Timekeeping

Flight Time

6 Soaring Pilot’s Watches

From the Archives: New or old, a pilot's watch much 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.

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.

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.

Hot Tropik

Time On Our Hands: Halios Tropik SS

Shimmering a shade of blue clearly inspired by Caribbean waters, the Halios Tropik SS ($650) on my left wrist appears candy coated, looking infinitely more confident than I feel. A quick test of my regulator complete, I twist the Tropik’s unidirectional ceramic bezel to mark the beginning of this, my first real dive. I'm in the tropics to test this purpose-built diver on its home court.

It's That Time

The Best of 2013: Timekeeping

We picked a good year to formally launch Gear Patrol’s Timekeeping series. We’ve never strived to make it the place for breaking watch news or regurgitated press releases, nor do we limit ourselves to talking about the most prestigious brands. We prefer to cover the horological world that appeals to us -- watches as gear for life’s adventures, whether they be rough or genteel. 2013 was the year we rolled out this new vision, and we’re on to something...

Elegant sportiness or sporty elegance?

Time on Our Hands: Maurice Lacroix Pontos S

Despite a recent set of understated accomplishments (and a rather aristocratic-sounding name), Maurice Lacroix has managed to largely escape notice. Then last year's BaselWorld came around, and the introduction of the diver's chronograph Pontos S ($4,440) made dive watch fans and industry observers sit up and pay attention. We strapped it on for two weeks of testing.

Calling All Top Guns

Want This, Get This: Breitling Navitimer 01 or Sinn 903 St

Pilots are daring. They wear cool clothes. They have sunglasses that are named after their profession. If you fit the mold -- or even if you don't -- no one will blame you for some "finest form of flattery", and a pilot's watch is an excellent way to do it. In this week's Want This, Get This, we compare two prime examples: the Breitling Navitimer 01 and the Sinn 903 St.

Timeless timekeepers

How to Buy a Vintage Watch

Vintage watch buying is enjoying incredible popularity, thanks to a community of savvy collectors, great internet resources for both learning about and buying old watches, and a nostalgic yearning for quality products from an era before planned obsolescence. Old watches also represent great value, the chance to wear a piece of history and, if you’re lucky, a good investment. Not to mention, they just look cool. We explore just how you should go about buying one of these beauties.

From the deck to the desk

Timekeeping: Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer

The history of maritime exploration and discovery would read a lot differently without the advent of the marine chronometer. Prior to its development, ships hung close to familiar coastlines; when they ventured further out to sea, sailors had to rely on celestial navigation and plain dumb luck to get where they wanted without crashing on...

Rolex? Omega.

Timekeeping: The Watches of James Bond

From the Archives: The history of James Bond and his timepiece choice can really be divided up into the “Rolex Era” and the “Omega Era”, despite the fact that the Bonds of Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton donned digital Seikos and a TAG Heuer in between. But Moore’s 007 had more to be ashamed of than what he wore on his wrist, and when was the last time you watched License to Kill? That’s what we thought. We celebrate 50 years of Bond and his wristwatches.

The fastest watch in the world

Timekeeping: Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th

John Glenn strapped a Heuer stopwatch to his wrist; Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling chronograph; and everyone knows the story of Omega’s Moonwatch. Now it’s Zenith’s turn to join the list of legendary space watches. When Felix Baumgartner stepped off that skateboard-sized platform this week and plummeted to Earth while millions watched, you may have...

Re-inventing precision

Timekeeping: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The primary goal in the manufacture of any watch is precision; there is scarcely a watchmaker, from Patek Philippe to Citizen, that would argue that fact. After all, the whole raison d’être of a watch is to tell the time — if it does that poorly, you might as well be wearing a charm bracelet....

Know your movements

Timekeeping: The Importance of In-House

When most people start getting interested in timepieces, the first thing that usually attracts them is the appearance. A distinctive dial, a unique case shape, even a nice strap can draw in the uninitiated. Then they notice watches whose hands sweep smoothly, driven by springs and gears versus the tick-tick that gives away battery driven...

