Fratello Classics: 5 Watches That Deserve a Re-Edition

Here are five watches that, in my opinion, would be perfect as the basis for a modern re-edition. They range from watches released half a century ago to watches that have been on the market for only two decades. (And of course, as always, please use the comment box below to let us know which old watches you would like to see a watch brand re-issue for modern times.)

1. Longines Chronograph Caliber 13ZN

Longines watches have an extremely interesting history. With its Heritage collection, the brand has managed to re-issue some of its most beautiful vintage watches. Although Longines already has launched the Heritage 1951 chronograph watch and a Telemeter Chronograph, a nice re-edition of its Chronograph Caliber 13ZN would be awesome. This would mean that Longines would have to source and use the old caliber, though. Even though I can imagine a re-edition like that would come with a high price tag, it might still be cheaper than a good-condition, vintage chronograph caliber 13ZN. read more

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Breaking the Mold: 5 Offbeat Watches from Baselworld

Contrary to popular belief, Baselworld is not just a steady stream of tourbillons, chronographs, and watches that are mostly black. The show does play host to some individualists who create watches that are outside the mainstream. Some are newcomers, and some return year after year, reliably delighting us with their unique vision. We take a look at a few of their creations.

One of our favorite newcomers this year is Breva. The brand’s watch is the Génie 01, a stylish and original mechanical mini-weather station for the wrist. read more

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10 Classic Chronograph Movements

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn’t make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, here I focus specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches.

One of my watch-loving friends – who, sadly, passed away a couple of years ago – had a special appreciation for chronographs and even ended all his e-mails with, “Chronographs, like most finer things in life, only improve with time.” If you want to know more about chronograph movements, and certain specific calibers, from a collector’s point of view, I recommend you read the interview I did with him a couple of years ago (click here). Although it does not include the latest chronograph movements, it is still a useful article covering many important aspects of chronographs. read more

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