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.

Frankenwatch Supreme

Building the Hypothetical “Perfect” Watch

The term “Frankenwatch” is pejorative, suggesting an impure timepiece cobbled together from parts of questionable origin and vintage. But ask watch collectors to name the best parts from any watch, and they'll eventually dream up an imaginary watch that only a mad doctor could love. Here's GP's very own.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 30, 2014

This Week In Watches: a dive watch with a killer movement, Shinola gets sporty, CT Scuderia goes square, and Richard Mille takes on Chinese mythology.

Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP's Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay's gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.

Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

Farr and Away

Viewfinder: The Farr 40s

Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.

On His Race's New Tack

An Interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race

From the Archives: How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years.

Into the void

Climbing All 14,410 Feet of Mt. Rainier

From the Archives: For climbers, Mount Rainier presents a tantalizing challenge given its accessibility to a major urban center and the established routes that zigzag up its flanks. Only about half those who attempt to summit it succeed each year, the other half turned away by weather, unstable conditions or fatigue. It was also the scene of one of the worst mountaineering accidents in North American climbing history when an ice fall killed 11 climbers in 1981. It sounded like a good challenge.

Case In Point

Why the Watch Case Matters

From the Archives: Most discussions about watches and their value begin and end with the movement: Swiss versus Japanese, in-house versus outsourced, finishing and complications. But in reality, the movement is only part of the story. All too often overlooked is the humble watch case, which can be equally artful, interesting, and difficult to produce.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 23, 2014

This Week in Watches: OMEGA's 50th anniversary tribute to Goldfinger, JeanRichard collaborates with French street artist Gully, a watch promoting awareness of mitochondrial disease and much more.

A Watch for all seasons

How To: One Watch, Four Ways

From the Archives: There are worse ways to spend your hard-earned money than on those pinnacles of the mechanical art. But there’s something to be said for wearing one watch all the the time. Buy one watch, wear it through thick and thin and create your own patina rather than purchasing someone else’s. Here's how to do it.

Rediscover your sunroof

Tested: Whispbar Rack System

During a month of hauling kayaks atop a Volvo XC90, the Whispbar proved truly innovative and escaped many of the pitfalls found in other carrying racks.

Slightly Less than Roughing It

Car Camping Done Right

Car camping is all about possibilities, whether it’s in the Adirondacks out East, the lakes of the Midwest or the empty spaces of the BLA land out West. Getting to a campsite on four wheels means you can take along a mountain bike, kayaks, hardcover pulp fiction and a cooler of microbrews. This is the camping you remember from childhood, replete with great, cushy gear -- a hissing propane lantern, creaky camp chairs and someone strumming a guitar.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 9, 2014

This Week in Watches: Vacheron's new addition to its Platinum Collection, the Pinion Revival 1969, Shinola's American rubber, the Richard Mille 11 Flyback Chronograph, a mechanical pacemaker and more.

When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 3, 2014

This Week in Watches: Richard Mille's RM 11 Flyback Chronograph, new versions of Luminox's P-38 Lightning, the HODINKEE Music Machine 2, a tough Victorinox and much more.

TICKING OFF THE WEEK'S NEWS IN WATCHES

This Week in Watches: August 26, 2014

This Week in Watches: Tissot's T-Touch Solar, the Longines 24-Hours Single Push Piece Chronograph, instant classic straps from Australian strap maker Bas & Lokes, and much more.

Best of both worlds

Want This, Get This: Breitling Aerospace Evo or Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic XLS MT

The analog-digital watch came into its own in the 1980s, joining the traditional three-handed watch with the functionality of digital timepieces. Breitling has been at the forefront of analog-digital watches since those early days, and today we feature the latest in its vaunted Aerospace range along with an alternative from Victorinox Swiss Army that does almost as much for far less.

Adventure-ready multifunction watches

Multifunction Tool Watches for the 21st Century

From the Archives: Mechanical diver's and pilot’s watches may have been indispensable instruments for explorers in decades past, but nowadays, state-of-the-art wristwatches have shifted toward lightweight, battery-powered and largely digital pieces. These are wrist-top computers, designed for wear during mountaineering, skiing, sailing, surfing and flying. We rounded up six of the best for your next adventures.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: August 19, 2014

This Week in Watches: Updates to Breitling Colt line, Braun's Bauhaus timepieces, Autodromo's self-winding watch from Pebble Beach and much more.

Rolex? Omega.

The Watches of James Bond

There’s a bit of dialogue in Casino Royale, the 2006 reboot of the James Bond movie franchise, when Vesper Lynd thinks she has Bond figured out, right down to his watch: "Rolex?" she asks. "Omega", Bond replies. "Beautiful", Lynd assesses. Those three words sum up 50 years of Bond and his wristwatches.