Apocalypse-proof PAM

Timekeeping: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio

The Panerai new Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio (PAM 389) is the watch to strap on the night before the Mayan calendar ends. Look past its encyclopedic name and you’ll find a mashup of features that make this piece perhaps the most capable timekeeper the venerable Italian instrument maker has produced. Let’s...

Stopping time

Timekeeping: How to Take Better Watch Photos

A man dressed in an all brown uniform just dropped off the “grail” watch on your “work” from home day. You feverishly tear the packaging open and hold up the culmination of your hope and dreams as if it were a cub named Simba. Spending two months of salary on this iconic piece of horological...

Two-timer from the jet age

Timekeeping Icon | Volume 6: Rolex GMT-Master

Introduced at the dawn of the jet age, the Rolex GMT-Master has become an enduring symbol of a time when travel was both more glamorous and more adventurous. This most colorful of Rolexes, transcended its aviation beginnings and has been worn by astronauts, test pilots, a famous TV detective, a Bond girl and a sports...

Rule Britannia!

Timekeeping: Bremont Victory

To say that the HMS Victory is a ship with history is akin to saying that the Dali Lama is a man with faith. Launched in 1765, she is the only remaining 18th Century ship left in the world, as well as the oldest commissioned warship. The Victory’s record at sea is the stuff of...

The sky's the limit

Timekeeping: Hamilton Khaki X-Patrol

Just in time for their 120th anniversary, Hamilton has added a new flagship to the Aviation line of Khaki watches, the X-Patrol, and it represents a terrific value in fully-featured mechanical pilot’s watches. To this end, the X-Patrol features a functional computational bezel that allows would-be Lindberghs to calculate on-the-fly metric conversions for miles to...

Tour de force

Timekeeping: Cartier ID Two Concept Watch

Watchmaking is a traditional business and the big brands are fairly conservative. So when one of the biggest breaks new ground, it makes us sit up and take notice. Cartier, the venerable jewelry and timepiece giant of the Richemont Group, has given some journalists a sneak peek at their forthcoming ID Two Concept Watch and...

Simply wunderbar

Timekeeping | A Watch We Love: A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down

Two years ago, we were invited to visit the Glashütte, Germany workshops of A. Lange & Söhne, and ever since then, we’ve been a fan of the brand. Their understated elegance flies under the radar of all but the timepiece cognoscenti, most of whom shorten the tongue-twister name into simply, “Lange”. Since the brand emerged...

Evolution of a watch nerd

Timekeeping Essay | One Man’s (Ongoing) Watch Collecting Journey

Someone once said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. But while I’m sure music critics have their own challenges, I suspect they have an easier time explaining what they do than we watch writers, who fetishize the arcane minutiae of an anachronistic art. But I’ve learned to respond to questions about my...

Breaking stereotypes, one watch at a time

Timekeeping: The Young Watchmakers of Girard-Perregaux

When the average Joe thinks of Swiss watchmakers he probably thinks of wizened old men with white hair and white coats, perennially hunched over workbenches assembling miniature mechanical masterpieces with impossibly small gears and screws. And you know something, he’d be right. Sort of. Yes, they wear white coats, and yes, they do spend an...

Back with a splash

Timekeeping: Aquadive Bathyscaphe 100

Nowadays, you can hardly throw a dead fish without hitting another new dive watch brand. The availability of Far East shops that will stamp out a few hundred watch cases based on a napkin sketch means that almost anyone with a little ambition and a small loan can start their own watch company. And there...

High watchmaking goes deep

Timekeeping: Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph

Earlier this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its retro-tastic Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph at the annual Salon International de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. The watch made just about everyone’s “Best Of” list (including ours) with its creamy “aged” luminescent markers, textured dial and old-school pump-style chronograph pushers. The watch was homage to a watch JLC never produced...