Thick. Very very thick. That was my first impression when I picked up the Sept. 2012 issue of International Watch (iW). And with a total of 208 pages, it is indeed thick. Actually, it would have to be in order to cover nearly every nuance of the New York City luxury watch scene. Officially titled “The New York Issue,” it’s a bible for every watch freak who lives in NYC, plans to visit, or just wants to fantasize about strolling down the many watch-laden streets and avenues.
When I approached the magazine racks at Barnes & Noble the other day, I was hoping to find the latest issue of qp. And there it was, patiently waiting for me to devour it. I’m always looking forward to new watch mags, and qp is one of my favorites because it never fails to ignite the watch fiend in me. There are always unexpectedly unique articles, all well written and edited.
Over the years, I’ve seen many watch magazines come and go. That’s why, when I just saw Issue 1 of Wrist Watch Magazine in Barnes & Noble, I approached it with skepticism. Even though the cover, with its large photo of an RGM movement, was beautifully executed, I figured it was yet another entry into this crowded field. Boy, was I WRONG!
You know how they say that it’s hard to put a good book down? Well, the same goes for a good watch magazine. But in the case of QP issue Fifty Four, it’s nearly impossible to put down. The magazine is crammed with great stuff – so much so that I don’t know where to begin. So, I’ll just focus on a few topics that really intrigued me.
Right now at this very moment, drop whatever you’re doing, run down to your newsstand, and grab a copy of QP issue fifty-three. One look at the cover will tell you why you’re in for some heavy reading. Behold a mouth-watering photograph of Zenith’s brand new Aeronef Type 20, a pilot’s watch extraordinaire. The article explains this baby as well as other gorgeous new Zeniths. The Type 20 could have been an instant grail for me, that is, until I learned the width. It’s a humungous 58mm! 58mm? Oh well…….
Considering the number of magazines devoted to this wonderful category, you’d think half the population was infected with watchitis. If, like me, you absorb these publications every month, then dwell on another article on worn&wound. I need not preach to the converted. But, if you haven’t discovered what treasures await on the magazine racks, or if you occasionally peruse a few titles, read on.