Watch 101

Enamel – The Inside Track

Enamel – The Inside Track

While it hasn’t exactly become widespread, it’s no surprise to find that enamel is a thing in contemporary watchmaking. Over and above th...

What’s Behind Black?

What’s Behind Black?

Being seen without us knowing where it comes from: such is the dark destiny of black, watchmaking’s lucky color. Let’s find out more by t...

Starry Skies: How Aventurine Dials are Reshaping the Blue Dial

Starry Skies: How Aventurine Dials are Reshaping the Blue Dial

Also known as goldstone, aventurine has had a resurgence as a dial material in the watch industry over the last two decades. Its unique c...

Bicompax – the Panda, Zorro, and co.

Bicompax – the Panda, Zorro, and co.

Do good things always come in threes? Not always. For the majority of chronographs, counting minutes and seconds is enough. In which case...

Watch Hands – Pointing the Way

Watch Hands – Pointing the Way

They’re the first thing you look at and the last thing in which you take an interest: such is the cruel destiny of watch hands. They requ...

How to Read a Watch Bezel

How to Read a Watch Bezel

A watch bezel may be graduated, feature a tachymeter scale, calculation or diving functions, or GMT. Bezels form a major part of a watch’...

What Is a GMT Function?

What Is a GMT Function?

A GMT is a useful complication for travelers, international businesses, and those with family abroad. The complication is extremely popul...

The Secret of the Most Readable Dials

The Secret of the Most Readable Dials

Approaches to making dials more readable are many and varied; they can be mechanical, technical, optical, or aesthetic. Here’s an overvie...

Guide to Watch Winders

Guide to Watch Winders

Watch winders can be useful but are also misunderstood. Are they necessary for a watch collection? Do they do more damage than good? Auto...

An In-Depth Look at the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph “Darth”

An In-Depth Look at the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph “Darth”

Take a look at Rembrandt’s portraits. What do you see? A rich use of brown, black colors as the background, where the subject emerges fro...

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Movement: Hybrid Technology

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Movement: Hybrid Technology

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive movement is not something often seen in watchmaking. It takes a traditional mechanical movement and blends i...

Deep in the Certification Jungle

Deep in the Certification Jungle

Are you a QF sort of a person? Or does METAS, PP seal, Geneva seal, Viper’s Head seal, ISO, or COSC do it for you? That may seem an odd q...

Chronograph vs. Chronometer Watches

Chronograph vs. Chronometer Watches

A chronograph or a chronometer, what do they both mean? They both start with chrono, which means ‘time”, but they mean different things r...

A Complete Guide to Rolex Stainless Steel Watches

A Complete Guide to Rolex Stainless Steel Watches

Rolex stainless steel sports watches continue to be a highly desired watch and oftentimes a very difficult watch to find through a retail...

Patek Philippe: A Reference To The Past

Patek Philippe: A Reference To The Past

Discover two of the most sought-after Patek Philippe Chronographs: the 5070J-001 and the 5970P-001. Compare the watch that brought Patek ...