WatchTime December 2014

Omega Speedmaster Mark II +++ Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date +++ RGM 801 Aircraft +++ Bell & Ross BR 03-92 +++ Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica


Bell & Ross, DeWitt, Glashütte Original, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Patek Philippe, RGM


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WatchTime December 2014
WatchTime December 2014 Publisher's Letter Editorial Contents Contents Contents Contents Omega Speedmaster Mark II


  • A SLEEKER SPEEDY By Jens Koch | The Omega Speedmaster Mark II, launched in 1969, was a more streamlined, spiffier version of the Speedmaster that landed on the moon that year. Now Omega has brought the watch back with a sleeker design and an upgraded movement.


  • NONSTANDARD TIME By Martina Richter | With its distinctive subdial arrangement, Glashütte Original’s new Senator Chronograph Panorama Date has an elegant, but in some ways, unconventional, look. Our close-up review examines this design as well as GO’s integrated chronograph movement, Caliber 37.
  • HOME GROWN By Mike Disher | Roland Murphy’s new watch stays true to its Pennsylvanian roots. The RGM 801 Aircraft is a watch for the locavore collector: it was inspired by American-made pocketwatches and aviators’ clocks.
  • COCKPIT COMPANION By Alexander Krupp | The Bell & Ross BR 03-92, which joined the brand’s roster of pilots’ watches last year, has a dial design based on flight instruments. We test the Golden Heritage version.


  • PATEK PHILIPPE MILESTONES By Gisbert Brunner | In 1839, Antoine Norbert de Patek began making watches in Geneva. Now, as the Patek Philippe brand celebrates its 175th anniversary, we look at 22 of the company’s most notable wristwatches.
  • TIME FOR HER It’s that time of year when we think of those close to us, including what’s on their wrists. Here’s a portfolio of new women’s watches to make your holiday shopping a snap.
  • SAVING DEWITT By Joe Thompson | Montres DeWitt was a brand of note in the early-2000s boom, but when the recession hit it took a beating. Now a new boss has come aboard to rescue the company: Viviane Jutheau de Witt, wife of the brand’s founder, Jérôme de Witt.
  • FOR ART’S SAKE By Nitin Nair | Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybris Mechanica series let the brand show off its high-complication capacities. This year, JLC introduced that series’s high-craft counterpart: the Hybris Artistica collection, which features artistically embellished versions of 12 of the brand’s models.
  • VALE OF GEARS By Norma Buchanan | Hidden away in the Jura Mountains is a narrow valley of huge importance to the watch industry. The Vallée de Joux is the world capital of high-mech horology, where a host of major brands have their factories. This travelogue leads us through the region’s past and present.
  • THE BATTLE OF THE BALANCE SPRING By Jay Deshpande | What contemporary watch component owes its origins to 17th-century espionage, backstabbing and the King of England? Here’s how two of the greatest minds in Europe dueled over the invention that would modernize timekeeping.
  • MAKING THE PAST PRESENT By Nitin Nair | Before he had his own watch company, Michel Parmigiani was dedicated to the restoration of antique timepieces. Now, that expertise finds a voice in the Parmigiani Fleurier brand.
  • THE FINISHING TOUCH By Mike Disher | When Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey decided to specialize in making world-class tourbillons, they knew that their watches would require world-class finishing. We observe the fine art of finissage at Greubel Forsey.
  • WHO OWNS WHAT? By Jay Deshpande | Every few years the balance of power in the watch world shifts as an independent brand gets snatched up by one of the big groups. To get a complete look at the horological landscape, here’s our guide to the watch groups and their current holdings.

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