The limited-edition IWC Montre d’Aviateur Chronographe Edition Patrouille Suisse (Ref. 3717) was issued to support the famous aerobatics team of the Swiss Air Force that was formed in 1964 and changed its paint scheme exactly 20 years ago to incorporate the red and white colors of the Swiss flag. A kind of anniversary, okay.
In March 2011, during the Baselworld 2011 trade show, Bell & Ross has presented its new BR 01-92 Ceramic automatic pilot’s watch.
With its new Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Reserve de Marche, the Franco-Swiss watchmaking brand keeps exploring the theme of vintage timekeepers and making another stride into the glorious past.
During Baselworld 2011, Glashutte Original has presented a number of timekeepers, all of them beautiful in their own way. One of the most interesting (at least, to yours truly) products that were exhibited in Basel, was the gorgeous Senator Navigator WorldView (Ref. 39-47-07-07-04) that tries to monetize general public’s growing interest to all kinds of “pilot’s” watches. Surprisingly affordable (like, affordable for a brand that often offers three-handers in stainless steel for a price of an 18-karat gold Longines chronograph) yet smart, the gadget combines a deliberately vintage dial with a high-grade in-house caliber.
Equipped with their signature trigger-shaped chronograph push-piece, the new Graham Chronofighter Fortress offers you that diesel-punk aesthetics that you either love or hate with all your heart.
Just like the «ordinary» T-Navigator (ref. T062.430.11.057.00), the 2011 Tissot T-Navigator Automatic Chronograph (ref. T062.427.11.057.00) might have become a gorgeous “aviator” if not that hideous PVD-treated bezel with its “compass” scale that is as crude as it is completely unnecessary both functionally and aesthetically.
With the 2011 Casio G-Shock G-Aviation Ana-Digi (Ref. GW3500B-1A), the Japanese electronics maker has just updated its analog-digital quartz G-Aviation series with a new model that offers an even more contrasting color scheme, while delivering the same extensive list of functions.
The upcoming Oris Swiss Hunter Team PS Edition (ref. 01 733 7629 4063-Set LS in 44 millimeters and a smaller ref. 01 733 7649 4091-Set LS in 38 mm) collection may not look particularly original both to Oris fans and to those especially interested in aviator’s timekeepers, but, with a part of the proceedings promised to be diverted to a fund supporting a number of the last remaining Hawker Hunter Mk 58 fighter jets from the good old Cold War era, it certainly supports a noble cause.
Later this month Revue Thommen is set to present the new member of its Airspeed family of luxury “aviators”: the new Airspeed XLarge Chronograph (ref. 16071.6877). Featuring a bland, even somewhat generic exterior, but being equipped with a robust caliber, the chronograph doesn’t offer much in the styling department, but gives you good “value”, especially if you will manage to find one with a good discount (or simply opt-in for a used one in mint condition.)
Among the latest models that the legendary maker of expensive Swiss army knives planned to present at this year’s Baselworld show, was the new Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss Automatic (refs. 241505 & 241506) “aviator”.