On the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, the Air Boss is in charge of all the operations of the flight deck. He controls the moving of planes on deck, landing of aircraft, launching of aircraft, ordinance handling, and the safety of all the personnel occupying the flight deck. The Air Boss oversees everything from the command tower.
This demanding role is the inspiration behind the Victorinox Air Boss, and a new version of the Air Boss will be released a little later this year. It’s been slightly scaled down to 42mm, and has an uncomplicated crisp and clean ‘pilot issue’ design and feel. With three hands, three circles of digit tracks, and a date window at 6 o’clock it’s readable at a glance.
Victorinox describe the new Air Boss as: ‘A classic example of ‘second-glance’ timepiece design.’
With raised Arabic numerals, luminescent metal skeleton-frames, and diamond-cut striations on the dial tracks, the overall effect is military precise yet at the same time urban cool.
The case is satin-brushed 316L stainless steel, water-resistant to 100 metres. The crystal is scratch-resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire and the Swiss-made automatic movement can be viewed beneath the mineral crystal display back.
The new Air Boss will come with a choice of silver or charcoal dials on a strap or bracelet and is expected to retail at around US$995.
Victorinox Swiss Army are famous the world over as the inventors of the Swiss Army Knife. The company was founded by Karl Elsener in the town of Ibach, Switzerland in 1884.
Seven years later, the workshop began supplying Swiss soldiers with its first generation of multi-purpose knives.
Today, four generations later, great-grandson Carl Elsener IV is at the helm of the company and Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are standard issue for more than a dozen armies around the world — not to mention NASA astronauts.
· Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement
· See-through mineral crystal case back
· Swiss Air Force product
· Scratch-resistant triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal
· Satin-brushed 316L stainless steel case (42 mm) with exhibition case back
· Luminescent numerals, markers and hands
· Water resistant to 10 ATM (100 m / 330 feet)
· Silver or charcoal grey dials
· 5-link stainless steel bracelet or soft brown leather strap with contrasted stitching