The development of new materials, alloys, and coatings for watch cases have become increasingly important in recent years. High-tech substances such as ceramics and titanium are now firmly established alongside the classic materials, i.e. stainless steel, gold, and platinum. Sometimes watchmakers also turn to time-honored historical materials such as bronze. Based on copper and another metal, this alloy was already known and used in classical antiquity. Bronze is extremely resistant to corrosion and has high structural strength. A welcome aesthetic side effect is the metal’s warm hue, which gradually acquires a natural patina with the passage of time. The patina does not detract from the advantages of the material in any way. The visual change is only a testimony of age, which makes each timepiece unique and unmistakable.
Alongside a new chronograph version, the Swiss manufacture also presented at Baselworld a three-hand pilot’s watch in the line’s classic vintage style. In keeping with its name, the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Adventure combines a 45-mm bronze case, water-resistance to 100 meters and a khaki-green dial with Arabic numerals and facetted cathedral hands inlaid with Super-LumiNova. Under the dial, self-winding manufacture Calibre Elite 679 ensures precision timekeeping. Two wristbands – a leather strap with a camouflage pattern and a second strap in khaki – round out the instrumental appearance that aficionados know and love from early pilot’s watches.
As its name states, this pilot’s watch from the popular vintage collection, which is limited to 999 timepieces, taxis onto the runway in a bronze case. The case is 41 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 100 meters and contains chronograph Calibre BR-CAL.301 for accurate timekeeping. The case appealingly matches the color scheme chosen for the luminescent black dial, which contrasts with its two totalizers. The flight crew also includes an aluminum bezel with a tachymeter scale and a date display.