THE AVIATOR WATCH. REINVENTED.
Man has always raised his eyes to the sky, hoping to imitate the bird, free and independent, reigning over the Earth and discovering countries still unknown, with no other constraint than the air that carries it.
At the dawn of the twentieth century, birds of metal, wood, and canvas replaced the wildest dreams. They dominated the battlefields with their beaks, equipped with sophisticated weapons, and were tamed by men whose boundless audacity was matched only by bravery. Masters of the skies, Legendary heroes, this was the time of the Aviators.
With a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 14,70 mm, resistant to depths of up to 200 metres, and fully sculpted 316L stainless steel, the case of the Montre D'Aviateur, Modèle I has been redesigned to incorporate a heart of 31 jewels, vibrating at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 38 hours: the mythical and extremely accurate Sellita SW 260-1, made in Switzerland.
Engraved with the AXIOM logo, the rotor is visible thanks to the sapphire caseback; itself encased in a brushed stainless steel piece precisely engraved with the unique serial number of the watch.
The case is proudly engraved with the name "Modèle I" on its left flank, reminding one of the markings on military firearms, while the onion-shaped crown is a nod to the watches mounted on the cockpits of the fighter planes of the Great War.
Finely sandblasted, the case has the exclusive AXIOM "Gris de Guerre" finish, an anthracite grey PVD treatment imitating the black blueing of the British twin 7.7 mm Vickers machine guns (0.303) firing through the propeller of the legendary SPAD XIII fighter plane.
All the parts of our watches are strictly selected. Calfskin was chosen for our straps for its incomparable natural higher quality.
AN INSTRUMENT ON THE SIDE OF THE WRIST
Stylishly contrasting with their dark background, the light-relief figures have the pale yellow colour of ageing Radium, like a fighter plane instrument panel of the Great War having developed a graceful patina over this last century.
The result of long research and development work, the second hand was created according to the drawing of a model of a French on-board anemometer from the first decade of the twentieth century. This hand, absolutely new in the world of watchmaking, is the true signature of the Montre d'Aviateur, Modèle I.
In order to make it possible to read the time instantly, whatever the conditions, the numbers 1 to 11, as well as the three hands, have a latest-generation luminous coating which is effective even with minimum exposure to light.