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Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne

The iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition

Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition

Hamilton has unveiled a new limited-edition pilots' watch inspired by its aviation history, the Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono. The watch, which has a black PVD case, takes its design cues from an elapsed-time clock that Hamilton produced during World War II. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange

Bell & Ross BR03-94 Carbon-Orange Orange canvas strap

Bell & Ross, continuing the aeronautical themes of its Aviation and Vintage collections, presented at Baselworld 2014 the new Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Carbon Orange, a limited edition of 500 pieces. … [Read more...]

Above the Clouds: Testing the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

Whether in the air or on the ground, the Zenith Pilot Big Date Special is always at home. In this feature from our August 2012 issue, which features original photos by our own Nik Schölzel, we put this high flyer through our rigorous test. … [Read more...]

Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT “Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary”

Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT Patrouille Suisse 50th Anniversary

The year 2014 marks two milestones in aviation history: the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and the 50th anniversary of the "Patrouille Suisse" aerobatics team. Breitling, a Swiss watch brand renowned for its pilots' watches and close ties to aviation, marks the latter anniversary with a limited-edition version of its Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT watch. … [Read more...]

5 Things You Should Know About the New Jeanrichard Aeroscope “208 Seconds”

Jeanrichard Aeroscope 208 Seconds - front

When "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger announced his partnership with the newly refocused Jeanrichard watch brand last year, it was only a matter of time before Jeanrichard released a special-edition timepiece in his honor. Jeanrichard and Sully announced the launch of that watch, the Jeanrichard "208 Seconds" Aeroscope on January 14. Here's what you need to know … [Read more...]

New Limited-Edition Breitling Navitimer Watch Supports Honor Flight Network

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer - Front

Pilot-watch specialist Breitling has partnered with the non-profit Honor Flight Network, which flies World War II veterans to the memorial dedicated to their service in Washington, DC, to release a limited-edition Breitling watch with proceeds going to the organization. I spoke with Breitling USA president Thierry Prissert at the watch's post-Veterans' Day launch event at the brand's New York City … [Read more...]

Breitling Aerospace Evo

Breitling Aerospace Evo - front

Breitling launched the original version of its electronically powered, multifunction chronograph watch, the Aerospace Evo, in 1985. This year, the brand has released a new model of the Breitling Aerospace Evo, a mainstay of its Professional collection, packing all of the existing functions into a slightly larger and redesigned case. … [Read more...]

Video: Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar

In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, on sale October 29, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aéronef Type 20 Annual Calendar. Click play on the video below, taken by the story's photographer, Robert Atkinson, for an up-close look at this new Zenith pilots' watch. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: New Bell & Ross Watches for 50th Anniversary of Dassault Mystère-Falcon 20

Bell & Ross BR 126 Falcon - in cockpit

At this year's Baselworld, Bell & Ross, a watch brand long associated with aviation, added to its Vintage collection’s new Sport Heritage line of watches with a timepiece that pays homage to the 1960s - specifically, to Dassault Aviation's famous Mystère-Falcon 20, the preeminent business jet of its time. Read about it in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Pilots’ Watch Review: Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

Zenith Captain Pilot Chronograph

For a review of pilots' watches published in our March-April 2012 issue, we selected two three-hand pilots’ watches and seven pilots’ chronographs to accompany a trio of pilots – aerobatics champion Klaus Lenhart and his protégés Axel Schütte and Andreas Langer − while they performed an aerobatic program, specially designed for our review, in the skies above the Swabian Mountains in … [Read more...]

Hamilton Evokes its Aviation Heritage with New Khaki Pilot Pioneer Pilots’ Watches

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer

Hamilton Watch Co., founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began making watches for pilots shortly thereafter, in 1919. The brand's new collection of pilots' watches, called Khaki Pilot Pioneer Auto Chrono, bears the influence of its early aviation watches. WatchTime got a close-up look at the watches at the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, "the world's greatest aviation celebration." … [Read more...]

Zenith Pilot Montre D’Aeronef Type 20 GMT Red Baron

Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Red Baron

Before it became known as a pioneer in wristwatch chronographs with the development of the El Primero caliber in 1969, Zenith had secured a place in history as one of the first manufacturers of onboard instruments for aviators in the early 20th century. The Swiss brand has embraced this heritage in recent years with the release of its Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 collection. … [Read more...]

Baselworld Preview: Three Innovative New Bell & Ross Pilots’ Watches

Bell & Ross BR 01 Heading Indicator

Bell & Ross has released photos and info on its latest trio of new watches in its BR 01 Aviation collection, inspired by instruments in aircraft cockpits, set to debut at Baselworld. The new models — called Heading Indicator, Airspeed, and Climb — join last year's triumvirate of the Horizon, Altimeter and Turn Coordinator to bring the "flight instrument" collection to six. … [Read more...]

Video: Alpina Launches Startimer Pilot Collection

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Alpina’s new Startimer Pilot Collection includes a range of timepieces inspired by original Alpina designs used by pilots during the 1920s and 30s. The collection includes four models, each measuring 44mm in diameter: three variations offering time and date, including two with a manufacture movements, and a two-register chronograph. Click here to see photos of the Startimer Pilot … [Read more...]

Oris Big Crown Date

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The growing fraternity of dark-tinted "stealth" watches welcomes another member with the arrival of the Oris Big Crown Date, which features a bold, gray-colored dial, accented by applied 3D gray numerals and indices made from a solid block of dark Super-LumiNova. The watch's 44-mm case is made of stainless steel and finished with a coat of gray PVD. Like other models in Oris's … [Read more...]

Bremont Adds New Models to Its Solo Collection

Bremont Solo 43mm

Bremont launched its Solo collection, inspired by pilots' watches from the 1940s, in 2011. This year, the line expands with the addition of a new white-dial model, which accompanies the original black-dial version, and a smaller version with a 37-mm diameter case. … [Read more...]

Hanhart Heads West

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In this feature from our current issue, we profile Hanhart, a Swiss-German company known mostly in Europe — and mostly for its stopwatches — and its plans to bring its wristwatches to the United States. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph RM 039 Aviation E6-B

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Richard Mille has always been a pioneer in the use of aeronautic materials — such as titanium, carbon nanofiber, ARCAP and tungsten carbide — in watchmaking. This year, the brand displays its love of aviation with a new watch, and caliber, designed specifically for flight navigation, the Tourbillon Flyback Chronograph RM 039 Aviation E6-B. The brand has long been associated with very … [Read more...]

Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7

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No, that's not a typo... the name of Longines's newest pilot-inspired timepiece is apparently an amalgam of "aviation" and "navigation." It's a fitting name for a very unconventional watch, one whose large-cased, angled-dial design is based on aviators' watches from the early 20th century. The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7's retro look is based on watches developed by Longines during the … [Read more...]