introduction the first fully antimagnetic movement and the spreading of the co-axial escapement to all collections. … [Read more...]


Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

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Just to warn everyone up front, this 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. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


Pushing the Envelope: 6 Unconventional Chronograph Watches

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A growing number of chronographs have push-pieces in unorthodox places. In this WatchTalk article from our January-February 2014 issue, we explore several of them, including a modern-day take on a vintage Omega watch and a Bovet timepiece that can shift from wristwatch to pocketwatch to table clock with the push of a button. … [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...]


Introducing the “Real” TAG Heuer Carrera CH80

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A few months ago, TAG Heuer presented a brand new in-house calibre called 1969. It was clear then that Baselworld 2014 would be the place where TAG Heuer would unveil a new watch containing that movement. And the brand did present a very nice one, the Carrera CH80, a retro-style Carrera inspired by the very first 1960s versions. What we didn’t expect, was that the CH80 presented in Basel wouldn't actually be the final version, and that some small but significant changes were planned. For that … [Read more...]