The July-August 2015 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our cover story on the new Breitling Navitimer 01 46 mm, our massive report on the new watches launched at Baselworld 2015, tests of new models from Jaeger-LeCoultre and Nomos, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue…
• In the cover feature, “Pumped-Up Pilot,” Jens Koch tests the recently released, 46-mm version of the iconic Breitling Navitimer 01, a pilots’ watch based on a model from 1952. Is the bigger Navitimer also the better one? Find out in this in-depth review, with original photos by Nik Schölzel. (You may also download this article from the WatchTime online store.)
• Rudiger Bucher explores the evolution of the Breitling Navitimer over its 63 years on the market in the historical feature “Pilots’ Partner,” the companion piece to the cover story test and a must-read for aficionados of vintage aviation timepieces.
• WatchTime covers this year’s Baselworld watch fair in a 36-page special section, showcasing 75 new timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Seiko, Citizen, Tudor, TAG Heuer, Breguet, Zenith, Longines, and many other brands; plus, industry news from the fair, including the return of legendary Swiss brand Angelus and Faberge’s new foray into haute horlogerie.
• “Elegant Encore,” written by Koch with photos by OK-Photography, examines another vintage-inspired new watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958, based on a collectors’-favorite model used by explorers and scientists in the late 1950s. (This test is also available as a download from the WatchTime online store.)
• Norma Buchanan pays a visit to “Rebel Brand” Manufacture Royale in an in-depth company profile that traces this young brand’s historic ties to French 18th-century Enlightenment figure (and watchmaking entrepreneur), Voltaire.
• In “Night Watch Man,” Jay Deshpande provides a detailed, then-and-now look at Luminox, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary of bringing tritium-based, super-bright night illumination to the U.S. watch market.
• Plus: a test of the Nomos Lux, the Bauhau-inspired German brand’s first gold-cased watch; a look at Breguet’s upcoming watch exhibition; this year’s Red Dot Award-winning watches; which watch brands spent the most on advertising in 2015; and more.