Watchmakers

When Rolex Went Quartz: A Tale of the 1970s

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How did mechanical-watch king Rolex dealt with the arrival of quartz in the 1970s? What follows is an excerpt from the book “Electrifying the Wristwatch,” by WatchTime contributor Lucien Trueb. … [Read more...]

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

Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon

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

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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

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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 … [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

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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 … [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

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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. … [Read more...]

Watch Test: Hermès Arceau Le Temps Suspendu

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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

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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. 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

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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

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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 … [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.  … [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, Watch-Insider.com. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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, … [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 we explore several of them, including a modern-day take on a vintage Omega watch and a Bovet timepiece … [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 … [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 … [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: … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 5 Footballers And Their Hublot Watches

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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 … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: Top 10 Chronograph Movements, Part 2

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In last week's Fratello Friday article, I revealed the first five choices in my personal list of top 10 chronograph movements. This week, I cover the remaining five. … [Read more...]