This season’s aviation timepieces are handsome high-tech tools that offer New York collectors precision timing and soaring style.
Clockwise from top: This Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar watch ($11,300) houses the legendary El Primero automatic caliber 4054, which has 341 parts. The 5 Hz movement offers 50 hours of power reserve, as well as chronograph, day, date, and month indications. The caseback is engraved with the Zenith flying instruments logo. Tourneau, 12 E. 57th St., 212-758-7300
Bremont builds on its pilot watch heritage with this Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT watch ($6,450), made in partnership with the famous aerospace company. The grade Ti 6-4 titanium watch features an inner soft-iron, antimagnetic Faraday cage, Super-LumiNova on the dial and bezel, and anti-glare crystal. The automatic movement is a certified chronometer with GMT and 42 hours of power reserve. 501 Madison Ave., 212-321- 0012
From Wempe, this Aviator’s Chronograph XL watch ($3,580) is crafted in stainless steel with a 45mm case and a handmade Shell-Cordovan leather strap. The automatic watch features luminescent white markers and hands on a black dial for super-easy legibility. Wempe Jewelers, 700 Fifth Ave., 212-397-9000
This Breguet Type XXII flyback chronograph ($20,100), made in stainless steel, houses a self-winding movement with Breguet balance wheel, balance spring, lever, and escape wheel—all made in silicon. The watch, which offers a 24-hour and second time zone indicator, is the perfect addition to the Breguet collection, considering that the company once made airplanes. 711 Fifth Ave., 646-692-6469
Omega’s Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon chronograph ($12,000) celebrates the brand’s legacy in space travel. Crafted in ceramic with a sandblasted platinum dial, it features a Super-LuminNova tachymeter scale on the bezel. The watch is powered by the Omega Co-Axial Caliber 9300 chronograph movement with silicon balance spring. 711 Fifth Ave., 212-207-3333
From the Battle of the Bulge to infinity and beyond, the pilot watch has been an integral tool in the history of aviation. Highly engineered, innovative watches traveled with trailblazing aviators Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, broke the sound barrier with test pilot Chuck Yeager, and even made it to the moon with Neil Armstrong. As aviation and space travel soar into a high-tech future, so does the precision pilot watch. Top brands offer timepieces with the latest advancements in timekeeping, luminescence, and durability