Hotshot Hour with Watches that Evoke Larger-than-Life Experiences

Hotshot Hour with Watches that Evoke Larger-than-Life Experiences

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Omega has made a blockbuster of its Speedmaster for the 50th anniversary of the legendary lunar landing. The stainless steel Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition sports touches of the famed Moonshine Gold on its bezel and dial. A laser engraved portrait of astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepping off the lunar lander (with a full view of his behind) and a golden numeral “11” hiding in its hour position mark the historic event, as do the engraving of Neil Armstrong’s lunar footprint and his famous “One small step” quote on the case back.


Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition

Clear skies and warm weather are all the reasons one needs to take his bike out for a spin, but Breitling provides another stylish incentive. The Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition has all the trappings of the British motorcycle maker — black dial with gold details referencing Norton’s trademark colours, engraved plate with its logo on the case, and printed Norton motorcycle and logo on the transparent caseback. If one is short of two wheels, Norton even has a joyride worthy of the watch: the Commando 961 Café Racer MKII Breitling Limited Edition.


Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Yellow Sapphire

The sky is not the limit when it comes to colouring sapphire, so trust Hublot to reach for the sun. Debuting a new primary colour, the watchmaker crystallises the brilliance of sunshine into a yellow sapphire case for its Spirit of Big Bang watch. The sunny disposition is paired with a black openworked movement derived from the famed Zenith El Primero for a playful wrist presence.


Rado Tradition Captain Cook 42mm

The reintroduction of Rado’s Captain Cook proved to be hot stuff, but at 37mm, it is understated for summer; the season is more of a brawn rather than brains experience after all. Fortunately, the contemporary Captain Cook comes in a heroic 42mm sizing as well, while retaining all the important vintage details like box sapphire crystal, sloped bezel with ceramic insert, thick hour markers, and Rado’s rotating anchor logo.


IWC Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”

Inspired by the landscape of the famed Californian desert, the IWC Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert” is the first to feature a case made from sand-coloured ceramic. The tan hue is a near match to the uniforms of US Navy pilots as well, and pairing it with a brown dial makes this model the maverick of the current crop of all-black Top Gun tickers. Limited to 500 pieces, the watch completes its desert vibes with a beige rubber strap with textile inlay.