The July-August issue of WatchTime is available at retailers (and in our online store) today. Among the highlights of the issue are our cover feature delving into the new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Minute Repeater Symphony, a comprehensive roundup of highlight timepieces from Watches & Wonders 2021; tests and reviews of new watches from Tudor, IWC, and A. Lange & Söhne; and more. Read on for details.
• With close to 110,000 unique users on watchesandwonders.com, more than 12,000 visitors at the West Bund Art Center in Shanghai, an estimated reach of 500 million people to date and close to 360,000 posts featuring the hashtag #watchesandwonders2021 across social media, blogs, and other online platforms, Watches & Wonders 2021 reached a record audience. Our editors compiled the highlights from 25 participating watch brands.
• The new Manero Minute repeater Symphony is Carl F.Bucherer’s most complicated watch to date. For the cover story, “The Sound of Lucerne,” Roger Ruegger and Mark Bernardo conducted a verbal sound check with No. 18 of the 88-piece limited edition.
• A faithful revival of its Art Deco masterpiece, the American 1921, and the opening of a new and ambitious flagship boutique in New York are just the latest overtures in Vacheron Constantin’s 190-year relationship with the American watch market. Mark Bernardo chronicles this shared history in “Vacheron Constantin’s American Century.”
• With the Portugieser Automatic 40, IWC Schaffhausen finally returns to the simple elegance of the original model from 1939. Alexander Krupp examines “The New Beauty” in an in-depth test feature.
• In “Now a King,” Martina Richter tests the new Tudor Royal, a watch both sporty and elegant and thus a great fit for many occasions. Remaining affordable thanks to its doing without an in-house caliber, the watch builds a bridge between the past and today.
• A. Lange & Söhne has unveiled a new white-gold variation of the Saxonia with its famous large date display. “Is this a reason to celebrate?” is the question Jens Koch strives to answer in “A Big Day,” his test of the German manufacture’s latest, luxurious version of the Saxonia Outsize Date.
• Hamilton recently introduced two “Grown Up” upgraded variants of the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto in 43-mm cases. WatchTime’s avid dive watch expert Roger Ruegger takes a closer look at the gradient blue dial execution (Ref. H82505140), providing hands-on insights and photos.
Plus: A spotlight on the genesis and growth of Chopard-owned haute horlogerie brand Ferdinand Berthoud, tests of the Sinn 105 UTC and Certina DS Chronograph Automatic, interviews with A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid and MeisterSinger founder Manfred Bressler, the 12 winning watches from the 2021 Red Dot Design Awards, and more,