Archimede, a privately-owned German brand that primarily specializes in making homages to historic “aviators” of the WWII-era, has finally issued a version of their signature “aviator” series in a unisex case. Till now, the collection was offered only in three sizes starting from “mere” 39 mm for the most compact Pilot M, 42 mm for the mid-size Pilot, and going all the way up to almost gigantic 45 mm for the Pilot XL. Finally, the gadget is available as a lot more compact Pilot S (ref. UA4919-A1.5D) version that comes in a tiny 36-millimeter body that is suitable both for women and men of smaller stature.
If you have a body (or at least wrists) of heroic proportions and are not willing to pay thousands of dollars for ridiculously overpriced timepieces like, say, IWC Doppelchronograph Top Gun, than you may want to check out the vintage-styled Archimede Pilot XL Automatic, which is both ruggedly-classy and, priced well below the €500 mark, surprisingly affordable.
First unveiled at the Baselworld 2009 and going on sale at the beginning of October of the same year, the Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Mach 4 (ref. 241381) featured a “love it or hate it, we don’t care” layout of its huge dial, but had at least one advantage over competitors that you just could’t deny: it was powered by an almost legendary Unitas 6497 hand-wound movement known for its impressive power reserve, the decent ability for keeping good time, as well as that old-school charisma that more modern mechanisms simply don’t have.
Originally introduced to the Professional line back in 2006, Breitling’s hi-tech Airwolf electronic chronograph with a digital-analog display is now available as the Airwolf Raven special-edition model.
Revue Thommen has just presented the new Airspeed Instrument RT1920: a new member of its –ahem– controversial Bell & Ross BR 01-92-styled line of “aviators”. As you can see, the guys behind the –ahem– aspiring Swiss-based brand even preserved all four Arabic numerals from the series name, although, apparently for copyright reasons, put them in a slightly different order.
The 2009 Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversary successfully mixes the brand’s signature bold styling with the legendary slide-rule bezel in a surprisingly compact 43 mm stainless steel case. Although I find some of its design elements puzzling to say the least (I am talking mostly about the “unique” Air Racer bracelet that, to my eyes, looks here like a set of polished 22-inch light alloy rims on a 1946 Cadillac Series 62 coupe: they do the job, but make an awkward impression), with the bracelet replaced for something more adequate the gadget will be a crown jewel in any collection of pilot’s watches.
The now Swiss-owned and former American-based Hamilton brand is the one that is responsible for the world’s first electric wristwatch, as well as for the world’s first electronic watch Hamilton Pulsar. Now it is going to start selling its new Hamilton Khaki X-Mach Automatic (ref. H766860): the world’s first mechanical timepiece featuring a real Machmeter gauge!
The recently unveiled Glashütte Original Senator Navigator Perpetual Calendar (ref. 100-07-07-05-04) self-winding wristwatch combines an in-house hand-made movement with an almost mind-numbing price tag. I mean, a recommended street price of €15,800 for a timekeeper in brushed stainless steel body is quite impressive even if it is equipped with a state of the art in-house movement, right?
Crafted from high-grade titanium alloy, the new Archimede Pilot T tries to solve the usual problem of an oversized timekeeper: excessive weight that sometimes makes wearing a “sporty” wristwatch an ordeal if it spends on your wrist more than the usual ten or twelve hours. Tipping the scales at just 65 grams (approximately 11 grams or about 17 percent less than its stainless steel sibling from the same collection,) this laconic “pilot” seems to be a lot more comfortable to wear while not putting an unbearable burden on your wallet.
The new Archimede Pilot H automatic pilot’s watch features an anonymous black and white dial and is equipped with an inexpensive, but extremely reliable and fairly accurate ETA 2824 automatic movement.