Chronographs

Braveheart’s watch

Timekeeping: Fraser Timepieces

There are some things for which Scotland is known: single malt whisky, Sean Connery and bagpipes, to name a few. You may soon be able to add wristwatches to that list. Young Scottish product designer, Gordon Fraser, is a watch enthusiast who wanted to create a watch that would be accessible to other guys like...

Light the fires and kick the tires

Timekeeping: IWC Top Gun Miramar

IWC has fired their first volley of SIHH 2012 and it’s right on-target. Say hello to the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar. Named for the birthplace of modern naval air warfare where the best of the best go to get better, this anti-magnetic timepiece sports an advanced in-house flyback chronograph movement within its...

Flieger Like an Eagle

Timekeeping: Archimede Pilot Chronograph

While it is widely acknowledged that the best watch movements come from Switzerland, watch collectors and industry insiders also know that some of the best watch cases are made in Germany. Maybe it’s due to the strong heritage of craftsmanship and steelworks or just a national appreciation for good design and impeccable manufacturing. Companies like...

I Feel The Need...

IWC Pilot Double Chronograph Top Gun Edition

Part Iceman and all Maverick, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Top Gun ($12,000) pays homage to the fearless pilots at the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, who epitomize courage and skill. IWC has emblazoned the Top Gun emblem (and thankfully not Tom Cruise’s mug) on the back of the titanium and black...

Complications? Yes. Complicated? Let's discuss.

Timekeeping: The Chronograph, Deconstructed

The follow-up to our last Timekeeping feature (The Dive Watch, Deconstructed), Jason Heaton delves into the hallowed world of the Chronograph. There is no other type of watch that requires as much interaction from its wearer as the chronograph. Even at rest a chronograph dutifully waits, its sweep hand standing still, alert and vertical, inviting...

Italian Design, German Engineering: The Best of Both Worlds

TX Watches 730 Series FLY-Back Chronograph

TX watches are designed and constructed in Europe, the standard for and origin of quality watches. The TX brand is a member of the Timex watch family. They are undeniably good looking and come in a number of styles that range from very sporty orange rubber bands to sophisticated black leather. A particularly good-looking watch...

Big Package, Big Benefits

Invicta 3449 Corduba Collection Oversized Chronograph

A lot of fuss has been made over things coming in small packages lately. From the sound of it, only the finest and most enjoyable wares the world has to offer can come in small packages. For certain types of “things” this small package business can be the truth, the new and improved Amazon Kindle...

What's White, Black, and Red All Over?

TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph

As the brain child of the German Jewelery and watch manufacturer, Heinz Schwarz, the TeNo brand stands out primarily for its creative mixing of new and old materials. Distinguished by its bold use of red, white, and black, the New TeNo Steel DyRon Sport II Chronograph is no exception and in many ways seems designed...

Striking Wrist Appeal That Still Saves Your Wallet

Boccia Titanium Chronograph Watch

Working for a Gear site while cooped up with a bunch of watch nuts eventually starts to rub off. Now if I had actually hit that Lotto jackpot like I was supposed to in my life plan, this new found love for time pieces would have led me straight to the high end luxury brands...

Defining Elegant Simplicity

Max Bill Junghans Watches

Max Bill (1908-1994) was a man whom others fancied as a ‘universal creator’. His work spanned many mediums including architecture, sculpture, painting, education, politics, typeface design, graphic design, industrial design, and product design. Bill designed a host of watches and clocks in the late 1950s and early 1960s for German watchmaker Junghans, which has been...

A Great Looking Watch with a Rather Famous Fan

Jorg Gray 6500 Commemorative Edition Chronograph Watch

I’m not ashamed to admit that, compared to several of Gear Patrol’s other staffers, my knowledge of timepieces is limited. For instance, Brian’s primer on upgrading your watch knowledge was a revelation, and frankly I appreciated someone stating all the basics in such an easy to consume fashion. That said, based on my brief exposure...

