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

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 2012

Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the redesigned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window … [Read more...]

Test: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques American 1921

Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921, an updated version of a classic timepiece from the heyday of Art Deco, made exclusively for the North American market, inspired the brand's new … [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 … [Read more...]

Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Marvel Maker: The Man Behind Today’s Jaquet-Droz Watch Brand

Pierre Jaquet-Droz

You’ve heard of the brand. Here’s a look at the man. We explore the fascinating life of the pioneering watchmaker whose ideas live on in the modern Jaquet Droz watch brand. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement

On my blog,, 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 … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Arca Collection

Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Arca Table Clock

Vacheron Constantin, looking back on its remarkable 260 years of history, introduced a series of celebratory collections at SIHH 2015, including the all-new Harmony collection and two Métiers d’Art … [Read more...]

Bright Idea: Deep Blue’s Affordable Dive Watches

Deep Blue Alpha Marine 500 T-100

  Stan Betesh’s company, Deep Blue, specializes in watches for exploring under water, but the vast expanse he really swims in is the digital ocean. “This is a brand that was brought up … [Read more...]

Horology Comes to Steeltown: Kobold’s Spirit of America

Michael Kobold of Kobold Watch Co.

The Kobold Watch Company recently moved from Pittsburgh to Pennsylvania's Amish country. In this article from our archives, we tell the story behind Kobold's U.S.-made Spirit of America watch, and … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

Piaget Altiplano Date

Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting top new ladies' watch collections, female watches and best ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my … [Read more...]

A. Lange & Söhne Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time in Rose Gold

A. Lange & Söhne Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time in Rose Gold

Three years ago, Germany's A. Lange & Söhne released its first-ever chiming wristwatch, the Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time, which combined a dial-side chiming mechanism with the Zeitwerk model's … [Read more...]

Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

Stefan Kudoke's KudOkTourbi

Contrary to popular belief, Baselworld is not just a steady stream of tourbillons, chronographs, and watches that are mostly black. The show does play host to some individualists who create watches … [Read more...]

Throwing A Curve: The How, What, When, Where and Why Of Mainsprings

A. Lange & Söhne mainspring

  Our watch expert Gisbert L. Brunner knows better than anyone else that mainsprings perform herculean tasks. With a maximum thickness of just 75/1,000 mm, they develop strong torque, which … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: My Picks for Last Year’s 5 Top Watches

Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph

It's Fratello Friday! Since 2014 started a good week ago, and this year's new watches start rolling out at the SIHH watch fair just over a week from now, I thought it was time to list my Top 5 … [Read more...]

Time Displays: Dresden’s Mathematics and Physics Salon


Dresden’s Mathematics and Physics Salon, with its scores of timepieces from Germany and elsewhere, reopened in 2013 after a six-year renovation. Norma Buchanan explored the hallowed halls in this … [Read more...]

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


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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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


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 … [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. … [Read more...]

Skeleton Crew: Exploring Armin Strom


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. … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu


Thanks to a special module, reports Julia Knaut, 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 … [Read more...]

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


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. WatchTime visited Jaeger-LeCoultre in Le … [Read more...]

Complicated Watches: 7 Standout Tourbillon Watches

Arnold & Son Royal TEC1

Baselworld 2015 is over, and we've seen a number of new tourbillon watches among the offerings. Here's a look back at the most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous … [Read more...]

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


Martina Richter reviewed three pilots’ watches, each with one conspicuous feature in common: an extremely large case, like those of the earliest watches for aviators. Scroll down to read the … [Read more...]

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


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 … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from Baselworld, first published on my blog, Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here … [Read more...]

Concept to Caliber: The Story Behind Audemars Piguet’s Manufacture Caliber 3120

Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120

In this in-depth profile from the WatchTime archives, discover how Audemars Piguet brought its manufacture movement, Caliber 3120, to life, from concept to finished caliber, and see behind-the-scenes … [Read more...]

Presidential Watches: 9 Timepieces Owned by U.S. Presidents


As Presidents' Day approaches here in the United States, we at WatchTime decided it would be a great time to revisit our piece on watches worn by American presidents over the years. Scroll down to see … [Read more...]

Watch Review: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar


Montblanc introduced the Meisterstück fountain pen 90 years ago. With a deep black finish, gold rings and clip, a cap inlaid with the Montblanc star emblem, and a handcrafted nib, the pen became a … [Read more...]

Escapement Watch Review: The Bulgari Octo Chronograph


Not long ago, Angus Davies had the opportunity to get “hands-on” with the Bulgari Octo Chronograph. His in-depth review of the timepiece, which originally appeared on his Escapement watch … [Read more...]

Connoisseur vs. Watchmaker: Two Points of View on the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010


Regular WatchTime reader and watch aficionado Rich Tyson, our special guest blogger, contributes this very different review of one of his own favorite timepieces, the Rolex Air-King Ref. 14010, in … [Read more...]