The March-April 2016 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now, featuring our test of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39, a timeline of all James Bond’s movie watches, an inside look at how Japanese giant Citizen is redefining itself, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue.
• If you want just one, all-purpose watch, our watch tester says Rolex’s new entry-level model, the Oyster Perpetual 39, might be it. In our cover story, “A Watch for All Seasons,” Jens Koch tests this modern classic. Original photos are by Nik Schölzel.
• Toshio Tokura, head of the Citizen Group, is shaking up Citizen’s watch division. In the in-depth corporate profile, “Redefining Citizen,” Editor-at-Large Joe Thompson reveals how and why.
• He’s the world’s most famous secret agent, and the selection of watches on his wrist is at least as varied as the parade of “Bond girls” at his side. Each watch reflects its epoch: from robust mechanical timekeepers, through digital timepieces, to state-of-the-art chronometers. In “Bond, James Bond,” Thomas Gronenthal presents an overview of 007’s wrist-wear.
• In the test feature, “Splash from the Past,” Koch tags along with a frogman who’s re-creating a dive from the 1950s to put the historically inspired Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Acciaio through its underwater paces. Original photos by OK-Photograpy.
• Head-to-head watch match-ups abound in the issue: IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer vs. Montblanc Heritage Orbis Terrarum in “War of the Worlds;” Bulgari Roma Finissimo vs. Piaget Altiplano 38 mm 900P in “Slim Tickings;” and Tutima M2 Pioneer vs. Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph in “Clash of the Chronos.”
• Plus: we survey Seiko’s half-century-plus of mechanical chronographs; interview Ulysse Nardin CEO Patrik Hoffman about his brand’s continuing evolution; review Nomos’s Neomatik Tangente watch with a new in-house movement; and more.