Up in the air with Hamilton

Nicolas Ivanoff, Hamilton ambassador and aerobatic in team world champion embarks our tick-tack fanatic in an incredible aerial adventure. Between, loops, barrel rolls and Cuban-eight, our watchmaking specialist went high but stayed on Earth to present the new Khaki Aviation Pilot watches.

By Chloé Redler

Hamilton and aviation, a linked history

Funded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Hamilton shares its history with the watches which accompanied the pioneers of aviation. The Maison which celebrated in 2018 its 100th Anniversary of aerial timing can be proud to have guided numerous pilots in their cockpit. Indeed, in 1918 its flight instruments were the official chronometers of the first postal flights between Washington, Philadelphia and New York.

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In 1926 as well, a model of the watchmaking brand timed the first flight to the North Pole. Strong from its expertise on the matter, Hamilton became the official brand of the four main flight companies in the United-States. Over the decades, the brand developed numerous partnerships with military squadron, air rescue services, aerobatic teams and with what interests us today, aerobatic pilots from all around the globe like Nicolas Ivanoff.

Nicolas Ivanoff, a high-flying ambassador

Nicolas Ivanoff, Hamilton ambassador since 2005.

Official timer since 2017 of the Red Bull Air Race, the aerobatic world championship, Hamilton created long before a strong partnership (since 2005) with Nicolas Ivanoff, a brilliant aerobatic pilot. Dreaming of car racing from a young age, his path went another way. He obtained his flying license, became a flight instructor and discovered aerobatics by chance.

Nicolas Ivanoff, nicknamed the “Quick Corsican”.

Ivanoff started competition at the beginning of the 1990s and joined the French aerobatic team in 1997. Nicknamed the “Quick Corsican” he is known throughout the world, flying the Edge 540 V2 Hamilton.

Nicolas Ivanoff is an aerobatic pilot and winner of the Red Bull Air Race.

Today, he embarks our tick-tack fanatic in an incredible aerial adventure. Between loops, barrel rolls and Cuban-eight, our watchmaking specialist went high but stayed on Earth to present the new Khaki Aviation Pilot watches.

The Khaki Aviation Pilot collection

The Khaki Aviation Pilot watches reflect the spirit of adventure and exploration associated with the collection.

This new watch squadron is composed of seven models. Four are in 36 mm and three in 42 mm. Faithful to the adventure spirit of the Khaki line, the 36 mm watches house the H-10 automatic calibre and the 42 mm the H-30 calibre which displays in addition day and date in an aperture at 3 o’clock. Both watches offer an 80-hour power reserve and are equipped with a non-magnetic spiral Nivachron™.

The hands are covered with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1.

As in every pilot watch, each piece stands out by the legibility of its dial. The triangle at 12 o’clock is luminescent, the hands are big and covered with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1, which luminescence duration is superior to a classic coating.

In addition, the index are set on the rehaut to give some space to the minutes numbers, bigger than the hours’ and placed below the minutes.

The 36 mm editions are available in a steel-on-steel version, with a night blue or black dial. More trendy and feminine, the steel model with a PVD rose gold coating is in perfect harmony with the dial’s intense shade of blue and the strap in old rose leather. The watch with the silver dial and white leather strap is perfect for this summer.

Both 42 mm versions adorn a neo-vintage style. For one, a khaki dial and a double hole brown leather strap – characteristic of Hamilton’s watches –, for the other, a silver dial and a light brown leather strap.

Khaki Aviation Pilot Auto 36 mm – Available with a blue or a black dial.

The steel-on-steel model with blue dial ends the presentation of this line fit for the air… and definitely within its time.

€1,075 – in 36 and 42 mm, steel with leather strap
€1,155 – in 36 and 42 mm, steel-on-steel
€1,155 – in 36 and 42 mm, steel with rose gold coloured PVD coating

Click here to read the full Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Auto technical sheet.


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