Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waltham Aeronaval ETC - Elapsed Time Chronograph

The new WALTHAM ETC is an exclusive and refined Aeronaval model, a chronograph that strives to define new standards in the precision chronograph sector. It is an important piece of the innovative Aeronaval Collection, designed for modern fearless men: contemporary pioneers, innovative and unconventional just as the legendary Waltham owners who have taken part in the greatest endeavors of the past 160 years.

The F4 PHANTOMS were the most state-of-the-art jet planes in the 1960s, also chosen by the legendary TOP GUN Fighter Weapons School for training the best pilots in the US Air Force. A school of life that to this day continues to shape brave men who challenge the rules and take risks, going places others can't even imagine reaching. On board, the F4s were fitted with the Waltham Type-A13a aeronautical clocks, engineered to serve extraordinary pilots at best, in every condition.

The new Waltham Elapsed Time Chronograph reinterprets the main innovative functions of its predecessor, enhanced by distinctive time features and sub-dials, in an elegant and contemporary angular design that encompasses high-tech, superior quality components.
The ETC is powered by the caliber W.DB-003 Dubois-Dépraz 2079 automatic movement. The edgy aesthetic and technological features stand out immediately. The central chronograph functions feature a central second hand, and 60-minute Elapsed Time indicator. At 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock mark the positions of the small seconds sub-dial and the 24-hour Night & Day sub-dial.

The WALTHAM ETC, like the other models in the Aeronaval Collection, boasts an original case in Titanium G5 that seems to be set in an instrument panel for the wrist: a concept designed to be reminiscent of the glorious past of the aeronautical instrument it was inspired by. The striking multi-level dial, embellished with a characteristic embossed W pattern, gives it depth and perspective, while the applied indexes and the hands are coated with Super-LumiNova®, for maximum readability in all-lighting conditions. The bezel is in ceramic. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective treatment. The modern watchstrap is in genuine volcanized rubber and features a sophisticated originally designed deployante clasp in Titanium G2.

Always elegant, and perfect for any occasion thanks to the combination of design and performance, the new WALTHAM ETC is also water resistant up to 30 bar/300 mt.

Waltham is unusual even in its pricing, because it’s driven by a new idea of contemporary luxury in which high quality materials and components are combined with an unusually reasonable price.

The new WALTHAM ETC is available in three versions: simply Pure, with case in titanium G5; the sophisticated Eclipse, in two tone black PVD; and the audacious Black Matter, completely in black PVD.

Technical Details
Automatic caliber W.DB-003 Dubois-Dépraz 2079; 28,800 vibrations per hour/4 Hz; 51 jewels, 30mm (13 ¼’’’); power reserve 40-44 hours.

Hours; minutes; date; chronograph: sweep second and 60 minutes central counter;
small second sub-dial; night&day sub-dial.

Base 47mm, face-up 44mm, Titanium grade 5 (Ti 6Al-4V); Zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) ceramic bezel; anti-reflective sapphire glass; screwed-down crown; water resistance up to 30 bar./300 mt.

Embossed black W pattern with Super-LumiNova® coated luminous Arabic numerals, applied indexes and hands.

Vulcanized VulCarboné® genuine rubber, non-allergenic, reinforced with Nomex®; Titanium grade 2 deployante buckle.

Retail price
From $ 8,850

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