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Torgoen Revives the T21 Flight GMT Model

Torgoen has revived its T21 Flight GMT watch, which has a slide rule function. Not our thing, but if you love GMT watches then it’s worth a look.

RRP is £217 and there are cream, blue and black dial options.

The TorgoenT21 Flight GMT is a one-of-a-kind timepiece that incorporates a functional E6B analog flight computer. Developed by US naval pilots in the late 1930’s, the E6B is a circular slide rule used during flight planning to calculate fuel burn, wind correction, time en route and other stats.

Although modern aircrafts now use electronic systems to make these calculations, the E6B is still used in flight training to teach pilots how to manually compute these important factors.

Complete with GMT function, the T21 Flight GMT is the ultimate watch for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.

LIV P-51 Chrono: Valjoux Power Without The Swiss Price Tag

You can pay a great deal of cash for a watch featuring the Valjoux 7750 movement, or slight variations on that base ebauche engine.

That’s why NWC mag has a lot of time for the LIV P-51 pilot watch. It’s got that Valjoux touch of class for £1095, plus VAT and UK import duty. Go figure say 30% on top.

That’s still way cheaper than say a Bremont ALT-1 for £5000, which features a tweaked 7750 movement. Or how about paying £7300 to IWC for a Portugieser with a green dial, which is also powered by a modded variant of the 7750? Yes, prestige brands are watch modders too.

You see why we mention this Swiss MOD watch angle right?

The same work that is kinda sneered at by certain watch blogs, magazines and experts as being `Frankenwatch’ is just the same process as factories carry out to Valjoux 7750 movements. Blue screws, decorated rotors, slightly different pushers.

So we say, check out thios LIV take on the Valjoux movement, because it has that sporty Top Gun vibe, day/ date window, sapphire crystal, a huge 46mm case if you are a fan of Breitling plus size cases, and a riveted tan strap that really sets off the black theme nicely.

Nope, we aren’t on commission, we just like spotting great value.

More here.

IWC Pilot Chrono Gets The AMG Merc Treatment

IWC Schaffhausen has launched a special Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition, branded “AMG”. The famous AMG initials denote high performance for every Merc fan so here’s the word from IWC on this new watch;

The first IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph in titanium is powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre movement and features a carbon fibre dial. IWC unveiled the new edition during a webcast conversation with IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr, Mercedes-AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer and shared brand ambassador and racing driver Maro Engel.

The long-standing collaboration between the Swiss luxury watchmaker and the performance and sports car brand Mercedes-AMG, is grounded in many common values, including the pursuit of technical perfection and uncompromising quality.

“The partnership between Mercedes-AMG and IWC has all the components that are needed for a successful and long-lasting collaboration. It’s very rare to come across a company and people with so many common interests and values.” said Philipp Schiemer, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

Crafted from automotive engineering materials, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” (Ref. IW377903) is IWC‘s first 43mm Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph featuring the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, as well as the first Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph with a case made of extremely light and scratch-resistant titanium. The Grade 5 titanium finish gives the watch its matte grey appearance, inspired by AMG‘s signature Selenite Grey Magno paint finish.

The dial features precisely woven carbon fibre, a material directly derived from AMG‘s aero components. These parts are produced in a complex process involving heat and pressure and are known for their remarkable lightness and rigidity. The raw material is continuous carbon fibres, which are processed on weaving machines into textile structures, giving the end product its characteristic woven “carbon look”.

The black carbon dial provides the perfect contrast to the silver chronograph sub-dials, reminiscent of motorsport instruments.

