Almost everyone loves a pilot watch. There’s a purity of function to them–clean lines, simplicity, ease of use and, let’s face it, a bit of cockpit cool, too. But very few people decide to take their love for an aviation timepiece and turn it into metal.
So when we noticed a real buzz gathering on the forums around a particular new pilot watch on the forums, we sent Mark McArthur-Christie to investigate.
Back in February 2016, Milan-based Paulo Fanton posted on a well-known forum that he planned to make a pilot watch, modeled on his favorite aircraft clock–the A-13A. Plenty of people say they’re going to do something. Fewer actually do it. But the pictures proved that Paulo was better than his words.
He posted pictures of a flieger that not only looked perfectly designed, but showed a prototype watch. It was a four-hand chronograph–hours, minutes, seconds and a minute stopwatch. Brushed case. Nylon strap. And as classically clean as you like. Forum reactions can be mixed, but the A-13A got cleared for takeoff by almost everyone who saw it.
Now, nearly a year later, we’ve caught up with the man behind the watch as it prepares to launch–Paulo Fanton, engineer, motorcyclist and pilot.