For the past several years, Hamilton has been inviting watch press to a preview of their Basel novelties right here in New York City. It is a fun way to kick off the approaching release season, which begins in earnest later this month with SIHH. Yesterday, we visited with the Hamilton team at the Ace Hotel to see a sample of what the w&w-favorite has brewing for 2017.
First up is the Ventura series, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Hamilton has expanded the line to include a handful of new SKUs, among them a series of PVD and gold-plated watches, another with a 3D-printed “denim” dial, and the Ventura Elvis Skeleton—an homage paying tribute to The King himself. The latter is mechanical (with quartz powering the rest of the Ventura releases), and it’s driven by the automatic 80-hour H-10-S movement that can be seen through the skeletonized dial.