5 Modern Watches With Historical Roots
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Heritage Pulsograph by Montblanc
Paying tribute to the traditions that first established the brand as a purveyor of exceptional timepieces, Montblanc is bringing vintage aesthetics to the forefront.
The result is subtle and innovative, with six 1940s- and ’50s-inspired models that prove newer isn’t always better.
Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition
To celebrate the year in which British pilots Steve Boultbee-Brooks and Matt Jones will attempt the first round-the-world Spitfire flight, the brand is releasing seven new Spitfire-inspired references.
Two different colour schemes are used across the seven references: a black dial paired with a green textile strap recalling the cockpit of an original Spitfire aircraft; and a bronze case, matte olive-green dial and brown calf-leather strap reminiscent of traditional military colours.
The collection features a wide range of options on the table, from the entry-level Automatic to the gargantuan 46.5mm Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar.
Reine de Naples 8918 by Breguet
Paying homage to its impressive history of watchmaking from 1775 to the present, Breguet’s dials and case backs continue to be engraved by craftsmen and women using equipment built more than 100 years ago.
Each piece even comes with Abraham-Louis’s hand-engraved signature, which was first etched into dials in 1795. The brand ensures its past translates into the present as its watches gain new technology but maintain timeless, classic styles.
Air Command Flyback Chronograph Limited Edition by Blancpain
The Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph Limited Edition was subsequently born, but only 12 prototypes were said to have been created, and the watch never made it to serial production.
Until now, that is. A 500-piece limited edition gives the Blancpain Air Command a new lease of life. This vintage military remake will be faithful to its predecessor, with slight modifications to keep the functions present with the times.
Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition by Breitling
The Navitimer Red. 806 Re-Edition has a stainless-steel case measuring in at precisely the same dimensions as its original model and an all-black dial with tone-on-tone chronograph counters. With painstaking attention to detail, the modern version even has a rotating beaded bezel with exactly 94 beads, just as the 1959 model sported.
The 2019 watch’s only concessions to modernity are increased water resistance and a Super-LumiNova coating in its 1959 units being produced this year.