Baselworld 2014: Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition

Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited EditionHamilton 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.

The Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition is distinguished not only by the dashboard-clock aesthetic of its dial but by its detachable design: the watch can be easily removed from its black leather strap and installed in a special wooden presentation box with printed aviation references such “No Step” and “Pull to Open.” While the watch is in the presentation box, it resembles its World-War II-era predecessor, which was at the time considered the most complicated aircraft clock.

This contemporary Hamilton pilots’ watch is equipped with a bidirectional turning reflector and flange, driven by the bezel, which can be used for a countdown. Another simple turning action is used to separate the 46.3-mm case, made of stainless steel and coated with black PVD, from its strap, which has a structured rubber lining and can be stowed at the bottom of the presentation box when not in use. The box’s surface has visible aluminum rivets and plates as well as four contemporary “instruments” to complement the watch and complete the instrument panel look; Hamilton refers to the whole ensemble as a “portable cockpit.”

Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition

The Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition contains Hamilton’s proprietary H-31 caliber, with chronograph functions and 60-hour power reserve. The predominantly black dial has contrasting yellow details, and the hour markers are coated with Super-LumiNova. The hands are in the classical pilots’-watch style and the central chronograph hand is tipped with an airplane-shaped pointer. In another nod to historical timekeepers, the crown is positioned at 12 o’clock, with the chrono pushers on either side. The watch is limited to 1,999 numbered pieces, priced at $3,295.


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