On an aircraft carrier, the air boss is the officer who decides every takeoff and landing. For 2011, the new Victorinox AirBoss is simpler in its design, and slightly smaller at 42mm. The look — three hands, three circles of digit tracks, and a date window at 6 o’clock — emphasizes precision, readability and functionality. Find pricing and wallpaper inside.
Victorinox says the AirBoss is a classic example of “second-glance” timepiece design. The first glance tells you “pilot-inspired look”. The second glance catches details like the beveled two-surface inner bezel, the raised arabics with luminous inside skeletonized metal frames, and the tiny, circular, diamond-cut grooves in the dial that tell you someone paid careful attention here. The overall effect says understated, functional, reliable, precise, and Swiss.
The case is satin-brushed 316L stainless steel, water-resistant to 100 meters. The crystal is scratch-resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire. The Swiss-made automatic movement can be viewed beneath beneath a mineral crystal display back.
The AirBoss will be available with silver or charcoal dials and on strap or bracelet, priced at approximately $995 when it arrives later this year.
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