The March-April 2017 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also available in our online shop), featuring reviews of the Tudor Black Bay Bronze, Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, and TAG Heuer Monza; a tour of Grand Seiko’s watchmaking studios; a pilots’ watch face-off between IWC and Breitling, and more.
Scroll down for highlights from the issue:
- Tudor added a new bronze model to its Heritage Black Bay collection in 2016. Like its predecessors, this dive watch dips into history with a material that appeals to contemporary tastes. In our cover story, “Modern Heritage,” Martina Richter conducts an extensive test of this popular watch (with an additional wrist review from yours truly), which features original photos by OK-Photography.
- The new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph continues the brand’s maritime legacy. It’s also the brand’s first chronograph to earn certification as a Master Chronometer. Richter and the OK-Photography team put the watch through its paces in the feature article, “Master of its Class.”
- In 1976, TAG Heuer introduced its Monza model, named for the world famous Italian Formula 1 racetrack. Forty years later, the Monza Calibre 17 recalls the glory days of racing while offering a great deal more than retro design. Alexander Krupp goes under the hood of this “Retro Racer” in this in-depth watch test featuring more original photos from OK-Photography.
- In “Seiko’s Grand Tour,” Roger Ruegger journeys to Japan to visit to Seiko’s watch studios in Shizukuishi and Shiojiri, the two watch-producing facilities within the Seiko Group responsible for the manufacturing of Grand Seiko watches. He also interviews Shinji Hattori, president and CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, about the future of Credor, Grand Seiko, the newly launched Presage collection — and his own favorite watch.
- In “Flight Fight,” two watch brands strongly associated with aviation, IWC and Breitling, duel for horological supremacy in the air. Writer Jens Koch looks at icons such as IWC’s original Big Pilot’s Watch and Breitling’s Navitimer, as well as modern classics like the Big Pilots’s Watch Annual Calendar “Le Petit Prince” and Breitling Avenger Hurricane.
Plus: a comparative review of three bi-compax chronographs from Alpina, Bell & Ross, and Union Glashutte; a run-down of Patek Philippe’s “everyday utility” complications; a look back on the history and watch-world contributions of the Rado brand; Editor-at-Large Joe Thompson’s report on Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert’s new role at Richemont; and more.