Hemel Watches first came onto the scene in early 2016 with the field watch-inspired HM series launched on Kickstarter. The four-watch collection utilized the same case with different dial and hand combinations to capture several field watch styles, pulling from some obvious historical references in the design. Hemel is back with another military-inspired collection—the HFT20 chronograph series—this time borrowing from Type 20/21 watches produced around the ‘50s for the French military by brands like Dodane and Breguet.
The HFT20 is a two-register chronograph with a clean and highly-legible dial, a rotating bezel available in two distinct variants, and it comes with one of two Seiko power plants: an automatic NE88 caliber, or a VK64 Meca-Quartz. The two models are distinguished primarily by their bezels, with the HF1 featuring a ceramic insert with a diver’s scale, and the HF2 fitted with a milled stainless steel bezel with a 12-hour index for tracking an additional time zone. Both will be offered with either movement.