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Wear Them Well

The State of Wearables, 2014

Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls -- battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price -- but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.

Switzerland is not in trouble

Bring it, Apple Watch: The Traditional Watch Is Here to Stay

“Switzerland is in trouble", Jony Ive recently said when introducing Apple's smart watch. But watch collectors have heard those words before, and the traditional wristwatch has survived -- prospered even. Which is partly why non-smart watches still have nothing to fear.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 16, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling's new SuperQuartz-powered Cockpit B50, a classicist pocket watch from Jaquet Droz, a watch expert takes on the Apple Watch and much more.

Looks good in a suit. Forget the rest.

Time is Money: Redefining the Dress Watch, Affordably

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

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.

Two Horological North Stars

Want This, Get This: Bremont Terra Nova or Alpina Alpinist GMT 4

A good expedition watch must be a jack of all trades, with water, shock, and magnetic field resistance plus a compass bezel. For explorers, both the Bremont Terra Nova and Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 fit the bill; one is just significantly less expensive than the other.

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.

Odd and Proud

Time Is Money: Figuring Out the Unconventional Mondaine Stop2Go

There are a couple of things that sober up a man. A grievous insult to one's woman in a bar does it; cold night air is surprisingly effective; some swear by a black cup of coffee. And breaking something expensive will do it too, melt the slight warmth of the cheeks into a chilly sweat that dews the brow. I felt that recently, when I did something to mess up a Mondaine Stop2Go ($725) I'd been lent for testing.

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.

Best Supporting Timekeepers

Screen Time: 8 of Cinema’s Coolest Watches

Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. These are our eight favorite silver screen timepieces that have made a huge impact on both cinema and the watch world.

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.

My watch is smarter than your honor student

Decrypted: Are Wearables Worth It?

In a sense, producers of wearables are trying to convince you that they’re something you can’t possibly live without…. something like your smartphone. Chances are, however, you can. Darren Murph examines the current state of the smartwatch.

Navigating a tricky airspace

Time Is Money: The Luminox P-38 Lightning GMT

Do fighter planes have clocks? I ask myself when I look at Luminox's P-38 Lightning GMT ($500+). If they did, they'd certainly look like this one. That's the point: the P-38 is part of Luminox's line of "Air"-inspired watches. The question, as always, is: is it worth it the price tag?

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.

From Tinkerer to Timekeeper

Talking Shop with Leo Padron, a New American Watchmaker

Leo Padron grew up a tinkerer, then turned his focus to fixing his grandfather's broken wristwatch. He succeeded...and then he started building his own. We talked to Padron, who today helms Padron Watch Co., a successful startup building three unique watches out of Minneapolis.

Timeless Styles

Faces of the Decades: 5 Throwback Watches

The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today's trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade -- new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.

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.

BRITISH WATCHMAKING, WITH NARY A GLANCE AT THE SWISS

Robert Loomes: Bringing Watchmaking Back to the British Isles

Robert Loomes & Co., makes gorgeous watches in small, limited editions of 50 or 100 pieces. He joins the growing cadre of watchmakers who are pushing British watchmaking as far as possible, along with Christopher Ward, Roger Smith, and the brothers English.

Well Worn

Elements: Horween Leather Watch Straps

Made with traditional methods (and a few logical modern production upgrades), Horween leather is the material du jour for everything from menswear staples to timeless goods. With both durability and a patina that wears just so, it works particularly well as a strap material for both vintage and new watches.

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.

Six Battery-Powered Powerhouses

The Return of the Quartz Watch

The quartz watch was our introduction to timekeeping -- the gateway drug that spurred our talk of ticks and led to our appreciation of mechanized complications -- and like our first car, it demands respect. Battery-powered watches pack incredible complications, intricate details and robust build quality into an infinitely wearable and affordable package. Even the most ardent watch snob would be proud to strap any of these six quartz watches upon his wrist.

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.

Gentlemen, start your chronographs

Lap Timers: Six Great Motoring Watches

The motoring watch has long been a symbol of masculine derring-do and a love of machinery. Here are six modern timepieces that still capture the exhaust smell and sound of engines running wide open on a ribbon of tarmac.

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.

Born from the sea

Icon: IWC Portuguese

The contemporary IWC Portuguese is not merely a watch, but rather an entire model line within IWC’s collection, with everything from chronographs to minute repeaters and perpetual calendars counted among its ranks. It is one of the stalwarts of the Schaffhausen brand's collection and almost universally loved by watch aficionados for the line's clean, classic aesthetics, purity of design and fascinating history. And it all sprang from a single request from a singular watch market.

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.

Gear Patrol x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: Wittnauer “Panda” Chronograph (Sold)

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. The Wittnauer Professional Chronograph we have this week is classic '60s style, with widely spaced contrasting colors, "Panda" style, subdials for running seconds and elapsed minutes, blocky hands and a bold red sweep hand. It's an American beauty.

The British Brand Beats the Swatch Group's Embargo in the Best Possible Way

With a New In-House Movement, Christopher Ward Sets the Bar High

Last week, while we Americans were celebrating our independence from England, English brand Christopher Ward was celebrating independence of a different sort. The ten-year-old Internet watch company announced that it had created its first in-house mechanical movement, the calibre SH21, for its new C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic timepiece. While the watch itself is a handsome piece, fitting well into Ward’s lineup of classic sports and dress watches, it’s this movement under the hood that has the watch world buzzing.