Our top picks for the petrol head from the most i mpor tant and ex­clu­sive watch show i n the wor l d, SIHH (Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de l a Haute Hor l ogerie) i n Geneva

Evo India - - WATCHES -

IWC Pi­lot’s Watch Chrono­graph Spit­fire Bronze ` 5.6 lakh*

This year, IWC ded­i­cated an en­tire col­lec­tion of watches to an ex­pe­di­tion of two pilots, who will fly a re­stored 1940s Sil­ver Spit­fire air­craft on its long­est flight ever! The jour­ney will have the leg­endary Bri­tish fighter air­craft cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world, cov­er­ing 43,000km. Our pick from the lot is a chrono­graph. IWC Pi­lot's watch Chrono­graph Spit­fire takes a few de­sign cues from the com­pany's age old Mark 11 watch. Mark 11 watches were orig­i­nally made for Royal air force in mid 20th cen­tury.

A con­tem­po­rary watch with mil­i­tary aes­thet­ics, IWC watch ref­er­ence IW387902 is hand­some in bronze case, olive green dial and brown calf leather strap. At 41mm, this IWC mar­tial is go­ing to be com­fort­able to sport in any weather. It dis­plays chrono­graph func­tion for hours, min­utes and sec­onds. There are win­dows for date and day and a sub­dial with hack­ing sec­onds. A soft-iron in­ner case pro­tects against mag­netic fields.

Pan­erai Sub­mersible Car­botech pan­ ` 13.6 lakh* (42mm) ` 14 lakh* (47mm)

Ad­mired by watch-lovers for its dis­tinc­tive cush­ion-shaped di­als, Pan­erai first shot to fame for devel­op­ing Ra­diomir watches for the Royal Ital­ian Navy com­man­dos dur­ing World War II. Sev­eral decades on, Pan­erai is still one of the top watch brands mak­ing gen­uinely use­ful and wear­able me­chan­i­cally pow­ered diver watches. What makes Pan­erai even more spe­cial is that it has never stopped in­no­vat­ing ways to make its prod­ucts, bet­ter. Car­botech is a ma­te­rial based on car­bon­fi­bre and is much lighter than com­mon ma­te­ri­als used to make watches, like ti­ta­nium and steel. Pan­erai was the first to in­tro­duced this ma­te­rial in the world of horol­ogy. The new Sub­mersible Car­botech watch will be sold in 42 and 47 mm di­am­e­ter di­als. Wa­ter-re­sis­tant to a depth of 300 me­tres, the all black dial glows beau­ti­fully in the dark with lu­mi­nous mark­ers and dots.

Mont­blanc Time­walker Au­to­matic Chrono­graph 41mm

mont­ ` 2.5 lakh*

Here's a watch that is one of the finest in­vest­ments you will make. This re­verse panda dial (be­cause it is black and white) is a cap­ti­vat­ing piece with sub di­als rem­i­nis­cent of the dash­boards of vin­tage race cars. Its stun­ning colour com­bi­na­tion qual­i­fies it to be adorned on the wrist from day to night. It is sporty, classy, vin­tage, cool, all at the same time. Small sec­onds of the watch are rep­re­sented on the sub dial at 9. Elapsed min­utes at 12, elapsed hours at 6. Date is shown on an aper­ture at 3. A pure racer's watch, the time­walker has a tachymeter en­graved on the fixed black ce­ramic bezel. The stain­less steel watch can be fas­tened around the wrist with a com­fort­able black per­fo­rated rub­ber strap

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