The upcoming Alpina Startimer Automatic Pilot (Ref. AL-525B4S6) is going to be delivered in a special gift box with a scale model of the famous Cessna Citation Mustang business jet. And it is going to be limited to, ahem, just 8888 pieces.
The 2011 Aerowatch 1910 Hommage Chronograph Limited Edition is presented in a feather-light titanium case, which –although rather bulky– tips the scales at some 70 grams!
Oris, an independent watchmaking brand, has officially presented its 2011 Big Crown X1 Calculator (ref. 01 675 7648 4264-Set 5 23 77) “aviator.” Featuring the traditional coin-shaped bezel and an easy to read dial, the new model doesn’t look particularly original, but it still makes a nice impression with its high build quality and attention to even the smallest details.
It is always a pleasure to see a smaller brand going the hard way and turning a simple (and common) complication into a unique feature of its product. The new Hamilton Khaki SkyMaster UTC (refs. H77525553 & H77505433) is the latest example of such a daring approach.
In a couple of months, the British-based Bremont is going to present its limited-edition Mustang P-51 chronometer automatic chronograph.
Bell & Ross has issued another iteration of its cash-cow — the vintage-styled BR 123 Vintage Original Carbon (ref. BRV123-BL-CA/SRB) “aviator”. The model has undergone several face-lifts, and now the medium-size 41.00 mm round case is delivered in a black PVD-coated stainless steel.
It is definitely going to be a year of remakes! At the upcoming Baselworld 2011 show, Longines will reveal its new Twenty-Four Hours (ref. L2.7184.108.40.206) “aviator.” Featuring everything a die-hard fan of vintage style could hope for (well, perhaps sans the movement since the new version comes powered by a modern self-winding mechanism), the new timekeeper is a good example of a “vintage-modern” pilot’s watch that successfully combines historic styling with reliability and ease of use provided by modern technology.
Presented in the traditionally massive stainless steel body, the limited-edition Breitling Blackbird Red Strike Chronograph may be of particular interest to those still living in the times of the Caribbean Crisis and dreaming about preemptive nuclear strikes and reconnaissance flights over Soviet Russia. A high annual income is also a must since the chronograph won’t come cheap.
Breitling has issued a diamond-set version of its cash-cow: the Chronomat automatic chronograph. The Chronomat 01 Diamondworks is available in white gold and rose gold cases and bears enough diamonds either to rebuild the Republic of Haiti or to finance a manned mission to Mars. Thankfully, the chronograph is delivered in two versions with a more modest one having the use of diamonds limited only to its signature diving bezel.
Oris has devoted the 2010 limited-edition BC4 RHFS (ref. 674 7616 4284 Set) chronograph to the 4e Régiment d’Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment) that was established in August, 2009 and is now based in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Despite being an “aviator” (well, it is not your classic B-Uhr, but it is still styled like a plane’s instrument gauge,) the new BC4 RHFS is presented in a comparatively compact body and is equipped with a natural-born chronograph movement.