The big November-December 2017 issue of WatchTime hits newsstands today, with highlights including a test of the revamped Rolex Sea-Dweller, in-depth reviews of new watches from Panerai, IWC, and A. Lange & Söhne, a historical perspective comparing Rolex with Patek Philippe, and much more. Read on for more details…
• Rolex has revised its extreme-depth dive watch, the Sea-Dweller. The new version of the watch, which made its debut at Baselworld 2017, is causing some surprises with its magnifying lens, new movement, and larger diameter. In “A Full-Grown Classic,” Jens Koch tests one the first examples, accompanied by original photos by Marcus Krüger.
• What is the “number one” luxury watch brand? There are two, though they are fundamentally different. In the historical feature, “Twin Peaks,” Chronos editor-in-chief and WatchTime contributor Rüdiger Bucher explores why Rolex and Patek Philippe are so successful.
• Just in time for Black Friday, this year’s version of “Time for Her” by managing editor Dara Hinshaw offers a selection of the latest women’s watches — 24 models from 24 brands — to help you find that perfect gift for the holidays.
• Unmistakably inspired by the styling of the original Luminor, the Panerai Luminor Due is a contemporary reinterpretation of that classic model from the ’50s. The new version has a slimmer case and a modern in-house movement with a micro-rotor for automatic winding. Martina Richter takes a close-up look at the 3 days Automatic model (with photos by OK-Photography) in “Luminor Number Two.”
• The IWC Da Vinci Chronograph is the 11th timepiece in the brand’s “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” series. Like its predecessors, it has a blue dial and a child’s drawing engraved on the caseback. In “Picture Perfect,” we test one of the 1,500 pieces in this limited-edition flyback chronograph; words by Richter, pictures by OK-Photography.
• The sixth Handwerkskunst edition from A. Lange & Söhne combines some top-tier metiers d’art with real technical prowess. In “Art and Ingenuity,” Nitin Nair from our Middle East editorial team asks Lange’s Anthony Haas for a lowdown on the new model.
Plus: a look at Zenith’s new Defy Lab and its revolutionary new oscillator; reviews of the Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive Professional Diver, Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite, and Oris Aquis Regulator “Meistertaucher;” a technical breakdown of Patek’s Aquanaut Travel Time Advanced Research model; a look inside Blancpain’s Metiers d’Arts atelier; the updated “Who Owns What” guide to which luxury groups own which watch brands; and more.