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...]


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. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: 5 Rolex Day-Date Watches in 5 Colors (With Video)

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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 … [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 Nerd Alert! Top 10 Chronograph Movements

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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...]


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...]


Fratello Classics: 3 Watches for the Blind

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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 … [Read more...]


Pushing the Envelope: 6 Unconventional Chronograph Watches

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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

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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

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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...]


Monochrome Monday: Kari Voutilainen GMT-6 with Art Deco Dial

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Dear Santa, if you are reading this article, you may consider the timepiece discussed here as the only item on my wish-list for Christmas 2014. This edition of  the Kari Voutilainen GMT-6, with its … [Read more...]


Update: Patek Philippe’s Henry Graves Watch Sells for $24 Million at Sotheby’s

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The world's most expensive watch ever sold at auction retained that lofty title at a Sotheby’s auction on November 11, which coincided with the 175th anniversary celebration of its maker, Patek … [Read more...]