WatchTime April 2015

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 +++ Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio +++ IWC Aquatimer vs. Tudor Pelagos +++ Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date


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WatchTime April 2015
WatchTime April 2015 Publisher's Letter Editorial April 2015 Contents April 2015 Contents April 2015 Contents April 2015 Test: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000


  • DEEP DIVE REDUX By Jens Koch | After a six-year hiatus, Rolex resurrected the Sea-Dweller last year in a new, improved version.


  • EVERYDAY EIGHT-DAY By Alexander Krupp | The Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio is an entry-level Panerai with solid mechanical reliability and that distinctive Panerai look.
  • DIVING DUO By Jens Koch and Jens Köppe | We dove into the Atlantic off Tenerife with the new IWC Aquatimer and the Tudor Pelagos. How well did they perform during the rigors of several dives?
  • A TWO-WEEK TOURBILLON By Jens Koch | We test an ultra-luxe Vacheron Constantin with two special features, a tourbillon and a 14-day power reserve.
  • THOSE CRAZY ’70S By Alexander Krupp | Hamilton’s Pan-Europ Day-Date brings back the most colorful decade in watch history.
  • BASIC BREITLING By Martina Richter | Breitling’s new take on the decades-old Colt is true to the original, with features that have become hallmarks of the brand.


  • THE RETURN OF FRANCENSTEIN By Joe Thompson | Much of the talk at the SIHH watch show in January in Geneva was about the sudden surge in strength of the Swiss franc. It’s likely to squeeze profits and push up prices, show attendees said.
  • BIVER TALKS TAG By Norma Buchanan | Watch industry bigwig Jean-Claude Biver became TAG Heuer’s interim CEO in December. What will that mean? Biver explains it all.
  • SEIKO MILESTONES By Gisbert L. Brunner | A survey of Seiko’s 24 most important timepieces, starting with its first pocketwatch, from 1895, and ending with its high-tech Astron GPS Solar, which sets itself automatically to the time zone it’s in.
  • JAZZ MAN By Joe Thompson | American watch distributor Mark Wasserman loves jazz and jazz watches. Over the past two decades he’s launched 10 of them with three different Swiss brands: Oris, Vulcain and now Claude Bernard.
  • BULOVA’S MIDAS MAN By Jay Deshpande | Last year, Bulova produced what it says is the world’s first watch with a case made out of 24k gold. Gregory Thumm, who was appointed Bulova CEO in January 2013, explains how, and why, he did it.
  • THE ART OF THE DIAL By Joe Thompson | In its new Maison des Métiers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Cartier creates artisanal dials for manufacture watches. This photo essay takes you inside the workshops.
  • PLAYING THE ODDS By Alexander Krupp | Christophe Claret has built a collection of watches under his own name that showcases his penchant for the playful and the stridently unconventional. Among them: watches that let you play poker, baccarat and dice.

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