The May-June 2016 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also available for download in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback, complete coverage of the new timepieces from SIHH, a timeline tracing the history of the pilot watch, and more. Scroll down for highlights from the issue.
• Panerai mixes retro and modern design elements in its flyback-chrono dive watch, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio. In our cover story, “Bridge to the Past,” watch tester extraordinaire Jens Koch weighs in on its style and substance, accompanied by original photos from Nik Schölzel.
• Every year in January, the watch world turns its gaze to Geneva, where dozens of high-end watch brands unveil their new wares at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). In “Geneva 2016: The New Watches,” the WatchTime editorial team offers a look at this year’s crop.
• Pilots’ watches go back almost as far as the Wright brothers’ first successful flight in 1903. Our timeline, “High Time,” compiled by Melissa Gössling, showcases important mechanical pilots’ watches and major events in aviation history, starting with the Wrights’ winged victory at Kitty Hawk.
• Executive Editor Norma Buchanan profiles the “hydromechanical horologists” of pioneering indie brand HYT in “Pipe Dreams,” revealing the big plans the company has for its liquid-filled-glass-tube time-display technology.
• In the watch-review feature, “Going With the Glow,” Martina Richter shines a light on the Glashutte Original Senator Observer and its brightly luminous dial, with original photos by OK-Photography.
• Plus: our companion piece to the Panerai cover story spotlights 80 years’ worth of milestone Panerai watches; we report on Chanel’s first men-only watch and Ronda’s first mechanical movement in 30 years; editor-at-large Joe Thompson gets an exclusive take on the 2016 watch market from Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek; and more.