The September-October issue of WatchTime is available at retailers and in our online shop) today. Among the highlights of the issue are a showcase of the new Omega Constellation Gents collection; tests and reviews of new watches from Breitling, Seiko, A. Lange & Söhne, Oris, and more; an in-depth exploration of the new, independent Accutron series; analysis of Covid-19’s impact on the watch industry from a roster of experts; and more. Read on for details.
- Omega’s Constellation series has been around since 1952, but its men’s models have been relegated to the sidelines in recent years. This year, Omega remedies that with the launch of 25 new Constellation Gents models, in a variety of materials and colors, equipped with Master Chronometer calibers. We explore the options and updates in “Generation Next.”
- For 2020, the 55th anniversary of its first dive watch, Seiko has been working on another take on two vintage watches in its Prospex collection. In “Redesign Now,” Roger Ruegger takes a look at both the more classic “1995 Diver’s Modern Re-Interpretation” and the “1970 Diver’s Re-Interpretation,” with its asymmetrical cushion case.
- Fifteen years after its introduction, the Lange 1 Time Zone has now been equipped with a new manufacture caliber. The watch still offers an intuitive reading of two time zones on its dial, but in the feature “Circles of Time,” for which she was able to scrutinize the new model before its launch, Martina Richter reports that it offers much more.
- Accutron, marking its 60th anniversary in 2020, has been reborn as an independent brand separate from its parent Bulova, ushering in the new era with 21st-century technology and a healthy does of mid-20th-century nostalgia. Mark Bernardo goes “Back to the Space Age” to examine the Accutron’s fascinating history and uncovers the newest models.
- As more and more of today’s consumers look for watches that make a truly personal statement, the art of customization is in high demand. Contributor Roberta Naas offers one of the most comprehensive looks at the trend in “Customizing Time.”
- As part of the continuing retro wave, Breitling’s Aviator 8 collection reinterprets the brand’s earliest pilots’ watches without simply duplicating them. We observe how the newest Aviator 8 model, the B01 Chronograph Mosquito, keeps up with everyday life in “Currents in the Air,” an in-depth review with original photos by Olaf Köster.
- In Greek mythology, Zeus created humans with four arms, four legs and one head with two faces, creating the perfect pair. Fearing their powers, Zeus separated them, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other halves. In “Moving Machines,” his initial piece for WatchTime, Corey Vlahos selects these “perfectly reunited pairs” of watches and motor vehicles.
- Plus: An exclusive series of Q&As on the future of the watch industry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic; a historical retrospective on Blancpain’s Villeret collection and its often unheralded contributions to contemporary haute Horlogerie; tests of the Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date and MeisterSinger New Plus Pointer Date; spotlights on Porsche Design’s new personalization program and TAG Heuer’s revamped Carrera models; and much more.
- You can buy the issue here for $8.95.