WatchTime’s July-August 2019 issue is on newsstands now (and also in our online shop), with highlights ranging from our cover story, an in-depth look at the revival of the Zenith A384 Chronograph; our comprehensive coverage of the newsmakers, trends, and showcase timepieces from Baselworld 2019; hands-on reviews of the Tudor Black Bay GMT, Nomos Glashütte Club Sport, Breitling Premier Chronograph, and Oris Aquis GMT; visits to Rolex and Parmigiani Fleurier headquarters; a look at the new breed of British watchmakers like Bremont, Christopher Ward, and Farer; and an in-depth look at the 1969 race to introduce the world’s first automatic chronograph; and more. Read on for details…
- To mark the 50th anniversary of the El Primero caliber, as well as the launch of the first watch to have featured the El Primero Ref. A384, Zenith is bringing back a historically accurate re-creation of one of the most significant chronographs ever made. We take a detailed first look at this watch in The Return of the First El Primero by Roger Ruegger.
- Baselworld has described 2019 as “a transitional year” for the largest and most important show in the watch industry, which had to adapt without brands from groups like Kering, Haidian, Movado and, most importantly, the Swatch Group being present. The fair also revealed the dominant trends in watchmaking, which our editors highlight in a 22-page section covering 36 watch brands.
- Rolex is sealed tightly, just like the proverbial oyster – especially to visitors to the company’s headquarters and manufacturing sites. We were granted access to see the crown from the inside in this eight-page feature story by Rüdiger Bucher.
- Fifty years ago, the consortium of Heuer-Leonidas, Breitling, Buren-Hamilton and Dubois Dépraz vied with lone wolves Zenith and Seiko in the race to launch the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. How did the watch world change? We searched the past for clues in Chronomania by Sabine Zwettler.
- We trace the origins of the GPHG-winning Parmigiani Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde through each of the five workshops within the Parmigiani Manufacture in Horological Homecoming by Mark Bernardo.
- In Taking the Plunge by Logan R. Baker, Nomos iterates on one of its classic designs in the new Club Sport, a robust and youthful option for the design-minded that don’t mind a dip in the pool.
- The new Premier collection stands out and apart from Breitling’s classic pilot and dive watches, while still leaving all its distinctive Breitling features intact. We test the flagship model of this new line in Time Out by Martina Richter.
- Contributor Allen Farmelo examines how Bremont, Christopher Ward, and Farer are redefining the watch industry in The New Breed of British Watchmakers.
- In our latest installment of auction-world news features from the specialists at Christie’s, Sabine Kegel, Head of Watches for Christie’s Geneva, examines the Rolex Ref. 6062 ‘Pink Stelline’ and how the authentic reapplication of radium lume affected its value at auction.
- Plus: Richter reviews the Tudor Black Bay GMT and Oris Aquis GMT; Baker launches a new column focused on American watchmaking and profiles the young upstart Ian Schon of Schon Horology; a selection of timepieces that best execute the two-tone trend; we check in with Seiko Watch Corporation President Shuji Takahashi and with the International Development Director and Secretary-General of the FHH Cultural Council Pascal Ravessoud; review the first-ever WatchTime Los Angeles fair; and much more.
- You can buy the issue here for $8.95.