The Best Pilot Watches You Should Know

Wristwatches have been a part of aviation since its inception. In fact, one of the first purpose-specific men’s wristwatches ever made was for a pilot friend of Louis Cartier back in 1904 (the iconic Santos watch). Generally speaking, pilot watches sport an oversized dial with clean, legible numbers and luminous hands. To make reading the time even easier, the dial is usually black with white numbering. Here are 2 best pilot watches to buy in 2017.

Breitling Exospace B55

Breitling is one of the most famous, recognized and popular Swiss luxury watch brands and watchmakers in the world. The brand is often referred to as “instruments for professionals” and the brand is often associated with aviation and civilian and military pilots. As the picture shows below, this replica Breitling UK will be among the best pilot watches to buy in 2017.

With exclusive SuperQuartz movement and original functions tailor made for pilots, the Breitling Exospace B55 is particularly noteworthy for its features, but its look is also just as appealing. Colour-wise, it is visually bright and vivid, with bold black and neon cobalt features, making this timepiece ideal for the gent who prefers something a bit more striking on his wrist. The brand describes it as future-oriented and optimally comfortable to wear.

Oris Big Crown Propilot Date

Oris is known for producing automatic or mechanical watches only. Watch enthusiasts around the world regard Oris as an exclusive Swiss brand which offers affordable mechanical watches. Oris’ watches are sturdy, robust, practical, and made for everyday use, and are characterized by their bulky build, and red colored rotor fitted inside their automatic movements. As the picture shows below, this Oris will be among the best pilot watches to buy in 2017.

This pilots’ watch from Oris achieves optimal legibility thanks to its matte dial and impossible-to-overlook hands and numerals, which are coated with plenty of luminous material. The big crown can be operated while wearing gloves. The textile strap is steplessly adjustable thanks to a clamping system; the clasp works like the buckle on a seatbelt aboard an aircraft. With a date display on its dial and a time- tested automatic movement inside its case, this watch offers everything you need. Stainless steel, 41 mm, Sellita SW 220, automatic.

3  Black-on-Black Watches We Can’t Get Out of Our Heads

In the world of watches, the black-on-black trend has been hot for many years. It’s not a new look by any means, but it has shown staying power. “All-black” watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have always remained attractive. Here are 3 very cool  black-on-black watches released in recent years.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

There is a true fact: the astronauts who landed on the moon wore Omega watches, so it’s only fitting that the brand create the Speedmaster Moonwatch as a tribute to their place in history and as a nod to the “dark side of the moon.” Crafted out of black zirconium oxide ceramic and featuring high-end touches like 18K white gold hands (as well as multiple chronographs, chronometers, and a tachymeter), this is a watch that should be on your must-buy list.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver joined the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication and Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph as part of the brand’s celebration of 20 years of its Royal Oak Offshore watch. It is the third such model to be introduced, and the first to be offered in a ceramic case. The case, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, also includes a bezel and easy-grip crowns made of deep-black, high-tech ceramic — a material that is approximately seven times harder than steel and extremely scratch-resistant. It’s a perfect watch suitable for all sorts of activities.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Black Dial Watch

Tag Heuer continually gets things right when it comes to watches that blend athletic influences with the performance of the best sport watches on the planet. The Replica Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Watch certainly echoes that sentiment, with a carbide coated steel case, a super-sharp black strap and a dial that’s one part sporty and a whole lot stylish. It’s made with scratch-resistant sapphire and a dial design that’s readable and sharp, yet not overly gaudy. Pick this watch up, and be prepared to hit the road in style — it’s a watch made for all sorts of adventures, day or night.

3 Things You Should Know About Watches

Watch Movements

Movement encompasses not only the sweep of a watch’s hands around its face, but the way its inner mechanisms produce that effect. A watch’s movement is fundamental in how it works and keeps time — consider it the “heart” of the watch. Watch movements come in three types: mechanical, automatic, and quartz. And for some enthusiasts, owning a mechanical watch isn’t just about telling time, it’s a way to express their appreciation for history, refinement, and craftsmanship.

Watch Straps

A different strap can transform a watch’s appearance to the point that onlookers would think that it’s a completely new timepiece. Most strap styles fall into the following categories: 1. NATO StrapsCrafted from nylon, NATO straps are simple and lightweight, yet hardwearing; 2. Metal BraceletsMany watch strap styles fit within this category, with materials varying from classic stainless steel to revolutionary titanium. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury, you could choose a gold bracelet; 3. Leather StrapsNo watch strap collection is complete without some fine leather. If you have a vintage watch that needs a makeover, a handmade leather strap will do the trick. There are lots of leather styles available, from military styles to sophisticated Italian leather.

