WatchTime’s September-October Issue is On Sale Now!


WatchTime Sept-Oct 14 CoverThe September-October issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Rolex GMT-Master “Batman” with blue-black ceramic bezel, an exclusive interview with Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek, a foldout timeline covering 100 years of the wristwatch, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue…

 

• In our cover feature, “Dynamic Duo,” Jens Koch tests a recently released version of the Rolex GMT-Master II, whose unique black-and-blue bezel has earned it the nickname “Batman” among Rolex aficionados. We uncover the pros and cons of this fan-favorite Rolex sports watch, the first of this model to sport this color combo. OK-Photography provides the visuals. (You may also download this article from the WatchTime online store.)

• In “Nick Hayek At Ease,” editor-in-chief Joe Thompson profiles the outspoken and often controversial CEO of the Swatch Group, covering a wide rang of topics, including why Hayek is upbeat about the U.S. watch market, not worried about China, and hesitant to get into the smartwatch game. (For an audio outtake on how Hayek feels about Apple, smartwatches, and the Swatch brand’s first go-’round in that arena, click here.)

• Watch expert Gisbert Brunner explores the rise of the wristwatch to mainstream popularity — starting 100 years ago, in 1914 — in the in-depth historical feature, “The Turning Point.” As an added bonus, executive editor Norma Buchanan provides “A Wristwatch Timeline: The First 100 Years,” a comprehensive look at the wristwatch century, with loads of facts, trivia, and photos, as a massive foldout feature. (The timeline is also available separately as a download in the WatchTime shop.)

• Two steel, automatic men’s sports watches from two brands known for their high style — the Bulgari Bulgari and Hermès Dressage — face off in “Steely Elegance,” a comparative watch test by Martina Richter with original photos by Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign. (This feature is also available as a download from the WatchTime shop.)

• Technical editor Mike Disher tests a pair of very different watches in this issue: the artisanal, elegant F.P. Journe Octa Réserve de Marche, with five-day power reserve, in “Power Player;” and a sporty (and attractively priced) chronograph, the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S, in “The Eyes Have It.” Both articles feature original photography by Robert Atkinson.

• In “Revamping Movado,” associate editor Jay Deshpande explores the recent makeover of the Movado Group, owner of the watch brand famous for its Museum Dial, and throws the spotlight on some of the newest and most innovative models in the brand’s collection.

• Plus: more tests and features and news from around the watch industry, including Thompson’s profile of the new Montblanc and Koch’s test of the Hublot Big Bang Unico.

WatchTime Sept-Oct 14 Cover

Click here to download the new issue and here to take advantage of our 15th-anniversary subscription offer — two years of WatchTime for the price of one!

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