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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.

The Latest

Timekeeping
Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 14, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling commemorates AOPA's 75th anniversary, the return of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958, interstellar watches from Zenith and Geo.Graham and more.

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
10mm Thick Or Less

10 Great Thin Watches

While thick, robust watches have their benefits, they often fall prey to door jams and snags on cuffs and jacket pockets alike. More often than not, a truly practical and comfortable watch will also be a thin watch. These watches feel wafter thin (because they are) but still look of consequence, and are in fact some of the best dress watches around. For an understated yet stately look that fits under a cuff with heaps of clearance (10mm thick at max, including crystal), these six are some of the best.

Timekeeping
We Tick Off the Latest In Watch News

This Week in Watches: June 10, 2014

This Week In Watches: The Rolling Stones get a Zenith, Linde Werdelin's secrets revealed, two opulent auctions and much more.

Timekeeping
Will Dufour Bring the Conservative Brand Into the Modern Age?

A New Rolex CEO Gets the Keys to the Kingdom

Rolex had just three CEOs in its first century of existence; it's had three more in just the past eight years. This week, the iconic company made the latest change in its game of musical chairs, putting Jean-Frédéric Dufour, whom many will recognize as the man who turned Zenith around, in the hot seat. This a major development for one of the most conservative companies in a very conservative industry -- particularly because of Dufour's track record.

Timekeeping

8 Watches Worn to Space

A space watch is more than just branding. Torture tested to excel in the most inhospitable of environments, these timepieces are designed to survive instantaneous 200 degree shifts in temperature, acidic humidity and extreme g-forces (shocks up to 40 Gs). Much like the explorers who don them, there are but a lucky few that have earned special recognition. These are our eight picks of the best space watches (or their modern reinterpretation) available for the rest of you dreamers out there.

Timekeeping
Arguably First, Undeniably Great

Icon: Zenith El Primero

Imagine a time before quartz watches, when the technology of timekeeping was still springs and gears made in workshops in the Swiss mountains. While the Americans and Russians were racing to put men into space, a different sort of race was going on between watch companies sprinting toward the milestone of the first self-winding, or automatic, chronograph. No matter how you frame the discussion, the debate over who created the first automatic chronograph is a heated one. One path to clearing confusion is to say that Zenith produced the very first Swiss-made, fully integrated automatic chronograph -- the El Primero.

Timekeeping
Three top chronographs go head to head

Time On Our Hands: Chronograph Shootout

The popularity and prevalence of chronographs might just make one think that it is an easy watch complication. Everyone from Hamilton and Tissot on up the line to the loftier likes of Patek and Lange & Söhne have one in their lineups. Something about the asymmetrical cases -- those buttons poking out from under a shirtsleeve -- and the gauge-like dials with tachymetric scales and multiple subdials seems irresistible to men everywhere.

So when we recently got our hands on three of the best available in-house built automatic column wheel chronographs from three legendary companies -- Zenith, OMEGA and Girard-Perregaux -- it presented an opportunity we couldn't pass up. We'll call it a shootout -- loosely.

Timekeeping
Freefall

Breakdown: Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th

Zenith has had its share of ups and downs. After decades of success making watches for everyone including Mahatma Gandhi, the brand may have reached its zenith (sorry) in 1969 with the release of the El Primero chronograph, arguably the world’s first full-rotor self-winding chronograph. The '70s and quartz bottomed out the brand, but it has since recovered. We break down Zenith's Stratos Flyback Striking 10th ($9,500), released in tribute to the Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner, the man who would jump from a balloon 130,000 feet above the Earth -- with this watch on his wrist.

Compendium
Time to Drive

Automotive Horology: A Compendium of 10 Iconic Cars & Watches

Wheels and gears, second hands and tach needles, power trains and power reserves. Men have always been fascinated by time, speed, accuracy and power -- and the beautiful combination of high-end timepieces and exotic roadgoing automobiles captures these obsessions appropriately. And whether the watch of choice is used to measure lap splits or to simply echo the same kind of quality and heritage as his car, you can be assured that careful time was taken to select both. We match up some of the best in timekeeping and automobilia in Gear Patrol style.

Timekeeping
Rock You Like a Hurricane

Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane

There are a slew of complications that are easy to overlook if you’re not in the market for a watch that costs as much as a nice starter home in Phoenix, but some are interesting enough to merit spending a few minutes gawking at. The Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane ($280,000) has not one, but two complications that clear this bar, so lest we leave you unprepared should you hit the Powerball, read on.