WatchTime June 2006

The Swiss Fair: 60+ new watches +++ Test: Breitling Navitimer World, Chronoswiss Timemaster, Tutima Pilots' Chronograph +++ Flyback Chronographs: Omega, IWC, Graham, Zenith, Lange & Söhne and more


A. Lange & Söhne, Graham, IWC, Omega, Tutima, Zenith


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WatchTime June 2006


  • THE NEW WATCHES: BASEL-GENEVA 2006 | They’re here! For two weeks in late March and early April, the world’s watch producers gathered in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland, to unveil their latest creations. WatchTime was there, of course, to review les nouvelles montres. Our 24-page coverage offers a first look at more than 60 of the best of the Baselworld and SSIH watch exhibitions.


  • PERSONAL ALARMS By Jens Koch | Three wristwatches with different movements and different alarm mechanisms compete here in a wake-up contest. Which alarm rings most mellifluously: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s AMVOX 1 Alarm, Vulcain’s Aviator GMT or Louis Vuitton’s Tambour GMT Alarm?
  • SLOWHAND By Witold A. Michalczyk | A two-tone dial, a 24-hour time display, and a big crown: the Chronoswiss Timemaster 24 Day & Night is an eye-catcher on the wrist. We took a look behind the scenes at this unconventional timepiece.
  • SUPER SLIDE By Jens Koch | Breitling’s Navitimer World has all the features of the standard slide rule Navitimer chronograph, plus a second-time-zone display. It’s also the biggest Navitimer ever.
  • THE TITANIUM ICON By Witold A. Michalczyk | In our fast-paced world, it’s unusual to find a wristwatch that has been marketed unchanged for more than 10 years. WatchTime plans to publish tests of several such classics in upcoming issues. Our series begins with Tutima’s Military Pilots’ Chronograph, which contains the legendary Lémania Caliber 5100.


  • THE DEAL MAKER By Ed Kiersh | The events surrounding the struggle for control of A. Lange & Söhne, IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre sparked Robert Goodman’s fascination with watches, and precipitated an on-going quest to become “a truly educated connoisseur” of the world’s finest timepieces.
  • THE DOUBLE STOPPERS By Jens Koch | A flyback chronograph lets you measure how much time has elapsed while continuing to measure an ongoing interval. It’s like a stopwatch with a double seconds hand. One of the twinned hands stops when it’s uncoupled from its partner; the other continues to run. The extreme complexity of the technology that supports this fascinating function ensures that split-seconds chronographs remain a rare breed.
  • THE ESCAPE ARTIST By Matthew Morse | Rolf Schnyder celebrates Ulysse Nardin’s 160th birthday by creating its first manufacture caliber. The aptly named Caliber 160 relies on an updated version of the novel Dual Ulysse Escapement that was first seen in 2001’s Freak.
  • BUCHERER GOES GLOBAL By Joe Thompson | Why does Switzerland’s most famous jeweler want to become an international watch brand? Here’s a clue: Bucherer has been making fine Swiss watches since 1919. WatchTime gets an inside look at the launch of the Carl F. Bucherer brand.
  • SPACE CADETS By Witold A. Michalczyk | Space flight is still universally acknowledged to be the toughest empirical test that a wristwatch can be subjected to. But what exactly is it that makes a timepiece suitable for use in outer space? And which watches have already been in orbit?
  • EBERHARD’S COOL CHRONOS By Joe Thompson | The success of the Chrono4 family of chronographs with four all-in-arow subdials has thrust a proud old Swiss watch company back into the limelight. A profile of 119-year-old Eberhard & Co.
  • THE SPEEDSTER By Ed Kiersh | The market for restored hot rods is getting hotter by the day, especially for cars with a connection to well-known builders like Pete Chapouris.


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