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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Rose Gold

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 …

Hermès

Building Bell & Ross

Ever since Carlos Rosillo and Bruno Belamich joined forces to create Bell & Ross in 1992, the company has built its reputation making highly legible, water-resistant and functional timepieces. While most Bell & Ross designs hew to military or aeronautical themes, more than a few also attract those …

Watches

Options Highlight the Ball Fireman NightBreaker

Wristwatch makers have long known that the ability to customize wristwatches, with a simple engraving on the caseback or through a more complex procedure like a letter-shaped movement bridge, is a sure method of landing repeat customers. The ability to choose strap and dial colors, case metals and …

Watches

Le Jour Returns

Le Jour, formerly a French watch distributor as well as a retailer of Heuer-made chronographs, is known today for its 1960s-1970s mechanical chronographs, many of which featured original Valjoux movements. The watches were sought after by collectors due to their comparably affordable pricing, …

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A Decade of Deep Diving

Deep Blue celebrates its ten-year anniversary.<p>When Deep Blue Watches was founded in 2007, few would have predicted that it would develop a near cult status among collectors of affordable, solidly built dive watches. But the brand’s continuing popularity is also due, at least in part, to its regular …

Stainless Steel

Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Future owners of a Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series can now add $12,650 to their order for a matching watch. Porsche Design’s new Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is a 42mm titanium model with a flyback chronograph movement that Porsche Design calls its first in-house caliber. Both the …

Watches

Father’s Day Watches, Part II

Father’s Day arrives June 18, and there is still plenty of time to find just the right watch for dad’s wrist. If you’re still not sure which timekeeper would look best on the male parent in your life, below is our second post with a few suggestions. And of course, we’ve considered options with a …

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Father’s Day Watches, Part I

With Father’s Day arriving June 18, there is still plenty of time to find just the right watch for dad’s wrist. If you’re still not sure which timekeeper would look best on the male parent in your life, we are here to help with a few suggestions, which we’ll deliver here in two different posts. As …

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Ruling the Skies with G-Shock

G-Shock’s Gravitymaster GPW2000 takes the Master of G collection to new heights with the addition of Bluetooth compatibility and a connected smartphone app. (Sponsored Content)<p>In G-Shock canon, Master of G represents the absolute apex of G-Shock’s professional-grade models, with air, land and sea …

Carbon Fiber

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Small

The two strap colors drive home the fact that this Geneva watchmaker wants both men and women to consider purchasing this new 36mm gold-cased automatic dress piece. Its small diameter means it will easily fit most any size wrist. As vintage-minded collectors of both sexes increasingly don cases …

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Montblanc Adds Gold and Black to TimeWalker Options

Montblanc’s TimeWalker collection received a major re-launch at SIHH earlier this year with entirely new automotive-influenced dial designs, black ceramic bezels, a new steel bracelet (with adjustable triple-fold clasp) on many models and a tight selection of sporty references. And while most of …

Watches

Peter Brock & Shelby Cobra

Automotive royalty and famed Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock joined Baume & Mercier Design Director Alexandre Peraldi recently to create Baume & Mercier’s newest Shelby Cobra collection. The three Clifton Club Shelby Cobra Limited Editions, which debuted at SIHH this year, capture …

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Bulgari Diagono Scuba

As one of the first ‘sporty chic’ watches that could be worn in deep water, the Bulgari Diagono Scuba has been a fixture among yachtsman and beachgoers across Europe since it debuted in 1994. Now powered by Bulgari’s own Solotempo movement, this newest version of the diver greets the summer in …

Scuba Diving

High Speeds at Sea

As the world’s fastest boats race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers competition in Bermuda, we look at Panerai’s new role as a lead partner and maker of the Official Watch of the America’s Cup.<p>Standing on a pedestal in front of a shipping container at Oracle Team USA’s base in …

Sailing

U.S. History on Display at Patek Philippe Exhibit in July

Americans will gain thorough insight into the history of fine watchmaking as Patek Philippe opens up its vaults this July 13 through July 23 to present “The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017” at Cipriani on 42nd Street. And among the ten thematic display rooms, one will specifically …

Watches

Renowned Photographer Brings His Watch Portraits to Hamilton Jewelers Annual Watch Fair

Stop by Hamilton Jewelers 18th annual Watch Fair on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd in Princeton, NJ.<p>For two days only Hamilton will be showcasing the newest collections and limited editions from the finest brands, exclusive brand pop up shops and will be offering special financing with …

Watches

Richard Mille RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal plans to sport this brightly colored, ultra-light Richard Mille RM 27-03 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal when it’s his turn to compete on the clay courts of the French Open in Paris this week and next week. The new watch is the seventh tourbillon timepiece made by Richard Mille in partnership …

Tennis

Montblanc Awards Artists & Debuts Limited Editions

The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award kicked off earlier this month in Spain with the first of seventeen ceremonies that will be held worldwide. The winner this year is Soledad Lorenzo, who accepted the award at the Liria Palace in Madrid in honor of her patronage of contemporary arts. …

Rome

F.P. Journe Havana Dials: Octa Automatique Réserve and Octa Automatique Lune

F.P. Journe earlier this year created a warm-brown, so-called Havana dial that nicely matches the watch’s 40mm platinum case and the caramel alligator strap. (The name Havana is meant to recall the brown color of a premium Cuban cigar.) In fact, the dial is so nice that F.P. Journe has placed it on …

Moon

Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

First seen at Baselworld 2017, Casio’s new G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000 is fully connected to GPS and boasts a ‘Mission Stamp,’ a function that records time and location. This data can then be sent via Bluetooth to a dedicated mobile app that retains a detailed graph of the wearer’s movement …

Watches

Historic Cartier Watches on Display in London

As U.S.-based watch enthusiasts are clearing their calendars for Patek Philippe’s upcoming Art of Watches Grand Exhibition, slated for July 13-23 in New York, many collectors in England are preparing to visit Cartier in Motion, an exhibition on Cartier and design, which opens this Thursday, May …

Watches

Temption CGK204 CURARE

This German-based company celebrates its twentieth year in 2017 as an independent small-batch watch brand. Among its newer offerings is this sporty 43mm chronograph watch inspired by and named for the “poison dart” frogs of Central and South America. The Temption CGK204 Curare is in many ways a …

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Off to the Races with Chopard and Mille Miglia

The 90th Mille Miglia is underway, and as has been the case since 1988, Chopard is sponsoring the race, which will see 440 teams competing in vintage cars over a distance of 1,000 miles between Brescia to Rome and back. Chopard has eighteen cars in the race, fourteen of which are cars from the …

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Protecting the Deep

Oris limited editions assist conservation and medical charities.<p>While Oris has long backed select charities with funds from the sales of certain Oris watches, this year the independent Swiss watchmaker seems to have outdone itself. At least three new Oris limited edition watches are being sold in …

Oceans

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

When IWC debuted a redesigned Portugieser Chronograph Classic in 2013 with Ref. 3904, it did so well after SIHH that year, when the brand focused attention on its much broader Ingenieur re-launch. Four years later, IWC has again tweaked the storied Portugieser Chronograph Classic with Ref. 3903, …

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Mother’s Day Wrist Guide, Part II

With a few days before Mother’s Day, there is still time to place timekeeping on mom’s wrist. Luckily there are more choices than ever as watch companies have expanded their offerings to women in some serious ways, as we have noted in coverage of SIHH and Baselworld during the previous months.<p>In …

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