“crossbar / cutthroat razor” on the Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillon

The Schmidt List: Top 5 Funky Clicks

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.

"The Crystalline" pocket watch from the 2017 Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in New York

Give Me Five! 5 Artistic Antique Divinities At Patek Philippe’s 2017 Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition New York

Here are five exquisite historical pieces from the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition that were brought to New York City from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, whose timeless artistry left a lasting impression on Elizabeth Doerr.

Manhattan from Brooklyn artwork on the back of the unique piece Patek Philippe created for the Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in New York

Give Me Five! 5 American-Themed Rare Handcraft Watches At Patek Philippe’s 2017 Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition In New York

Here are five American-themed timepieces decorated with rare handcrafts that I thought stood out at the recent Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in New York.

Give Me Five! 5 Unanticipated Exhibits At Patek Philippe’s Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition In New York

Elizabeth shares the best and most surprising things she saw at the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition recently held in New York City, starting with five incredible timepieces she did not expect to see there.

Breguet Classique Tradition Dame

Give Me Five! 5 Off-Center Classics With Asymmetrical Awesomeness!

While “normal” classic watches feature the hours, minutes, and perhaps even seconds in the center of the dial, some timepieces step out of line with off-center indications. Check out these five modern classics introduced in 2017 with interesting off-center configurations.

Seiko Prospex Monster

5 Tool Watches I’d Buy If I Didn’t Want to Spring For A Rolex Submariner

If I were to recommend a brand new functional dive watch to a friend who was looking to spend within a certain price range, here would be my suggestions. Or, more specifically, here is what I would purchase myself in a variety of price categories.

S.U.F Helsinki Vetehinen by Sarpaneva

Give Me Five! Bright Colors Are So Passé: Here Are 5 (+1) Gray-Dialed Wristwatches For 2017 From Greubel Forsey, Hermès, Zenith, Carl F. Bucherer, Ressence And Sarpaneva

Each year has its own color trend, and while black and white are the “evergreen” classics, it is the myriad elegantly understated dark shades of gray that seem to be setting the tone in 2017.

Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm

Give Me Five! 5 Watches That Have Stood The Test Of Time Starring Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, And Cartier

Why is it that watch brands celebrate watch anniversaries so enthusiastically? The answer isn’t as complicated as you might think . . . and it’s also good to know that major brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Chanel, and Omega are celebrating major anniversaries in 2017.

Patek Philippe Calatrava Squelette Reference 5180/1R-001

Give Me Five! 5 Skeletonized Watches That Came Out Of The Closet At Baselworld 2017 From Patek Philippe, Chanel, Graff, Manufacture Royale And Glashütte Original

In recent years, the word “skeletonization” as it is used in the world of watches has shifted slightly in meaning to include movements designed from the outset as skeletonized. Let’s take a look at a few different types of skeletonization, both modern and traditional, as seen on five different timepieces at Baselworld 2017.

Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Give Me Five! 5 Fantastic Manufacture Chronographs From Baselworld 2017 By Patek Philippe, Fabergé, Louis Moinet, Tutima And Glashütte Original

Chronographs are very difficult movements to master in a reliable, interesting, and original way, even if these wrist timers constitute what is most likely the most popular complication in wearable horology. And this makes the variety of in-house chronographs introduced at Baselworld 2017 a real treat. Here are five of the most interesting specimens we found at the world’s largest watch fair.