Baselworld 2014: Hamilton Khaki TakeOff Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition Watch
By Jovan Krstevski
The Hamilton Khaki Takeoff Automatic Chronograph, announced at Basel this year, takes its inspiration by an elapsed-time aircraft instrument panel clock that Hamilton produced during World War II. In cooperation with Nicolas Ivanoff, French pilot, flying instructor and professional aerobat.
The watch is distinguished not only by the dashboard-clock aesthetic of its dial, but by its detachable design: the watch can be easily removed from its black leather strap with skeletonized pin buckle in black PVD, and placed in a special wooden box with printed aviation references such “No Step” and “Pull to Open.”
This pilots’ watch from Hamilton is equipped with a bidirectional inner chapter ring, driven by the knurled bezel, which can be used for a countdown. Another simple turning action is used to separate the 46.3-mm case, made of stainless steel and coated with black PVD, from its strap, which has a structured rubber lining.
This unique bullhead watch from Hamilton has its crown positioned at 12 o’clock, with the chrono pushers on either side. The watch houses Hamilton’s Caliber H-31, with chronograph functions and 60-hour power reserve. The black dial has contrasting yellow details, and the hour markers are coated with Super-LumiNova. The hands are in the classical pilots’-watch style and the central chronograph hand is tipped with an airplane-shaped pointer.
The new Khaki Takeoff Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition will be a limited edition of 1,999 pieces and is priced at $3,295. For more info, please visit hamiltonwatch.com
Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Proprietor & Executive Editor
Watch collector, aficionado and an Event profile in the Swedish nightlife. He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview. He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches. ’ His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches!