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On the Wrist: Oris Diver Sixty-Five

Oris made a splash a few years ago when it reimagined its distinctive 1960s diver to create the Diver Sixty Five. The watchmaker followed this success and demand with a larger-cased 42mm cousin. The watch has the same curved sapphire crystal as that earlier 40mm model, but offers a contemporary …

Stainless Steel

Summertime Clocks

Here are a few affordable quartz timekeepers for your wall or desk.<p>Many of your favorite watch companies also dabble in clocks. But with a few exceptions, the best-known Swiss or German watchmakers reserve branded clocks as promotion items for retailers and a few lucky customers. Only a few firms …

Watches

A Cheapskate’s Guide to Collecting Rolexes

My introduction to Rolex watches came from the unparalleled fictional king of coolness, James Bond himself. By the time I viewed “Dr. No” (on VHS tape), every aspect of the film had been analyzed by the fanboy empire, including, of course, the Rolex Sub Mariner, reference 6358, worn by the movie’s …

Watches

More Highlights From ‘Only Watch’

Today we’ll look at eight more one-of-a-kind timepieces, each with an unusual twist guaranteed to attract bidders to the biennial Only Watch charity auction, slated for November 11 at Christie’s in Geneva.<p>In IW’s ongoing Only Watch coverage, which will continue for the next few weeks, we’ll share …

Watches

Bulgari’s New Secret Watches

Very much in vogue in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, secret watches were so named because they kept time a “secret,” by hiding the watch dial behind a decorative hinged or swiveling cover. A secret watch looks no different from any other attractive (and often gem-studded) bracelet or pendant when closed, …

Jewelry

Talking TimeWalker with Montblanc’s Jens Henning Koch

With its re-launched TimeWalker collection, Montblanc is on the radar of collectors who seek a sporty racing chronograph, at an affordable price, for the first time in many years. Just a few weeks ago Montblanc underscored its dedication to automotive timekeeping as it became the Official Timing …

Watches

More Only Watch Favorites

In iW’s ongoing Only Watch coverage, which will continue for the next several weeks, you’ll find information about the various watches posted in no particular order. For the complete list, visit http://www.onlywatch.com/the-watches.<p>Today we’ll look at eight more one-of-a-kind timepieces, each with …

Watches

Bell & Ross BR-X1 Black Titanium Chronograph

Originally launched three years ago, Bell & Ross’s BR-X1 Chronograph was called an “extreme version of the BR-01, whose iconic square shape is directly inspired by aeronautical flight instruments.” The X in the watch’s name was linked for marketing purposes to the Bell X-1, first American …

Watches

Omega Offers New NATO Straps

Omega just debuted a website function that allows its fans to choose from eight new NATO-style straps sized to fit perfectly onto any Omega watch. Billed as a chance to give your Omega a ‘Summer makeover,’ the virtual-function site lets users mix and match the various new straps directly on screen …

Watches

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde

In 2010 Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Hémisphères became the Swiss watchmaker’s premiere dual-time model, with an innovative two-dial, single movement solution used to display two separate time zones, each adjustable with its own crown.<p>Unusually, that watch allowed the wearer to adjust both minutes …

Rose Gold

Nature on a Dial: Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute

The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute collection, known for its off-center watch dial, welcomes three new nature-inspired interpretations. Each is designed to showcase the expertise of the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art, as well as to inspire travel to exotic destinations.<p>We know that Pierre Jaquet-Droz, …

History

GoS Watches Sarek Akka

If you’re a collector of handcrafted knives, and you’re visiting the iW site, chances are good that you’ve heard of Swedish watch company Gustafsson & Sjögren, known as GoS Watches. The company has been making mechanical watches that feature intricate patterned steel dials that mimic the Damascus …

Watches

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider

With its focus on contemporary skeletonized single and double tourbillon watches, Roger Dubuis has carved a high-end niche for itself among true Geneva-based watch manufacturers. With its super-sporty Excalibur Spider collection the firm offers tourbillon models housed in a selection of case …

Titanium

Calatrava On Display

Walking through the awe-inspiring “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” at Cipriani 42ndStreet (which closes at the end of the day Sunday, July 23rd) any visitor should locate and examine the newest Patek Philippe debuts. We showed you the wristwatch, pocket watch clock and debuts …

Watches

A Moon Phase Anniversary

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which was followed hours later (on July 21, 1969) by Neil Armstrong’s celebrated one small step onto the moon.<p>When Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the lunar surface twenty minutes later, an Omega Speedmaster Professional was strapped …

