The following article has been sponsored by Victorinox
When you’re a household name, the bar is set high. When that name is Victorinox, the bar is even higher. The world-renowned maker of the Swiss Army knife is known for toughness, utility and uncompromising quality – three traits the Airboss watch range has in spades.
The Airboss collection is inspired by the commander of an aircraft carrier – known as the ‘Air Boss’ – who manages logistics and determines take-off and landing times. The role requires rigid accuracy and acute attention to detail, making it the perfect namesake for a timepiece.
The Airboss Mach 9 offers military precision and Swiss excellence in a sturdy, polished package. Here’s how to soldier up and wear it with style.
Horology Goes Arial
In 2015, Victorinox welcomed the most hardcore addition to the Airboss line: the Mach 9. With engineering inspired by aeronautics, it’s effortlessly stylish and ready to accompany you on any exploit.
Victorinox offers three options for the Mach 9. Two models come with a commanding 45mm steel case, and either a steel bracelet or leather strap. The third model is an all-black edition with a black PVD sandblasted case and a black fabric strap. All three watches come with a black dial and ETA 7750 automatic chronograph movement.
The Mach 9’s function-driven design includes a chronograph, 24-hour time printed directly on the glass, and a 180° rotation of its essential features. You’ll find the chronograph start/stop button at 8 o’clock, a crown and date window at 9 o’clock, and a second crown at 2 o’clock. Another popular feature is the rotary slide rule on the rotating bezel. This allows you to measure and convert variables like speed, distance and fuel consumption.
One of the Mach 9’s most compelling features can’t be found anywhere on the watch. Victorinox offers a welcome respite from the five- and six-figure prices that all-too-often accompany mechanical Swiss watches. Not only is the Mach 9 handsome and feature rich, it won’t tempt you to max out your credit cards.
How To Rock It
A few words come to mind when you set eyes on this watch. The Mach 9 is refined. Precise. Robust. Tough. Readable. Finely crafted. Add it all together, and you have a timepiece that will do your wrist proud any way you wear it. Here are some suggestions.
Like A Top Gun
Let’s get this one out of the way first: it’s a watch inspired by pilots, and you’ll be tempted to wear it like pop culture’s most famous airborne badass. To get the Maverick look, you don’t need a jumpsuit or dog tags. Instead opt for something more wearable: jeans, a t-shirt and the iconic leather bomber (skip the colourful patches). Once you have the watch on, don’t forget to top it off with the second most important accessory: aviator sunglasses.
Ready For Action
If adventure is in store, an Airboss is an ideal companion. Stick to the fabric strap and wear it with your favourite active, outdoor or athletic pieces. Options include: denim, t-shirts, bomber jackets, sleeveless puffer vests and sneakers of all shapes and sizes. This is also prime time to get in on the luxury sportswear and designer backpack trends. The name of the game is to blur the lines between sporty and serious.
The Airboss range may take inspiration from the military, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get gussied up. Skip the fabric strap in favour of a Mach 9 with a steel or leather bracelet for maximum elegance. You’ll never rock your Airboss with a tux, but pair it with more relaxed tailoring and it’s appropriate for the office, happy hour with the guys or a weekend date.
James Dean Chic
When you have an accessory you’re excited about, it’s ok to let it do the talking. James Dean’s classic style is perfect for letting the Mach 9 shine. You know the drill: denim on the bottom, a fitted white tee on top, a lightweight jacket if you need an outer layer. For footwear, try a worn-in work boot. The look should be effortless and mostly minimal, with no superfluous details competing with the watch.
Black-on-black-on-black doesn’t have to be lazy, goth or dull. Done right, the monochromatic look is sleek, timeless and easy to style. And the best part is, you probably have plenty of the neutral hue in your wardrobe already. The Mach 9 Black Edition is practically begging to accessorise an inked-out outfit. To keep the finished effect from falling flat, mix textures and materials to add interest to the look.