EDITOR’S LETTER HOW WE TEST WATCHES DIVING MASTER
The Rolex Submariner has been around for 60 years, with only minor changes to its design. How does this pioneering divers’ watch stand up to testing today?
HOW HIGH THE MOONS?
We tested two versions of Omega’s famous Speedmaster Moonwatch. Which scored better?
We put Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver, a watch built for sport but suited for leisure, through its paces.
ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. We put this high flyer through our rigorous test.
MAKING IT NEW
The Luminor 1950 3 Days 47 mm is a nearreplica of a coveted vintage Panerai. Inside, though, is a new in-house movement. How do case and caliber fare under our close scrutiny?
PLANE AND FANCY
One of the most intricate pilots’ watches ever made, this version of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch incorporates a cockpit rarity, a perpetual calendar. See how the watch fared in our test.
Longines’s Column Wheel Chronograph contains a movement made especially for the brand by ETA, its sister company in the Swatch Group.
CHRONO TEST FEST
If you like chronographs, and if you like watch tests, you’ll enjoy these seven mini-tests of chronos plain and fancy, large and, well, larger. Baume & Mercier Capeland 76 Frédérique Constant Vintage Racing Chronograph 80 Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Auto Chrono 84 >Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard 88 Stowa Pilots’ Chronograph 90 Movado Datron 92 Montblanc Sport DLC Chronograph Automatic 94
Chopard answered the challenge of limited supplies from ETA by setting up its own factory to make less-expensive movements. We tested the Classic Manufacture, powered by the first fruit of this venture.
TIME AND AGAIN
Girard-Perregaux’s Vintage 1945 XXL brings modern styling and technology to a World War II-era classic. Here, we see how well it stands our test of time
Instead of the standard small elapsed-minutes hand, Carl F. Bucherer’s Manero Central Chrono has an eye-catching, center-mounted one. We take the measure of this quirky chrono.
EXPLORING THE NEW EXPLORER II
In 2011, Rolex made changes to the Explorer II both inside and out. Find out how this intrepid watch fared in our intense test.
SHADES OF GRAY
With its shiny, lightweight, titanium-ceramic case, Chanel’s J12 Chromatic is a triumph of form. Now we see how it functions.
The new Extra-Thin 39MM Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet is the spitting image of the original Royal Oak from 1972. See how it held up during the less-than-royal treatment of a WatchTime test.
We see how four divers’ watches withstand the rigors of actual diving.
This two-time-zone watch from Mühle- Glashütte is rugged enough for any off-road journey. How did it stand up to WT’s roughand- tumble test?