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Coastal Essentials

Kit: Free-Diving the Mediterranean

Whether you’re heading to the Mediterranean coast in real life or just your daydreams, this kit of casual clothes and accoutrements will keep you both cool and looking cool.

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Case in Point

Why the Watch Case Matters

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.

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Gear Patrol x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter

For our new 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. Our first offering takes us back to the 1960s to one of our favorite dive watches, the DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter ($2,500).

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We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: May 27, 2014

This Week In Watches: a new Christopher Ward classic, Alpina’s not-so-free giveaway, a Baselworld infographic and much more.

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Like the Shark, a Dinosaur that Still Thrives

Time on Our Hands: Squale 101 Atmos

Vintage watches are flying off the shelves right now, but the Squale 101 Atmos carries out its heritage look without pretense.

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Timepieces for the Beach, the Mountains or just Manning the Grill

Summer Hours: Great Casual Watches for the Season

Five new watches ready for the mountains, the beach, or just manning the grill. Put one on and don’t take it off until Labor Day.

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Crafting Time

On the Scene: Timecrafters

Bringing together a mix of 15 watch companies in the gorgeous Park Avenue Armory in NYC, Timecrafters aims to let the public get up close and personal with new timepieces and the people behind them. Hands-on and face to face with great timekeeping? Of course we were there.

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This Week in Watches: May 20, 2014

This Week in Watches, we examine Breitling’s new seafarer, a skinny Reverso, Shinola leather and much more.

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The Time of Your Life

How to Wear One Watch For All Seasons

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.

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Preparing for Takeoff in the Alps

Postcard: Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Switzerland — Air Zermatt pilots are the rock stars of the Alps, and they know it.

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The Adaptable Survive

Proving Evolutionary Theory with IWC’s Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands”

The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” ($11,100) shares more with theCharles Darwin Foundation than donations. It’s a prime example of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution — in Aquatimers.

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This Week in Watches: May 13, 2014

This week in watches: Tsovet’s line of automatics, Mayan timekeeping, Richard Mille in White, German blasphemy and much more.

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Flying Above a Grueling Swiss Ski Mountaineering Contest

Photo Essay: Patrouille des Glaciers

Every two years, in the beginning of May, the Swiss hold an historic ski mountaineering race: the Patrouille des Glaciers, “the Glacier Patrol”. The race, a national treasure of sorts, attracts close to 5,000 participants of all ages and ability levels and tens of thousands of rowdy Swiss spectators who line the course.

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Winning the space race

Breakdown: Citizen Satellite Wave F100

There’s a space race going on in the watch world. In Japan, Seiko, Citizen and Casio are duking it out in the rarified atmosphere of satellite receiving watches, which use satellite signals to tell time as accurately as an atomic clock. Citizen just introduced the F100 at Baselworld 2014, and they’ve set the bar high.

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We Have All the Time in the World

The Well-Traveled Wrist: Five Great Travel Watches

From the Archives: In a wristwatch, any function beyond merely telling the time of day is called a “complication”. This term encompasses simple functions such as the date, poetic ones like the phases of the moon or even something as esoteric as sidereal time. But perhaps the most useful watch complication is the ability to tell the time in more than one time zone. Since the advent of the traveler’s watch, we’ve seen every conceivable variation of the traveler’s watch — for pilots, divers, businesspeople — but all still live up to their raisons d’êtres: keeping track of the world’s times at a glance, no matter the complication style. Here are five of the best out there (yes, we said best, so gird your wallets) that are ready to take flight.

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Coming to the Dark Side

Viewfinder: Making the Dark Side of the Moon

The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional is such an icon — it’s nearly a perfect watch, really — that it’s hard to imagine that OMEGA could ever follow it up. Then last year the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon set the watch world abuzz. This video from Omega shows how it’s crafted, in all its black ceramic glory.

