The July-August issue of WatchTime is available at retailers and in our online shop) today. Among the highlights of the issue are our exclusive first look at the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition, tests and reviews of new watches from TAG Heuer, Grand Seiko, and Sinn; a comprehensive history of the Breguet Type XX pilots’ watch collection and the Breguet family’s milestones in aviation; a roundup of the most intriguing new timepieces from Watches & Wonders 2020; and more. Read on for details.
- Blancpain’s latest version of the Bathyscaphe adds a new color and a no-date option to the brand’s popular range of Fifty Fathoms dive watches. Additionally, the 50-piece limited edition supports conservation efforts to protect the critically endangered great hammerhead shark. For the cover feature “Apex Diver,” Roger Ruegger was able to observe both in their natural habitat.
- When the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) decided to postpone the 2020 edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva due to COVID-19, it wasted no time coming up with a new strategy, setting up a new digital platform to debut novelties from 30 participating maisons back in April. We present the headliners in “Wonders in Cyberspace.”
- The Breguet family revolutionized watchmaking in the 19th century and aviation in the 20th. The modern Type XX collection, which Mark Bernardo examines in the historical feature “Rarefied Air,” is the culmination of Breguet’s multi-generational savoir faire in both fields.
- For the first time, TAG Heuer has introduced a watch without a stopwatch function in its traditional Autavia line. In “A Cockpit Instrument for Your Wrist,” Jens Koch sets out to determine whether the chronometer-certified Autavia Calibre 5 is another winner.
- It’s hard to believe that Grand Seiko, which celebrates its 60th birthday in 2020, has been on the international market just 10 years. Martina Richter goes hands-on with the Japanese brand’s Elegance GMT model, with a modern time-zone function and a high-speed automatic caliber, in “Quick Getaway.”
- Women have long taken a backseat to men when it comes to watches, with most brands simply creating smaller versions of existing watches and sprinkling them with diamonds to please the ladies.That time is over. In “Women Rule,” veteran watch journalist Roberta Naas offers a comprehensive look at the changing women’s watch market.
- In “Perfecting a Watch,” Koch explores the evolution of the Rolex Datejust — which debuted in 1945 as the first watch to offer water resistance, automatic winding, chronometer certification, and a date window, and which Rolex has continued to improve upon ever since.
- Plus: A test of the Sinn 158 Chronograph; interviews with MB&F founder Max Busser and German watchmaker Jörg Schauer; a roundup of today’s most interesting big-date watches; a comprehensive look at the history and evolution of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève; and much more.
- You can buy the issue here for $8.95.