BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition
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    BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition

    Hamilton Air Zermatt - Made for professionals

    Presenting the Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Editions

    Since 2011, Hamilton has been a proud partner of the world-famous Air Zermatt mountain rescue service. The pilots’ expertise allows us to develop timepieces which fit their needs in terms of design and functionality. In 2018, Hamilton has produced two special watches to mark the team’s 50th anniversary.

    Air Zermatt is arguably the most famous air rescue service in the world. It employs 65 people and operates nine helicopters across three bases in the beautiful Valais region of Switzerland, which is famous for its towering peaks, including the Matterhorn. It’s a long way from the service’s humble beginnings with one helicopter, one pilot and one mechanic in 1968.

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    The Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Air Zermatt Limited Edition houses the H-21-Si, the first Hamilton chronograph movement with a silicon hairspring. This material makes the movement more precise as silicon is non-magnetic and less sensitive to shocks. The former is an important feature for pilots because they often stay in environments with high magnetic fields, such as airports. In addition, the movement has been precision certified by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) as a chronometer.

    The difference is in the detail

    Just 100 pieces of the Limited Edition Air Zermatt watch will be made. 50 pieces will be presented to the Air Zermatt team and the remaining 50 will be made available for sale exclusively in Switzerland. In addition to limited edition numbering, each watch bears the name and serial number of one of Air Zermatt’s helicopters from the past 50 years, or one of the service’s main landing spots to differentiate it, making each piece unique

    The watch also features the Air Zermatt logo on the metal rivets of the leather strap and on the counterweight of the second hand. The team’s distinctive bright blue glacial accents are featured throughout the multilevel black dial, while the characteristically X-shape visible between the pushers and crowns surrounding the case complete the sporty look.

    The Khaki Pilot Day Date is the second Air Zermatt special edition. The ultra-readable black dial with contrasting numerals and indexes in blue Super-LumiNova® ensures accurate dial reading even during night flights, while the H-40 automatic movement with 80-hour power reserve makes sure your watch is always ready to fly.

    These watches are the third and fourth that Hamilton and Air Zermatt as aviation innovators have developed together following the Khaki Flight Timer and Khaki Takeoff Auto Chrono Limited Edition. They represent the strength of our partnership and Hamilton’s commitment to serving the flying community.

    Technical information

    Hamilton Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Air Zermatt Limited Edition (H77776531)

    Case: 45mm stainless steel with rotating bezel

    Dial: Black dial with three counters and blue details

    Hands: Nickeled hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova®, blue and white lacquered seconds hand with Air Zermatt logo counterweight

    Movement: Automatic chronograph H-21-Si with 60-hour power reserve and day date function

    Strap: Brown leather strap with H buckle and Air Zermatt logo rivet

    Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides

    Water resistance: 10 bar (100 m)

    Special features: COSC certified, limited edition 100 pieces, silicon hairspring
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    Re: BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition

    I'm not a pilot, and so I suppose not the intended customer, but I'd want a much cleaner look. There's too much going on here. Given that half of the pieces will be presented to the rescue service, I wonder how functional it is for them.

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    Re: BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by cav007 View Post
    I'm not a pilot, and so I suppose not the intended customer, but I'd want a much cleaner look. There's too much going on here. Given that half of the pieces will be presented to the rescue service, I wonder how functional it is for them.
    It will not only be presented to the rescue service, these watches have been developed together with Air Zermatt. I‘d think they talked about readability during their cooperation......
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    Re: BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition

    You are correct, you are not the intended customer.

    This is a real pilots watch, designed around the daily requirements of aircrew on a very specific airframe. I'm sure the 'whiz-wheel' and various other inner and outer bezel markings are indispensable when calculating things like fuel burn rates, true airspeed/groundspeed, rate of climb/descent, time to distance, etc. etc., not to mention component warm-up, bleed down, and duty cycle limitations.

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    Re: BaselWorld Preview 2018: Hamilton Air Zermatt Anniversary Special Edition

    not sure about all these new Hamilton straps though...

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