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Give Pops Some Time Back

Best Watches for Any Dad

A hint for Father’s Day gift seekers: He doesn’t need another screwdriver set. What he needs is something with more thought, more personality, something he’ll use. A watch checks all those boxes. It’s even a bit of a reversal: remember how long dad spent wiping your butt, teaching you to throw a football, or picking you up at 2 a.m. because you were drunk and didn’t have a ride? Now you can give him some time back. These five great options should cover pretty much any old man’s wrist.

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This Week in Watches: June 3, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling’s high-flying contest, two new Richard Milles, a Rolex Paul Newman video, a DOXA on sale and more.

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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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aperture buddies

Breakdown: Valbray EL1 Chrono for Leica

For their 100th anniversary, Leica teamed up with Valbray, an independent Swiss watchmaker, to create a commemorative timepiece based on Valbray’s signature Oculus diaphragm system.

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High Fliers

Buying Guide: Flieger Watches

What started as a batch of 1,200 watches made in 1941 for the German Luftwaffe has since become one of the most iconic watch designs in history. Today Fliegers are made by both household-name German brands and a set of potent up-and-comers, in both classic styling and with an artistic license, at bank-breaking prices and for only a couple hundred bucks. Here are our favorites.

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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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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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Classic cars, Champagne and yachts

Photo Essay: 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Historique

The Historic Grand Prix is one of the most important historic track events of the year, and it’s easy to see why: throughout the weekend, classic cars of all sorts drive the circuit in downtown Monaco, drivers mingle in their race suits, mechanics tinker, car nuts scoop their tongues off the ground and tall women glide by in cocktail dresses and heels.

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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 SKELETON IN THIS POLITICIAN’S CLOSET

Breakdown: Glashütte Original Senator Manual Winding Skeletonized Edition

The boys in the back room at German company Glashütte Original have done a masterful job at sculpting the skeletonized version of their Manual Winding Senator to make its inner workings clear as day. It’s 42 millimeters of hand-wound, see-through, 18k red gold bliss.

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A Big, Bad Watch Gets Bigger and Badder

Tested: Suunto Ambit2

We get our hands on the Ambit2 from Suunto, the best watch in the business for serious outdoor adventurers looking to track all of their data over an entire weekend trip.

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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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Simple, clean, and unconstrained

Elements: Unlined, Uncompromised

There’s nirvana in a product made with a singular purpose, done so well that it needs neither embellishment nor hype. Doing away with lining (a feature we’ve kept ambiguous in these selections, as you’ll see) is one such way to pare down a product to its base usefulness.

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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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Big Swinging Ticks

Breakdown: Richard Mille RM 38-01 G-Sensor Bubba Watson

Richard Mille has been working with golfer Bubba Watson since 2010 on a shock-resistant watch that can handle the strain of his titanic swing. And the RM 38-01 Bubba Watson doesn’t just survive the swing’s high g-forces: it records them.

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And they said the West was wild

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part Two: The East

As it goes for just about anything “military”, issued timepieces are some of the most collectible in the watch world. Between enthusiasts looking for a rugged watch to go on adventures with, fashionable folks pulling off military-inspired looks, and history buffs bolstering their military regalia collection, the military watch market faces the perfect storm of demand. Couple that demand with a fixed number of issued timepieces, and you start to see the whole picture. The rabbit hole of military watches and their history delves very deeply, very quickly, so we’ve broken our overview into two parts: those countries from the West with influential and interesting military timekeeping history, and those from the East. This week, the East — Japan, China, Russia, India and Australia — flexes its stuff.

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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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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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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.