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THE SKY

“PILOTS ARE HELD TO A HIGH STANDARD. FOR THIS REASON, THEY HAVE A LONG-STANDING HISTORY OF DEPENDING ON THE MOST RELIABLE TIMEPIECES. LUCKY FOR US, PILOTS TEND TO HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF STYLE AS WELL. THESE FEW WATCHES FLIRT BETWEEN THE LINES OF STYLE AND FUNCTIONALITY, BRINGING THE THRILL OF AVIATION TO YOUR WRIST.

— By Akeem Johnson-Pierre

Zenith
Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph

Locle, the third smallest city in Switzerland, is the centre for Swiss watchmaking and the home of Zenith. Last year at Baselworld, the historic watch manufacturer unveiled a blue version of the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph, a watch previously solely in bronze. The watch still has the same desirable traits as its brown counterpart, with a 50-hour power reserve, a 10 ATM water resistance, and, engraved in the case back, the Zenith flying instrument’s logo exclusive to the brand’s legendary aviation watches. ($8,500) / 50mm diameter case / 100m water resistance


Hamilton
Khaki Aviation X-Wind GMT Soldier

The Red Bull Air Race is a sport of precision and pressure. Hamilton, involved in the sport since its inception, provided this year’s champion pilots with a timepiece that can meet their needs. The new Khaki Aviation X-Wind GMT combines pilots’ demands with Swiss movements and technologies to deliver a must-have for urban aviators. The watch features two time zones on the dial, an H-30 automatic movement that allows for an 80-hour power reserve, and many more complications specific for flying. (Price upon request) / 46mm diameter case / 100m water resistance


Bell & Ross
BR 03-92 Nightlum

Fighter jet pilots have a very limited amount of watches they can count on. A watch consistently on that list is the BR 03-92 by Bell & Ross. With its square case inspired by the dials and meters found in a fighter jet cockpit, it’s even sleeker in all black. Nicknamed the ‘Nightlum’, this version features a matte black ceramic case and dial. Telling time is never an issue thanks to prominent hands and numerals coated in green superluminova. The watch is powered by the BR-CAL 302 automatic movement. ($4,990) / 42mm diameter case / 100m water resistance


Bremont
U-2/51-JET

Bremont has a prominent history with military aviation. For 50 years of the past century, they were the official supplier to the continental air force. Recently, the watch manufacturer helped usher in RAF’s 100 Squadron centenary with the Bremont U-2/51-JET. The 51-JET borrows its stealthy appearance straight from the 100 Squadron bomber planes, which were virtually undetectable at night. Heat-treated steel blue hands have been coupled with the trademark vintage 51 lume to deliver its new look. (£3,995) / 43mm  diameter case / 100m water resistance


Ulysse Nardin
Marine Torpilleur Military

 

The Ulysse Nardin brand is founded on marine chronometers. These specific watches were the brand’s specialty since its beginning in 1846. A few years ago, Ulysse revisited the Marine Torpilleur, giving it a neat new look in the process. Staying true to the brand’s reliability, this timepiece maintains all the qualities the Marine Collection is known to possess. Legibility is effortless thanks to a classic dial with both large numerals and separate dials indicating seconds and a power reserve. (Price upon request) / 44mm diameter case / 50m water resistance


Breitling
Exospace B55 Yachting

The Exospace B55 Yachting takes a technological approach to functionality. By ushering in their third connected chronograph, Breitling also welcomes a slew of advanced complications. The watch features an electronic tachymeter, a countdown/count-up system, and a ‘chrono-flight‘ and ‘chrono-regatta’ device for recording flight and regatta times, while memorizing departure and arrival times. All these new features are possible thanks to the B55 calibre that is manufactured in-house. ($8,895) / 46mm diameter case / 100m water resistance

Written on: September 5, 2019