New Tutima Grand Flieger Airport And Chronograph Models With Colored Ceramic Bezels And Cool Textile Straps
Just in time for spring and all those outdoor adventures that pop up along with it, Tutima now offers its Grand Flieger Airport Series in two decidedly refreshing new styles.
Although Tutima’s history is firmly rooted in the 1940s, the new Grand Flieger Airport and Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph serve as picture-perfect examples of well-designed mechanical tool watches for modern times. And even more so with cool dial options in Military Green and Classic Blue, new color-coordinated ceramic bezels, intriguing straps, and a resilient stainless steel case ready to weather all challenges.
Two of the major trends in recent years have been blue and green dials – some with gradient color schemes – colored ceramic bezels, and awesome quick-to-dry textile straps that are durable and robust.
Well, Tutima Glashütte wraps all of these ingredients up in two pretty cool variations of the Grand Flieger Airport, one of the brand’s eight cornerstone collections, a generous portion of pure pilot DNA, a signature element of this brand, is also visible.
This is twice a nice as both timepieces have attractive price tags: €3,300 for the chronograph and €1,900 for the automatic day-date. Quite fair considering that these watches have the prestigious “Glashütte/SA” label on their dials, signifying they were made in Glashütte.
As the word “Flieger” already gives away – this German word means “pilot” or even “plane” – the new additions are infused with the values of aviation that find their roots in the legendary Tutima pilot’s chronograph introduced in 1941.
Created as a highly specific military watch during the World War II era, precise and resilient enough to stand up in toughest scenarios, the original serves as a source of inspiration for the temporary collection.
As such, the generously proportioned stainless steel cases with bold and easy-to-grasp screw-down crowns are pressure resistant to 20 bar. They frame a reduced-to-the essentials dial that emphasizes maximum readability in all light conditions and from every angle.
The bold hour markers and hour and minute hands are generously coated with Super-LumiNova. If you look closely you can see the finely executed coating.
The same rings true for the applied red Arabic numerals surrounding the chronograph’s hour counter located at 6 o’clock. Here we find a nice twist on the genre-typical triangle that is more usually seen at 12 o’clock, making for a very cool and unusual accent.
In accordance with the classic tricompax layout, the chronograph’s minute counter is located in the place of honor at 12 o’clock, while the subsidiary seconds are found at 9 o’clock.
Harmoniously counterbalancing these beautifully executed chronograph indications are the windows for the weekday and date indications at 3 o’clock. The latter are also included on the two non-chronograph variations.
As mentioned earlier, both are available with gradient dials in expressive green and blue shades. Thanks to their very wide surfaces, the color has plenty of room to show off all its hues, which gradually go from light to dark from the center.
While the outer appearance of the new Grand Flieger Airports is all new, the inner workings rely on two tried-and-tested ETA automatic movements, Caliber 2836 and Caliber Valjoux 7750. Typical for Tutima, the rotors of these two are upgraded by adding a gold seal to enhance winding.
I believe with these two pilot’s watches introduced at the 2020 Inhorgenta in Munich Tutima is off to a great start in 2020, which is, by the way, the 175th anniversary of Glashütte’s art of fine watchmaking.
There is probably a lot more to expect from Tutima this year.
For more information please visit www.tutima.com/watches/grand-flieger.
Quick Facts Tutima Grand Flieger Airport
Case: 43 x 13 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 330 (based on ETA 2836), 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 46-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, weekday
Quick Facts Tutima Grand Flieger Airport Chronograph
Case: 43 x 16 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 310 (based on ETA Valjoux 7750), 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 46-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; date, weekday, chronograph