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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...]

Watch Test: Baume & Mercier Clifton

Baume & Mercier Clifton

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

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 Test: Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard

Porsche Design Dashboard - front-back

If you dream of one day owning a Porsche 911, you can fill your time until then with luxury articles from Austria-based Porsche Design, like this Porsche Design P'6620 Dashboard chronograph watch. Click here to read our test of the watch from WatchTime's October 2012 issue, with photos by OK-Photography. … [Read more...]

Zenith Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the Zenith Moon-Phase Watch

Zenith Captain GD Moonphase

Download this FREE article and find out what we thought of the Zenith Captain Grande Date Moonphase! This WatchTime Spotlight falls on Zenith watches, specifically the Captain Grande Date Moonphase, a Zenith watch that offers two complications in its movement. In this article from our print archives, WatchTime goes past the elegant exterior to see how well it works. This Zenith watch uses a … [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...]

Regulation Time: Testing the Alpina Avalanche Manufacture Regulator

Alpina Avalanche Regulator

The Alpina Avalanche Manufacture Regulator has an offbeat regulator dial. Does the watch’s in-house movement stay on tempo? Photographer Nik Schölzel and I find out in this watch test feature from the December 2010 issue of WatchTime. … [Read more...]

Big Numbers: Testing the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk

In this feature from our February 2010 issue, WatchTime tests A. Lange & Söhne’s mechanical digital watch, the Zeitwerk, which combines a groundbreaking design concept with classic Lange features. Photos provided by Lange and by WatchTime's Marcus Kruger. … [Read more...]

WatchTime E-Special: 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...]

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...]

Master Makeover: Testing Omega’s 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 test feature from our April 2011 issue by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]

Grading the Retrograde: Longines Master Collection Retrograde

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 by "Watch Insider" Alexander Linz and photographer Nik Schölzel, presented in WatchTime's June 2009 issue. … [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...]

A Round of Polo: Testing Piaget’s Iconic Sports Watch

Piaget Polo automatic

The Piaget Polo, one of the most famous sports watches of the 1970s, has been retooled with a giant titanium-and-steel case and an automatic movement. In this watch-test feature from our October 2009 issue, WatchTime's Witold Michalczyk puts the three-hand Polo FortyFive through its paces. … [Read more...]

Wake-Up Caller: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Memovox

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox was designed to keep time on the wrist and double as an alarm clock on the nightstand. In this test feature from our February 2010 issue, with original photos by Nik Schölzel, writer Alexander Krupp sees how the modern version of the watch performs at both tasks. … [Read more...]

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

Breitling-IWC_150

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...]

The Sinking Man’s Watch: Omega Seamaster Ploprof

Omega_Ploprof_angle_150

WatchTime tests the Omega Seamaster Ploprof, a re-edition of a classic divers’ watch from 1970 with double the original’s water-resistance and a manufacture caliber. Click here for the results, along with a gallery of original photos by Nik Schölzel. … [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...]