WatchTime’s September-October issue is on newsstands now, with tests of Rolex’s new Explorer II and Breitling Transocean, an in-depth technical report on the Cartier ID Two concept watch, brand profiles of Ball Watch and Hanhart, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue…
• In our Rolex triple-feature cover package, Jens Koch tests the recently updated Explorer II, with original photos by our stalwart shutterbug, Nik Schölzel; and Mike Disher provides a historical look at Rolex’s Explorer watches as well as a comprehensive Rolex Lexicon, with definitions of “Paraflex,” “Cerachrom,” “Glidelock” and all the other terms that the brand has either created or made its own.
• Koch also gets under the hood of the Breitling Transocean, an elegant departure from the brand’s famously chunky cockpit-styled sports models, in an exclusive test feature, also with photos by Schölzel.
• Joe Thompson profiles the brain trust behind the revitalized Ball Watch Company and explores the technical innovations that the brand has brought to its new Engineer Hydrocarbon watches.
• Gisbert Brunner goes behind the scenes of Hanhart, a Swiss-German watch company whose sporty, pilot-inspired watches are finally making their way to U.S. shores as part of new CEO Thomas Morf’s international expansion strategy.
• Norma Buchanan reports on the Festina Group, maker of Festina and Perrelet and owner of the Soprod movement-manufacturing firm, and its bold plans to capitalize on the Swatch Group’s withdrawal from the movement-making market.
• Disher also contributes a full-length feature on Cartier’s ID Two, a concept watch unveiled in Neuchâtel that incorporates a slew of efficiency-maximizing technologies unprecedented in the watch world.
• Plus lots more, including mini-tests of seven mid-priced chronographs from Baume & Mercier, Hamilton, Montblanc, Frederique Constant, Movado, Stowa, and Porsche Design.
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