At Breitling’s Los Angeles Summit this past September, the Swiss brand debuted a number of different models (including an all-new Avenger collection) and showcased many of its already popular designs. But one watch unveiled at the event seemed to stand out in the crowd: the new Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito. The new watch was above all praised for its attractive color scheme, effectively based on the already fashionable Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph design, and bringing together interesting elements of vintage and modern styles.
In production continuously since 1938, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date, originally envisioned as a tool watch for aviators, has become Oris’s signature piece, even playing a key role in its revival as an all-mechanical brand in the wake of the 1970s Quartz Crisis. Oris marked the 80th anniversary of this emblematic timepiece last year in a watch with a bronze case and dark green dial. This year, the Hölstein-based brand ventures even further into the watch world’s new Bronze Age with another special edition, this one combining a bronze case with a solid bronze dial.
The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is designed to be the ideal travelers’ companion. Can this new model – inspired by lesser-known Patek Philippe pilot watches – meet the claim? We explore the watch in this in-depth test from our October 2019 issue. Original photos are by Patrick Mokesch.
Patek Philippe has reinvented an aspect of itself with the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. When the Geneva-based company introduced the first model in white gold in 2015, it was met with great excitement. As a unique specimen that differs from the highly desirable sporty models in its Nautilus and Aquanaut collections, Patek is known primarily for its classical designs. Now a traditional brand like Patek Philippe can find inspiration from its own rich history without creating something entirely new. The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time traces its origins from a lesser-known part of the company’s history – its own pilots’ watches. The Ref. 5524R recalls the design of vintage Patek Philippe pilots’ watches from the 1930s with its bold luminescent numerals and hands.
The fifth edition of WatchTime New York, America’s luxury watch event, is finally upon us, kicking off tonight at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall. Several of our record 37 sponsoring watch brands have already offered sneak peeks at all-new timepieces making their U.S. debut at the show, and today we present one more. Germany’s Mühle-Glashütte, which marks its own 150th anniversary in 2019, has just announced a limited edition honoring 80 years of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Here’s a quick look at the new AOPA AeroSport Limited Edition.
WatchTime New York 2019, the fifth edition of America’s luxury watch show, kicks off tonight, with a record number of sponsoring watch brands and a host of panels, activities, and opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow timepiece enthusiasts and watch industry VIPs. Scroll down to check out each brand’s showcase watch; click on the links to read about them in more detail.
The phrase “tool watch” was originally coined to describe watches that serve as tools to accomplish specific tasks, such as a divers’ watch with a rotatable bezel and high resistance to pressure that is designed to be used underwater. And while you wouldn’t want to use these tool watches to hammer nails, they emphasize functionality and are robust, accurate, legible and (ideally) not excessively expensive in case they suffer a scratch or two during rough usage. In this article from our archives, we present eight of them.