This season’s aviation-inspired timepieces are handsome, high-tech tools that offer men precision timing and soaring style.
Clockwise from top: This Hamilton Khaki Aviation Worldtimer ($1,245) has the ability to tell the time accurately across the world’s 24 standard time zones. Designed in collaboration with aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, the chronograph is powered by the specially developed H-41e chrono quartz movement. Copeland Jewelers, 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, 512-330-0303
Partnering with Boeing, Bremont continues its pilot-watch legacy with this Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT watch ($6,450). The automatic movement is a certified chronometer with GMT and 42 hours of power reserve. The grade Ti 6-4 titanium timepiece sports an inner soft-iron, antimagnetic Faraday cage. Jack Ryan Fine Jewelry + Timepieces, 3520 Bee Cave Road, West Lake Hills, 512-732-2408
From Bell & Ross, this BR-X1 Carbon Forgé watch ($23,000) is created in a limited edition of 250 pieces in Grade 5 titanium with ceramic and rubber inserts. The skeletonized chronograph houses the automatic mechanical BR-CAL313 with an X-shaped upper bridge. Ben Bridge Jeweler, The Domain, 11601 Century Oaks Terrace, 512-491- 8014
Raymond Weil’s first pilot watch, the Freelancer Piper chronograph ($3,495), is a joint venture with aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft that features a 46mm stainless steel and titanium watch housing, an automatic movement with 46 hours of power reserve, and offers GMT timing. Russell Korman, 5011 Burnet Road, 512-451-9292
Celebrating its legacy in space, Omega’s Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon chronograph ($12,000) is crafted in ceramic with a sandblasted platinum dial. The watch features a Super-LumiNova tachymeter scale on the bezel and is powered by the Co-Axial 9300 calibre chronograph movement with silicon balance spring. Russell Korman, see above
Pilot watches aren’t new. In fact they have enjoyed a century of fame—accompanying explorers such as Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart on their record-breaking quests. During times of war and peace, space exploration, and solar-powered airplanes, top watch brands have offered aviation-inspired timepieces. These watches include precision functions and features that pilots depend on: easy readability, durability, and more.