Swiss watch brand Hamilton introduces Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition to celebrate its association with leading air squadrons and aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff. Its design code gravitates to the inspiration of the aircraft dashboard and construction.
This dynamic pilots’ watch is detachable is supplied with a stylish presentation box that makes aviation references with texts such as “No Step” and “Pull to Open”. Synchronized with the Hamilton brand’s strong aviation heritage, dating back to 1919, the Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition combines high-tech modernity with inspiration from the Hamilton elapsed time clock produced during World War II and then considered the most complicated aircraft clock. The Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition will be produced in a limited edition of 1,999 pieces.
True to its cockpit instrument inspiration, the contemporary pilots’ watch has a bi-directional turning flange, driven by the bezel, which has the capacity to record a countdown. In the absence of a propeller, the theme of rotation continues by the turning action required to unlock the case from its part-time home within the wristwatch. Meticulous attention to detail emits a clear signal via the watch’s unique wooden storage case. Visible aluminium rivets and plates, as seen on aircrafts, punctuate its surface, while four complementary “instruments” form an authentic dashboard effect around the detached Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition. In the event of turbulence, the detached black leather strap is safely stowed at the bottom of the box and the whole package is protected by “remove before flight” webbing.
The Hamilton H-31 movement in the Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition has 60 hours of power reserve for extended operation airborne or otherwise. Accurately reflecting the appearance of its World War II ancestor, the colour scheme of today’s timepiece is predominantly black with easily visible yellow markings. The hands are a re-interpretation of the classical hands of traditional pilots’ watches. A yellow, plane-shaped pointer on the chronograph second hand provides another themed styling signature. Specifically accommodating pilots’ easy accessibility needs is a crown positioned at 12 o’clock, simultaneously bringing perfect overall symmetry to the piece. Uniting the messages of pioneering aviation and the demands of the 21st century ground and sky is a fine black leather strap with a comfortable, structured rubber lining.
Model: Hamilton Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition
Case: 46.3 mm, Stainless steel with black PVD
Dial: Black with yellow detail and hour markers with Super-LumiNova®
Attachment: Black leather strap with new skeletonized pin buckle in black PVD
Movement: H-31 with 60 hours of typical power reserve
Crystal: Sapphire with antireflective coating
Water resistance: 5 bar (50m)
Recommended Retail Price: CHF 2’995.00 / USD 3’295.00 / EURO 2’500.00