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Three Unusual Cartier Tanks from the Past 100 Years

If you follow any watch blogs or magazines, odds are that you are already aware that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Cartier Tank. Much has been written about the six new versions of the Tank Louis Cartier that were unveiled a few months back, and for good reason: to many people, the Cartier Tank is the Platonic ideal of a dress watch. I have a personal soft spot for the iconic model as well — I fell in love with the watch’s quadrilateral design at a young age and it drove my watch obs...

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Max Büsser of MB&F: “The Watch is My Canvas”

Year after year, MB&F surprises connoisseurs with watches that look and function totally unlike all other familiar timepieces. In this wide-ranging Q&A from our 2018 Design Special Issue (on sale now), Max Büsser, the founder and creative mastermind of this Geneva-based brand, talks about his concept, which sees a watch as a work of art.

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Max Busser MB&F – seated

WT: How would you explain your brand’s concept to someone who has never heard of MB&F?
MB: MB&F is a decision...

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Highlights from WatchTime’s November-December Issue, On Sale Now

The big November-December 2017 issue of WatchTime hits newsstands today, with highlights including a test of the revamped Rolex Sea-Dweller, in-depth reviews of new watches from Panerai, IWC, and A. Lange & Söhne, a historical perspective comparing Rolex with Patek Philippe, and much more. Read on for more details…

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• Rolex has revised its extreme-depth dive watch, the Sea-Dweller. The new version of the watch, which made its debut at Baselworld 2017, is causing some surprises with its...

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What’s Your Perfect Watch? Here’s a 10-Step Plan to Find It

Have you ever wondered “What’s the perfect watch for me?” Perhaps you framed the question like this: “Which watch should I buy?” Here’s a 10-step plan to help you find the one that’s perfect for you.

1. If you’re just starting out in the world of watches, visit online communities and ask questions. No, don’t ask “Which watch should I buy.” The forum participants don’t know you, so their advice is likely to be off the mark. Instead, ask specific questions about watches to build your knowledg...

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6 Sports Watches and Dive Watches Built for Adventure

From the WatchTime archives: If you want to climb mountains, explore caverns, or undergo underwater ordeals, these watches will blithely master such extreme situations. But their attributes can also be useful in everyday life.

1. Light Fantastic: Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Black

Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Black

Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Black

A watch designed for extreme missions must be easy to read in every situation. When nighttime legibility is at stake, everything depends on how long the dial’s luminous material c...

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Audemars Piguet Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore with Three New Watches

Whether you’re a fan of Gérald Genta’s designs or not, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most successful and popular watches of all time. Its place on the wrists of businessmen, musicians, and athletes since its introduction in the early 1970s has elevated the watch to a legendary status rarely seen in the world of horology. In 1993, Audemars Piguet decided that it was time to extend the family and introduce a younger sibling of the Royal Oak to the market. The Royal Oak Offshore — w...

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10 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

We’re all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride in making their own cases, movements and dials, only a handful have gone the extra mile and actually invented their own materials, mostly for use in cases, but sometimes even for parts inside the watch. Many of these have come about as watch brands invested in developing new alloys in an effort...

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