The fifth WatchTime issue of 2018 hits newsstands today, with highlights ranging from our cover story featuring the Baume & Mercier Baumatic; an interview with Christian Selmoni, director of style and heritage at Vacheron Constantin as well as an in-depth look at the new FiftySix collection; a close-up of Citizen Watch Company at its centennial; tests of the new Rolex Datejust, the updated Bulgari Octo collection, and the BR-0392 Diver from Bell & Ross; as well as in-depth reviews of new watches from Anonimo, Montblanc, Oris and Seiko; plus an ice diving experience with the Panerai Luminor Submersible strapped to the wrist; brand profiles of MeisterSinger and Eberhard & Co.; and much more. Read on for more details…
- In The Essential Daily Wearer, Roger Ruegger explores Baume & Mercier’s Baumatic which not only promises to be a versatile, modern mechanical watch at an extremely attractive price — it also combines a classic look with a state-of-the-art proprietary movement.
- Citizen celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Logan R. Baker takes a look at the brand’s past, its future, and why Citizen is bigger — and more influential — than ever before.
- The Rolex Datejust epitomizes the classic wristwatch. Martina Richter tests the stainless steel model with its updated Caliber 3235 under conditions that simulate daily life.
- Roger Ruegger examines Bulgari’s top seller that not only broke four horological records in 2018 but also saw the introduction of three additional case materials in The Year of the Octo.
- Jens Koch takes the Panerai Luminor Submersible on an ice diving adventure in Ice Age.
- At the heart of the expanded Montblanc 1858 collection is an entry-level chronograph with utilitarian appeal and a dash of old-school charm for good measure. Logan R. Baker goes a week on the wrist with the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph in Trekking Peak.
- Mark Bernardo goes hands-on with the Oris Aquis Chronograph and the limited-edition Anonimo Militare Alpini in Submersible Stopwatch and Bronze & Camo.
- Buoyed by a surprise victory at the GPHG, Eberhard & Co. is making the U.S. sit up and take notice, says Mark Bernardo in La Dolce Orologio.
- Roger Ruegger finds out how the Seiko 1968 Diver’s Re-Creation with a Hi-Beat in-house caliber holds up to previous Prospex versions in The Return of Japan’s First Hi-Beat Diver.
- Plus: Rémi Guillemin of Christie’s traces the Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 at auction over the years; Logan R. Baker takes a look at 17 years of MeisterSinger in One Hand at a Time; and Mark Bernardo examines six timepieces from Parmigiani Fleurier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TAG Heuer, Corum, Hublot, and Alexander Shorokhoff that were created in collaboration with, or in tribute to, contemporary and historical artists.
You can buy the issue here for $8.95.