The November-December 2019 issue of WatchTime hits newsstands (and our online shop) today, with highlights ranging from our cover story on the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02; in-depth reviews of such crowd-pleaser timepieces as the Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman,” Panerai Submersible Marine Militare Carbotech, and IWC Pilots Watch Automatic Spitfire; comprehensive profiles on new collections from Zenith and Bulgari; a roundup of new ladies’ watches just in time for holiday gift-giving; a comparative test of three monopusher chronographs from Hanhart, Longines, and Montblanc; and more. Read on for details…
- TAG Heuer’s dedication to moving forward has never been more apparent than with the introduction of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02. In “Engine of the Future,” Roger Ruegger explores this new collection, which not only reflects the brand’s racing history but also introduces a new in-house chronograph movement along with innovative materials and a progressive design.
- Rolex has updated its popular travel watch, the GMT-Master II in steel with its black-and-blue “Batman” bezel. In “Batman on Tour,” Jens Koch tests one of the first pieces available with a Jubilee bracelet and new movement. Original photos provided by WatchTime’s Marcus Krüger.
- The Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech is at the technical vanguard of Panerai’s re-branded Submersible collection. Mark Bernardo goes hands-on with this “Dark Water Diver” and discovers that this rugged timepiece built for combat diving makes a sharp statement on dry land as well.
- The diverse range of models that make up Zenith’s new-look Defy range epitomize the company’s technical proficiency and technical approach to watchmaking. Logan R. Baker examines three colorful entry-level models, now available in ceramic, and explores the origins of the revamped collection, in “Defying Expectations.”
- Martina Richter contributes a pair of reviews on two vintage-influenced sport-luxury watches. In “Retro Stopwatch,” Richter and collaborating photographer Olaf Köster go in depth with the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, finally available as a regular production model after the bronze limited edition, and finds it to be unmistakably retro in its influences but offering modern solutions in its details. “All Fired Up,” also featuring photos by Koster, is a detailed examination of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire and its new self-winding movement from IWC’s 32000 family of calibers.
- Last September, Bulgari unveiled several new high-jewelry unique pieces and complications — a lineup that not only sends a strong message about the Italian maison’s mission to be “the jeweler” of time, but also offers a glimpse of how the range might evolve. Ruegger finds “A New Facet of the Octo” in this spotlight on the new collection.
- Women’s watches take center stage for the holidays. Whether sparkling with diamonds or sleekly simple, these timepieces designed especially for women are sure to please. In our annual “Time for Her” roundup, Dara Hinshaw showcases 26 newly released ladies’ watches that are perfect for holiday giving.
- Monopusher chronographs honor the origins of the stopwatch function with looks that often cite their own history — a good fit for the current vintage-look trend. In “All for One,” by Richter and Köster, the Hanhart Pioneer Monoscope, Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph, and Longines Heritage Column Wheel Single Push-Piece Chronograph compete to see which of these bicompax models offers the most in terms of design, functionality, and value.
- Plus: a gallery of images highlighting A. Lange & Söhne’s decorative finishes; a profile of one of the world’s most prolific collectors and dealers of vintage Panerai; a rundown of notable new skeleton-dial timepieces; a watch chat with Star Wars actor Adam Driver; and much more.
- You can buy the issue here for $8.95.