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The Das Boot Watch: "Divers' Watches For Real Men!"

By Bulent Yusuf on at

More than thirty years after its release, Das Boot remains one of the most gripping war movies ever made. We're on the edge of our seat just thinking about it. But is it really the best candidate to launch a new line of watches? That's exactly what's happened at Baselworld, with press releases excitably describing them as "Diver's watches for real men!"

In Praise of the Humble Cuckoo Clock

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With so much attention lavished on luxury watches at Baselworld in Switzerland, another important timekeeping device is woefullly neglected -- the cuckoo clock. Contrary to popular belief, it's not actually a Swiss invention (that honour belongs to the Black Forest in Germany), but scattered around the exhibition halls are some spectacular examples of the craft.

10 Watches You'll Want to Strap On Your Wrist This Year

By Bulent Yusuf on at

So what's a "Baselworld" when it's at home? This trade show for the watch and jewellery industry is organised annually in the city of Basel, Switzerland, featuring 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries. The place is stuffed to bursting with movers and shakers in the world of timekeeping, all of them touting their wares. Here's a rundown of the best watches we've seen.

Hands-On With the Bluetooth G-Shock GB-6900

By Bulent Yusuf on at

Giz UK got its grubby mitts on the G-Shock GB-6900 at Baselworld 2012 watch fair, the super-tough digital watch that features a low-power Bluetooth 4.0 chip for two-way communication with a smartphone. It hasn't been released in Europe yet, and according to the G-Shock Research and Development team, I was the first person from the UK to try it on.