WatchTime Oct 2012

Last year, Rolex made changes to the Explorer II both inside and out. Find out how this intrepid watch fared in our intense test.

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Breitling, Cartier, Rolex

Topics

Feature, Interview, Knowledge, Review, Watchmakers

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USM1205

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WatchTime October 2012
WatchTime October 2012

COVER STORY

  • EXPLORING THE NEW EXPLORER II Last year, Rolex made changes to the Explorer II both inside and out. Find out how this intrepid watch fared in our intense test.

TESTS & REVIEWS

  • 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.
  • BREITLING MADE SIMPLE The Transocean is a far cry from Breitling’s usual chunky, complex-looking watches. How did this elegant outlier do in our test?

FEATURES

  • A ROLEX LEXICON The world’s biggest watch brand speaks a language all its own. If you’ve ever scratched your head over terms like “Paraflex,” “Tridor,” or “Cerachrom” this lexicon will help.
  • SEARCH FOR TOMORROW Cartier’s ID Two provides a window on what watch technology might look like in the future.
  • BALL UPS ITS GAME A new technical director with a bagful of patented innovations has led to a re-tooling of the Swiss tool-watch specialist.
  • HANHART HEADS WEST The Swiss-German company known mostly in Europe, and mostly for its stopwatches, is bringing its wristwatches over here.
  • MOVER AND SHAKER? The Festina Group, one of the few companies that make movements from scratch, down to the hairsprings, hopes to cash in on cutbacks by the Swatch Group.
  • BACK IS BEAUTIFUL Our latest portfolio of photos proving that some watches look as good from the back as from the front

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

  • EDITOR’S LETTER
  • ON WATCHTIME.COM A glimpse at what’s on our website
  • READERS’ FORUM
  • WATCHTALK Citizen’s new Eco-Drive Proximity perpetual chronograph works in sync with your iPhone; Corum’s new Admiral’s Cup Legend 46 Minute Repeater Acoustica strikes chords; Swiss exports are still surging; and more
  • WATCH QUIZ We’ve removed the names from the dials of 16 watches. Can you identify the brands without the brand logos?
  • FACETIME A photo mélange of readers and their watches
  • LAST MINUTE Election 2012: Obama’s Jorg Gray versus Romney’s Seiko

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