“crossbar/cutthroat razor” click on the Philippe Dufour Simplicity

The Schmidt List: Top 5 Funky Clicks – Reprise

The click spring is one of the smaller components of a mechanical watch, but it is of enormous importance. Ever wondered why the crown doesn’t retaliate furiously and unwind every time you crank it? Without the click spring, a wound mainspring would immediately – and explosively – uncoil like a raging viper in a hat box.

Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260

Top 5 Vacheron Constantin’s Most Complicated Pocket Watches Ever (Reprise)

Vacheron Constantin’s history has been filled with extraordinary, complicated, and elegant timepieces. Here are the five most complicated pocket watches the Geneva maison has produced throughout its 260-year history, beginning with the record-holding Reference 57260.

De Bethune DB28 with silicon/platinum annular balance

The Schmidt List: 5 Extraordinary Balance Wheels (Archive)

The balance wheel is the regulatory organ of a mechanical watch, which is expected to deliver a consistent frequency with a tolerance of as little as 0.001 percent. With so much at stake, why complicate things by altering a pure and simple geometric shape? Why reinvent the wheel? Here Ryan Schmidt presents five balances that reinvented the wheel.

Zenith Classic Defy with blue dial on the wrist

5 Highlights From WatchTime New York To Fall For From Jaeger-LeCoultre, Zenith, RGM, Bremont, And Jaquet Droz

An impressive range of 30 international luxury watch brands will welcome horological enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and collectors to WatchTime New York on October 26 and 27, 2018. Held in Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, WatchTime New York offers plenty of opportunity for enthusiasts and the curious alike to get in contact with brands and try on their watches. Sabine Zwettler highlights five watches to look out for at the fair.

5 Intriguing Moon Phase Watches Lighting Up The Horological Sky In 2018

For moon-struck astronomy fans looking for a fix until the next lunar eclipse takes place on January 20 in 2019, here are five beautiful haute horlogerie moon phases watches, all powered by manufacture calibers.

Bell & Ross BR01-92 Skull Bronze

Fly-By Death: 5 Skull-Themed BR 01 Timepieces By Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross’s unique BR 01 Instrument stole the spotlight at its launch in 2005 thanks to its unusual circle-in-a-square case, becoming an instant hit. The BR 01 was then used as a jumping-off point for a variety of designs, beginning in 2009 with the then-trendy skull motif – which in Elizabeth Doerr’s eyes was a perfect addition.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

5 Dazzling Gem-Set Watches For Men From 2018 Ranging From Relatively Discreet (Chopard) To Obvious (Antoine Preziuso, Jaquet Droz) And Flagrant (Hublot) Before Ending In Full Bling (Rolex)

While it is true that today most gem-set watches are created with the female wrist in mind, which means that these timepieces are smaller and perhaps less suitable for wear by men, based largely on the growing number of new pieces I have seeing launching of late gem-set watches for men could well be making something of a comeback. Take a look at 5 examples of new gem-set watches for men from 2018 by Rolex, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Chopard, and Antoine Preziuso.

Van Cleef & Arpels Marguerite secret watch closed and open

5 Flower Watches By Van Cleef & Arpels: Just How Realistically Designed Are They Compared To Their Botanical Muses?

Elizabeth takes a look at five of Van Cleef & Arpels’s artful SIHH 2018 introductions from the Le Jardin (“Garden”) collection and compares them to their namesake blooms.

Oris Sixty-Five Diver

Five New Vintage-Style Diver’s Watches To “Seas” The Day From Blancpain, Seiko, Longines, Oris, And Tudor

With summer in full swing, Sabine Zwettler dives back through time to have a closer look at five of 2018’s vintage-style diver’s watches. With their robustness and air of discovery and adventure, diver’s watches leave a striking impression on the wrist – whether on dry land or in the water.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Five Skeleton Watches: Omega, Jaquet Droz, Audemars Piguet, Chopard, And Arnold & Son Become Transparent

Here are five recent examples of skeletonization – both traditionally and contemporarily crafted – that take the art form to the next level. Each one of them has a strong allure that derives from the meticulous finishing and uncluttered design of mechanical “bare bones.”