Victorinox Airboss Mach 9: functionality comes first
All the watches from the Airboss collection offer typical Victorinox quality and Swiss mechanical movements combined with an on aviation inspired design. The Victorinox Airboss Mach 9 Limited Edition is no exception. Its functionality is the fundamental essence. And only a few can profit from the functionalities, because there will be only 250 pieces available.
The Victorinox Airboss Mach 9 Limited Edition has a chronograph reinforced with a slide rule. Both chronograph push-pieces and the crown are placed on the left side of the case. Why? Well, it reminds of the old days, when the air boss had to be able to operate his watch while wearing gloves. And in the end, this is a watch originally designed for the aviation industry. The 30-minute counter can be found at 6 o’clock with date and the 12-hour counter is set at 12 o’clock.
Circular slide rule
There is also a crown on the right side of the case, at 2 o’clock. This one enables the wearer to activate the circular slide rule, situated on an inner rotating flange. This instrument was originally developed to facilitate calculations when airborne. It can carry out a multitude of operations – conversion, multiplication, division, and the calculation of time and distance.
All the technology, driven by the ETA 7750 automatic movement, is fitted in a robust titanium case of generous dimensions (45 mm) with a sandblasted finish. Fastened to a brown brushed leather strap – reminiscent of aviator jackets – the watch also features a removable cuff. Used in the past by pilots to prevent the cold metal touching their wrist, the cuff also enables the large 45 mm diameter to fit smaller wrists. Maybe even the ladies wrist? I’m not sure about that last one, but I’ll definately try on this watch at BaselWorld in a few weeks. Keep you posted!