WatchTime October 2005

Jay-Z +++ Test: Rolex and IWC face off +++ Great Dates: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Glashütte Original, Ulysse Nardin +++ Test: Anonimo's Cronografo Nemo


A. Lange & Söhne, Anonimo, Audemars Piguet, Franck Muller, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, IWC, Rolex


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WatchTime October 2005


  • CLASSICISM VERSUS MODERNISM By Witold Michalczyk | Rolex’s Sea Dweller, the professional version of the Submariner, debuted in 1954. IWC launched its Aquatimer exactly 50 years later. The newcomer pits the power of modernism against the classicism of a maritime legend.
  • THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE By Alexander Linz | Now that its collaboration with Ferrari has come to an end, Girard-Perregaux needs to establish its own identity in the field of sport watches and to put the spotlight on its own name. The Laureato Evo 3 helps the brand take an important step in this direction.
  • FLORENTINE INSTRUMENT By Witold Michalczyk | Dino Zei, who directed Panerai for about 25 years, is the godfather of Anonimo’s Cronografo Nemo. We tested the watch and talked with Zei.


  • CROSSOVER ARTISTS By Matthew Morse | Audemars Piguet took a marketing gamble and created a limited-edition watch in honor of Jay-Z, the former crossover rap/pop star who is now the president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings.
  • A GREAT DATE By Jens Koch | Most complications were developed in the era of pocket watches, but that’s not true of the big date. This useful innovation debuted just a few years ago. Here’s a look at eight watches with different types of big-date displays.
  • BACK IN THE SADDLE By Gisbert L. Brunner | Now that co-founders Franck Muller and Vartan Sirmakes have reconciled their differences, the sun is shining again above Watchland, the firm’s headquarters. Among the latest creations are two new chronograph calibers developed and manufactured there.
  • MISTER FIX IT By Ed Kiersh | Meet Michael Jalbert, head of the communications technology firm, EFJ Inc., and a watch collector, who caught the watch bug 40 years ago and has never recovered.
  • PRECIOUS OBJECTS By J. Michael Mehltretter | Audemars Piguet launched its most famous watch, the Royal Oak, in 1972. But it made some of its nicest timepieces in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • FACE TO FACE By Ed Kiersh | Chef Eric Ripert is French. But he developed his unique approach to Mediterranean cuisine in Andorra, Spain.


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