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Watch Review: Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

Patek Philippe Ref. 5146 Annual Calendar

As we approach the holiday season and the start of a new calendar year, we re-present this review of a notable calendar watch, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue. The Patek Philippe's Ref. 5146 is an annual calendar watch with a moon-phase display. Original photos are by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Master Makeover: Testing the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

In 2008, Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra watch was upgraded to the brand’s in-house Caliber 8500. How does the timepiece fare under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature from our April 2011 issue by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Pure & Simple: Patek Philippe Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test originally published in our April 2008 issue. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the gorgeous original photography. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy Seals

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through our in-depth watch testing gauntlet. Scroll down to see the results of the test, originally published in our print edition, along with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Pilots’ Watch Review: Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

For a review of pilots' watches published in our March-April 2012 issue, we selected two three-hand pilots’ watches and seven pilots’ chronographs to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in southern Germany. One of the watches chosen was the Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph. … [Read more...]


Comparison Test: TAG Heuer Monaco vs. Breitling Chrono-Matic

TAG Heuer Monaco/Breitling Chrono-Matic two-shot

In this watch test feature from our December 2008 issue, writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel pit modern versions of two iconic 1970s chronographs — the TAG Heuer Monaco and the Breitling Chono-Matic — against each other in a challenge of retro sports watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Omega DeVille Hour Vision Annual Calendar

Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar

The calendar is the most popular watch complication by far, and in WatchTime's December 2010 issue, we reviewed a number of watches with various types of calendars. One of them was the Omega De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar, which needs resetting just once per year. For our analysis and results, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel, click here. … [Read more...]


Heaven & Earth: Breitling Chronomat B01 vs. IWC Big Ingenieur Chrono

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Two chronographs with in-house movements — Breitling’s pilot-styled Chronomat B01 and IWC’s rugged Big Ingenieur Chronograph, designed for earthbound adventure — go head-to-head in this comparison test from our April 2010 issue, with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Omega Speedmaster Mark II

The Omega Speedmaster Mark II, launched in 1969, was a more streamlined, spiffier version of the Speedmaster that landed on the moon that year. Now Omega has brought the Mark II back. We test the new version of the Omega Speedmaster Mark II in "A Sleeker Speedy," the cover story of WatchTime's upcoming November-December 2014 issue. … [Read more...]


Antimagnetic Attraction: Testing the Rolex Milgauss

Rolex Milgauss front

The updated version of the 1950s’ Rolex Milgauss is a hit among Rolex fans. Is this re-engineered classic, with its improved protection against magnetism, worth the wait? Writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel find out in this watch test from our August 2008 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: 5 Square and Rectangular Watches Under $3,000

Fortis Square

Are you a fan of four-sided watches and looking for a "Square Deal?" In this watch review feature from our October 2008 issue, we take a look at five watches from Eterna, Fortis, Frédérique Constant, Nomos and Oris, all with square or rectangular cases and all priced under $3,000*. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Review: Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver

Citizen Promaster 1000M Professional Diver

A while back, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver. … [Read more...]


Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Click here for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph

Baume & Mercier Capeland - front-back

Baume & Mercier launched its redesigned Capeland watch at the SIHH exhibition in Geneva in 2011. In this watch test featurette from our October 2012 issue, WatchTime gives this luxury-sport chronograph the once-over, with original photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde Test

Longines Master Retrograde dial CU

Longines’s Master Collection Retrograde has an exclusive movement with no less than four retrograde functions. How does it hold up under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature originally presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [Read more...]


Out of This World: Reviewing the Seiko Astron GPS Watch

Seiko Astron in Space

The Seiko Astron, released to great fanfare in 2012, tells time by receiving GPS signals anywhere on Earth. Was it a world-beater in our test? Click here to read our in-depth review of the Seiko Astron GPS solar watch, with original photographs by Robert Atkinson, first published in our April 2013 issue. … [Read more...]


The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I (Video)

Rolex Explorer I

WatchTime spent some time with the 2010 model of Rolex’s classic Oyster Perpetual Explorer — a watch originally made for a Mount Everest expedition and recently revamped with a larger case and new caliber. Click here to read our test of the watch from the magazine, along with original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Opening Acts: Testing Entry-Level Watches from Rolex, IWC, and Panerai

Rolex-IWC-Panerai trio

In this triple-feature watch test from our October 2010 issue, writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, IWC and Panerai that offer an entrance into the luxury-watch world for a relatively modest price. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Clifton

Baume & Mercier Clifton

For WatchTime's March-April 2014 issue, we tested the Baume & Mercier Clifton, an updated version of a vintage Baume & Mercier men's watch from the 1950s, which was introduced just last year. Here are the results. … [Read more...]


Speed Dreamin': Testing the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 (With Video)

TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 front

A few years ago, TAG Heuer introduced a new version of its racing-inspired Carrera watch with a brand-new movement. WatchTime took the watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887, for a spin. Click here for the results of our comprehensive watch test, originally published in our print edition, along with exclusive photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Comparative Watch Test: Bulgari Bulgari vs. Hermès Dressage

Bulgari Bulgari & Hermes Dressage

In this exclusive watch test feature from WatchTime's upcoming September-October issue, we compare two steel automatic watches, the Bulgari Bulgari and the Hermès Dressage, from brands known for their high style. … [Read more...]


Dynamic Duo: Our Watch Test of the Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex GMT-Master II black-blue bezel

Some call it the "Batman" in honor of its black-and-blue bezel. In this exclusive watch test feature, the cover story of our upcoming September-October issue, we test the first version of the Rolex GMT-Master II ever to sport this color combo. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph

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In this feature from our February 2013 issue, we take a look at the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, with its two central elapsed-time flyback hands; original photos provided by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

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In 1967, IWC launched one of its biggest success stories: a sporty, three-handed automatic watch called the Yacht Club. Though little remembered today, it was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. IWC resurrected the Yacht Club in 2010, in a new chronograph version, and incorporated it into its Portuguese collection. WatchTime tested the modern version of the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club in its February 2011 issue. … [Read more...]


Sand Dude: Testing the Breitling Superocean

Breitling Superocean reclining

The modern Breitling Superocean is built to withstand the rigors of sea, surf and sand. See how it fares in WatchTime’s Breitling Superocean test, conducted by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel, and originally presented in this feature from our December 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 vs. Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue

Tudor vs. TAG Heuer

One sporty chronograph, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition, meets another, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, in this comparative watch test, the cover story of WatchTime's July-August 2014 issue. All original photos are by WatchTime's Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon vs. Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel

Omega vs. Breitling test

Two chronographs robed in black and powered by in-house movements — the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon and Breitling Chronomat GMT Blacksteel go head to head in this comparative test, the cover story of WatchTime's May-June 2014 issue. … [Read more...]


Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature from our August 2012 issue, which features original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver - front

In WatchTime's February 2012 issue, we put Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver, a watch built for sport but suited for leisure, through its paces. Click here for the results of our comprehensive watch test and to see original photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]


Watch Review: Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar

As we get closer to a new year, we continue our series of reviews on calendar watches, excerpted from a feature in WatchTime’s December 2010 issue. This week, we offer a look at the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar, with original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]