The November-December 2015 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the revamped Lange 1 from A. Lange & Söhne, an in-depth report on Vacheron Constantin’s über-complicated Ref. 57260, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue…
• For the cover story, “The Same, Only Different,” Jens Koch tests the new A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1, which looks almost exactly like the old one except for one big difference: an all-new in-house movement. Did the Saxon brand make a good move updating this classic? Original photos are by Nik Schölzel. (You may also download this article from the WatchTime online store.)
• Watch historian Gisbert L. Brunner provides the perfect companion piece to the Lange 1 test feature, “A. Lange & Söhne Milestones,” a comprehensive look at the 17 most important and historic A. Lange & Söhne watches, from the brand’s first grand complication in 1902 to last year’s showcase piece, the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna.
• Executive editor Norma Buchanan reveals the story behind Vacheron Constantin’s Ref. 57260, unveiled recently in Geneva, which now holds the title of the most complicated watch ever made. You will learn about all 57 of the timepiece’s complications, including several world firsts.
• In “Treasure Hunting,” Martina Richter examines the Omega DeVille Trésor, an elegant gents’ watch inspired by a model from 1949 and equipped with an antimagnetic manual-wind caliber. Does the watch live up to its “treasure” name? With original photos by OK-Photography.
• Koch tests out a decidedly different style of timepiece than he’s accustomed to in “Tasting the Apple,” WatchTime’s first official test of the mega-popular Apple Watch. What did this intrepid mechanical watch aficionado like — and not like — about the world’s most famous smartwatch?
• In another watch test article, “3 Deep,” Richter and the OK-Photography team scrutinize a trio of dive watches with their roots in the 1950s and ’60s: the Breitling Superocean II, IWC Aquatimer Automatic, and Omega Seamaster 300. Which one of these divers rises to the top?
• Plus: a rundown of multifunction quartz watches geared for adventurers; a special section on divers’ watches featuring a timeline, an FAQ, and a gallery of new dive watches introduced this year; a showcase of new ladies’ watches just in time for holiday shopping; a test of Meistersinger’s innovative Circularis watch; and more.
Unfortunately Watchtime seems to continually feature about 20 popular brands and very little else.
Considering there are hundreds of other brands that are never featured, many of which are equally quality time pieces and many much better value, but ignored. A bit of watch snobbery no doubt.