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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705”

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: it flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just a 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogues, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, render it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until ju..

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Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Tribute To 3705’

The original IWC Fliegerchronograph Keramik Ref. 3705 performed like a true stealthy pilot’s watch: It flew right under the radar of watch enthusiasts the world over. After a few years of just 1,000 examples navigating the IWC catalogs, the 3705 disappeared on the horizons, only to now re-appear in the form of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tribute To 3705.” And that’s the watch we have in for review for you today.
What Was The IWC Reference 3705? The IWC Reference 3705 was IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. That novel and early use of black ceramic, and the fact that it has gone under without anyone really recognizing it for what it was, renders it quite a fascinating watch. Its stainless steel equivalent, the IWC Ref. 3706 (to which our Bilal Khan addressed a beautiful obituary here) and its subsequent iterations have carried on the compact pilot’s watch theme, but there had not been a true continuation of the black Fliegerchronograph until just ..

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Zenith Unveils Limited-Edition Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver Watch

Despite its value, luster, and cultural significance dating back millennia, silver is a rarely seen material in modern luxury watchmaking. Zenith looks to change that with its newest entry in the distinctive Pilot Type 20 series, combining the shine and somewhat antique feel of the metal with its early 20th-century pilot watch design, and the brand’s signature El Primero chronograph movement. The resulting limited-edition Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver is one of the most striking and unique entries in the brand’s long-running pilot watch line.
The broad 45mm case of the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Silver is shared with the rest of the Pilot Type 20 line, with a narrow smooth bezel, sharply downturned attached lugs, and a massive 3 o’clock onion crown that offer the impression of a converted pocket watch for the wrist. The largest departure from previous models, of course, is the choice of material: 925 sterling silver. In images, this metal looks to add a new, richer she..

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New Pilot’s Watches — The Longines Spirit Collection

HomeHands-OnNew Pilot’s Watches — The Longines Spirit Collection Hands-OnNew Pilot’s Watches — The Longines Spirit Collection A tribute to legendary aviators and explorers by Robert-Jan Broer June 08, 2020 MIN READNew Pilot’s Watches — The Longines Spirit CollectionJust a few days before traveling became impossible, we saw the new Longines Spirit collection. Under embargo, of course. So we are happy that it’s now finally time to show you the pictures we took during that appointment.
To me, it seems that Longines is taking a new direction with the Spirit collection. Although we’ve seen — and still see — some heritage-inspired watches from Saint-Imier, this Longines Spirit collection is different. It combines heritage and modern watchmaking, with a very attractive price tag.

Longines Spirit CollectionEvery new watch needs a story. For this collection, Longines has dived into its archives and come up with tales of more than 20 pioneers as well as some extraordinary events in which Longin..

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Laco Würzburg Pilot’s Watch Ready For Take Off

HomeHands-OnLaco Würzburg Pilot’s Watch Ready For Take Off Hands-OnLacoLaco Würzburg Pilot’s Watch Ready For Take Off The Laco Würzburg a modern watch with vintage appeal by Rob NuddsMarch 20, 2020 MIN READLaco Würzburg Pilot’s Watch Ready For Take OffA new addition to the German brand’s Pilot line, the sub-dial-sporting Laco Würzburg makes full use of the ETA 6498.1 base caliber’s attributes beating away inside its 42.5mm case.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Pilot’s watches. There are some, like the Zenith Extra Special Pilot’s (time-only) series that I love. There are others that leave me cold. Laco’s output falls somewhere in between these two camps and isn’t averse from switching sides on what seems like a release-by-release basis.
I’ll start off with the good — the very good. There is only one brand in the world — in watchmaking and all other industries — that I will tolerate pre-aged goods from. That brand is Laco. Its pre-aged Pilot’s watches fly in the face of ev..

