I had the opportunity to try on the Elvis80 watch – both the rubber and steel bracelet versions – this week at Baselworld. Here’s what each looks like on the wrist:
The Hamilton Chrono Worldtimer features the design input of champion aerobatic stunt pilot (and Hamilton brand ambassador) Nicolas Ivanoff and is intended, according to Hamilton, as a watch “on the radar screen of pilots and other individuals with broad horizons.” It contains a brand-new quartz chronograph movement, Caliber H-41, which can instantly switch between chronograph and world-timer mode and automatically adjusts for daylight savings times across the world’s 24 major time zones. The chronograph function itself is specifically tailored to aerobatic pilots, with a central counter spanning just 12 minutes and yellow markers to indicate the first four — the latter representing the maximum length of an aerobatic freestyle program in competition, with a penalty applied if this interval is exceeded. To change to world-time mode, the wearer simply presses the pusher at 10 o’clock, after which he can use bidirectional adjustment to calculate the time in the current time zone (along with day/night indication), as indicated by the 24 world cities printed on the outer ring. A brief press of the same pusher will display the current Coordinate Universal Time (UTC).
The Chrono Worldtimer has a big, 45-mm-diameter stainless steel case, water-resistant to 100 meters, with a nonreflective sapphire crystal and black dial. It comes on a steel bracelet as well as a black rubber strap (both versions pictured below) or a black leather strap with stitching. Prices for the Hamilton Chrono Worldtimer are expected to range from $1,245 to $1,295.