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Watch Test: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss

For decades, the Faraday cage was the surest way to counter powerful magnetic fields. Omega has a different answer. Does it work? We find out in our test of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss, from WatchTime's upcoming January-February issue. … [Read more...]


Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

Longines Master Retrograde dial CU

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature originally presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

In the new feature, "In-Depth Study," the cover story of our upcoming January-February issue, we probe the depths of Blancpain’s new dive watch, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. … [Read more...]


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

TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 front

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...]


Watch Review: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar

Continuing our end-of-year reviews on calendar watches, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's December 2010 issue, we present a review of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, with original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Clifton

Baume & Mercier Clifton

For WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, we tested the Baume & Mercier Clifton, an updated version of a vintage Baume & Mercier men's watch from the 1950s, which was introduced just last year. Here are the results. … [Read more...]


Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

Seiko Astron in Space

The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko Astron GPS solar watch, with original photographs by Robert Atkinson, first published in our April 2013 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph

MontBlanc_150

In this feature from our February 2013 issue, we take a look at the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, with its two central elapsed-time flyback hands; original photos provided by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5990 Nautilus

Just two years ago, Patek Philippe introduced a new Ref. 5980/1A with a white dial (for laymen: that’s the Nautilus Chronograph). We at Monochrome watches were a bit surprised to discover, at Baselworld 2014, that Patek has already discontinued the steel 5980/1A model  and replaced it with a steel Nautilus Chronograph with a second time zone, like the one in the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5164. … [Read more...]


Opening Acts: Testing Entry-Level Watches from Rolex, IWC, and Panerai

Rolex-IWC-Panerai trio

In this triple-feature watch test from our October 2010 issue, writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, IWC and Panerai that offer an entrance into the luxury-watch world for a relatively modest price. … [Read more...]


Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature from our August 2012 issue, which features original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test. … [Read more...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 12 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I (With Video)

Rolex Explorer I

WatchTime spent some time with the 2010 model of Rolex’s classic Oyster Perpetual Explorer — a watch originally made for a Mount Everest expedition and recently revamped with a larger case and modern caliber. Click here to read our test of the watch from the magazine, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Zenith Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the Zenith Moon-Phase Watch

Zenith Captain GD Moonphase

Download this FREE article and find out what we thought of the Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase! This WatchTime Spotlight falls on Zenith watches, specifically the Captain Grande Date Moonphase, a Zenith watch that offers two complications in its movement. In this article from our print archives, WatchTime goes past the elegant exterior to see how well it works. This Zenith watch uses a conventional moon-phase display, but has an outsize date with concentric disks that is very easy to … [Read more...]


Sand Dude: Testing the Breitling Superocean

Breitling Superocean reclining

The modern Breitling Superocean is built to withstand the rigors of sea, surf and sand. See how it fares in WatchTime’s Breitling Superocean test, conducted by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel, and originally presented in this feature from our December 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


Clutch Performer: Reviewing the Seiko Velatura

Seiko Velatura chronograph

Seiko’s Velatura mechanical chronograph has not one vertical clutch but three. In this in-depth review from our archives, WatchTime's Martina Richter takes a close look at this most unorthodox sports watch; Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign provides the original photography. … [Read more...]


Pilot’s Watch Review: Breitling Chronomat GMT

Breitling ChronoMat GMT CU

For many watch lovers, a Breitling is the epitome of a pilots’ watch. So it made sense that we include one in the pilots' watch review in our March-April 2012 issue. For the story, we selected nine watches to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in south Germany. Click below to read how our … [Read more...]


Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication

Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 - front-back

Amidst the fanfare surrounding the new Patek Philippe watches commemorating the Swiss brand's 175th anniversary this year, we revisit a Patek Philippe timepiece, released in 2013, aimed squarely at aficionados of classical, hand-wound watches: the Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day and Date Indication. … [Read more...]


Rocket Watch: How the Omega Speedmaster Became the Omega Moonwatch

Alan Bean wears Omega Speedmaster on moon

When the Omega Speedmaster watch was introduced in 1957, no one imagined that it would later accompany a parade of space pioneers to the moon. Click here to read WatchTime's fascinating history of the Omega "Moonwatch," from the June 2012 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph Pano Date

Glashütte Original’s new Senator Chronograph Panorama Date has an elegant but unconventional look. In this feature from WatchTime's November-December 2014 issue, we give the watch, and its new in-house chronograph movement, a thorough once-over. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Le Petit Prince

Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on one of the most remarkable IWC watches of the last few years, the limited "Petit Prince" edition of IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar, introduced at the 2013 Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I provide a review and original photos. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon vs. Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel

Omega vs. Breitling test

Two chronographs robed in black and powered by in-house movements — the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon and Breitling Chronomat GMT Blacksteel go head to head in this comparative test, the cover story of WatchTime's May-June 2014 issue. … [Read more...]


8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses like Antiquorum and Christie's, bidding can be expected to go well beyond the estimated value. Below we look at notable "celebrity" watches, once owned by iconic entertainment and sports stars, sold at auction within the past few years. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

As we approach the holiday season and the start of a new calendar year, we re-present this review of a notable calendar watch, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue. The Patek Philippe's Ref. 5146 is an annual calendar watch with a moon-phase display. Original photos are by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


IWC Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono

WatchTime Spotlight on IWC Schaffhausen: Testing the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Download this FREE article and take a sail with this IWC watch. The Yacht Club was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. Today, enthusiasts of IWC Schaffhausen have a new model: The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, easily one of the sportiest IWC Portuguese models. WatchTime tested this most nautical of IWC watches, and you can read all the results in our free article, in which … [Read more...]


Master Makeover: Testing the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

In 2008, Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra watch was upgraded to the brand’s in-house Caliber 8500. How does the timepiece fare under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature from our April 2011 issue by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel. … [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...]


WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

Rolex Bienne building

On a rare tour of Rolex’s movement-manufacturing complex in Bienne, Switzerland, WatchTime's Joe Thompson and Norma Buchanan witnessed the making of the Cosmograph Daytona Caliber 4130. We reported on it in this feature from our March-April 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turns out it's one of the coolest new watches of the year. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I give you the scoop on Cartier's foray into the world of "real" sports watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy Seals

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through our in-depth watch testing gauntlet. Scroll down to see the results of the test, originally published in our print edition, along with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]