Timekeeping

Buying Guide
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.

The Latest

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.

TImekeeping
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.

Buying Guide
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.

Timekeeping
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.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE
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...

Timekeeping
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.

Timekeeping
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.

Original Series
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

Bond Week
Rolex? Omega.

The Watches of James Bond

From Connery's Rolex to Craig's Omega, the watch 007 wears is integral to his tough, yet refined, persona.

Re-inventing precision

Timekeeping: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The primary goal in the manufacture of any watch is precision. 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. Furthering precision through newly developed techniques and technologies has been

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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