The all-around performance watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured calibre 69385, a robust and precise chronograph movement that enables stop time measurements of up to 12 hours. The chronograph function is controlled by a column wheel, an intricate component with two functional levels. The Mercedes-AMG logo is emblazoned on the tinted sapphire crystal case back. The timepiece is fitted with a black embossed calf leather strap with contrast stitching and folding clasp.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” was unveiled at a webcast hosted by Philipp Schiemer and Christoph Grainger-Herr. Both elaborated on their passion for racing, the values both brands share, and the sustainable future of watchmaking and mobility. They were joined by Maro Engel, brand ambassador of both brands, who brought in the perspective of a professional racing driver. The webcast can be watched via https://watches.iwc.com/amgwebcast.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” will be available for pre-order from 21st May online at IWC.com, through IWC boutiques and authorised retail partners. The timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefits from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Prim Pilot S E Offers Auto Movement, Sharp Dial Design

Czech watch manufacturer Prim has a new Pilot S E model, which is available in a variety of striking dial designs and colours. The Miyota movement powered watch has a 42mm case, 22mm lug width and retails at 635 euros.

Dial designs include brown with a yellow second hand, and our fave is the blue dial with red second hand, which looks the biz. A traditional Pilot style black dial with bold white numbers is also in the line-up. You will have to pay import duty and VAT if buying in the UK, which is probably about 25% in total – we still cannot get a straight answer on the charges, which vary according to the value of the watches and the delivery service used. Yes, the delivery companies are charging new paperwork fees on EU imports too.

Coming Soon on Kickstarter: Ferro 2.0 Pilot

This new pilot watch project from Ferro deploys in a few days time on Kickstarter, so it’s worth checking out. There is an old school mechanical, plus a full auto chronograph.

The Chrono pushers and onion crown give the Seiko powered model a 1960s vibe, plus an engraved WWII aircraft design on the caseback. The mechanical has a see-thru caseback with a natty propellor inside set atop the oscillating weight. Has a Miyota movement inside by the way. Then there’s a quartz cooking version.

Specs and prices TBA.

There are extra rewards available now as this Kick project has exceededits target by some margin;

“Since you all have been great, we wanted to sweeten all rewards.

On top of the free Travel Leather Pouches and Microfiber Cloths, we will be adding Free International Shipping.

To do so, we have created new Reward tiers with Free shipping which will be available from March 24th  at 12:00 AM PST. All you have to do is switch your current pledge with any of the new rewards you wish to make a pledge on.

The new rewards names are:

Super Early Deal Chrono 5021

Super Early Deal Automatic 8217

Super Early Deal Automatic 9015

(NEW OPTION) Super Early Deal Swiss Automatic 2824

Click here to read  instructions on how to change your rewards:”

More here. 


2021 Ball Roadmaster GMT Has Extra Jump Hour Feature

We love the Ball watch mindset; make high spec watches that compete with the best Swiss prestige brands, but retail them for about £2300, rather than 10K.

Good news for fellow Ball fans, the new 2021 Roadmaster Pilot GMT is equipped with two remarkable timekeeping functions. When travelling, simply push the quick-set buttons to jump the local 12-hour hand to its desired position without stopping the second hand. Then turn the crown to jump the date correctly into position, eliminating the need to circle the dial with the hour hand. OK , it’s no effort to set a GMT hand, but you have to admire the jump hour function feature as a little bit of extra tech that adds value to the Roadmaster.

Complete with a virtually-scratchproof ceramic bezel, amazingly bright micro gas lights and chronometer-grade precision, the Pilot GMT is an ingenious everyday watch for the modern explorer, say Ball.

Limited to 1,000 pieces each. Now available for pre-order until 6 January 2021 at an exclusive price of just under two grand, which is a very decent saving on the 2600 list price.

Kickstarter: STROND DC-3 Pilot is a Top Value 1930s Homage

We checked out the STROND DC-3 pilot watch on Kickstarter and liked what we saw. Powered by the trusty Seiko NH35 movement, with a sapphire crystal, see-thru caseback and chunky leather strap – or canvas option – this is a vintage style pilot watch, that captures the 1930s era of international flight.

With a 42mm case this is a mid-sized automatic that you can wear every day. Choice of black or cream coloured dial. Delivery is expected in November 2020, and prices start at just £249 which is very good value we think.

Updated 15.12.2020; The watch is now available for delivery from the Strond website, but the price is now £369

strond pilot 2

We love the onion crown and hands featuring a little splash of red near the tip. It is a really good looking watch for the money and no, we ain’t on commission!

More details here.