One of the cooler items to come out of BaselWorld 2012, in the accessible category, was the limited edition Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer. This 46mm, Unitas 6498-2 powered time piece paid close respect to the Marine Chronometers Hamilton manufactured in the during WWII for Naval vessels.
While most horological eyes have been turned towards Geneva this week for SIHH 2014, a smaller, quieter, but no less exciting, unveiling occurred in frost bitten, snow sunken New York City. At Swatch group’s new Hour Passion store and showroom, located on 34th street, Hamilton revealed a handful of their 2014 novelties.
These vintage Swiss-made chronographs from a storied American brand combine great looks and quality mechanics at an affordable price.
World War I soldiers, rather than carrying impractical pocket watches on fobs, found it much more convenient to wear pocket watches attached to their wrists via leather straps. Pocket watches were made to go on the wrist via two methods: watches were slipped into leather pouches that were strapped to the wrist, or wire lugs were attached to the case to take a strap.
From the beginning of its existence, the watch has been an information tool, giving its wearer some piece of intelligence that he wouldn’t have on his own. Perhaps nowhere is that truer or better realized than in the military watch.
Sometimes art imitates life, to a degree, as in the case of this month’s Watches on the Screen. Once-on-top-of-the-world action star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself as a down-on-his-luck out of work actor in the 2008 film, JCVD.