The unlikely inspiration behind two of the most exclusive new timepieces of 2019

The unlikely inspiration behind two of the most exclusive new timepieces of 2019

During a week of May launches by the mighty Swatch Group, two of the biggest surprises came from high-end brands Blancpain and Glashütte Original, who both delved into their archives to find some unexpected muses.

When it comes to sporty timepieces, Blancpain rules the waves with its Fifty Fathoms models – both military and civilian. But, despite some newsworthy dive models being released, the headline-grabber for 2019 looks set to be the Air Command, a pilot’s chronograph that references the one the brand made for the US Air Force in the 1950s in restricted numbers.

Limited to 500 pieces, the new Air Command is a 42.5mm steel-cased chrono with box-style sapphire crystal to the front and back…

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