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Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis (With Live Photos)

Ulysse Nardin has made chronometers for the world’s seafaring forces since the 19th century, but the Swiss watchmaker’s first collaboration with the United States Navy began more recently, in 1905. It was in that year that the Washington Naval Observatory organized its “Precision Torpedo Boat Timepieces” competition to supply the U.S. Navy and its superior...

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Baume & Mercier’s new Clifton Baumatic: Enhanced Accuracy and Power Reserve

The new Clifton Baumatic from Baume & Mercier with the maison’s first in-house mechanical self-winding calibre, the Baumatic™ BM12-1975A, is pushing back the existing limits of efficiency and reliability: The BM12-1975A not only comes with a convenient five-day power reserve with full chronometer precision (-4/+6 seconds per day over the entire 120 hour power reserve),...

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New Panerai Radiomir 1940 Editions Revive Historical Pendulum Clock Dials

As avid Paneristi are aware, today's powerhouse Panerai watch brand had its humble beginnings in a retail watch store in Florence, founded by the Panerai family in 1860. As inspiration for the latest version of its Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio - 47mm, the company reached back to that historical early era and one of its historically significant pendulum clocks.

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The 90’s: The TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Re-Edition of 1996

After an eleven-year hiatus, the Heuer Carrera chronograph returned in 1996 as a high-fidelity re-edition original Carrera from 1963/64. Only the name “Carrera” was missing on the dial because of a conflict between brands. The reproduction encased hand-wound Lemania Caliber 1873. The first Heuer Carrera chronographs were still equipped with Valjoux Caliber 72.   Back...

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Five First Impressions of the Baume & Mercier Baumatic

It’s been an interesting year for Baume & Mercier. Not only did we see the introduction of its most exciting timepiece in years with the focus of this article, the Baumatic, but we’ve also seen the birth of a new sustainability-focused Richemont entity that borrows the “Baume” name, and the introduction of a new CEO, Geoffroy...

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7 Things to Know about Georges Kern’s Breitling

Breitling's "Legendary Future" traveling roadshow hit New York City on February 22-23 with new global CEO Georges Kern unveiling the much-discussed Navitimer 8 collection to an American audience. So what do watch lovers need to know about Breitling's future other than what we've already reported on in recent weeks? Here are seven takeaways from Kern's extensive press presentation.

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Longines Heritage Skin Diver

Longines, a watch brand that has long led the field in “neo-vintage” watches, has once again demonstrated its skill in this arena with the new Heritage Skin Diver. The dive watch — which comes on the heels of the critically-acclaimed Legend Diver watch, a 1960s super-compressor-style diver, and last year’s Avigation BigEye, based on a 1930s aviation...

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Grand Seiko 9F86 Quartz GMT Caliber Debuts in Three New Models

In 1993, back when it was still a sub-brand of the main Seiko collection and scarcely known outside its native Japan, Grand Seiko introduced its first exclusive quartz movement, Caliber 9F. Among that pioneering movement’s attributes were an instantaneous calendar change for the day-date display; a “backlash” auto-adjust mechanism that prevented shuddering of the seconds...

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Borrowed Time: Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression

Zodiac is a watch brand that I’ve long admired, but for one reason or another, my overall wrist time has been limited over the years. That changed a few weeks back when I found an opportunity to bring a Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression along on a personal vacation to the Big Island in Hawaii. As...

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Borrowed Time: A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Moon Phase in White Gold

Few watch manufacturers take the precision of their moon-phases as seriously as does A. Lange & Söhne. Last fall, the Saxon haute horologie brand even invited select media guests, including yours truly, to Scottsdale, Arizona for an astronomically themed experience whose centerpiece was the opportunity to learn about the lunar cycles and their effects on...

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The Future of Ulysse Nardin According to CEO Patrick Pruniaux

Barely six months into the position as CEO of Ulysse Nardin, Patrick Pruniaux led the brand to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) with the cutting-edge essence that defines Ulysse Nardin. Not only is Pruniaux’s attitude and presentation of the brand lively and exciting; the products and the exhibit space brought home two...

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Formex Unveils COSC-Certified Automatic Chronometer Below $700

When something sounds too good to be true, it very often is; however, there are those occasions when it’s worth taking a closer look. Formex, known for its rugged watches, is about to launch a mechanical timepiece, with a decorated, automatic Swiss Made movement that is officially COSC-certified. With the Essence, Formex brings a top-quality mechanical chronometer with a very affordable price tag.

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The E.C.A Calypso is Finally in Stock

E.C. Andersson Watch Company has been seen on WatchTime displaying its new collection of elegant sports watches in the Calypso collection frequently over the last few months. Until now they have only been available through pre-order, with the Calypso Premium even selling out. Finally, however, the Calypso Sport is officially in stock, with immediate worldwide shipping. The Calypso...

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Talking with Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of A. Lange & Söhne

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Wilhelm Schmid, the CEO of A. Lange & Söhne, to discuss his passion for automobiles, craftsmanship, and what it means to be an ambassador for “Made in Germany.” Roger Ruegger: As a former BMW executive and the son of a car distributor, what brings more pleasure...

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Nomos Celebrates 100 Years of Bauhaus Design with Nine Colorful Tangente Models (with Exclusive Live Images)

It was pure coincidence that as I was going through security at Newark Intl. Airport earlier this week, I received an email from my contact at Nomos introducing a new anniversary collection of Tangente models celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus design. What made it such perfect happenstance was my destination that day: Glashütte by way...

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Borrowed Time: The Mido Ocean Star Caliber 80

Looking over the 15 plus brands inside the Swatch Group, it feels rather straightforward to categorize each company into its own range sorted by overall accessibility. One brand that defies this expectation, however, is Mido. It would be simple to place the brand — which is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2018 — within the...

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Breguet CEO Thierry Esslinger On the Future of the Brand

Thierry Esslinger has headed the Breguet manufacture as its CEO since September 2017. In an interview with Chronos Editor-in-Chief and Ebner Publishing International Editorial Director Rüdiger Bucher, Esslinger discusses the foreseeable challenges for the company.

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What Exactly Was the Breitling Huit Aviation Department? Five Things You Need to Know

Although it’s been months since the first Breitling collection under Georges Kern was released, the debate over the new lines continues. However, what has been often left out of these conversations is the historical references embedded throughout the different lines, in particular, a reference to a unique period in Breitling’s aviation history found inside the Navitimer 8...

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Building the Foundation, Part 5: The In-House Movements of Raymond Weil

Rome wasn’t built in a day — and neither was Rolex, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre and other watch manufacturers praised for their vertical integration and lauded for their array of in-house calibers. While we all applaud the handful of brands that bring new and increasingly complicated calibers to market virtually every year, we also should take...