Panerai has traditionally been one of the most straightforward watch brands when it comes to color options: the ones most commonly spotted in the wild sport the same matte black dials and large white numerals that were used on the brand’s WWII-era models for the Royal Italian Navy. In recent years, however, the Florentine watchmaker has not been immune to the growing color trends, adding blue, brown, and even green dials to its repertoire. This year, Panerai grows its selection of timepieces with military green dials, following up on the trio introduced in 2017, with a quartet of new models from its Radiomir family.
Watch brand/spirits brand collaborations are rare, and not always the most natural of pairings — Urwerk’s high-tech Macallan flask comes to mind — but here’s one that actually seems (somewhat) like a sensible fit: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Deep Black” Casamigos is a limited-edition, U.S.-exclusive timepiece springing from a partnership between the Swiss watch maison and the dynamic young producer of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals — with the common thread being Omega “ambassador” and Casamigos co-founder George Clooney.
Today we’ll be taking a look at one of the most recent offerings from the heritage collection of Swiss brand Alpina, the 1970s-inspired Startimer Pilot Heritage. Alpina, founded in 1883, is no stranger to neo-vintage watches, first making waves in the trend a few years ago with the release of its supercompressor-styled Seastrong Diver Heritage and WWII-era KM-710. Yet in comparison to the brand’s earlier reissues, this more recent release takes a ‘70’s-style alarm watch design and remixes it into a modern mechanical GMT.
The Swatch Group decided to forgo Baselworld in 2019 and have its 12 exhibiting brands release their latest novelties on their own terms. While we’ve seen a number of releases slowly trickle out throughout the first few months of the year, it’s all led up to the inaugural “Time To Move” event that took place the week of May 14 in Switzerland. WatchTime was one of the select few American publications invited to attend the exclusive brand presentations, and we spent that time meeting with six of the Swatch Group’s most prestigious marques — Breguet, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, and Omega — to view the watches that would be defining the rest of the year. As we continue to focus on the brands’ highlight pieces, we turn our attention today to Jaquet Droz’s updated Grande Seconde Dual Time.
A. Lange & Söhne announced, back at the beginning of 2019, that it would be releasing a new limited-edition timepiece from its flagship Lange 1 collection every month until October 24, 2019 — 10 total watches — in honor of the original Lange 1’s 25th anniversary. We’ve already seen and covered four of them: the Lange 1 “25th Anniversary,” the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “25th Anniversary,” the Little Lange 1 “25th Anniversary,” and the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual “25th Anniversary.” This month sees the release of the latest, a special anniversary edition of its cleverly engineered GMT watch, the Lange 1 Time Zone.
The Rolex GMT-Master II, the Swiss power brand’s iconic travelers’ watch, launched with a new red-and-blue “Pepsi” bezel and a revamped jubilee bracelet in 2018. Rolex follows up that much-discussed debut with 2019’s version of the GMT-Master II, this one sporting the popular black-and-blue “Batman” bezel. Here’s what you need to know about the watch, one of Rolex’s highlight pieces from this year’s Baselworld.
The 24-hour bidirectional GMT bezel — which ardent Rolex fans have nicknamed “Batman” due to its bold, graduated blue-to-black color scheme, has an insert made of Cerachrom, whose moulded, recessed graduations and numerals are coated with platinum in PVD. The ceramics used for the insert are exceptionally resistant to scratches, corrosion, and the effects of ultraviolet rays, which could otherwise dull the vibrant colors over time. The bicolor bezel’s 24-hour scale can be synchronized with the triangle-tipped GMT hand on the dial to quickly and easily read the time in a time zone other than your own, while the hour and minute hands and date all continue to display the local time. The bezel surrounds a nearly scratchproof sapphire crystal, with the familiar Cyclops lens magnifying the date display in a window at 3 o’clock.