Watches

Rare Handcrafts at Patek Philippe’s Art of Watches Grand Exhibition

Among the many historic timepieces Patek Philippe is currently displaying at its monumental “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” at Cipriani 42ndStreet, Patek Philippe is also showing visitors an impressive set of brand new watches and clocks. We showed you the wristwatch debuts …

Watches

Patek Philippe Debuts Special Editions for Grand Exhibition in NYC

Watch enthusiasts are gathering this week in New York to attend the opening of Patek Philippe’s eleven-day “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” at Cipriani 42ndStreet, which begins July 13. To highlight both its own manufacturing expertise, as well as its long and rich history as a …

Watches

Four Only Watch Highlights

In IW’s ongoing Only Watch coverage, which began last week and will continue for the next several weeks, you’ll find information about the watches, posted in no particular order. For the complete list, visit http://www.onlywatch.com/the-watches.<p>Today we’ll look at four more one-of-a-kind …

Watches

Omega Updates the Seamaster ‘James Bond’ Watch

London was the fitting location for the recent, and memorable, introduction of Omega’s Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch Limited Edition, which celebrates Britain’s most famous Secret Service agent, James Bond.<p>Making it that much more fitting, this year marks the 50th anniversary of “You Only …

Watches

‘Experiences’ Enhance Only Watch 2017

Each of the forty-nine unique-piece watches announced (thus far) as fundraisers for the 2017 edition of the Only Watch charity auction has its quirk, unusual color, terrific story or novel technical aspect. As a group, these watches are guaranteed to draw serious collectors to Geneva for the …

Watches

Glashütte Original Personalizes the Pavonina

Since its debut in 2013, Glashütte Original’s Pavonina has taken its place among the company’s models for women, joining Lady Serenade and PanoMatic Luna, but with an outsize personality all its own. Its cushion-shaped case and quartz movement are unique among Glashütte Original’s ladies …

Watches

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur

Ulysse Nardin has been known for its marine chronometers since the mid-1800s, and these timepieces were, in fact, the bedrock upon which founder Ulysse Nardin started his eponymous company. Notably, between 1846 and 1975 Ulysse Nardin garnered 4,324 certificates of performance for mechanical marine …

Watches

Watches from U.S.-Based Companies

Just in time to celebrate America’s birthday, we’ve gathered timepieces from fourteen watch companies based in the United States. The number of such companies currently designing and distributing wristwatches has expanded dramatically in recent years as so many more Americans discover the …

Watches

Al Capone’s Pocket Watch Sells for $84,375

Among his more nefarious pursuits, infamous mob boss Al Capone loved the good life and indulged in expensive cigars, flashy suits and the best drink, as well as flamboyant, high-priced jewelry. He favored large pinky rings and diamond-studded accessories—like the platinum watch shown here.<p>“It’s a …

Watches

Zenith’s Summer Colors

Zenith’s newest Elite Lady Moonphase models are all about color, with summery hues of yellow, apple green, turquoise and red decorating dials and straps. The watch has an ultra-thin 33mm-diameter stainless steel case that is water resistant to 50 meters, offering beach lovers a bit of worry-free …

Watches

Tissot Celebrates Tour de France

Tissot has created a special chronograph within its Chrono XL series to celebrate the Tour de France, the famed three-week bike race set to begin July 1 and for which Tissot is the official timekeeper.<p>The new chronograph flies the race’s signature colors of black and yellow. The dial is black and …

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Commemorating Tourbillon Day with Breguet

On the calendar for watch and clock enthusiasts, June 26th is Tourbillon Day. The date marks the moment when Abraham-Louis Breguet patented the regulating device that helped make pocket watches more precise by counteracting many of (though not all) the negative effects of gravity on timekeeping …

Watches

Four Yacht Timers in Bermuda

<i>These specially made watches will count down and display the time until the start of the race.</i><p>With the America’s Cup underway in Bermuda, we’ve gathered the four newest yacht timers currently found on the wrists of many of the sailors there.<p>The yacht timer has long been a niche countdown …

Grand Seiko Spring Drive 8 day

Direct from Grand Seiko’s Micro Artist Studio at Seiko’s Shiojiri workshop in central Japan (birthplace of the Spring Drive Minute Repeater, Sonnerie and Eichi watches for Credor) Grand Seiko this week adds a rose gold and dark-dialed companion piece to the much-touted platinum-cased Grand Seiko …

Hermès Arceau Très Grand Modèle

Since its debut in 1978, the Hermès Arceau has been a wrist palette for a variety of complications, including the inventive Arceau Le Temps Suspendu and the Arceau Lift Flying Tourbillon, among others. The watch’s round case, flanked by asymmetric lugs, has also recently served as a fitting frame …