DELMA expands its renowned Commander collection with the introduction of two new big date models and new dial colors for the three hands and chronographs. The new formats enhance the series’ distinctive bold disposition while redefining a classic pilots’ watch.
Like the early pioneers in flight, the Aero collection has always been daring and industrious. In December 1903 the Wright Brothers combined their natural talent for engineering with experience owning a printing press and bicycle shop to invent, assemble and fly the world’s first successful motor-operated air machine. With the young inventors’ success came international fascination with aviation. Motivated by the new necessity for pilots to have a timekeeper visible at a glance, the wristwatch emerged almost simultaneously as an essential tool for aviators and a fashionable accessary for those who aspired to see the world. These early timepieces were designed to be robust and pragmatic but the resulting design yielded an ageless category in wristwatches which would be infinitely sought after.
The new Commander’s unadorned yet sleek case epitomizes the quintessential simplicity and strength of a professional pilots’ watch complete with a prominent crown or pushers for ease of handling with gloves. Bold Arabic numerals are clearly presented alongside luminous hour and minute hands and a striking red seconds hand makes legibility effortless even in the dark. All black dial Commanders including the big date limited editions are matte for extreme clarity. The addition of navy blue and green sunray brushed dial options mounted on a stainless steel bracelet exude a more formal appearance for elite aviators and intrepid explorers. The new big date and chronograph models are accentuated with red details on the zero index triangle while the original and new three hand models highlight the date with a red arrow and contrasting white backdrop. The big date models are powered by an ETA 2892A2 movement with a Jaquet 3512 Big Date module with its 50-hour power reserve sufficient to fly across the globe.
The format and spirit of the new Commanders stay true to Delma’s first Aero models, inspired by the revolutionary period of flight discovery. The new big date and dials present high contrast practical timekeepers with effortless style and elevate the collection to new heights.