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Today in Gear: June 1, 2016

The quintessential pilot's watch, the terrifying-but-somehow-improved Japanese supercar, the next installment of everyone's favorite magazine and much more.

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When in Rome

The Calendar Watch, Explained

If you thought figuring out the Gregorian calendar, with its short months and leap years, was hard, try building a mechanical timepiece that will do it. Fortunately, watchmakers never shy away from a challenge.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: June 16, 2015

Two auctions, a piece of British aviation history, an IWC that's sailed around the world, a one-handed German, and your perfect summer watch.

Ticking Off The Week's News In Watches

This Week in Watches: May 26, 2015

Just in time for summer is a quiver of new sports watches: Omega's new regatta timer, Rafa's new tourbillon, Audemars Piguet's racing watch developed with Michael Schumacher and more.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: May 12, 2015

A new G-Shock colorway, IWC's foray into connected timekeeping, some Aussie leather and Bremont sponsors an American sailing team.

Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: April 28, 2015

This week, it's all about pilots -- those that fly and the watches built for them. Oh, and some tweed, a German chronograph and one watch that looks like a musical instrument.

Two-timers

The GMT Watch, Explained

The GMT watch is brilliant not because of its complexity but because of its simple ingenuity. We’ve picked five of the best, and all of them are ready to hit the ground running.

Timekeeping
It's Complicated

The Best Watches of SIHH 2015

Despite the economic clouds that blew into Geneva the week before, there were still some spectacular new watches at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. This year, the exclusive exhibition of high watchmaking lived up to its name. Here are 10 of our favorite watches from the show.

Timekeeping
Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 29, 2014

This Week in Watches: IWC's Kurt Klaus celebrates his 80th birthday, Bell & Ross's BR-X1 chronograph, Graham's Silverstone RS line and more.

Timekeeping
The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Ocean Racer

To the Victor, an IWC Chronograph

IWC has created a commemorative timepiece for the Volvo Ocean Race, which will also to serve as motivation for the competing teams since it happens to be the prize for the winner of the coveted “24 Hour Record”. Here are the details.

Timekeeping
Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 7, 2014

This Week In Watches: A return dive to the mysterious Antikythera device, a Nomos watch celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, smaller watches from IWC and much more.

Timekeeping
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.

Timekeeping
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.

Timekeeping
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.

Timekeeping
Gentlemen, start your chronographs

Great Timepieces Inspired by the Track

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

Timekeeping
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.

Flight Time

10 Soaring Pilot’s Watches

New or old, a pilot's watch must be legible, tough, accurate and reliable, with extra points awarded if it looks good riding the sleeve of a flight jacket. This flock hits those marks.

Buying Guide
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.

Timekeeping
We Tick Off the Latest in Watch News

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.

Buying Guide
A Compendium of Wearable History

A Civilian’s Guide to Military Watches, Part One: The West

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 West -- America, Britain, Germany, France, and the unlikely Brazil, Argentina and Peru -- flexes its stuff.

Timekeeping
Best of Show

The Best Watches of SIHH 2014

Every year we come away from Salon International Haute Horlogerie, the world's most prestigious watch show, feeling privileged and awed. This year was no different. The competitive environment of the show, the electric vibe among the attendees and the enthusiasm of brand reps and watchmakers showing off their new creations make the Palexpo in Geneva a wonderful place every January.

After we've returned home and slept off the jetlag, we like to poll our team of Timekeeping contributors for their picks from the preceding week. So with our further ado, here are our favorite watches of SIHH 2014.

SIHH 2014
From Geneva with Love

Live From Geneva: SIHH 2014

This time of year, the horological universe revolves around the Palexpo center in Geneva. It's SIHH -- the Salon International Haute Horlogerie, where the watch brands under the Richemont Luxury Group umbrella (and a couple of outlying independents) convene to display their wares in elaborate and opulent "booths" that defy that pedestrian name. Journalists and retailers from around the world descend on Geneva to jostle for first looks at the latest and greatest creations from legendary maisons like Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Sohne and Audemars Piguet. Follow our man on the ground, Jason Heaton, as he sends in the latest horological news every half hour.

Timekeeping
Watered Down

Face Value: The New IWC Aquatimer Family

Since some press photos leaked from across the pond a couple of weeks ago, the online watch community has been buzzing about the next generation of IWC Schaffhausen’s Aquatimer dive watch family, which will be formally introduced in a couple of weeks at the Salon Internationale Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva. With this year's refresh of the Aquatimer, IWC seems to have listened to some of its customers' opinions, but also took a new approach, bringing back the internal timing ring, with a new (ahem) twist.

Timekeeping
Deep and Deeper

Want This, Get This: IWC Aquatimer or Steinhart Ocean Two

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. With IWC's Aquatimer due for a refresh at January's SIHH, we bid it farewell alongside a lookalike, the Steinhart Ocean Two, which costs a tenth of the price.

Debate
An Old-School Debate on the Beloved Brand

Opinion: Has IWC Lost Its Way?

You wouldn't think there’d be a lot to get hot and bothered about when it comes to antiquated and genteel timepieces. But just visit any of the countless web forums dedicated to this crazy hobby and you’ll see debates raging that would make even Presidential hopefuls blush. Today we present two sides to the divisive argument that the International Watch Company (IWC) has somehow sold out or lost its way. How better to address the issue than an old-school-style debate?

Buying Guide
Nothing short of impervious

To Protect and Serve: 6 Great Anti-Magnetic Watches

In recent years, watchmaking materials have improved to the point where many Swiss-made mechanical watches meet minimum anti-magnetic standards. But that’s not good enough for us; we’re bringing you six of the most badass anti-magnetic watches on the market. Each has the same magnetic field resistance, 80,000 A/m (well above the minimum standard), except for Omega's offering, which...well, it puts the other timepieces' resistances to shame. Now, go forth and fear no refrigerator magnets.

Mach schnell!

Rebirth of a Legend

The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil is a direct homage to the famous Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow that dominated motorsports between the World Wars. These cars were monsters, with oversized spoked rims and massive straight-cylinder engines barely sheathed in metal. The watch’s dial sports the same circular-grained aluminum treatment as the Silver Arrows' dashboards, and the caseback has an engraved likeness of the car itself. But enough about the watch. This year, a restored Silberpfeil took part in the famous Klausen Hill Climb race in Switzerland -- and this video takes us along for the ride.