In 1940s, the watch industry witnessed the emergence of pilot watches. During this era Laco was one of just five licensed manufacturers specialized in the production of 55-millimetre deck watches used by pilots and navigators. When flying aircraft, these timepieces enabled the pilots to read the time easily on their wrist. Nowadays, pilot watches are yet again a highly modern trend thanks to their timeless faces and functional design.
The twilight hour, known as the “blaue Stunde” in German, is the hour after sunset during which the sky is a darker blue than during the day. Nobody sees the stunning blue skies more often in life than a pilot, who soars above the grey clouds every day. Aircraft captains are treated to an even more intensive experience of the twilight hour when they look out of their cockpit window and enjoy the view stretching towards the horizon. It therefore comes as no surprise that Laco has chosen to celebrate this unique light phenomenon between day and night by using it as the namesake behind its new “Blaue Stunde” collection of pilot watches. The design of the watches also reflects the twilight hour, with the blue face featuring a solarisation finish that reflects light with a vexingly beautiful effect at every angle, just like nature itself.
A double domed and anti-glare sapphire crystal helps to ensure that the face can be admired for its scratch-free appearance for many years to come. The watches are available with either a hand-wound or automatic movement from the Swiss manufacturer ETA. The collection features a total of four different models costing €850, all of which are now available from authorised specialist retailers or from the Laco factory.
Model: Blaue Stunde
Laco pilot watch with a stainless steel case (bead-blasted)
ø 42mm, double domed and anti-glare sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 5 atm
Case back marking and FL23883 marking on the side, just like an original deck watch
Available with an automatic or hand-wound movement (automatic: Laco 24, Basis ETA 2824.2; hand-wound: Laco 01, Basis ETA 2801.2)
Blue face with solarisation, luminous indices and blued hands coated in luminous material
Grey nylon strap with a stainless steel clasp
Retail price: €850