WatchTime February 2006

Panerai +++ Test: Cartier vs. Jaeger-LeCoultre +++ The New Hublot +++ Shanghai Dreams: Watch Culture in the New China +++ Design Watches +++ Submarine Steel: Sinn vs. Sinn


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WatchTime February 2006


  • GROWTH SPURT By Jens Koch | Three gold watches with new manufacture calibers confront one another. Cartier’s Pasha 42 mm, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Jaeger- LeCoultre’s Master Control each outdo their predecessors – and not solely with respect to size.
  • SUBMARINE STEEL By Jens Koch | “Warsaw” is the code word for “caution” on the high seas. A mariner expresses his experience and superiority with the phrase “Warsaw nautical miles.” Now Sinn has built two watches from submarine steel. Are they the perfect divers' watches?


  • PANERAI’S NEW MILESTONE: A MANUFACTURE MOVEMENT By Joe Thompson | An inside look at Officine Panerai’s Caliber P. 2002, the first movement conceived and produced by Panerai.
  • SHANGHAI DREAMS By Ed Kiersh | From Shanghai’s electrifying nightlife, to the dozens of 60-story buildings that have sprouted seemingly overnight, this new-money etropolis on the Huangpu River has shaken off its colonial past, and become a racy cosmopolitan mecca where Mao Zedong’s ghost has given way to four-star French chefs and $5 million condos with Ferraris in the garage.
  • SEEING IS BELIEVING By Norma Buchana | Frank Müller, president of Glashütte Original, explains why his watchmakers work in a glass house.
  • WATCH OF THE YEAR DESIGN AWARD 2006 By Witold A. Michalczyk | This year, our editors chose 14 watches to compete for our coveted Watch of the Year Design Award. Each of these pieces stands out for either its case or dial design and sometimes a novel combination of the two. To cast your vote, simply fill out the ballot enclosed in this issue of Watchtime magazine.
  • WHY HUBLOT? By Joe Thompson | The watch world was shocked when Swiss watch superstar Jean-Claude Biver left the powerful Swatch Group for little, quartz-oriented Hublot. Biver explains all.
  • LANGE LOOKS BACK By Norma Buchanan | The new A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Pour la Mérite incorporates the best of Glashütte’s watchmaking past.
  • FACE TO FACE By Ed Kiersh | Standing on a windswept, 40th floor terrace overlooking a few of his five star competitors, Sal Abaunza, the General Manager of San Francisco’s plush 158-room Mandarin Oriental hotel, surveys the city’s skyline, and says, “It’s guerilla warfare out there.”


  • Editor’s Letter
  • Readers’ Forum
  • WatchTalk
  • Keep Her Happy
  • Fine Cars
  • Fine Pens
  • One On One
  • Watch Quiz
  • Calender
  • Last Minute