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Poker Face: Testing the Roger Dubuis Chronograph La Monégasque

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How does Roger Dubuis’s Chronograph La Monégasque, named for the glamorous gambling Mecca of Monaco, fare in a high-stakes game of a WatchTime test? Alexander Krupp gives us the scoop in a piece that first appeared in the February 2013 issue of WatchTime Magazine. With 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...]


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. Scroll down for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]


Testing the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime, Plus a History of Breitling Watches

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Take this unique opportunity to read this test of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime from the pages of WatchTime magazine. But that’s not all: you are also invited to join WatchTime for a journey through the legendary history of Breitling. Download WatchTime Spotlight on Breitling! The best news: this Download is absolutely free! The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime traces its roots to a 1950s model of the same name and has an distinctively vintage look. This Breitling … [Read more...]


WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

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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 Test: Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard

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If you dream of one day owning a Porsche 911, you can fill your time until then with luxury articles from Austria-based Porsche Design, like this Porsche Design P'6620 Dashboard chronograph watch. Click here to read our test of the watch from WatchTime's October 2012 issue, with photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


In The Balance: Zenith Espada vs. Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 3600

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  Two automatic watches with high-frequency movements, the Seiko Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 and Zenith Espada, square off in a battle of the fast-beat balances in a piece by Martina Richter that appeared in the June 2013 issue of WatchTime Magazine. With photos by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [Read more...]


Comparison Test: TAG Heuer Monaco vs. Breitling Chrono-Matic

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In this watch test feature from our December 2008 issue, writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel pit modern versions of two iconic 1970s chronographs — the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Breitling Chono-Matic — against each other in a challenge of retro sports watches. … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

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In the latest installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]


Big Numbers: Testing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

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In this feature from our February 2010 issue, WatchTime tests A. Lange & Söhne’s mechanical digital watch, the Zeitwerk, which combines a groundbreaking design concept with classic Lange features. Photos provided by Lange and by WatchTime's Marcus Kruger. … [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...]


Master Makeover: Testing the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

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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...]


Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

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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...]


Dive Watch Review: Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver

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A while back, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver. … [Read more...]


Tudor Watches: A Test of the Heritage Black Bay from the Tudor Watch Collection

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Download this FREE article and read our exclusive test of one of today's most popular Tudor watches. In the WatchTime magazine article, “Bay Watch,” WatchTime tested a Tudor watch, the Heritage Black Bay. Part of the brand’s vintage-inspired Heritage collection, it recalls the Tudor watches of nearly 50 years ago. To learn more about the Heritage Black Bay, read our free download, “WatchTime Spotlight: Tudor Watch.” The Heritage Black Bay looks like a vintage Tudor watch and … [Read more...]


Fratello’s 7 Iconic Chronograph Watches

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From my blog, Fratellowatches.com, I offer up my personal list of Seven Iconic Chronograph Watches. If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for wristwatches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches Reviews the 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...]


Comparative Watch Test: Bulgari Bulgari vs. Hermès Dressage

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In this exclusive watch test feature from WatchTime's September-October 2014 issue, we compare two steel automatic watches, the Bulgari Bulgari and the Hermès Dressage, from brands known for their high style. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph

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Baume & Mercier launched its redesigned Capeland watch at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva in 2011. In this watch test featurette from our October 2012 issue, WatchTime gives this luxury-sport chronograph the once-over, with original photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

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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...]