Watch Care Tips

Like any item of value, a luxury watch should be taken care of. By bearing the following tips in mind, your best replica watches UK will remain faithful to you for many years to come: 1. Get it serviced- Every 3-5 years, you should visit a watch expert to get your timepiece serviced; 2. Storing- When not being worn, your watch should be stored in a quality watch box away from damp and extreme temperatures; 3. Wind daily- If you own a mechanical watch, make sure you wind it every day, even when it is not in use; 4. Wear regularly- Regular wear makes it easier to keep your watch in good condition. Good luxury watches are made to be worn, so their natural habitat is on the wrist; 5. Take care- Even the most durable timepieces can break under force. Remove your watch for very strenuous activities such as chopping wood or playing rugby.

3 Reasons Why You Need A Luxury Watch

Luxury watches are a status symbol

Luxury Watches have often served as status symbols for many, many years, often being a key indicator of a person’s taste levels and wealth. Timepieces can make strong statements about the person wearing them, with many wearing different watches for multiple occasions in order to give exactly the right impression. The wearing of a luxury timepiece is a tangible representation of success and achievement, certain to be noticed and noted by the rest of the world. This by far will help a person to stand above the rest.  Many men buy watches as a symbol of a milestone within their lives. Whether they are celebrating that dream job, got an exclusive promotion, are getting married or are having a child, watches can hold memories for many people, and thus they are purchased at a high points in a man’s life.

Luxury watches are of exclusivity, luxury and longevity

High end watches offer exclusivity. It isn’t rare for a luxury brand to make limited numbers of the watches they offer. The materials used are often precious metals like gold and silver, with many featuring diamonds and other gemstones to add to the extravagance. The top designers of luxury watches each make a product that is recognized as possessing unmatched quality, extraordinary workmanship, meticulous attention to detail, inimitable style, and most of all, a classic design that can endure for decades. For instance, replica Swiss Rolex is something much more than a simple timepiece. It is a piece of art, a true exclusiveness and extreme reliability and accuracy.  With high-end watches, you do get what you pay for in terms of exclusivity, luxury and longevity. Luxury watches have been proven to be kept alive for many future generations, too, provided they are taken to trained specialists for servicing around every three to five years.

Luxury watches make you stand out from the crowd

Luxury watches are not just a watch, its art and hard work of the craftsmen. It takes skilled professionals many man hours to craft a single luxury watch. No matter how advance the technology become there is nothing like a costly beautiful watch. Wearing a luxury watch will make you stand out from the crowd because there are few statement symbols and luxury accessories that say more about the owner then their choice of timepiece.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

I still vividly remember the first time I read about the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 – it was in a watch magazine in my hotel room in Taipei while on a work trip. And I thought to myself, what horological sorcery is this? Using magnets and balls to tell time? But that is exactly the kind of work and the kind of watch that independent watchmaker Christophe Claret is all about – watches that are innovative, technically impressive, and designed to evoke watch-lust. For 2017, Christophe Claret is revisiting the X-TREM-1 and is giving enthusiasts a new version of this creatively designed watch called the X-TREM-1 StingHD.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

The new Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD was designed in collaboration with StingHD, a New York-based jewelry and accessories company known for making men’s bracelets with exotic leathers like stingray and python. They are also apparently known for their use of the skull motif. The watch keeps the key components that made the original X-TRME-1 so special. There’s an inclined flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which also displays the running seconds, and the retrograde hour and minutes displays are still shown using a series of belts, magnets, and two small steel balls. What has changed, however, are the overall aesthetics of the watch.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD comes in a PVD-treated Grade 5 titanium case that measures 40.8mm across, 56.8mm tall, and rated water-resistant to 30m. Across the large sapphire crystal that covers much of the face of the watch is the brand’s name emblazoned in bright red. On the sides of the case, the hour and minute indicators are inscribed with red lacquer and feature red Super-LumiNova lines underneath to provide some nighttime legibility.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

The two sapphire crystal tubes for the metal spheres displaying the time are held in place by stainless steel rings – also given a black PVD treatment. Continuing this all-black theme are the hollowed, also PVD-treated metal spheres within the two sapphire tubes.

To match the case, the watch comes with a black stingray strap with red stitching. Owners will also get to personalize an additional strap. But that’s not all, in addition to the two straps, they will get another complimentary handcrafted bracelet that features a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes. The straps and the handcrafted bracelet were both designed by StingHD.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

The skull treatment doesn’t end there. Look closely and you will see that the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock has a new tourbillon cage that has been conceived by StingHD. The tourbillon cage has been redesigned to incorporate a black chrome-plated aluminum skull that is a signature of the brand’s jewelry. And as if that weren’t enough, the skull even features rubies for its eyes, which makes it look even more menacing. And around the periphery of the tourbillon is signed StingHD.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is Christophe Claret’s FLY11 caliber. It is a hand-wound movement that features over 432 components and uses two barrels, one for the movement gear train, and the other for the time indications. To match the rest of the watch, the movement in the X-TREM-1 StingHD has been given a matching black PVD finish. And considering the complexity of the movement, the power reserve is pretty decent at 50 hours.