Quintessentially British

Bremont Lightweight E-Type for Jaguar

The boys from Henley-on-Thames have done it again: Jaguar and reputable British watchmakers Bremont have collaborated on six new bespoke timepieces, which will accompany the final six cars in Jaguar's E-Type series.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: August 12, 2014

This Week in Watches: Tissot's first Manhattan boutique, an indie film about indie watchmakers, Deep Blue's new affordable diver and more.

TICKING OFF THE LATEST IN WATCH NEWS

This Week in Watches: August 5, 2014

This Week in Watches: Bremont's founder defends an embattled movement, James Cameron unveils a new Rolex, a Swiss brand releases an automatic signing machine, and much more.

Out of this world

Viewfinder: MB&F L’Epée 1839 Starfleet/Machine

One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L'Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.

One giant leap

Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite

Wearing a $20,000 watch with a white strap onboard a Great Lakes wreck diving charter is inviting ridicule. But duty called, and I strapped the Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite ($20,000, limited to 59 pieces) over my drysuit cuff, clipped on the Reef digital dive module and waddled to the back of the boat. It quickly proved a sports watch in a category all its own.

Ticking Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: July 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: An affordable Kiwi travel watch, a Wright brothers Bremont, Moscow's time zone change and more.

Uncomplicated, for your wallet

Five Complications Under $500

From the Archives: Watches that simply tell time are a dime a dozen, and sometimes close to a dozen a dime. But start adding more functions and things can get complicated -- and expensive. While we’re just starting to forgive the quartz watch for dealing a near death blow to our beloved mechanical timepieces, there’s no denying that when you want more bang for the buck, battery power is the way to go. You’ll pay dearly for dual time zones, flybacks, alarms and tide trackers on the mechanical side of the fence, but if you’re willing to put up with a tick-tick-tick seconds hand, we’ve found five watches that are happy to complicate your life for under (or around) five hundred dollars.

Keep the revs high

Road Trip Style: Italian Tuneup

One of the best ways to enjoy a summer weekend is a top-down road trip out of town. Pick up a fun roadster like an Alfa Romeo Spider (preferably in rosso corsa) for just these occasions.

A Pearl of an Oyster

Timekeeping Selects: Rolex Oyster Precision Linen Dial (Sold)

For our series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. The Rolex Oyster Precision Linen Dial flies a bit under the radar, with baton hands, a smooth polished bezel and a lovely textured cream dial collectors call "linen". It also comes with its original green box, Rolex guarantee (long since expired) and 19-millimeter steel bracelet with the Rolex logo on the clasp.

TICKING OFF THE LATEST IN WATCH NEWS

This Week in Watches: July 22, 2014

This Week in Watches: F.P. Journe revamped in gold, a Darwin-inspired series by Arnold & Sons, a modular version of the Inkler DEFAKTO, and more.

Easy Reader

Timekeeping Icon: Heuer Carrera

From the Archives: The Heuer Carrera can be summed up in one word: legible. When Jack Heuer, the great-grandson of Heuer's founder, decided to introduce a new line of chronograph watches in 1963, ease of reading was the foremost design goal. Taking inspiration from the dashboard dials of racing cars, Jack developed what is arguably one of the best-looking chronographs ever made. These were watches designed to be worn on the track and in the cockpit of the world’s fastest cars, and many of the best drivers of the 1960s and 1970s chose Heuers. This was a time before brand ambassador programs paid celebrities to wear their watches; drivers like Mario Andretti, Gilles Villeneuve, Clay Regazzoni, Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda, and Jo Siffert wore Heuers just because they liked them.

CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race

30 Minutes With: Knut Frostad

How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years. We sat down with Frostad in Newport, Rhode Island, which will serve as a stopover in the upcoming race, to discuss its global appeal.

Taking the Long Way 'Round

Photo Essay: Sailing with Team Alvimedica of the Volvo Ocean Race

Unlike the America’s Cup, which is all about speed over a short distance, the Volvo Ocean Race is a challenge of endurance. In this year’s running of the race, starting in October in Alicante, Spain, crews of eight sailors will race around the globe in stages lasting up to four weeks at a time, stopping in various ports such as Capetown, Auckland and Newport along the way. We set sail with Team Alvimedica as they trained out of their home port of Newport, Rhode Island.

Ticking off the latest in watch news

This Week in Watches: July 15, 2014

This Week in Watches: July 15, 2014. The Bell & Ross WW1 Guynemer, news on Apple's iWatch, BENRUS lives again, and more.