With the latest addition to its luxury watch collection, the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch, Victorinox Swiss Army turned to military helicopters for inspiration, presenting a rugged timepiece backed by high-tech features.
While Victorinox Swiss Army is probably most well known for producing the iconic Swiss Army knife, the company also has an impressive collection of watches, similarly manufactured with military purposes in mind. As for its Swiss Army knives, Victorinox pays close attention to combining aesthetic value and high functionality in its timepieces, seen with the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch.
With its name referring to the location of the Swiss Army base in Alpnach, Switzerland, this watch is well suited for military personnel and ordinary men alike. Inspired by military helicopters in particular, the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch even looks as if it could have been pulled from a helicopter cockpit.
The watch is nearly all black, excluding the white marks and some red accents on its dial, and is finished with a PVD treatment, commonly seen in military gear to prevent wear and scratches for long-lasting durability. The 44mm circular case has two knobs jutting off its right side.
The Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch, akin to Swiss Army knives, serves multiple functions in a user-friendly manner. The time on the watch is easy to read and the dial additionally has a window for the day of the week and the date. It has a speed-measuring tachymeter on its inner bezel and has the unique and quite handy feature of a unidirectional rotating outer bezel used for counting down time in intervals up to 59 minutes.
The three subdials are well proportioned for the watch, with one of them incorporating a small seconds counter marked by a distinctive four-bladed hand, intentionally reminiscent of a military helicopter’s rotor. In sticking with the military aviation theme, the strap of the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch is made of the same type of nylon commonly used in old military flak jackets.
While Victorinox Swiss Army’s timepieces are not as prominent as their Swiss Army knives, such watches as the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition watch should not be overlooked within the industry. Drawing inspiration from military helicopters, the Alpnach Mechanical Chronograph Special Edition stands as a tough, rugged timepiece, evoking a sense of durability in its aesthetic appearance and feel, as well as, in its high-tech and precise functionality.
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