Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: February 17, 2015

A. Lange & Söhne commemorates its founder's 200th birthday, a new high flyer from Breitling, a mechanical watch that acts like a quartz, plus a high-tech piece from Arnold & Son and a Graham that is anything but subtle.

It's Complicated, Vol. 1

The Chronograph, Explained

While most of us won’t time anything beyond a boring meeting or boiling eggs, a chronograph is all about readiness, potential and the human interaction with a micro-engineering marvel -- not to mention the rare opportunity to stop time.

It's Complicated

The Best Watches of SIHH 2015

Despite the economic clouds that blew into Geneva the week before, there were still some spectacular new watches at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. This year, the exclusive exhibition of high watchmaking lived up to its name. Here are 10 of our favorite watches from the show.

Best of Show

The Best of SIHH 2015: Day Three

We're bringing you daily coverage of the Salon International Haute Horlogerie. Today: A. Lange & Söhne's "decimal" repeater, Roger Dubuis' Excalibur Spider Skeleton Flying Tourbillon and more.

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Is Air the New Down?

Tested: NuDown Mount Whitney Vest

NuDown, a small company based in Reno, Nevada, has an innovative new solution and it might just be better than down: air. Sometimes the best solution is the one that's all around you. We tried out the Mount Whitney vest and came away impressed.

Practically made of gold

Tested: Fischer Carbonlite Skate H-Plus

Most people don't use high-end outdoor gear, like skis and bikes, to their fullest potential. If you're investing in the same skis that were used to win a whopping 65 percent of the medals in Sochi, be the exception.

Variations on a Theme

A Classic Skier Learns to Skate

Having come of age during the classic era of cross-country skiing, I took a defiant view of skate skiing. Finally, this winter I decided to end my holdout and learn to skate. It couldn't be that hard, right?

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: December 2, 2014

This Week in Watches: commemorating Raymond Weil, Hublot's tribute to Cricket, Bulova puts out a 24 karat timepiece and more.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: November 21, 2014

This Week in Watches: Panerai's new Luminor chronograph, G-P's Large Date Moonphase Mechanics of Art Deco, Parmigiani's upcoming SIHH 2015 and more.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: November 17, 2014

This Week in Watches: JeanRichard's Arsenal timepiece, the original Victorinox watch returns, a black-on-black Breitling, pictures from SalonQP and more.

A Photo Bag with Soul

Filson X Magnum Camera Bags

The Filson x Magnum camera bags beg to be thrown in the backseat of a Land Rover headed for points unknown, stubble on the chin and scuffed boots on the feet. While other camera bags come and go, these are ones your grandkids will find in your attic, pockets still full of rolls of undeveloped film (or memory cards if you prefer), prompting them to remark on what a life you lived.

A World Beyond

A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Terraluna

Sure, the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna costs more than most single-family suburban homes; we’re not celebrating its affordability. But this is sheer, no-holds-barred, spare-no-expense excellence. One would be hard pressed to find another timepiece in the past decade that surpasses it for ingenuity and complexity -- even another Lange.

Desk Divers Need Not Apply

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three

The IWC Aquatimer Deep Three is a truly useful diving instrument, showing IWC's commitment to actual diving and to its own legacy.

Perpetual Achievability

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar

It’s not often that the buzz surrounding an haute horlogerie watch centers on its price. But that’s exactly what happened when Montblanc unveiled its Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar at SIHH this past January. And for good reason: Montblanc turned the Swiss watch world on its ear by offering the grande dame of complications, the perpetual calendar, in a watch that costs around $13,000.

Master and Commander

OMEGA Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

At BaselWorld 2014, OMEGA released a watch with the Seamaster 300 name for the first time in over 40 years: the Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial. It's a pitch-perfect blend of vintage styling and modern watchmaking technology, a watch that diehard OMEGA fans have hoped the brand would bring back for years.

Taking the Challenge Again

Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi”

The Pepsi GMT-Master II has made a triumphant return in all its bi-color soda-bottle-label glory, re-crafting the old school favorite of Che Guevara, Hunter S. Thompson and Magnum P.I. with the latest watchmaking technology that only Rolex could produce.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: November 7, 2014

This Week in Watches: Mo'rice Lacroix supports Movember, an anime-inspired watch, Shinola's first titanium watch, an angry letter and more.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: IWC's Kurt Klaus celebrates his 80th birthday, Bell & Ross's BR-X1 chronograph, Graham's Silverstone RS line and more.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 24, 2014

This Week in Watches: Ralph Lauren's sleeper hit, Waltham returns (sort of), Haspel partners with Brooklyn Watch Co. and more.

Lange Live Watchmaking

A Look Back at Germany’s Storied Watchmaker

This year Walter Lange turned 90, and the company his grandfather built celebrates 20 years since its post-Cold War rebirth. In commemoration, here's a look back at some of GP's best Lange & Söhne coverage.

To Glashütte, with Love

A Lange-Term Love Affair

I’ll never own a Lange & Söhne timepiece. Yet ask me what my favorite watch brand is and I’ll spit out their name without hesitation. Here's why.

Valhalla, I Am Coming

Unrelenting Weather and Endless Beauty in Iceland

Iceland exists as if out of the mind of a science fiction writer -- not in the futuristic sense, but as some timeless place, where the elements that created the earth meet the people who harness its power. It is perhaps the most exotic place on Earth. And it’s only a five-hour flight from Manhattan.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 14, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling commemorates AOPA's 75th anniversary, the return of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958, interstellar watches from Zenith and Geo.Graham and more.

The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth -- and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here's a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Ocean Racer

To the Victor, an IWC Chronograph

IWC has created a commemorative timepiece for the Volvo Ocean Race, which will also to serve as motivation for the competing teams since it happens to be the prize for the winner of the coveted “24 Hour Record”. Here are the details.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 7, 2014

This Week In Watches: A return dive to the mysterious Antikythera device, a Nomos watch celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, smaller watches from IWC and much more.

Port in a storm

Viewfinder: Basecamp of Impressions

Remember when you were a kid, building a tent out of a bed sheet or making camp in the backyard? This short film taps into our love of tents and the notion of the base camp, a place full of potential, of plans, of gathering strength for adventures to come -- and a place to return to when the proverbial yak dung hits the fan.