WatchTime Aug 2013

The Rolex Datejust II is a larger version of Rolex's famous Datejust, the world's first wristwatch to show the date.


Armin Storm, Herm├Ęs, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rolex, Tudor


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WatchTime Aug 2013


  • SECOND DATE By Jens Koch | The Datejust II is a larger version of Rolex's famous Datejust, the world's first wristwatch to show the date. How did it fare in its close encounter with WatchTime’s tester?


  • AUTO DIAL By Mike Disher | With its multiple subdials and oversize digital displays, the new IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month has a face an F1 driver could love. But does it take the trophy? We test this chronograph to see how it measures up.
  • BAY WATCH By Jens Koch | As part of its vintage-inspired Heritage collection, Tudor introduced a watch designed to recall the Tudor Prince Submariner from nearly 50 years ago, which was itself modeled on the Rolex Submariner. We train our binoculars on Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay.
  • MASTER OF SUSPENSE By Julia Knaut | Thanks to a special module designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the Arceau Le Temps Suspendu from Hermès lets you suspend time for as long as you like. Our tester examines the watch and explains the unusual module inside.
  • FACING THE ELEMENT By Jens Koch | Armin Strom’s Manual Earth watch, along with its sisters Air, Water and Fire, belongs to a collection of manual watches inspired by the four elements. We look at this Bienne manufacturer’s watch, fitted with an in-house movement and open dial.


  • THE BUZZ WATCHES OF BASEL | Every year the watch world descends on Basel to see the newest innovations from hundreds of brands. And every year, a handful of watches get everybody talking. WatchTime presents seven of this year’s most buzzed-about timepieces.
  • MAKING TIME By Mike Disher | From sketch to prototype and on to production, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s technical director Stéphane Belmont walks us through how JLC created its new Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3.
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE DANIELS By Norma Buchanan | Michael Clerizo’s new biography recounts the trials and triumphs of the famed British watchmaker, whose legacy includes 25 watches he made from scratch, plus several important watch books, plus the coaxial escapement, now used in Omega’s watches.
  • TIME DISPLAYS By Norma Buchanan | Dresden’s Mathematics and Physics Salon, with its scores of timepieces from Germany and elsewhere, has reopened after a six-year renovation. Viewing its collection is a journey through horological history.
  • BACK IS BEAUTIFUL Photos by Nik Schölzel and OK-Photography | We take a peek through 13 transparent casebacks in our latest photo portfolio of mechanical watches that are as dazzling when turned over as they are on the wrist.


  • EDITOR’S LETTER The new and improved Baselworld
  • DIGITAL ENHANCEMENTS A list of all the QR codes in this issue that link to bonus content
  • ON WATCHTIME.COM A glimpse at what’s on our site to keep you up to date on the latest watch news
  • WORLD OF WATCHTIME See the global reach of WatchTime and its partners.
  • READERS’ FORUM One reader accuses us of shilling for Omega; another of being too tough on Seiko. Find out what our readers think of us, and decide if you agree. (Either way, drop us a line.)
  • WATCHTALK Executive changeups at a number of watch companies; a breakdown of Richemont’s 2012 financials; Johann Rupert’s vacation; Corum’s new owner; and more
  • WATCH QUIZ Some watch-brand names have obvious origins; others not so much. Measure your knowledge of names with this matching test (but first, brush up on your Japanese, Latin and Esperanto).
  • FACETIME A photo mélange of readers and their watches
  • LAST MINUTE Tudor, Rolex’s long-suffering and longovershadowed little sister, stole the show at Baselworld. What’s behind the new Tudor-mania?

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