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Bulova Revisits A WWII Classic With The New A-15 Pilot Watch

It almost feels redundant to use the words “vintage reissue” today. Brands over the last few years have spent a lot of time digging into their past archive, dusting off old models, and breathing some new life into them. Bulova is (recently) no exception with its new Military Collection. Key in that collection is the new A15 Pilot Watch reissue. Referencing the 1944 Military Issued A-15 “Elapsed Time Watch,” there’s a lot to like with this Bulova. Retaining the original inner rotating disks, which are manipulated but the dual crowns, we get a lot of functionality here. The outer most dial serves as an elapsed time counter, much like a dive bezel, while the inner-most bezel gives you a 12hr scale.
Bulova has opted for a Miyota 82S6 automatic caliber and paired with the watch with a brown stitched leather strap. The watch clocks in at a pretty svelte 42mm and boasts a sapphire crystal, and a somewhat diminutive 30m water resistance (but it’s a pilot watch after all).

Analysis The Bulov..

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Laco Pilot Frankfurt GMT Schwarz, A Week On The Wrist

HomeHands-OnLaco Pilot Frankfurt GMT Schwarz, A Week On The Wrist Hands-OnWatch ReviewLacoLaco Pilot Frankfurt GMT Schwarz, A Week On The Wrist The first dual-time-zone watch from this historical house of pilot watches. by Gerard NijenbrinksFebruary 03, 2020 MIN READLaco Pilot Frankfurt GMT Schwarz, A Week On The WristThe origin of Laco lies in a company named Lacher & Co. Founded in 1925, in the first half of the last century, their production became one of the most important in the German Pforzheim region. Even in difficult times business continued. As one of five manufacturers, Laco produced reliable pilots watches for the German Luftwaffe.
Laco’s first Pilot GMT Watch, the FrankfurtToday, Laco‘s pilot watches are an expression of that success. At the beginning of this millennium, the brand was re-introduced onto the market. With watches adopting the looks of times gone by, but which still satisfy modern demands. Besides historically-inspired pilot watches, Laco nowadays offers more..

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Zenith Announces Two New Models In Pilot Type 20 Line

Over the past several years, Zenith has firmly established the Pilot Type 20 model line as a vintage inspired throwback to aviation’s early days with a combination of early 20th century design and faux patina on cases and dials. As part of its offerings at LVMH Watch Week – Dubai 2020, the brand has shed some of this artificial aging for a pair of new designs that take the basic Pilot Type 20 style in a far more modern direction, these are the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Rescue and the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Rescue Chronograph.

The first of these, the Pilot Type 20 Rescue, reimagines the clean lines of the 45 millimeter Pilot Type 20 case in a mix of high-impact brushed and polished surfaces while the utilitarian shape and oversized onion crown remain. The dial keeps the Pilot Type 20 hallmark cathedral hands and ornate Super-LumiNova numerals, but the lume here is a stark white contrasted against a slate gray sunburst dial surface. These more contemporary tones are accented with tactical pun..

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Hands-On: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC Watch

HomeHands-OnHands-On: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC Watch Hands-OnHamiltonHands-On: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC Watch A closer look at the watch with “proven American Spirit.” by Balazs FerencziJanuary 10, 2020 MIN READHands-On: Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC WatchA little while ago, in one of our Hot Take articles, we already introduced the new Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC watch to you.
As soon as this watch was released, I knew I had to line one up to review. I caught my first glimpse of this model in September when I visited Hamilton, but I wasn’t able to spend much time with it then. After the release, however, Hamilton kindly gave me one for a few days. Before I headed off to put the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC through its paces, however, I got the chance to attend the launch event in New York.

From New York to New JerseyThe launch of the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Schott NYC happened in New York City. During the day, however, we took a trip to New Jersey to the Schott NY..

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Laco Pilot Augsberg Taupe 42 Watch Hands-On

The mandate responsible for the creation of this watch was for Germany-based Laco to develop an attractive, classic pilot watch for under $500. To do that, they reached for a Japanese Miyota automatic movement (as opposed to a Swiss-made caliber used in most of their other watches). I’ll have more to say on the movement below, but I want to talk about this Laco Pilot Augsberg Taupe 42 watch because of how attractive I think it is, at any price point. Blue and green dials — you’ve had your fill. The world is now ready for taupe!

Taupe is a color we don’t hear too much about in relation to wristwatches these days, but the color has a lot of promise. Why? Because, for many, it could be the perfect intersection between gray (which is highly popular) and brown (which has struggled with popularity). Over the last few years (less nowadays, admittedly) lots of watch brands tested their luck by offering brown “chocolate” dials. Despite the sweet-sounding name, many of these brown watches simp..