WatchTime June 2021

TISSOT SEASTAR – THE INDUSTRY IN NUMBERS +++ REVIEWS: OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CAL. 321 | ROLEX SUBMARINER LV | ZENITH CHRONOMASTER SPORT

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Omega, Rolex, Tissot, Zenith

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Feature, Interview, Knowledge, Review, Watchmakers

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WatchTime June 2021

COVER STORY

FROM COCKPIT TO COMPACT

By Mark Bernardo | With the new Big Pilot’s Watch 43-mm collection, launched at this year’s virtual Watches & Wonders showcase event, aviation-watch maestro IWC adapts its most iconic design into a more understated, ergonomic package.

 

TESTS & REVIEWS

GOING PRO

By Roger Ruegger | Just in time for summer, Tissot is expanding its popular Seastar dive watch collection with a beefed-up version that also comes with a new wave-pattern dial. WatchTime travelled to Le Locle for a first hands-on with the new 46-mm Seastar 2000 Professional.

 

SPACEWALK AND MOONWALK

By Alexander Krupp | Omega’s release of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 in 2020 revived a true legend. The new model, including its movement, is a replica of the Speedmaster Ref. 105.003 that Ed White wore on the first American spacewalk in 1965 and Gene Cernan on the last moonwalk in 1972.


GRAND SEIKO’S NEW SUPERHERO

By Jens Koch | Durable, robust, accurate and innovative — the Grand Seiko High-Beat Caliber 9SA5 is a new superhero, built to overtake world leaders Rolex and Omega, and win over the hearts of watch fans. We took a close look at this magic bullet.


MASTER OF PRECISION

By Mark Bernardo | Zenith’s most attention-grabbing release of 2021 is the Chronomaster Sport, whose revolutionary 1/10th-second chronograph display is intended to lead the El Primero-equipped series into the future.


STEEL POWER

By Martina Richter | The new, third line of watches from Wempe embodies current trends with its integrated steel construction and blue dial. The Iron Walker Automatic is not only a certified chronometer, but also a robust and elegant everyday companion.


RARE OYSTER

By Jens Koch | Rolex revised its Submariner collection in 2020 and unleashed an extraordinary demand for its Oyster model with a green bezel. Our test looks at this newest edition, with its modified case and new movement, to see if it lives up to the hype.


BIRD’S-EYE VIEW

By Martina Richter | The dial of the Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono was inspired by the iris of an eagle’s eye. Even though we cannot view this fascinating steel chronograph with the extraordinarily sharp eyesight of that bird of prey, we nonetheless scrutinized it with an eagle eye during our test.


FLIGHT BACK TO THE ’50S

By Alexander Krupp | Hanhart certainly knows how to bring important historical designs into the present. The 417 ES pilots’ bicompax chronograph, initially made between 1956 and 1958 for Germany’s armed forces, became famous after being seen regularly on the wrist of the “King of Cool,” Steve McQueen.