Inspired by aviation, Hamilton’s Swiss-made chronographs are precise and powerful. The X-Patrol carries on this tradition with a face that seems to have as many numbers and dials as the cockpit of F-14. It features all critical chrono functions plus rotating dials on the bezel for metric to Imperial conversion of feet to liters, gallons to liters, pounds to KGs, etc. Source
This watch looks like something Granddad might have actually worn. But it’s new. The Vintage WW2 Régulateur Heritage from Bell & Ross gets its distinctive, classic feel from the sandblasted steel finish & a distressed calfskin strap. Deep notches in the bezel add to the antique vibe.
Here’s a great tool for avoiding the shamefully emasculating experience of getting lost in the wilderness: A wristwatch loaded with Garmin GPS navigation. The Fenix will guide your adventure there and back with easy-to-operate nav capability plus ABC; alitmeter, barometer, & compass. Mark up to 1000 waypoints as you go then load your route into Garmin’s free BaseCamp trip planning software. Available August/September 2012.
No ornamental flourishes, no nonsense, just high quality materials and finish. The Signalman is a limited edition timepiece. Only 300 of these fine, Swiss Made watches will be produced. Its key features are the automatic Swiss Soprod movement with 31 jewels and a super strong Rhodium plated finish. A 42-hour power reserve is displayed at 12 o’clock on the face beneath a domed, sapphire crystal.
The Bombers Collection from BRM Watches isn’t a bunch of run-of-the-mill, Swiss executive-dude timepieces. These watches have personality; they’ve got color. Styled to pay tribute to famous WWII fighter planes like the Spitfire, Mitsubishi Zero, and the P-51 Mustang, they feature aviation-inspired designs, and are built tough enough for a parachute drop behind enemy lines.
Meccaniche Veloci is an Italian watchmaker that has produced a unique collection. Given the number of watchmakers out there, this is no small feat. Their Only One Collection features watch dials made of materials taken from body panels of a real F-1 race car, a futuristic warplane, a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, and an Aprilia racing motorcycle. These repurposed materials nicely contrast and compliment hardened titanium cases and Swiss movements.
Swiss heritage brand IWC has long been known for producing premium quality chronographs for the most discerning wearers of watches. Pretend you are one of those guys and step up to this new limited-edition Pilot model rendered in stunning rose gold and numbered 1-500.
We always thought the perfect golf watch would make the beer cart appear with just the push of a button but Garmin had a different idea. Their Approach S3 watch is a GPS-enabled unit that gives you info and assistance for over 27,000 global golf courses. But sadly no, no beer cart button.
Did you know that there was an actual Heuer family behind the TAG Heuer watch brand? It’s true, Edouard Heuer began this luxury legacy way back in 1860. One hundred and four years later, in 1964, a young Jack Heuer designed and introduced the Carrera chronograph. To honor Jack’s 80th birthday this year, the brand is releasing a limited edition Carrera model featuring a 41mm case and Jack’s signature engraved in the caseback.
With their functional, minimalist styling, you really don’t have to be a pilot to appreciate Bell & Ross watches. However, if you’ve spent any time in the cockpit, you’ll truly appreciate the design of their Horizon wristwatch. Modeled after a plane’s horizon gauge, their nod to aviation heritage is unmistakable. Available May 2012.