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.
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