Highlights from WatchTime’s November-December 2020 Issue, On Sale Now

The November-December issue of WatchTime is available at retailers today (and in our online shop). Among the highlights of the issue are an introduction to Rolex’s revamped Submariner series; tests and reviews of new watches from IWC, Zenith, Montblanc, Wempe, and others; an in-depth exploration of Grand Seiko’s latest forays into haute horlogerie; a comprehensive historical profile of Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas collection; a roundup of the year’s most intriguing women’s watches, just in time for the holidays; and more. Read on for details.

• During the past six decades, Grand Seiko has constantly been pursuing the creation of the world’s most accurate wristwatch, pushing the development of quartz, mechanical, and Spring Drive movements. Now, the Japanese brand is ready to finally enter the haute horlogerie segment, as Roger Ruegger explores in “A Constant Force in Watchmaking.”

• IWC has added several new models to the Portugieser family; one of them is the iconic Chronograph model. In “An Old Acquaintance,” Martina Richter tests the watch, which now boasts a trendy green dial and is equipped with a manufacture caliber.

• With the Defy Classic Carbon, Zenith shoots for design boldness, lightweight comfort, and unprecedented price accessibility for a timepiece with an all-carbon case and bracelet. Mark Bernardo discovers that “Darker is Lighter,” giving the watch a test run while also getting insight on it from Zenith CEO Julien Tornare.

• For “Tradition in Green,” his comprehensive test of the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph, Jens Koch disassembled the watch for an unusually up-close examination. He finds that its Minerva caliber, developed 100 years ago, is more exciting than ever today.

• In spite of the challenges of 2020, watch manufacturers introduced many outstanding timepieces for women during the year. In her annual “Time for Her” compilation piece, Dara Hinshaw presents 30 newly released ladies’ watches that offer a wide range of options for holiday gift giving.

• In “An Everyday Watch with Ambitions,” his test of the diver’s watch from Wempe’s new Iron Walker line, Alexander Krupp finds that it feels perfectly at home in the water but performs even better as a sporty and elegant companion in daily life.

• Vacheron Constantin’s sport-luxury Overseas collection, tracing its roots to an anniversary model in the 1970s, has become a versatile and resolutely modern cornerstone of the historical maison’s portfolio. Mark Bernardo traces Vacheron’s “Overseas Mission” in a feature-length profile.

Plus: tests and reviews of new timepieces from Porsche Design, Hamilton, Mido, and Christopher Ward; a collectors’ comparison of vintage Rolex Oysters with vintage Audemars Piguet Royal Oaks; our jam-packed WatchTalk news section, featuring the low-down on the redesigned Rolex Submariner; a roundup of watches developed specially for movies; and more.

Click here to download the new issue of WatchTime from our online shop.

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  1. Rodger,
    If that’s what you would really like, it’s easy…
    Ignore them.
    Once the free publicity fades or begins to turn negative they WILL re-assess their strategy.

    So many comments from people continually asking you to stop with the rolex “reviews”.
    Paid or not you are choosing them over your readership…
    And that’s hurting your magazines reputation.

    Again, it’s easy…
    Just stop giving them attention.

    Thank you.

  2. Ron Howard

    How much money does rolex pay you to keep “reviewing” their watches of manufactured scarcity? Don’t take this personally, but you come across as being in collusion with their strategy, rather than having an independent mind.

    • Hi Ron, thanks for the feedback. Rolex is (for some time now) not advertising with us, just check the magazine’s ads. Regardless of that, we can hardly ignore one of the leading watch brands in the world, as much as we’d wish they would change their strategy (both in terms of advertising and distribution).

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