Hamil­ton

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Baselworld 2018 -

We ap­pre­ci­ate the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono Lim­ited Edi­tion for the sheer bril­liance of the dri an­gle cal­cu­la­tor on a watch.

2018 marks a cen­te­nary of Hamil­ton “tim­ing the skies” as the brand calls it. Most of its re­leases this year tie in with the an­niver­sary but the Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono takes the cake. To put it sim­ply, the dri an­gle cal­cu­la­tor helps to de­fine how many de­grees a plane needs to be cor­rected if it’s caught in a cross­wind sit­u­a­tion. The Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono has two crowns at two and four o’clock, which con­trol the lower and up­per bezel re­spec­tively al­low­ing you to find said an­gle.

The real deal of the watch for the folk who aren’t crazy enough to look at their wrists while fly­ing a plane, is that it’s the first ETA Valjoux 7750 chrono­graph move­ment to be equipped with a sil­i­con hair­spring, in­creas­ing its anti-mag­netic re­sis­tance. We’re ex­pect­ing to see more of the Swatch Group chrono­graphs fol­low­ing this pa ern fu her down the line. Over the last cou­ple of years, Co­rum has in­tro­duced plenty of changes in its col­lec­tions but none has been as pop­u­lar as the resur­gence of the Bub­ble range. Their de­ci­sion to play with dif­fer­ent a styles and im­agery on the mag­ni­fied di­als has a racted a younger crowd who may not care as much about the in­ner work­ings of a watch. This year, how­ever, Co­rum in­tro­duced a Bub­ble that makes watch geeks ev­ery­where stand up and take no­tice. The new Bub­ble 47 Swoosh (an in­ter­est­ing name) dis­plays a cen­tral tour­bil­lon with ro­tat­ing in­di­ca­tors to tell the hours and min­utes on pe­riph­eral discs.

The watch is an ab­so­lute looker with the cen­tral­ly­po­si­tioned com­pli­ca­tion. Co­rum has man­aged to achieve the tech­ni­cal feat of ar­rang­ing said tour­bil­lon in such a way that it’s hid­den. So it’s still a play­ful Bub­ble, keep­ing to the col­lec­tion’s ethos. The watch comes in a ti­ta­nium case with ei­ther a syn­thetic strap with rub­ber lin­ing (pic­tured) or on a ti­ta­nium Mi­lanese-style bracelet. An­other vari­ant sees the case fin­ished in a black PVD­coated ti­ta­nium case with a rose gold bezel and crown.

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