Just as activity on an aircraft’s flight deck is critically dependent on accurate timing, so too Victorinox Swiss Army’sAirboss collection provides a watch that combines technical performance with the power of functional design and high legibility. Victorinox Swiss Army have just released for autumn 2009 their new Airboss models, Mach 3, Mach 4 and Mach 7, all similarly inspired by precision timing that is so vital to military aviation.
Some of the features all the Victorinox Swiss Army watches share include a front that is scratch-resistant, with a triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal; luminous hands and markers; and a flight-jacket stitched brown leather strap.
What makes the AirBoss unique is the ‘visual countdown’ function based on a bi-directional rotating inner bezel that surrounds the highly legible dial. This function is operated by a separate crown at 2 or 3 o’clock (depending on the models) and allows the watch to precisely track time between launches.
But the highlight of the AirBoss additions are the redesigned mechanical AirBoss Mach 4 and the quartz chronograph Mach 3. Both models feature a speciality that was first introduced by Victorinox Swiss Army: that is a clockwise rotation of the movement that allows for enhanced functionality.
On the Mach 4, the small second’s hand shifts to 7 o’clock and offers room for an oversized counter with double-sided hands. On the Mach 3, a more radical 180° rotation puts the start/stop chronograph pusher at 8 o’clock for optimal thumb operation