US watch brand Hemel presents the new “Airfoil” chronograph watch developed through the League of Microbrands Facebook group.
The dial of this new chronograph takes inspiration from the 1970s British military pilot watches. The refreshing negative spaces which come in standard black, navy blue and ivory white, hold together and bind austere typographical markers which recall vintage horology like flat threes and fours and the sharp centered M.
The port side sub dial tracks the running seconds while a starboard side sub dial records elapsed minutes. A simple ceramic bezel insert tracks a second time zone with C3 luminescent 12-hour GMT markers separated by half hour markers. As a cohesive whole, these individual elements contribute to an examination and subsequent celebration of functional minimalism.
The entire case is polished to a mirror finish from the coin edged rotating bezel to the screw down exhibition case back. Between the piston pushers is a vintage styled crown that hugs the body. The signed detail matches the double signed detail of the buckle, also finished to a high polish.
The domed sapphire crystal, a first for the HF Series, playfully distorts the chapter ring and hourly numerals in an honestly vintage manner. And of course, the engine inside is the ST19 made by Sea-Gull, a modern evolution of the Venus 175 that originally powered the mid-century flight watches that inspire the Air League.
The retail price of the Hemel Airfoil Reference HF15 is $499.99.
Model: HEMEL AIRFOIL Reference HF15
Material: 316L stainless steel
Lug width: 22 mm
Lug to lug: 49 mm
Crown: Signed, push / pull, winding
Crystal: Double domed, Sapphire
Water resistance: 100 meters
Bezel: Ceramic, rotating, 120 click, Lumed
Case back: Exhibition, Screw-down, Engraved
Hand winding movement, Seagull ST1901
Hacking second hand
Swan neck regulator
45 hours power reserve
Standard Black, Navy Blue, Ivory White
Vintage Brown leather strap
Signed, Polished stainless steel buckle