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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...]

Watch Test: IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

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In 1967, IWC launched one of its biggest success stories: a sporty, three-handed automatic watch called the Yacht Club. Though little remembered today, it was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. IWC resurrected the Yacht Club in 2010, in a new chronograph version, and incorporated it into its Portuguese collection. WatchTime tested the modern version of the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club in its February 2011 issue. … [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...]

Sand Dude: Testing the Breitling Superocean

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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...]

Speed Dreamin’: Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (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...]

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

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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...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde

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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 by "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz and photographer Nik Schölzel, presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]

Watch Test: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 vs. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Tudor vs. TAG Heuer

One sporty chronograph, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition, meets another, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, in this comparative watch test, the cover story of WatchTime's July-August 2014 issue. All original photos are by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]

Oris Watches: The Rebirth of the Brand and a Test of the New Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

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WatchTime’s latest free download brings you a test of a new Oris watch and the history of the Oris Watch Company. Take this unique opportunity to learn how the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge performed on the wrist of a real diver, But that’s not all: you will also find out the full story on how Oris CEO Ulrich Herzog presided over the spectacular rebirth of the Oris watch brand and learn about the history of Oris watches in a detailed historical timeline. Both stories are from the pages of … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Richard Mille RM 022 Aerodyne Dual Time Zone

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What’s so special about a Richard Mille watch? We all know about the exclusivity (less than 3,000 pieces per year), the impeccable quality, and the celebrity ambassadors. But there are many more features that added up to the success of this highly exclusive watch brand: exclusive materials, astonishing finishing, distinctive complications, innovations and a unique feeling that creates a desirable object. In order to understand what Richard Mille is all about, the Monochrome Watches team … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the New Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi Bezel”

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When Rolex unveils a new watch, it does it exactly when it wants to do it. As we told you before, when we were guessing what the new Rolex watches for 2014 would be, Rolex can be even more secretive than the famous Swiss banks. Our guesses turned out to be pretty accurate, and one of the models that we were hoping to see was the new Rolex GMT-Master II with red/blue "Pepsi" bezel. However, The new "Pepsi" elicited some rather mixed emotions at Monochrome headquarters. … [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...]

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...]

Baselworld 2014 Preview: 19 New Watches We’ve Seen So Far

Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and the WatchTime team will be on-site at the world's biggest watch fair to provide you up-to-the-minute coverage of the scores of new timepieces making their world debuts there. Before we dive in, here's a roundup of the watches we've reported on so far, from brands that have provided pre-Baselworld press materials on some of their new products. Follow the links to the original articles, from WatchTime.com and on our sister blog, Watch-Insider.com, to learn … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Clifton

Baume & Mercier Clifton

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

Baselworld 2014: Watch Insider Previews 3 New Hublot Ferrari Chronographs

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari

Continuing its partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, Hublot will introduce at Baselworld 2014 three new 45-mm Hublot Big Bang Ferrari chronographs, all equipped with the Hublot's in-house Unico chronograph caliber. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is a sneak peek at these three new Hublot Ferrari watches, with U.S. prices added.   The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon is limited to 1,000 pieces; its price: $28,600.   The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari King Gold is … [Read more...]

Baselworld Preview: Watch Insider Reveals the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon

Breitling has released specs and photos on the first of its new watches set to debut at Baselworld 2014, the Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon, a deep black, ticking tribute to the biggest Bentley engine, the famous 6.75-liter version that powers Bentley's Mulsanne limousines. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal photos and technical details direct from the brand. … [Read more...]

Basel 2014 Preview: 3 New Watches from Carl F. Bucherer, Speake-Marin, and Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin Perpetual

As we continue the countdown to Baselworld 2014, we present three more watches making their worldwide debuts at the fair — two new perpetual calendar watches from Carl F. Bucherer and Ulysse Nardin and the first-ever chronograph from Britain's Peter Speake-Marin. … [Read more...]

Watch Review: 5 Square and Rectangular Watches Under $3,000

Fortis Square

Are you a fan of four-sided watches and looking for a "Square Deal?" In this watch review feature from our October 2008 issue, we take a look at five watches from Eterna, Fortis, Frédérique Constant, Nomos and Oris, all with square or rectangular cases and all priced under $3,000*. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014 Preview: New Ladies’ and Men’s Mido Watches

Mido Multifort Two Crowns

Mido watches have only a cult following in the U.S. but are very popular elsewhere in the world, particularly Latin America. This week, the brand, known for offering Swiss-made mechanical watches at affordable prices, released previews of two new Mido watch models — one men's, one ladies' — debuting at next month's Baselworld. … [Read more...]