Weary of 24/7 pandemic coverage and unable to get to a (most likely closed) newsstand? Don’t miss out on WatchTime’s March-April 2020 issue, available now in our online shop. Among the highlights of the issue are our cover feature on the new Bulgari Octo collection; reviews of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot X, Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer, and Seiko Prospex LX; a historical retrospective on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Clock; an interview with Cartier family scion Francesca Cartier; and more. Read on for details.
- Italian “Jeweler of Time” Bulgari started its watchmaking year with several strong new releases. Editor-in-chief Roger Ruegger traveled to the LVMH Week in Dubai for a first look, and covers the collection in our cover story “All Eyes on the Octo.”
- Seiko’s new Prospex LX collection introduces sports watches that go beyond the simple passion for a professional dive watch. In “Bright Future,” Martina Richter tests the version with a rarely seen compass bezel that makes it well suited for extreme outdoor activities.
- Oris is well known for its functionally designed divers’ and pilots’ watches. Now this Swiss label has created a modern skeletonized version of its manufacture movement, placing it in the new Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115. Jens Koch tests the watch in “Modern Insights.”
- Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Atmos Clocks, whose ingenious, near-perpetual mechanical movements are driven by air temperature changes, have been pushing the boundaries of horology and horology and design since the 1930s. Senior Editor Mark Bernardo explores the fascinating history of this innovative timekeeper in “Running on Air.”
- In the in-depth interview, “Keeping Up with the Cartiers,” WatchTime India Editor Neha S. Bajpai discovers how a descendant of Louis-Francois Cartier traversed the world and scoured old letters to stitch together a definitive family history of the iconic jewellery brand.
- Of all the materials used to make watches, steel is unique in its ability to repeatedly transcend its lowly status. Allen Farmelo takes a look at the growth of steel watches — from their introduction as tool watches to their popularity as luxury timepieces today — in “Steel Watches: A 20th Century Phenomenon.”
- Plus: More new timepieces from LVMH Watch Week; reviews of the Glashütte Original SeaQ Panorama Date, Tissot Gentleman Automatic, and Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC; a profile of the Chopard Manufacture; a deep dive into Ulysse Nardin’s 2020 “Xploration” strategy; and much more.
- You can buy the issue here for $8.95.