TICKING OFF THE WEEK’S NEWS IN WATCHES


BaselWorld starts this week and with it, a lot of watch news, including a new Breitling for Bentley, Seiko’s partnership with dive instructors, and an oil-filled all-black dive watch from Ressence.

Drive Around the World

Breitling has been partnering with Bentley Motors for over 10 years, and the latest to come from the collaboration is the new Bentley B05 Unitime, a 49mm steel or gold chronograph with a world time complication that lets you track all world time zones at a glance. The knurled bezel takes its cue from the diamond-pattern grille on the big saloons from Crewe.

King George’s Watchmaker

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During the reign of King George III, John Arnold was chosen as a watchmaker for the Royal Navy at a time when precise timekeeping was a matter of life and death on the high seas. The Eight-Day Royal Navy from Arnold & Son was inspired by those nautical timepieces with a legible dial, prominent small seconds dial and a power-reserve gauge that tells you how much of the prodigious eight days of reserve are left in the mainspring.

The Diver’s Watch

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As if Seiko needed even more credibility as the true diver’s tool watch, the Japanese brand announced a partnership with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and released two special-edition watches. One is a blue-and-red “Pepsi” bezel steel automatic diver and the other is a shrouded-case GMT watch with Seiko’s proprietary Kinetic movement inside. Both have the PADI logo on the dial and proceeds go to support Project AWARE, a PADI program that aims to raise awareness for the ecological risks to coral reefs around the world.

The Avant Garde Diver’s Watch

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On the other side of the dive boat, Ressence’s new Type 5BB is an all-black version of the brand’s first dive watch. The DLC case contains a mechanical movement that drives the dial disc and “hands” via magnets through a central titanium plate. The display is visible from any angle thanks to the oil filling the case, which eliminates the visual distortion present in conventional dive watches at depth.

Introducing Gear Patrol Watch Straps

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Need a way to keep your new (or old) watch affixed to your wrist? Gear Patrol is now selling both NATO ($15) and leather straps ($145) that will fit most 20mm watches.

Reviews and Buying Guides

Advice from the Crew

The Watch Owner’s Essential Toolset

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Owning a timepiece demands some hands-on TLC, and you need the right tools to make that happen. Read the Story

Looking Ahead

What We’re Testing Now

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