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Testing the Longines Avigation Oversize Crown

The Longines Avigation Oversize Crown, launched in 2013, is modeled on a Longines pilots’ watch from the 1920s. Its most salient feature is, as its name suggests, its crown, which is prominent not just because it’s huge but because it protrudes very far from the case.

In the chronograph version of the watch, the one we tested, a chronograph button is integrated into the crown. The watch is a monopoussoir: the same button is used to start, stop and reset the chronograph.

The movement is ETA’s a...

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Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf: A Mechanical Scorecard for the Wrist

Hublot is a brand indisputably associated with sports — from partnerships with the NBA’s Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, and football teams of both the American and international variety, to a Hublot logo gracing Floyd Mayweather’s boxing trunks — but one sport that the brand has thus far not had its hand in is the relatively genteel game of golf. That changes with the release of the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf, a timepiece specifically created to... Read more: Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf: A Mechanical Scorecard for the Wrist

Mido’s “Inspired by Architecture” Limited Edition Has the Wright Stuff

Mido, a brand founded in 1918 and based in the Swiss Jura, has gained a substantial following in Latin America for its mostly very affordable Swiss-made watches, many with chronometer-certified movements. Owned by the Swatch Group, it has been largely under the radar in the U.S., overshadowed by sister brands in a similar price category such as Rado, Hamilton, and Longines. This year, however, Mido embraces the U.S. market in a big way, doubling down on its identity as a brand with design codes...

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An Interview with Bulgari Watch Designer Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani

For WatchTime’s upcoming Design Special 2018, we sat down with several different design professionals — including independent industrial designers, freelance watch designers, lead designers of large brands, and even a movement designer — to talk about how they see the role of design in watchmaking, where they get their ideas from, and what they think good design is. Here is what Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Director of Bulgari Watches Design Center, had to say.

An Interview with Bulgari Watch Designer Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani

“The designer is not just

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LIVE STREAM: The Phillips Winning Icons Auction Featuring Paul Newman’s Daytona

We made it. After countless conversations and arguments, the Phillips Winning Icons auction is mere minutes away. The legendary Paul Newman Daytona is lot #8 so it should be on the block within the first hour or so, but we have no idea what this auction has in store for us — not many people do. After decades of combined experience between everyone at the WatchTime office, we’ve never seen an auction with this much hype and press coverage.

Definitely don’t leave after the dust settles...

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About Last Night: A Recap of the Phillips Winning Icons Auction featuring Paul Newman’s Daytona

Wow.

It’s all over.

Months of anticipation led to last night’s sale when Paul Newman’s legendary Daytona sold for a hammer price of $15.5 million — $17.75 million after auction premium and before taxes. This makes it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold at auction, but not the most expensive watch overall — the Henry Graves Grand Complication takes that prize.

The atmosphere was electric at Phillips showroom on Park Avenue. After Aurel Bacs started bidding at $1 million, an...

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Five Lots to Watch at Tonight’s Historic Paul Newman Auction

Today is the big day. Ever since Phillips announced that they were auctioning off Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman Daytona” back in June, the watch community has been buzzing with questions.

How high will the hammer price be? $8 million? $10 million? Over $12 million? What does this mean for the auction community and the value of Paul Newman Daytonas as a category? Will Aurel Bacs crack a long-anticipated smile after he drops the hammer?

So many questions, and less than six more...

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