HIGHLY COMMENDED: Trendsetting Watches of the Year, Avi-8 Harrier II Pegasus Edition

Aviation watch brands often struggle to differentiate themselves from the competition, but Dartmouth Brands’ own Avi-8 brand certainly stood out from the crowd this year with its homage to the custom-built Pegasus engine from Rolls Royce – the engine that allows a Harrier jet to hover and maneuver vertically.

A Miyota Japanese made 21 jewel self-winding movement is the engine inside the watch itself, while subtle Harrier references adorn the exterior.

For instance, a front profile silhouette of the Harrier acts as a marker for an easier read out.

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Crafted out of marine grade 316 L stainless steel, another quality feature is the genuine buffalo hide leather strap with bi-colour detailing on the sides, which provides both a snug fit and an attractive look.

Aviation watches are timeless but to present one in such an accessible and commercially appealing way is an impressive feat from this fledgling brand.

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