But that’s not all – the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD has yet another a trick up its sleeve. While the front-facing sapphire crystal gives owners unrestricted view of the movement within, breathing hot air onto it will cause a white skull to reveal itself. It is pretty gimmicky, but nonetheless, a very cool and playful feature that I’m sure owners will have lots of fun with.

Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD Watch Watch Releases

Clearly, because of the unique aesthetics of the Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD, this watch is not for everyone. But if you like a) black watches, b) skulls, c) something edgy, or d) all of the above, then this watch may be for you. Personally, I like it when watchmakers exhibit a sense of fun and humor, and this watch is certainly has a bit of a mischievous quality about it. The Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 StingHD is limited to just 8 pieces with a price of 278,000 CHF each.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

Emmanuel Bouchet is one of the youngest independent watch brands around. Founded in 2015, its first watch was the Complication One, which displayed time in a rather unusual fashion using sapphire discs that formed subdials. Now, two years later, the brand has announced its second watch, and it is plainly named the EB02. Compared to the Complication One, the EB02 is a simpler watch and about half the price. It displays the time only, but don’t let that fool you – the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 is no less exquisite.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

Before we talk about the watches, it is necessary to talk a bit about the man behind them. Emmanuel Bouchet might not be a household name yet, but watch lovers should certainly keep tabs on this brand. The founder, Emmanuel Bouchet, is actually no stranger to watchmaking and high horology. Bouchet was actually the genius behind the epic Harry Winston Opus 12 watch from 2012 which displayed time using a complex series of spinning indicators. Though the Emmanuel Bouchet Complication One (reviewed here and seen hands-on here in more executions) and the new EB02 watches don’t have spinning indicators, the two watches still embody the sensitivities and philosophies that Bouchet brings to watchmaking.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

Alright, now back to the EB02. The Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 comes in a 39mm case, available in 18k white gold and 18k rose gold. It is also relatively thin, coming in at just 9.5mm. It might look simple, but if you take a closer look, you will find that the case is actually quite unusual. For example, it doesn’t actually have a bezel and the case profile itself is actually quite wavy and organic. Next, pay attention to the aperture of the dial and also the highly domed sapphire crystal. This accentuates the three-dimensional qualities of the dial and makes it seem as if the subdials are floating in space.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

The Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 will come with a black lacquer dial or a white mother of pearl dial. From the press photos here, they look absolutely sublime. Both dials have a very liquid and crystalline look. But if these two dials are not your taste, Emmanuel Bouchet will also allow clients to customize their own lacquer dials.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

As I mentioned earlier, the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 is a much less complex watch than the Complication One. At 12 o’clock, you have a sapphire disc that displays the time in simple hours and minutes. And at around 7 o’clock beneath it is another subdial that shows the running seconds and also doubles as a day/night indicator. For users who want a little more pizzazz, there is the option to add diamonds on the dial. These diamonds will be suspended on “Emmanuel Bouchet cones” from 3 to 6 o’clock. As far as diamond dials are concerned, this is possibly the most subtle and graceful implementation that I have seen. Sure, some might think of it as a little gimmicky, but I think the overall effect is actually quite cool and it gives owners the opportunity to dress up the dial a little in a very elegant manner that doesn’t scream Look at me! too much.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is the new caliber Emmanuel Bouchet EB89F, which is also the brand’s first automatic movement. It relies on a micro-rotor for winding, which also explains how Emmanuel Bouchet managed to keep the watch so thin. It has a single barrel and offers a power reserve of 45 hours. The movement is designed to be shaped like a butterfly and the main bridges are satin-finished and beveled. In addition, they have small cutouts that showcase the gear train below. Beneath the rotor and main plates is also some perlage decoration.

Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 Watch Watch Releases

With the watch industry facing tough times, the new Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 represents an attempt by the brand at offering more accessible and value-for-money pieces. That is not to say that Emmanuel Bouchet has suddenly become a mainstream watch brand – no, the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 will still be produced in extremely limited numbers and will still feature very high levels of craftsmanship and handwork. But, it is significantly more affordable than the Complication One watch. For lovers of independent watchmaking, the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 presents an attractive proposition because of its sublime dial, customizability, and beautiful movement. The Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 in 18k white gold and rose gold is priced at 49,800 Swiss francs. With diamonds on the dial, it is priced at 57,000 Swiss francs. Only 18 pieces in white gold and 18 pieces in rose gold will be made.