The January-February 2016 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the new IWC Portugieser Automatic, a historical retrospective on the classic Rolex Daytona, a comprehensive look at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s new Geophysic collection, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue…
• In our cover story, “A Classic Revamped,” veteran watch reviewer Jens Koch tests the latest version of the venerable IWC Portugieser, equipped with its new, improved movement, self-winding manufacture Caliber 52010. Koch discovers some fascinating and detailed minutiae, such as the new movement’s more lightweight rotor compared to the original’s. Original photos are by Marcus Krueger.
• We take an in-depth look at the 53-year history, and the aesthetic and technical evolution, of the iconic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in “Tracking the Daytona,” by Thomas Gronenthal. Among the tidbits for watch history buffs are the fact that the watch’s predecessor, Oyster Chronograph Ref. 6234, was a commercial failure in its early days but nowadays fetches about 100 times its original retail price at auction.
• Executive editor Norma Buchanan examines the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic collection — which bridges the gap between the brand’s Master line and its ultra-high-tech models — in “Getting Geophysical.” The story offers full details and specs on the collection’s newest models, the Geophysic Universal Time and True Second, and features exclusive quotes from JLC CEO Daniel Riedo.
• For “Meet Mr. Tutima,” editor-in-chief Joe Thompson sat down for a rare interview with notoriously press-shy Tutima owner Dieter Delecate in Glashütte, Germany. Delecate, who has spent 61 years in the watchmaking business, opens up about his fascinating career and how he acquired and revived the once-dormant watch brand for a new generation of enthusiasts.
• Three classic chronographs from three prestigious brands go head-to-head-to-head in “Counter Check,” in which watch expert Gisbert L. Brunner compares and contrasts the movements of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronographs, Patek Philippe Ref. 5170G, and A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down. Tech-heads will appreciate Brunner’s deep dive into the micromechanical minutiae of these complicated calibers.
• Plus: we visit Glashütte Original for a close-up look at the brand’s start-from-scratch movement production; shine a spotlight on bronze, the newest “hot” watch case material; profile Thilo Muhle, the CEO of yet another German brand, family-owned Muhle Glashutte; showcase a dozen recently launched watches from a variety of brands; and more.