The November-December 2021 issue of WatchTime is available at retailers now. Among the highlights of the issue are our cover feature showcasing Parmigiani’s Tonda PF collection; reviews of the Omega Moonwatch Master Chronometer, TAG Heuer Aquaracer, and Tudor Black Bay Chrono; a comprehensive roundup of Bell & Ross’s Flight Instrument collection; an in-depth look at 140 years of Seiko; and more. Read on for details.
• In 1996, master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani’s dedication to horology resulted in the launch of a new watch brand with a new credo and new aesthetics. The new Tonda PF collection is both an homage to Parmigiani Fleurier’s design aesthetics, and also the maison’s most forward-looking collection to date. Roger Ruegger explores this “Passion, Purity, and Precision” in our cover feature.
• Omega kicked off the year 2021 with a bang by elevating the legendary Moonwatch to Master Chronometer. Although this watch is equipped with the latest movement technology, detailed observations in “Master Moon,” Martina Richter’s comprehensive test feature, find that its exterior remains true to the design of the cult model.
• After it revolutionized pilots’-watch design with its dashboard-clock-inspired BR 01, one might have expected Bell & Ross to rest on the laurels of that flagship model but the watchmaker did anything but, turning to an array of other onboard aviation devices to produce the inventive Flight Instrument collection. Mark Bernardo spotlights these unusual timepieces in “Tools From the Dashboard.”
• TAG Heuer has brought its Aquaracer dive watch line back up to the surface and refined its design and technology. Does the new generation make the grade? Alexander Krupp provides the answers in “Resurfacing.”
• Women today have more options than ever when it comes to choosing their favorite watch. Dara Hinshaw’s “Especially for Her” is our annual roundup of new models designed for women, all with a sparkle and appeal all their own and each making for a perfect holiday gift..
• In honor of its 50-year chronograph history, Tudor issued the Black Bay Chrono — a subtle combination of traditional aesthetics and modern watchmaking. For the test feature “Easy Rider,” Richter found an authentic setting that reflects the close association of the timepiece to motor sports.
• After a decade and a half of the Big Bang, Hublot needed to evolve the line’s design — and achieved this with the Big Bang Integral, which Rüdiger Bucher reviews in the in-depth feature “Gray Excellence.”
Plus: Reviews of new watches from Citizen, Bremont, and Breitling; a showcase of limited editions celebrating the 140th anniversary of Seiko; a roundup of watches with dials inspired by nature; a Q&A with Moritz Grossmann CEO Christine Hutter; and more,