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Friday, November 4, 2011

Heading for a Fall: Cool accessories to match with your aviator's watch

There’s snow in New York, and a definite chill settling around much of Europe – and we’re not just talking about the Eurozone crisis. The cooler weather presents a perfect excuse to wrap up in something warmer, and few things look hotter than US air force aviation style accessories matched with a top quality aviation watch of the distinctly retro kind launched by English/Swiss manufacture Bremont, and French/Swiss manufacture Bell & Ross during 2011.

Wings of Gold Antique Cowhide G-1 Flight Jacket

This awesome leather jacket is based on the WWII pattern and features a mouton fur collar, two front cargo pockets with a hidden pen slot under the left pocket's flap, a bi-swing back for freedom of movement, knit cuffs and waistband, an interior pocket, inside the windflap with "USN" perforation, and a heavy duty antiqued brass zipper. The interior is satin nylon with a large Wings of Gold insignia across it. Price $454 at US Wings.

US Wings American Optical Aviator Sunglasses

The sun is a whole lot lower in the Fall, with powerful beams of sunlight flooding through your windshield as early as 7am and sticking round until 10am, making drive time traffic a nightmare. Cue these impossibly cool American Optical aviator sunglasses. They first made their debut as early as the 1930s. However, it was in 1958 that the Flight Goggle 58, now known as the Original Pilot Sunglass, was produced for the US Military to provide maximum protection, optical performance and comfort. More than 40 years have passed and the Original Pilot Sunglass is still the preferred aviator sunglass of all US Military branches. Price $54.95 at US Wings

Bremont P-51 LE Chronograph

The Bremont P-51 is a chronograph chronometer built with original parts from the famous 1944 Mustang WWII aircraft P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016), a Pacific war veteran that bore the name “Fragile but Agile”. The watch runs on a modified Swiss BE-54A automatic chronometer movement that also shows UTC time and has a 42-hour power reserve. A date display is positioned at the 4 oclock mark and a 30-minute counter is positioned below 12 o’clock. The only problem is the watch is limited to only 251 pieces so it’s really tough to get your hands on one. Price $11,900

Bell & Ross WWI-92 Heritage

In the event you can’t grab a Bremont P-51, fear not, the equally alluring Bell & Ross WWI-92 Heritage collection is here. Bell & Ross have designed a WWI-inspired watch that marks a departure from their mostly square silhouettes. The watch features a bold round-face and tan leather strap that stands out, but looks aviation cool at all times. The white stitching is an added touch that reinforces the rugged appeal of this heritage piece, and the strap will form a rich patina over time to add to its authenticity. Price $3,520

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