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Mens luxury watches are made for performing at great heights

by 29 October 2010

With over 5,000 flight hours and the certification for eight different types of aircraft, John Travolta is Breitling’s ambassador for the 6th consecutive year in 2010. In the striking advertising campaign, American photographer Patricia von Ah captured the celebrity pilot at the famous Reno Air Races in Nevada. Travolta champions Breitling’s “Instruments for Professionals,” such as the new, limited edition Navitimer with 2000 pieces available in steel and 200 in red gold. What makes this Navitimer so special is its Calibre 01, which is Breitling’s first-ever movement entirely developed and manufactured in-house. It has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, and can be seen through the watch’s transparent sapphire caseback. The Navitmer has a circular slide rule, and it handles all airborne navigation calculation: average speed, covered distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb and descent, unit conversations and so on. Chosen as the official watch by Aircrafts Owners and Pilots Association, this is a collectible timepiece for both professional pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

"Tested beyond endurance" has always been a signature of Bremont timepieces, and this U-2 is a glorious example of super watches. U-2 is actually the name of the United States Air Force reconnaissance aircraft. Operating at a very high  altitude means that the pilot must wear a space suit which delivers oxygen supply and emergency protection in case the cabin suddenly loses pressure. Extreme in-flight conditions also mean the pilot must have a durable watch. Bremont rises to the occasion by manufacturing the U-2 Squadron exclusively for the 9th Reconnaisance Wing. Now you can experience your own true "Top Gun" moment with the U-2 Black, Stainless Steel and Limited Edition references. Antishock rubberized movement, which can withstand the Martin Baker ejection seat testing; hour, minute, second and day display; Trip-Tick case design; Anti-magnetic Faraday cage; Super-LumiNova; plus a water resistance of up to 100 metres are just some of the military-standard functions of this amazing watch.

Bell & Ross have always designed their watches for professional use, while respecting the Swiss watchmaking tradition. Black dial, black case, black strap – Bell & Ross' limited edition BR01-92 Compass looks like it's been designed for an undercover agent. This limited edition of 500 pieces takes its inspiration from air navigation tools, and its design is a step forward from the BR01 Radar. The BR01-92 Compass offers a new approach to time-telling. Its dial has two concentric discs with 12-hour and 60-minute display. Distortion-proof and made of ultra-light materials, the discs move like a compass, while a fixed vertical white line under the anti-reflection sapphire crystal indicates the time. The innovative time-telling design is a departure from the traditional hands of a watch or clock. Black leather, ultra-strong black synthetic fabrics and tongue buckles keep this watch comfortably and securely fastened on the wrist. The BR01-92 is not only fun to use, it is also a great tribute to air navigation.

Luminor Marina is a Panerai classic collection created for the Royal Italian Navy 20 years ago. Today, it’s as reliable, rugged and ready for action as ever. The Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic 44mm is equipped with the new Panerai-manufactured Calibre P.9000, an automatic mechanical movement that guarantees three days of power reserve. The new dial offers even better legibility with the oversized 12, 6 and 9. All the numbers on the dial are in an ecru colour, which recalls Panerai’s design for the military in the Forties. Well-adapted to the challenging conditions in the open sea, this timepiece also has an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, an Incabloc® anti-shock device, and a water resistance of 30 bar.

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