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Monochrome Watches Review: Gustafsson & Sjögren Aurora

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The Aurora Borealis, AKA the ‘Northern Lights’ are a natural display of light found on the northern hemisphere. If you’ve had the chance to witness them first-hand you’ll know, they are nothing short of spectacular. Streaks of blue, green, purple and yellow light shooting across the sky in mesmerizing fashion. The same effect is achieved with the Gustafsson & Sjögren watches due to its Damascus steel features. We go hands-on with number 1 of 5 of the new GoS Aurora, which took … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: Baume & Mercier Capeland 10107

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Angus Davies, on his Escapement watch blog, provides an in-depth "hands-on" review of the Baume & Mercier Capeland 10107, a watch featuring a worldtimer function, presented in a luxurious 18-carat red gold case. … [Read more...]


Monochrome Watches: The Arnold & Son Instrument Collection – Golden Wheel

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Arnold & Son is a highly productive manufacture. Each time the brand comes out with another novelty, we can’t help but emphasize this point. Just look at all the watches they created last year, each and every one with a unique movement, and you’ll understand that only a few manufactures are able to develop so many new models. 2015 is here and Arnold & Son adds (again) a truly interesting watch to the Instrument Collection: the Golden Wheel. We take a closer look on our … [Read more...]


Close-Up: The New-Look Rolex Submariner (with Video)

Rolex Submariner 2012

Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the recently redesigned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window of previous models and incorporates several new technical innovations exclusive to Rolex. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at last year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in recent years. 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...]


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...]


Fratello Classics: 3 Watches for the Blind

Bradley watch - CU

A recently published article on the BBC website (here) caught my attention with its depiction of a wristwatch for blind people. The watch pictured in the article is the Bradley Timepiece, named after a Paralympic gold medalist, Brad Snyder, who lost his sight in Afghanistan. … [Read more...]


Pushing the Envelope: 6 Unconventional Chronograph Watches

Bovet Cambiano Special Edition watch

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...]


Fratello Friday: 5 Independent Watch Brands Worth Your Time

Christian Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Aquarius

One could say that choosing a watch from one of the big brands (Rolex, Omega, Breitling, et cetera) is going the easy route. There are many alternatives out there from independent brands that deserve a fair chance as well, of course. The big advantage of owning a watch from one of these brands is that you will have a piece designed or crafted without too many concessions to sales and marketing departments. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

Oris World Timer watch

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux_Constant-Escapement

On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, all released within the past few years, that have most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Leave a comment at the end of this post if you want to add your own favorites. … [Read more...]


3 Limited-Edition Mühle Glashütte Watches Commemorate 145 Years of the Brand

Muehle R. Muehle & Sohn Robert Muehle Auf-Ab

The German watch brand we know today as Mühle Glashütte was founded in 1869 by Robert Mühle, and the family business was re-established in 1994 by his descendant, Hans-Jürgen Mühle. Mühle Glashütte commemorates both the 145 anniversary of its origins and the 20th anniversary of its rebirth this year with a trio of limited-edition anniversary watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2015 starting soon, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the 2014 show for you. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld 2014 that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: The “Alternative” Top 5 Pilots’ Watches

Bremont Alt-1 Pilot

We're all familiar with iconic pilots' watches like the IWC Big Pilot, Rolex GMT-Master and Breitling Navitimer, right? This week, we will shed some light on a few "alternative" pilots' watches. Whether it is because you don't want to be one of the three guys in the meeting room wearing the same Rolex GMT-Master, or simply because you might be looking for something in a different budget range, here are some choices you may not have considered. … [Read more...]


Two Vintage Breguet Pocketwatches Added to the Brand’s Collection of Historic Timepieces

Breguet No. 1766 pocketwatch

Montres Breguet added to its private collection of historically significant watches, when brand president and CEO Marc A. Hayek acquired two important lots at a Christie's Geneva auction last year: the Breguet no. 4039, a half-quarter repeating watch with an off-centered hour dial and date indication, and the extremely rare Breguet Tourbillon no. 1176. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 5 Footballers And Their Hublot Watches

Falcao wearing Hublot

As part of its "Hublot Loves Football" campaign, the Hublot watch company   enlisted Swiss photographer Fred Merz to snap portraits of soccer legends of today and yesteryear, with each one featuring both a Hublot watch and the brand's World Cup symbol, a soccer ball painted and decorated by Brazilian artist Romero Britto. … [Read more...]


5 Things to Know About the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100

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Among the new Montblanc watches unveiled at this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva was the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100, a new chronograph watch capable of measuring elapsed times to 1/100 second. Here are five pertinent things you should know about this innovative new chronograph from Montblanc. … [Read more...]


Rolex Expands its Palette: 5 Rolex Day-Date Watches in 5 Colors (With Video)

Rolex Day-Date in white gold/cherry dial

The Rolex Day-Date, launched in 1956 and touted by Rolex as the first chronometer wristwatch to spell out both the date and day of the week on its dial, has throughout its long history been available only in gold cases. That tradition continues with five models launched in 2013, which have either an 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, or 18k Everose gold case and are available in different dial-strap combos. … [Read more...]


The Watches of James Bond

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He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this watch. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the … [Read more...]


Monochrome Monday: Our Review of the Swatch Sistem51

Swatch Sistem51 blue

The Swatch Sistem51 is certainly the cheapest watch we’ve ever reviewed on Monochrome-Watches.com, and we are doing it without any shame or regrets. Why? Because the Swatch Sistem51 is clearly one of the most important new watches of the last 10 years. … [Read more...]