The March-April issue of WatchTime is available at retailers (and in our online store) today. Among the highlights of the issue are a cover feature spotlighting the newest additions to Bulgari’s record-breaking Octo Finissimo range; a journey through Longines’ history of making timepieces for pioneering aviators; a comprehensive review of TAG Heuer’s recently released Carrera Sport Chronograph; an in-depth exploration of Porsche Design’s evolution into a full-fledged watch manufacture; and more. Read on for details.
• For 2021, Bulgari has introduced three new versions within its Octo Finissimo range, the highly anticipated Chronograph GMT in stainless steel, the Octo Finissimo S in a new monochrome style with a slivered dial, and the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Titanium with a black dial and rubber strap. Roger Ruegger delves into them all in the cover feature, “Edge of Tomorrow.”
• Daring pilots relied on Longines watches aboard their flying machines in the 1920s and 1930s. In “Ready for Takeoff,” Rüdiger Bucher revisits Longines’ historical role with the pioneers of aviation and how this exciting history inspired the brand’s new Spirit collection.
• Porsche Design has been uniting the worlds of automotive design and horological innovation for nearly half a century, and its recent rebirth as an independent watchmaker takes the synergy to the next level. Mark Bernardo takes the reader down “The Long and Winding Road” of the company’s evolution in an in-depth profile.
• TAG Heuer Carrera models encasing the manufacture Caliber Heuer 02 have been available since 2018, but the series lacked a classic version with a closed dial. With the Carrera Sport Chronograph, reviewed by Alexander Krupp in “Now Closed,” TAG Heuer has filled that gap in an attractive way.
• In the review feature, “Universal Genius,” Martina Richter examines the new Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 42, an all-purpose sports watch that recalls the return of mechanical timekeeping in the 1980s and Breitling’s role as a pioneer. The unique Rouleaux bracelet brings a trendy look to the wrist, while the modern manufacture Caliber 01 points the way toward the future.
• For the intriguing roundtable discussion in “Horological Honey Hunters,” Ruegger reached out to three collectors from different parts of the world to talk about their collections, the industry, waiting lists, and grail watches.
• “Glashütte Original’s retro-chic Sixties collection welcomed the first chronograph model, topped with a “glacier blue” dial, to its colorful series of Annual Editions in 2020. Bernardo goes hands-on with the model in “Cool as Ice,” and discovers the popular complication is just the tip of the iceberg — or rather, the glacier.
Plus: Reviews of the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400, Rado Captain Cook Burgundy Bronze, and Longines Spirit Chronograph; a deep dive into Doxa’s storied history as the official diving watch of the Swiss military; a roundup of timepieces that break from two-handed analog timekeeping in intriguing ways; our exclusive Q&A with Parmigiani Fleurier founder Michel Parmigiani; and more.