Inspired by a WW2 fighter ace and record-breaking chief test pilot
AVI-8's latest release is a true tribute to the ingenuity and spirit of Neville Duke, the man who destroyed 27 enemy aircraft during WW2 and broke the world airspeed record flying a Hunter prototype, the first high-speed jet engine aircraft of this kind the world had seen.
Bold and clear luminous applied indexes on a matte canvas are purposefully complemented by cleanly executed pops of colour, providing an impeccable balance of components and legibility. Inset subdials and an inner turning countdown bezel provide for a watch built with performance, speed and accuracy in mind.
At 44mm, the Duke's aggressive and substantial brushed case is balanced by elegantly tapered lugs with subtly polished chamfers. Modern inverted concical crowns are designed to pronounce the Hunter's engine, yet remain functional for ease of use.
Powering the Duke is the esteemed and dependable Seiko VK series Meca-Quartz chronograph. Quartz and battery precision coupled with mechanical gears and levers provide for a smooth sweep seconds hand, crisp pushers and instant zero snap back reset on the chronograph.
Custom-made and handcrafted from premium genuine leather, the Duke's rally style straps add a sense of nostalgia and masculine vintage appeal fitting for a watch inspired by a man and plane that broke the world airspeed record.