Orange, Black, And Watched All Over

Jorg Gray JG1900 Chronograph

The Jorg Gray JG1900 chronograph does the Gear Patrol flagship colors proud. Designed with an active lifestyle in mind, the 43mm Jorg Gray houses a high precision Japanese chronograph movement in a solid stainless-steel case that’s water resistant to 100 meters. In case you’re wondering, the black strap is made of calf. The JG1900’s black...

Touch Activation Just Got A Whole Lot Cooler

Jaeger-LeCoultre Amvox 2 Racing Chronograph

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: A limited series of AMVOX2 Racing Chronographs was recently unveiled by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Two versions will be available, a black PVD titanium model with a black dial, as well as a titanium model with a white dial (pictured above). A unique perforated waterproof leather strap will outfit these exclusive sports...

New Movement, New Status

Breitling Chronomat B01

By Gear Patrol Reader Jason Pitsch: Breitling recently launched their new Chronomat B01. Announced prior to Baselworld, this chronograph features Breitling’s first 100% in-house movement; Not only is the watch an outstanding timepiece, but the integration of Breitling’s new movement is a huge accomplishment, vaulting the company into the elite ranks of true manufacturers.

One Benjamin Goes Further Than You Think

10 Best Watches Under $100

A wristwatch is a must have for any man. Quite simply, it completes his wardrobe. I would even venture to say that a man looks naked without one. In fact, it’s probably the only universally acceptable accessory for guys. We understand that most of you are in savings mode and while there are extravagant options...

Wyler Genève Dakar Rally Watch

182 Timepieces For 6,000 Miles The 2009 Dakar Rally takes place in South America, January 3rd. A 6,000 mile grueling route (see the route) who’s winner won’t be determined until the finish. That means two things: we’re bound to see some incredible moments from the rally and we’re presented with an official watch. A fine...

IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Model 3764-03

IWC recently redesigned their entire Da Vinci line of timepieces and their looks are impeccable. The black dial with silver subdials exudes tasteful luxury. It’s perfect as a dress watch with a touch of sportiness. The 43.1mm by 51mm timepiece has a black crocodile leather strap. The black on black with silver complexity is timeless....

EPMartin Sahara RTS Limited Edition

EPMartin is one of those timepiece brands you wish you knew about sooner. The guys behind EPMartin have the chops to call themselves true watch designers (Nike expatriates) and their designs, think rugged luxury, are razor sharp with just the right amount of distinct detail. Better, and perhaps more importantly, the Limited Edition Sahara Chronograph...

Oris TT3 Chronograph

Admit it, you’re already fond of it’s black carbon fiber face and simple modern European styling without being gaudy or overpowering. You never thought you’d consider paying three grand for a watch with a rubber strap until you saw this limited edition ORIS automatic watch. Features: Multi-piece titanium case Tachymeter scale top ring Black carbon...

Seiko Sportura World Timer Chronograph

We feature a lot of watches and admittedly many of them cost a sizable amount. That isn’t about to change, but there are fine choices out there that don’t require nearly the same investment. Seiko is one of our favorite timepiece manufacturers (this author has two) – and the Sportura World Timer series is one...

Breitling Avenger Skyland Chronograph

Based on the ‘Avenger’ Platform, the Skyland is a rugged watch with a sophisticated aesthetic we’ve come to expect from Breitling. Features: Breitling Caliber 13 Self-winding Movement Screwlocked Crown Glareproof Sapphire Crystal Shock Resistant Water Resistant to 1000 feet Stencil Numerals What this means to you: We still want to find the limited series “Blacksteel”...

Bell & Ross BR 01 Instrument Collection BR 01-94 Chronograph Watch

We love our watches. We love the internet. We love blogs. So by simple deduction we love the wristwatch blog Professional Watches. Once you’re sufficiently slathered yourself with wristwatch goodness breathe deep and see what accounts you have to pad to get yourself into a GP endorsed watch, Bell & Ross. Authentic Bell & Ross...