Thursday, February 23, 2017

HAMILTON – Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Black

HAMILTONKhaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono Black PVD Steel 45 mm

Hamilton’s Khaki Aviation X-Wind line heads for new heights as the brand launches a new interpretation of its iconic X-Wind collection.

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It was a Hamilton watch used on the first US postal service flight between Washington and New York, so aviation is nothing new to the brand whose prestigious aviation heritage dates back to 1919 and has included the rank of official supplier to the US Armed Forces since 1914. Geared toward the skyward bound, working with leading air squadrons and world famous pilots, Hamilton’s Khaki Aviation line is renowned for providing classic aviator styling and functions specific to pilots’ needs. Bursting with character rooted in aviation and the instruments that guide it, immeasurably technical and painstakingly precise, the big, aggressive Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono is no exception to this rule.

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Racy black PVD decor underscores the line’s close ties with aviation, emphasizing its reputation for precision and technicity. A black leather strap is the finishing touch to the dark good looks of the new generation Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono which sports a robust 45 mm diameter with five characteristically chunky side elements in the form of an X and contrasting silver detail.

A place in another league

It goes without saying that the stainless steel with black PVD coating case of the latest iteration of the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono naturally houses what really sets the X-Wind apart: one of the world’s first drift angle calculator in a watch. This enables pilots to accurately calculate and record the crosswinds they will encounter on their planned journey.

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Water-resistant to 10 bars (100 meters), the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono is powered by a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement that has been modified into the Hamilton caliber H-21 – upping the power reserve to an appropriately muscular 60 hours.

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Each of the three counters feature stylized metal overlays complemented by two-tone brushed metal detailing around the day and date aperture at 9 o’clock, resulting in a singularly industrial look with a fascinating 3D effect.

Technical Specifications

Model: Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono

Reference: H77736733 Black 45

Automatic caliber H-21 ( ETA Valjoux 7750)
60 hours of power reserve
12-hour chronograph,
small second and 30-minute counters  at 12, 3 and 6 o’clock
Day Date window at 9 o’clock
Material    Stainless steel with black PVD coating, screw-down crown
Diameter Ø 45 mm
Multi-level black dial
Hours and minutes hands with Super-LumiNova®
Central chronograph seconds hand
Sapphire with double antireflective coating
Water resistance    10 bar (100m)
Black leather strap
Stainless steel H-buckle with black PVD coating

Retail Price:  CHF 2.150.00

Hamilton International Ltd.
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Mattenstrasse 149
2503­­ Biel/Bienne

Telephone +41 32 343 38 63
Telefax +41 32 343 38 61
For further information:
Hamilton International
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HUBLOTBIG BANG Unico Magic SAPPHIRE Chronograph Edition



When the magic of the basic pieces reinvented by Hublot
happens beneath the transparency of sapphire

Over the years, Hublot has promoted aesthetic and chromatic codes and materials to the ranks of distinctive benchmarks. The BIG BANG Unico Magic Sapphire brings together several of these, as evoked by its very name: an iconic watch, a Hublot movement, a historic signature and an acclaimed innovative material. Drawing on the mastery and expertise acquired in machining sapphire, it is pushing the boundaries even further by optimising the components while simplifying the construction of the case. Invisible visibility or visible invisibility, no concept can exist without its own opposite, and Hublot confirms the adage by blending the visible and the invisible.

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In 2016, Hublot wrote a new page of its history, a first in terms of the machining of sapphire that it made more ‘widespread’ by successfully shaping it for more than just very limited series. Capitalising on this unique savoir-faire, it cut 500 new BIG BANG cases out of this material that is almost as hard as a diamond. A complex material, the most scratch-resistant and the most crystalline that exists, sculpted into the form of the iconic BIG BANG case.

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In its ongoing quest for excellence, Hublot combined all the experience it had acquired from the BIG BANG Unico Sapphire and Big Bang Unico Sapphire All Black models onto the development of this new edition. A watch in ‘less is more’ mode featuring a simplified construction that is easier to assemble and, in addition, offers greater transparency and resistance. A greater visibility inside the case which no longer has titanium inserts for the bezel and the back. A greater shock resistance with one-piece components for the bezel and the back.

Game of opposites

A fusion of the visible and the invisible, the Big Bang Unico Magic Sapphire, a watch that makes the complex simple, and the ordinary extraordinary, and yet seems to be of a completely natural obviousness. The middle, bezel and back of the case display total transparency and contrast with the finishing and textures of the dial which have assumed the emblematic aesthetic ‘Black Magic’ codes — a black skeleton dial sporting the iconic red second hand.

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As for the strap, it comes in natural black rubber, the historic material of the brand. The duality between the visible and the invisible sets the tone for this piece. Under the effect of the transparency and the skeletal aspect, the mechanics of Unico HUB124 manufacture movement and its column wheel positioned on the dial side come into play. In terms of water resistance, this new edition can be used for diving up to 50 metres.

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A piece that confirms Hublot’s pioneering and audacious spirit, having punctuated its history with innovations and firsts, the driving force behind its achievements nourished by its experience, curiosity and furious desire to always move forward. After months of developments, investments of several million and without making it lose its unique nature and rarity, Hublot has now raised sapphire to the ranks of its distinctive and exclusives ‘basic pieces’.

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Which boundary will be challenged next?


References 411.JX.1170.RX  - Limited edition of 500 pieces

Diameter: 45 mm,
Made from Polished sapphire crystal
Polished sapphire crystal
6 H-shaped Titanium screws — sunken, polished and blocked
Sapphire with interior/exterior anti-reflective coating and Hublot logo
Bezel Lugs: Polished transparent composite resin
Lateral inserts: Black composite     
Titanium with satin finish
Push-pieces:  Satin-finished Titanium
Polished sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 ATM, i.e. approx. 50 metres  
Black matt, skeleton
    Counter ring at 9 o'clock (small second)     
    Counter ring at 3 o'clock (chronograph minute)     
White Luminescent Superluminova™
Caliber – HUB 1242  UNICO movement developed and manufactured by Hublot
Automatic chronograph flyback with column wheel and double coupling visible on dial side
Date: Window at 3 o'clock     
Power reserve: Approximately 72 hours    
Strap material
Black structured ribbed rubber
Interchangeable system.
Clasp: Titanium deployant buckle

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