This season's aviation timepieces are handsome, high-tech tools that offer Chicago men precision timing and soaring style.
Clockwise from top left: This Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm stainless-steel watch ($8,215) features the famed circular aviation slide rule on the bezel and houses the brand’s in-house-made mechanical Caliber 01. In 1954, the Navitimer was selected as the official timepiece of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Razny Jewelers, 1700 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-432- 5300
Hamilton’s Khaki Aviation World Timer ($1,245) has the ability to tell time accurately across the world’s 24 standard time zones. Designed in collaboration with aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, the chronograph is powered by the specially developed H-41e chrono quartz movement. Rogers & Hollands at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Fifth Fl., 312-944-4300
From Tutima, the new M2 Pioneer Chronograph watch ($7,500) features a soft nickel-iron inner case to guard against magnetism. Sold with a bracelet and additional Kevlar strap and titanium buckle with changing kit, this German-made titanium watch houses the Tutima Caliber 521 mechanical movement and is water-resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). Sydel & Sydel Jewelry, 222 W. Adams St., 312- 332-4653
Bell & Ross created this BR-X1 Carbon Forgé watch ($23,000) in a limited edition of 250 pieces in Grade 5 titanium with ceramic and rubber inserts. The skeletonized chronograph houses the automatic mechanical BR-CAL.313 with an X-shaped upper bridge. Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison St., Ste. 600, 312-372-2415
From IWC, this Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar ($12,400) is crafted in ceramic and titanium. It houses an IWC-made chronograph movement and pays homage to the Top Gun pilots school of the US Navy in Miramar, California. Tourneau at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Third Fl., 312-266-7600
Pilot watches have enjoyed a century of fame, accompanying explorers like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart on their record-breaking quests. In times of war or peace, space exploration, and today’s venture into solar-powered planes, top watch brands offer aviation-inspired timepieces that regularly include precision functions a pilot may need in the air—think easy readability, durability, and more.