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Aviation-grade

Time on Our Hands: Bremont Boeing Model 247

When Bremont announced earlier this year that it was partnering with the airplane builder Boeing for two special edition watches, the three-hand Model 1 and the Model 247 chronograph, we were skeptical. Could this young British watch company that could do no wrong finally have gone one (Geneva-striped) bridge too far with a cheesy co-branding exercise? No better way to find out than strapping a bit of aeronautic history to our wrist.

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This Week in Watches: May 6, 2014

This Week in Watches, an Aston Martin opener, Zenith’s new boss, CR7 becomes a TAG ambassador and more.

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Neptune's grandson on his record-breaking undersea endeavor

30 Minutes With: Fabien Cousteau

We talk with Fabian Cousteau as he preps for Mission 31, an endeavor to live underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 31 days.

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Time On Our Hands: DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31

A Storied Watchmaker and a Storied Family Dive Together Again

DOXA and the Cousteaus have a hell of a history together. When Fabien Cousteau heads underwater in June to beat his grandfather’s record 30 days spent in Conshelf Two, he’ll be wearing a DOXA SUB Professional Mission 31.

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This Week in Watches: April 29, 2014

This Week in Watches, G-P goes blue, Breitling goes Bronze, Urwerk Gets Medieval and much more.

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An Icon of the Waves

God of the Sea: the 1967 DOXA SUB 300T Sharkhunter

From the Archives: If you wore a DOXA SUB in the 1960s, you were a diver. This is the story of the timeless timepiece.

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A Stainless Heritage Lives On

Breakdown: Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph

At BaselWorld2014, Patek Philippe introduced the Travel Time Chronograph, reference 5990-1 ($57,300), the latest in the continuing evolution of the now-iconic Nautilus.

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This Week in Watches: April 22, 2014

This Week in Watches we examine Swatches gone large, Fliegers gone small, space Luminoxes, ceramic Bell & Rosses and more.

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No Mere Accessories

The Rise of the Fashion Watch

It wasn’t so long ago that watches with fashion brand names on their dials were routinely dismissed as pretenders, mere arm candy for people with more money than good sense or taste. While there are still plenty of those watches twinkling from department store jewelry counters, other brands — ones more often associated with jewelry, luggage and trench coats — have quietly elbowed their way into loftier company. These five made a splash at this year’s BaselWorld.

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This Week in Watches: April 15, 2014

This Week in Watches, we examine new offerings from Sinn, Grand Seiko, Magrette, Speake-Marin and the NYC-based strapmaker Suigeneric.

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Will Dufour Bring the Conservative Brand Into the Modern Age?

A New Rolex CEO Gets the Keys to the Kingdom

Rolex had just three CEOs in its first century of existence; it’s had three more in just the past eight years. This week, the iconic company made the latest change in its game of musical chairs, putting Jean-Frédéric Dufour, whom many will recognize as the man who turned Zenith around, in the hot seat. This a major development for one of the most conservative companies in a very conservative industry — particularly because of Dufour’s track record.

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The Watchmaker's Art

Inside NOMOS Glashütte: A Look Over the Watchmaker’s Shoulder

When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.

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Davy Jones's (Dive) Locker

Kit: Wreck Diving

For centuries, man has found countless ways to send ships to the bottom of the sea. Since the advent of scuba technology, we’ve found ways to explore them. Whether it’s to search for booty, take eerie photos, or just to pay respects, wreck diving is a not a sport for the timid. Often found in deep, cold water with strong currents and dangerous reefs, wrecks demand expertise, experience, humility and marine-grade bronze balls — not to mention a lot of specialized gear. This isn’t tropical holiday diving, so be prepared to shell out for equipment that can stand up to the conditions the Gunilda, the Thistlegorm or the Doria present.

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Best of Show

The Best Watches of BaselWorld 2014

Another BaselWorld is in the books, and it’s time for our annual tradition of choosing our favorite watches of the show. Once again, we polled five of our esteemed Timekeeping contributors for their picks — and once again they chose a real mix of haute horlogerie, divers and chronographs from brands big and small. Mind you, these aren’t necessarily the best watches of the show (despite our title), but just the ones with which we’d choose to flee across the border on our wrists. See if you agree with our choices.