This Week in Watches: Richard Mille’s RM 11 Flyback Chronograph, new versions of Luminox’s P-38 Lightning, the HODINKEE Music Machine 2, a tough Victorinox and much more.
Navigating a tricky airspace
Do fighter planes have clocks? I ask myself when I look at Luminox’s P-38 Lightning GMT ($500+). If they did, they’d certainly look like this one. That’s the point: the P-38 is part of Luminox’s line of “Air”-inspired watches. The question, as always, is: is it worth it the price tag?
Playing the field
Field watches tend to be ignored among the tool watch set, mostly because their definition is a bit less clear than divers’ or pilots’ watches. In fact, a field watch’s rugged build and clear dial markings makes it the perfect candidate for all sorts of expeditions. These five are particularly excellent candidates for bumps and bruises, be they from scree-scrambling, brush-clearing or desk-bumping.
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The new Luminox RECON NAV SPC ($450) (that’s reconnaissance team navigation specialist for you civilians out there) is 46 millimeters of tough black carbon-reinforced polycarbonate strapped down with a specially designed synthetic strap. It’s got all the trappings of an orienteer’s best friend.
No time for fools
If you’re in the hunt for a tough-as-nails watch that is noticeably unnoticeable, look no further than the Luminox F-117 Nighthawk 6400. Made with a low-key brushed black stainless steel, it’s beautifully stealthy and will be a welcomed addition to a military jacket and a pair of boots. With anti-reflective sapphire glass (for those “under-cover-of-darkness”…
If you're going to lead, you better know what time it is
Luminox’s new Recon series was developed with the military professional in mind. That goal is clearly articulated by the line’s first offering, the Recon Point Man ($320). Designed in collaboration with former Swiss Army Military Security NCO Andrea Micheli, this rugged analog diver is perfect for not only the battlefield, but also for slightly less…