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They’re not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it’s curious that more watch brands haven’t embraced them. Here are five worth noting. 1. Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT The Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT, part of the brand’s classically styled Villeret collection, features a mechanical alarm as well as a second-time-zone indication. A subdial at 3 o’clock, with 12...

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The 1970s was the golden age for unorthodox sports watch designs. Details such as prominent bezels, slim case profiles made of steel, and an integrated bracelet were all the rage after Gérald Genta’s trailblazing Audemars Piguet Royal Oak debuted in 1972. Other design trendsetters of the era included the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the redesigned IWC Ingenieur SI — both designed by Genta — which popped up in 1976. Only one year later, the Vacheron Constantin 222 and Rolex OysterQuartz showed up to the scene. All of these iconic models still exist in some shape or form today (other than the OysterQuartz,...

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The sixth Handwerkskunst edition from A. Lange & Söhne, the Glashütte brand known for its lavish finishing, combines some top tier métiers d’art with real technical ingenuity. Nitin Nair of WatchTime Middle East asked Lange’s Anthony Haas to give him the lowdown on the new model. In the 25-odd years since its re-establishment as an haute horlogerie brand, A. Lange & Söhne has done much to showcase its artisanal skills and technical ingenuity. The brand has developed more than 50 in-house calibers and the lavishly finished, technically proficient timepieces have earned it a place in the pantheon of great watchmakers...

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Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of important firsts, not to mention film appearances and associations with James Bond, Paul Newman, and other notables. Here are 10 key things you should know about Rolex.   1. Early Days Above, a young Hans Wilsdorf. Below, an early company sign. In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf and his business partner and brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, founded Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. in London. In 1908, Wilsdorf registered the trademark “Rolex”...

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At Baselworld 2017, Bulgari unveiled the world’s thinnest watch with a self-winding movement, a timepiece we’ve explored here. At the upcoming SIHH 2018, Piaget will be debuting its Altiplano Ultimate, now the world’s thinnest watch with a self-winding movement. As we’ve seen in recent years, watch brands continue to pull out all the stops to achieve new records not only in thinness, but in the level of complication and complexity that they pack into those super-slim movements and cases. Here are seven recent examples of timepieces that set records for thinness in their respective categories. 1. World’s Thinnest Minute Repeater (Current...

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