HANHART, the Swiss-German watch brand famous for its legendary high precision professional chronograph models, now introduces the Primus Desert Pilot pilot’s chronograph, which sports a trendy outdoor look with a sand-blasted case and a sand-coloured dial and fabric strap.

The Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2012, is known for its precision-perfect and absolutely reliable instrument watches designed for use in the air, on the land and on the sea. The pilot’s chronographs it started producing in its manufactory in the southern German town of Gütenbach back in 1939 were instrumental in shaping the iconic design of this type of timepiece. Hanhart has produced a contemporary version of these legendary chronographs in the form of the Primus Pilot, which cleverly combines historical details with progressive design.

Inspired by the desire for freedom and adventure, Hanhart is now introducing the Primus Desert Pilot, a watch with a cool outdoor look that highlights the independence of the wearer. Its solid stainless steel case with flexible lugs has a matt sand-blasted finish, giving it a technical and sporty appearance. Another new feature is the sand-coloured dial, which presents a striking contrast to the large Arabic numeral 12, clearly readable index marks and distinctive hands – all of which are finished with a black Super-LumiNova® coating.

It is encased by a convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass, while a screwed-down sapphire glass case back allows the wearer to see the fascinating interplay of the movement and the rotor. The Primus Desert Pilot is finished off with a coarsely woven fabric strap – also sand-coloured – along with a practical, easily adjustable folding clasp made from sand-blasted stainless steel with an inlaid red marking.

However, like all the models in the Primus collection, the Desert Pilot also bears the recognisable hallmarks which hark back to Hanhart’s watch manufacturing tradition: one of the brand’s distinctive features, the red reset button, underlines the relationship between Hanhart’s first pilot’s chronographs, its mechanical stopwatches and the current collection. It has been a distinguishing characteristic of Hanhart watches since 1939 and was previously intended to prevent pilots from unintentionally resetting the stop time. For the models featured in the Primus collection it has been finished with anodized aluminium. The thin, distinctive fluted bezel with inlaid red marking is also reminiscent of the design of the legendary chronographs from Gütenbach.

In order to ensure safety and ease of use for the measurement of time intervals or for air and water navigation, or when using a stopwatch to measure interval times and end times or distances on dry land, the first priority was to ensure maximum functionality, ease of use and outstanding reading precision. There was no need for unnecessary gimmicks or design features on the case and dial, and Hanhart continues, as always, to stand by this maxim.

To ensure an accurate time display and precision chronometry, the models in the Primus collection are equipped with an automatic calibre modified to a bicompax display, featuring a rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo. This allows the small seconds to be clearly positioned at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter to be arranged at 3 o’clock – a configuration which Hanhart has customarily used from the very beginning. Perfect readability is guaranteed not least by the clear design of the dial and the black Super-LumiNova® coated hands.

Technical details : PRIMUS Desert Pilot

  • Movement: HAN3809 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax), based on the Valjoux 7750 calibre; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 28 jewels; rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hours
  • Functions: Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock
  • Case: Sand-blasted stainless steel; anodised aluminium red reset button; fluted bezel with inlaid red marking; convex, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down, internally anti-reflective sapphire glass case back; large screw-in crown; flexible lugs; diameter 44 mm, height 15 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/ 100 m
  • Dial: Sand-coloured; with black Super-LumiNova®-coated, luminous Arabic numeral, index marks and hands
  • Strap: Fabric strap; folding clasp with inlaid red marking (anodised aluminium) made from sand-blasted stainless steel

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