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Monday, August 29, 2011

Design it yourself: Tourby Watches Small Aviator G4C Automatic

Tourby Watches is a small, exclusive watch manufacturer from Hagen in Westphalia, Germany. They represent all that people around the world admire about top quality German craftsmanship.

Unlike most watch manufacturers who offer you the finished item as a fait accompli and you either like it or you don’t, Tourby Watches produce bespoke timepieces that you can design and specify to your own tastes.

Tourby Watches do not keep any ready-made watches in stock. Instead each one is built to a client’s liking, and they choose their own components.

Excellence comes as standard

The standard movement is an ETA Unitas 6497 / 6498 with varying levels of decoration and finish which the customer can specify. It’s also possible to opt for an upgraded hand-made movement – a chronometer for example - engraved, skeletonised or with intricate guilloché work.

Then for casings there is a choice of polished steel, brushed steel, sand-blasted finish, PVD coated, 18k solid yellow, white or rose gold.

Dials come in silver, black, enamel, guilloché, and pilot´s style. Hands are offered in black, white, retro style, Louis XVI design, pilot´s models or genuine blued steel hands sets.

And finally the watchstrap – there’s a choice of all kinds from a robust pilot´s strap to an elegant genuine alligator.

Small Aviator G4C Automatic Watch

Tourby Watches incorporate several design classics into their inventory, and for those who don’t want a half acre of pilot’s watch protruding from under their shirt cuff, Tourby have created the Small Aviator Automatic. The stainless steel, bead-blasted case is an elegant 38.5mm. The screwed crown helps to ensure pressure resistance to 100m depth with magnetic field protection up to 80.000 a/m.

The sapphire crystal with double anti-reflex coating inside and outside ensures perfect visibility, while C1 lume for the indices and watch hands lights up the dial in the gloomy interior of the cockpit come nightfall.

The engraved caseback depicts the coat of arms of Hagen in Westfalen.

As standard the Small Aviator Automatic comes with the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with a 38 hour power reserve. Etachron, Incabloc, anti-shock proof, the watch comes on a calf leather strap with a stainless steel buckle. The watches is presented in a wooden box or leather travel case, complete with 2 years worldwide warranty.

Price including taxes: approx US$1,233

Optional upgrades

If the standard is not up to your spec, go for the optional upgrades and make the watch truly your own.

Shell cordovan leather strap: + $72

Genuine Louisiana Alligator strap: + $144

Deployant buckle: + $43

Top Grade (Chronometer) movement: + $435

You can place your order directly from the Tourby site, but allow six weeks from the time of order for delivery.

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