HAWKER HARRIER II Collection Completes AVI-8’S Homage to Iconic Fighter Planes

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Avi-8 launches collection of timepieces in honour of iconic British fighter planes.

This collection of aviation-inspired watches has been launched by watchmakers AVI-8 to pay tribute to iconic British fighter planes. This collection pays homage to British aviation history is dedicated to the Harrier II, the world-famous ground attack aircraft known for its short take off and landing capabilities.

The Harrier II was a result of the British and American defence teams coming together to design an aircraft. After much consultation and revision, the first prototype flew in 1981, and then, eventually in 1987, the planes were taken into service by the Royal Navy and the Royal Airforce. Only recently in 2010, did the Harrier II make its last ever flight from a carrier when the controversial decision was made to retire the plane.

The Harrier II was a result of many refinements, buts its defining features were its improved manoeuvrability, raised bubble cockpit for day and night operability, a lighter composite fuselage and one-piece wing. Inside the cockpit, technological advancements such a digital moving map and Inertial Navigational System made The Harrier II's a dream to fly.

The Hawker Harrier II Collection of watches is similarly characterized by functionality, visibility and ease of use through the implementation of features such as oversized hands and pushers. Bold designs complement the vintage theme, but place this series of watches in position as a firmly modern collection for today’s man.

The AV-4001 model’s legibility of the three-dial chronograph with date, readouts, perfect calibrations and precise split time elapsed time read-out make for an essential piece of equipment for the aviation professional and enthusiast alike. Functional, protruding pushers deliver control with ease in execution.

The rugged sophistication and a bold simplicity of the AV-4002 model incorporates both vintage and modern styling while the AV-4004 offers a more contemporary look which incorporates a dual time semi-circular display as nod to a cockpit dial design.

The stand out model is the AV-4006 which is a skilful re-interpretation of a timepiece. This model captures the very best of the AVI-8 brand by combining precision timekeeping, aviation aesthetics with a modern design. Time is re-arranged through a series of disks that read off the hour and minutes via two separate gauge displays. An oversized second hand ticks second by second to demonstrate precision and functionality while the centre plate is decorated with a cote de geneve finishing for prestigious detail.

The Hawker Harrier II Collection is a dynamic series of watches that offer the wearer a choice of modern timepieces while recognising advancements in aviation and paying tribute to the nimble ground attack aircraft built over 30 years ago.

They combine the best of British design with the finest modern Japanese quartz movement, are water resistant to 50M (5ATM) and supplied in a luxurious padded leather gift box.

The Hawker Harriet II Collection is available now with prices starting at £199 at selected online boutiques.

For further information, email info(at)avi-8(dot)co(dot)uk.

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