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A Watch of Note: The Inside Story of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731

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What’s the Mt. Everest of watchmaking? Is it a minute repeater? How about an ultra-thin caliber? Each requires special manufacturing know-how. Neither tolerates imprecision, and assembling either one requires tremendous skill. Now imagine an ultra-thin minute repeater. That’s a challenge the craftsmen at Vacheron Constantin accept every day. They are making the Patrimony Contemporaine Calibre 1731. In this feature from WatchTime Magazine's December 2013 issue, we explain how Vacheron … [Read more...]


Buying a Chronograph? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

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Sometimes, the analysis of which watch to buy proceeds little further than, “Wow, that one looks cool.” Chronographs, however, are often thought of as “tool watches,” and when it comes to tools, you want the right one for the job. To guide your choice, in this article from WatchTime's February 2014 issue we offer 10 factors to consider when selecting a chronograph, to help make sure it suits your wants, and your needs. … [Read more...]


Whirlwind Romance: 4 Watches with Multiple Tourbillons

TAG Heuer Carrera MikroPendulumS

Nowadays, almost any luxury watch brand worthy of the name offers at least one timepiece with a tourbillon. But there are only a handful of brands that have pushed the envelope to create watches with two, three or even four tourbillons. Here we take a look at four such watches that made their debut at this year's Baselworld and SIHH watch fairs. … [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...]


Monochrome Monday: Rolex Dress Watches We Hope To See At Baselworld 2015

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On our Monochrome-Watch blog, we recently wrote about the Rolex sports watches we would like to see at Baselworld 2015. We also showed you how ceramic bezels might look on a Rolex Daytona, and what could be the future editions of the Rolex GMT Master II, with a "Coke" bezel insert or a "Root Beer" design. … [Read more...]


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

Zenith vs. Seiko

  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...]


Skeleton Crew: Exploring Armin Strom

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The story of the Armin Strom brand goes back nearly half a century. WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Joe Thompson takes us back in this feature article from our October 2014 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu

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Thanks to a special module, reports Julia Knaut in the August 2013 edition of WatchTime Magazine, the Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu lets you suspend time for as long as you like. Here's our exclusive test of  the watch, with photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


Making Time: How Jaeger-LeCoultre created its Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3

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It starts with pencil and paper, just as it has for centuries.  A talented hand sketches the lines that will one day become a living, breathing timepiece. For our August 2013 issue, WatchTime visited Jaeger-LeCoultre in Le Sentier to explore the creative process that culminated in the latest addition to the brand’s Hybris Mechanica collection of highly complicated timepieces. Here is the story of how a complex mechanical marvel came to life. … [Read more...]


7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched in 2014

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Baselworld 2015 is just around the corner, and we expect that, as per usual, there will be a number of new tourbillon watches among the offerings. While we wait and wonder, here's a look back at last year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch. … [Read more...]


7 Milestone Omega Watches, from 1892 to Today

Omega Speedmaster, 1957

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our "Omega Milestones" E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25, click here to download it from WatchTime's online store. … [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...]


Comparative Review: Pilots’ Watches From Bell & Ross, IWC, And Zenith

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Martina Richter reviewed three pilots’ watches in the August 2014 issue of WatchtTme Magazine, each with one conspicuous feature in common: an extremely large case, like those of the earliest watches for aviators. Scroll down to read the results, along with original photos by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [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...]


Close-Up: 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...]


Montblanc Watches — The Birth of the Montblanc Watch Brand From the Montblanc Meisterstück Watch to Today

WT Spotlight Montblanc

How did the first Montblanc watch come to be, and how did Montblanc watches enter the world of high horology? Download this FREE exclusive article and find the answers to all your questions about Montblanc watches! Montblanc is, of course, known by many aficionados for its luxury pens. But Montblanc watches — the first of which debuted in 1997 — have also developed a reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Montblanc watches have come a long way from that first model, the Montblanc … [Read more...]


Power Play: Reviewing the Hublot King Power Unico All Black

Hublot King Power Unico All Black

With the launch of its Unico movement, Hublot became a manufacture. In this in-depth review from WatchTime's March-April 2012 issue, we find out how the Unico performs inside the brand's King Power Unico All Black. Scroll down to read the full article, with stunning visuals by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. Click on the pictures for larger images. … [Read more...]


5 Things to Know About the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 - front

Montblanc unveiled the Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph 100, a chronograph watch capable of measuring elapsed times to 1/100 second, at the 2014 SIHH watch fair in Geneva. Here are five pertinent things you should know about this innovative timepiece from Montblanc. … [Read more...]


Who Tested Your Watch? A Guide to the Watch Industry’s Quality Marks

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People often wonder just how good their watches are. A quality seal can help provide an answer: it shows that the watch has passed a test for its timekeeping ability and, in some instances, the quality of its finishing. COSC and the Geneva Seal are by far the best-known issuers of quality certificates, but there are many others. Some, like these two, test watches from multiple brands; others, such as the Patek Philippe Seal, from just one. From our February 2014 issue, here’s a look at 11 … [Read more...]


Fossil Watches Made in Switzerland? Inside Fossil’s Swiss Mission

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The fashion-watch company Fossil, a giant of the Hong Kong watch industry, is making more watches in Switzerland. Why? Norma Buchanan tells us in this feature article from the February 2014 issue of WatchTime Magazine.  … [Read more...]