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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.

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Ticking of the Latest in Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 17, 2014

This Week in Watches: June 17, 2014. A bronze Pinion, Dwight Eisenhower’s Rolex on sale, a watch that displays time using liquid and much more.

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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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10 Top-Notch Watches that Won't Break the Bank

Wound for Success: Watches for the Budding Collector

When building anything, one must begin with strong foundation. A watch collection is no different. While anyone, given the choice, would undoubtedly begin and end with only finest examples of haute horological hardware, we can’t all justify blowing junior’s college and post-grad funds on something small and shiny. A conservative budget should not dissuade wide-eyed complication connoisseurs however: there are many excellent mechanical options available for the budding collector. We’ve selected ten rock solid options, both vintage and new, that would proudly produce any one-percenter’s tan line. So get started. Junior will thank you — it’s his heirloom, anyhow.

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There once was a watch from Nantucket

The Year’s Best Sailing Watches

There are few scenes that conjure up summer more than white sails against a blue sky, whether you’re cruising in a 12-meter out of Newport, rounding buoys in a Laser at your lake’s weekend regatta, or just sitting on the beach watching the action. Our country’s lore and style are steeped in sailing culture, and watch companies haven’t ignored the nautical theme. Even if the closest you come to a boat all year is your company’s annual booze cruise, you can still channel a little bit of the maritime vibe and look like an old salt with any of this year’s fleet of nautical watches.

timekeeping-promo-logo-gear-patrolThis article is part of GP's fresh new face to TIMEKEEPING, a weekly chronicle on the utility, design, tradition and innovation of watches.
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Number 1 on the runway

Want This, Get This: IWC Pilot Chronograph or Alpina Startimer Chronograph

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. The watch companies maintain a continuous flow of tantalizing images of their new creations, the Web is rife with chronic watch flippers offering good deals on minty timepieces, and suddenly that watch you’re wearing is starting to look a little rough around the edges. Time for an upgrade. But reality steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, and your watch love remains unrequited. What’s a guy to do? Want This, Get This presents a lustworthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch.

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Making SUVs fun again

BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo

In the hallowed halls of Gear Patrol, you’ll occasionally hear a whimper, nay, more of a subdued weeping, when we get wind of a car that appeals to our senses that we’ll never be able to get here in the states. The BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo is an SUV we can get behind (but not behind the wheel of).

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The right stuff

Timekeeping | Airplane Mode: 7 Best Pilot’s Watches of the Season

Reaching down to deploy the cupholder, you glance through your aviators at the chunky pilot’s watch on your wrist. You’re good for an on-time arrival. Suddenly, you spy a minivan bearing down on you at four o’clock so you quickly disable cruise control and switch into manual mode as you approach your exit. This is…

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Bring the bar to you

Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar

Think of the Alpina Mobile Bongos Beer Bar ($11,300) as a graduate degree in outdoor drinking. The mobile party center features an integrated kegerator, 8kg of ice storage, and customizable tops for adding everything from a gas-powered grill to extra serving areas. Thanks its four sturdy wheels and a specially designed refrigeration system, there’s also…

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Time Flies

Timekeeping: Alpina Startimer Pilot Collection

Of the classic tool watches genres, the pilot’s watch rivals the dive watch in popularity. And for good reason. The classic pilot’s oversized case dimensions fit modern tastes, the dial is clean and legible and it emanates a sort of masculine je ne sais quois that is reminiscent of more adventurous times, when brave men…