Five Watches to Burn Your Bonus On
You did well this year. Now -- what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.
You did well this year. Now -- what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.
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.
While testing out the new Braun BN0035 Chronograph, I find out why the midcentury modern design makes me (and many other watch collectors) feel uncomfortable.
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.
For the tenth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we're selling a "Poor Man's Heuer": a 1960s Hamilton chronograph just off of a fresh service in remarkable condition for $1,700.
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.
This fall we've gathered five vintage watches that strike the themes we like: tradition, a sense of sport, and shrewd shopping.
By adopting an open, honest method of utilizing reliable local partners for their movements, Swiss brand Zeitwinkel is delivering original in-house designs while maintaining quality.
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.
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.
For the eighth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting a 24-hour timekeeping gem, the Tissot Navigator World Time ($1,650). Beyond its unique method of displaying time, the Tissot's excellent condition is not to be missed.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Weiss Watch Co. Standard Issue Field Watch was built with a bold purpose -- that of an affordable, American-made heirloom. We put it to the test.
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.
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.
By and large, the archetype of the mechanical chronograph has been two stalks straddling the crown. Now Ball Watch Company has introduced its Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph ($3,700), which, at first blush, is a game changer.
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.
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.
For the sixth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form of an OMEGA Chronostop (
$1,450 Sold), a unique timepiece from 1968 with a bright blue dial and a unique one-minute chronograph.
At 36mm, the JPT-PW36 is the smallest watch Tsovet makes. It proves an important point: that smaller watches are more worthy than ever.
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.
This Week in Watches: Updates to Breitling Colt line, Braun's Bauhaus timepieces, Autodromo's self-winding watch from Pebble Beach and much more.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This Week in Watches: Tissot's first Manhattan boutique, an indie film about indie watchmakers, Deep Blue's new affordable diver and more.
Amid affordable watches, the Seiko 5 line stands tall. This week in Time is Money, Gear Patrol’s new series on watches under $1,000, we examine why.
For the fifth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form a 1974 Rolex Datejust (
$3,400 SOLD), hands down the most versatile timepiece a man can own. As always, the series features hand selected, tested, and ready to wear watches each with impeccable authenticity and a great story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm out to prove that you can be passionate about watches and not spend boatloads of money by reviewing watches every week that cost under $1,000, many under $500.
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.
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.
This Week in Watches: An affordable Kiwi travel watch, a Wright brothers Bremont, Moscow's time zone change and more.
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.