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Inspired By Aviation

WHEN WATCHMAKERS DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE WORLD OF AVIATION, THE RESULTS CAN BE TRULY REVOLUTIONARY

The world of aviation and horology has shared many similarities. But the common ground between both has always been about engineering and precision. Over the years, aviators and watchmakers have collaborated in successful form with the creation of Pilot watches and timepieces that drew inspiration from flight. In recent months, we have seen several examples take off in beautiful form, drawing accolades from both fans of aviation fans and lovers of fine watches.

WHEN WATCHMAKERS DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE WORLD OF AVIATION, THE RESULTS CAN BE TRULY REVOLUTIONARY

The world of aviation and horology has shared many similarities. But the common ground between both has always been about engineering and precision. Over the years, aviators and watchmakers have collaborated in successful form with the creation of Pilot watches and timepieces that drew inspiration from flight. In recent months, we have seen several examples take off in beautiful form, drawing accolades from both fans of aviation fans and lovers of fine watches.

Supersonic Style: Bremont Supersonic

The Concorde serves as the muse for Bremont’s new stylish timepiece, which incidentally incorporates metal from the actual aircraft. The legendary passenger plane was retired by British Airways in 2003 but its spirit lives on in the Bremont Supersonic, which pays tribute to the Concorde in stylish fashion. The 43mm timepiece houses the brand’s first hand-wound movement, which boasts an 8-day power reserve, which is positioned at 12 o’clock. The timepiece utilises a sunburst silver dial, which references the reflective paint used on the Concorde with contrasting blue hands representing the colour of British Airways. Eagle eyed fans will notice the subtle outline of the aircraft on the subdial at 6 o’clock.

Soaring To New Heights: Bell & Ross Racing Bird

Bell & Ross’ linkage to aviation is well-documented, which is why it is not surprising to see the brand designing its own aircraft. The Racing Bird was specifically built to compete in the highly-competitive Reno Air Races and in honour of its aircraft, the watch brand produced two timepieces. The BR V1-92 Racing Bird and BR V2-94 Racing Bird are exquisite examples, but the latter certainly stands out with its 41mm satin-polished steel case and bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and tachymeter scale. The chronograph functions with the automatic mechanical caliber BR-CAL.301., which works the hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock. The timepiece’s orange seconds hand features an aircraft motif in its design signifying its linkage to the racing aircraft.

The Wright Stuff: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II Wright Brothers Limited Edition

This limited number was made this year to commemorate the 115th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The timepiece arrives with a new blue and black GMT bezel and a specially engraved caseback commemorating the brothers’ flight. The AeroGMT II features a 42mm case, with a COSC rated Ball Caliber RR1201-C self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The case features a patented screw-down crown and resists water pressures down to 100 meters. The signature feature of the timepiece though is its signature tritium tubes incorporated into the curved external bezel, which offers continuous, long-lasting luminosity for exceptional night time legibility.

Military Motif:  Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 USA Limited Edition

A fitting homage to the classic Longines pilot’s watch that was supplied to the American Air Corps in the 1930s. The Avigation Type A-7 USA Limited Edition features a 44mm steel case and a dial that has been angled at 40 degrees – a design tweak that offered increased legibility and readability for pilots in that era. The chronograph’s single monopusher is situated in the top right hand of the timepiece for better ergonomics and accessibility. Housed within the case beats an L788.2 automatic movement, which operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of 54 hours and features a column wheel for smooth chronograph operation.

Search & Rescue:  Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition

The second watch made in support of Rega, the Swiss air-rescue service, by Oris features a second time zone, indicated by a 24-hour central hand – a function chosen by Rega jet pilots to represent the worldwide service they offer across all time zones. The 45mm Oris Big Crown ProPilot stainless steel timepiece arrives with a stunning grey and black colourway with a Rega logo situated at 3 o’clock. It is secured by a solid textile stray in grey, which is lined with red leather, a reference to the rescue service’s corporate colour. The Oris GMT Rega is powered by an automatic winding GMT movement and is limited to 2000 pieces worldwide.

Supersonic Style: Bremont Supersonic

The Concorde serves as the muse for Bremont’s new stylish timepiece, which incidentally incorporates metal from the actual aircraft. The legendary passenger plane was retired by British Airways in 2003 but its spirit lives on in the Bremont Supersonic, which pays tribute to the Concorde in stylish fashion. The 43mm timepiece houses the brand’s first hand-wound movement, which boasts an 8-day power reserve, which is positioned at 12 o’clock. The timepiece utilises a sunburst silver dial, which references the reflective paint used on the Concorde with contrasting blue hands representing the colour of British Airways. Eagle eyed fans will notice the subtle outline of the aircraft on the subdial at 6 o’clock.

Soaring To New Heights: Bell & Ross Racing Bird

Bell & Ross’ linkage to aviation is well-documented, which is why it is not surprising to see the brand designing its own aircraft. The Racing Bird was specifically built to compete in the highly-competitive Reno Air Races and in honour of its aircraft, the watch brand produced two timepieces. The BR V1-92 Racing Bird and BR V2-94 Racing Bird are exquisite examples, but the latter certainly stands out with its 41mm satin-polished steel case and bezel with anodised blue aluminium ring and tachymeter scale. The chronograph functions with the automatic mechanical caliber BR-CAL.301., which works the hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock. The timepiece’s orange seconds hand features an aircraft motif in its design signifying its linkage to the racing aircraft.

The Wright Stuff: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II Wright Brothers Limited Edition

This limited number was made this year to commemorate the 115th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The timepiece arrives with a new blue and black GMT bezel and a specially engraved caseback commemorating the brothers’ flight. The AeroGMT II features a 42mm case, with a COSC rated Ball Caliber RR1201-C self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The case features a patented screw-down crown and resists water pressures down to 100 meters. The signature feature of the timepiece though is its signature tritium tubes incorporated into the curved external bezel, which offers continuous, long-lasting luminosity for exceptional night time legibility.

Military Motif:  Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 USA Limited Edition

A fitting homage to the classic Longines pilot’s watch that was supplied to the American Air Corps in the 1930s. The Avigation Type A-7 USA Limited Edition features a 44mm steel case and a dial that has been angled at 40 degrees – a design tweak that offered increased legibility and readability for pilots in that era. The chronograph’s single monopusher is situated in the top right hand of the timepiece for better ergonomics and accessibility. Housed within the case beats an L788.2 automatic movement, which operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of 54 hours and features a column wheel for smooth chronograph operation.

Search & Rescue:  Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition

The second watch made in support of Rega, the Swiss air-rescue service, by Oris features a second time zone, indicated by a 24-hour central hand – a function chosen by Rega jet pilots to represent the worldwide service they offer across all time zones. The 45mm Oris Big Crown ProPilot stainless steel timepiece arrives with a stunning grey and black colourway with a Rega logo situated at 3 o’clock. It is secured by a solid textile stray in grey, which is lined with red leather, a reference to the rescue service’s corporate colour. The Oris GMT Rega is powered by an automatic winding GMT movement and is limited to 2000 pieces worldwide.