This month we have a perpetual calendar, a diver’s watch, a chronograph and one which pays tribute to IAF’s first supersonic fighter jet, writes Hiren Kumar Bose
FREDERIQUE CONSTANT Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture
These two new additions to its first in-house Perpetual Calendar (FC-775 calibre) in a refined polished stainless steel, or rose gold-plated polished stainless case in a contemporary size with the sub-dials placed at an ideal distance from the centre of the watch maintains the overall visual harmony of the dial design. As a Perpetual Calendar, this timepiece not only indicates the lunar cycles but also the minutes, hours, date, day, month and year in four digits; each placed strategically to offer an aesthetically pleasant and easy-to-read dial. The date is indicated at 3 o’clock, the day of the week at 9 o’clock, the month at 12 o’clock as well as the leap year, in a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Every single complication can be easily adjusted via the correctors. Once adjusted, this highly sophisticated mechanism will take into account the months with 30 and 31 days, the 28 days of February and also the leap year cycle with the return of 29 of February every four years. Normally, this watch shouldn’t require any manual correction before 400 years, but as there is an exception in the Gregorian Calendar, the watch will need to be adjusted on March 1st 2100. Both offer a clear reading, featuring the month, date, day of the week and year, as well hours, minutes, leap year and a moon phase indicator.
CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi ScubaTec Black Manta Special Edition
The distinctive diver’s watch is not just dedicated to the oceans optically and technically; it also supports their protection. With this COSC-certified timepiece, the brand demonstrates its commitment, as part of its long-standing partnership with the Manta Trust charitable organisation, to the conservation of the oceans and of a particularly rare species: the black manta ray. The watch brand also relies on sustainable materials in the process. The 44.6mm titanium watch unites an elegant sporty aesthetic with robustness, useful functions, and water resistance of up to 500 m. It boasts a DLC coating whose black hue contrasts with the case’s bronze-coloured elements, as a tribute to historic diving helmets. Super-LumiNova adorns the indices and hands, which frame the silhouettes of two manta rays on the black dial. The unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel enables the wearer to set the dive time – one of the watch’s safety features, alongside the automatic helium release valve. The DLC-coated titanium case back features a detailed engraving of a black manta ray. The timepiece is powered by a CFB 1950.1 calibre automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. Its high level of precision has earned it official chronometer certification from the independent Swiss Chronometer Institute (COSC). Each watch is accompanied by an individual COSC certificate.
FAVRE-LEUBA Raider Sea Sky
The new dial variants in brilliant yellow or bright orange lend a unique, unorthodox style and zest for life, to this highly functional companion for modern explorers. Water-resistant to 200 m, it combines the functionality of a chronograph with the practical benefits of a unidirectional rotating bezel that allows new reference points to be set time and time again. With its Swiss automatic movement, the 44mm Raider Sea Sky provides reliable current time information in its familiar analogue form. As a chronograph, however, it also measures seconds, minutes, and hours, and displays these precisely with the aid of a central chronograph seconds hand and two counters at 3 and 6 o’clock. The stop mechanism is supplemented by a small-seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
BANGALORE WATCH COMPANY™ MiG 21 Type 77
In the spirit of producing world-class mechanical watches that tell stories from India, Bangalore Watch Company™ new watch collection is inspired by the Indian Air Force, the MACH 1 Collection. MACH 1 is a Pilot-style Watch Collection that pays tribute to the First Supersonic Fighter Jet of the Indian Air Force, the MiG 21 Type 77. MiG 21 FL Type 77 (NATO Codenamed FISHBED) was the first supersonic fighter jet of the Indian Air Force. Produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) under license from the Soviet Union, and inducted into the Indian Air Force in the early 1960s, the plane played a critical role during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation Campaign. Originally meant to be a ‘spot interceptor’, the plane went on to provide an air-superiority umbrella so strong that enemy planes were grounded in fear of being downed by the MiG 21. The collection includes a special edition of 21 pieces named MACH 1X, which contain cockpit-inspired dials made of materials recovered from the skin of decommissioned Indian Air Force MiG 21 aircraft.