PIONEER Stealth 1882
Each case variation limited to 130 pieces
To mark its 130th anniversary in 2012, Hanhart is launching two limited versions of the Pioneer Stealth 1882 (each limited to 130 pieces), which takes its name from the stealth technology used in aviation and reproduces all the characteris-tic elements of the legendary Hanhart pilot’s chronographs from the 1930s in an eye-catching contemporary design. Enclosed within its gleaming, velvety black case is an exclusively modified chronograph movement, which features increased spacing between the two displays at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, an integrated hour counter in the small seconds and a flyback function. The dial also offers practical tachymeter and telemeter scales, with designs reminiscent of the traditional Hanhart “Tachy Tele” model from 1939.
As Hanhart celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2012, the Swiss-German watch brand, which was originally founded by Johann A. Hanhart in the Swiss town of Diessenhofen and still enjoys a reputation as a leading manufacturer of precision timekeeping instruments today, is looking back on a successful and innovative company history.
The brand has been particularly distinguished by its work in developing wrist chronographs. As early as 1938, Hanhart produced a mono-pusher model, featuring its own “Calibre 40” movement. This was followed a year later by pilot’s chronographs for safe navigation in the air, which had a significant impact on both the technological and aesthetic development of these precision instruments. In order to ensure that they could meet the extremely demanding requirements for split-second timekeeping and safe navigation in the air as well as withstanding the harsh conditions of early aviation – such as strong vibrations, huge variations in temperature and magnetic influences – these timepieces had to fulfil extremely strict criteria: they had to be absolutely reliable, precise and robust, perfectly readable and easy to use. Hanhart’s chronographs have always fully satisfied these high standards and continue to do so today.
A modern interpretation of a traditional timepiece
What makes the Pioneer Stealth 1882 Limited Edition an exceptionally striking model of its kind is its large case, which measures 45 millimetres in diameter and is made from stainless steel with a hard-wearing DLC coating and an elegant and gleaming velvety black finish. Since the dial is also deep black, the elements coloured in characteristic Hanhart red particularly stand out. These include the hands and numerals used to measure time and the reset button, which has a high-quality hybrid ceramic coating.
Like the original chronograph models from the 1930s, the design of the Pioneer Stealth 1882 Limited Edition is intended specifically to make the watch perfectly readable and safe and easy to use. The large, glow-in-the-dark numerals at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock, the clear subdivisions for the hours with narrow index marks, the clearly laid-out displays at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the tachymeter and telemeter scales and the minute indications – all coated with Super-LumiNova® – guarantee flawless readability in any situation.
Automatic chronograph movement HAN4312
Basis: Sellita SW 500 with La Joux-Perret module
28.800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 35 jewels
Asymmetrical button arrangement, power reserve of min. 42 hours
Flyback function, small second
30-minute counter and 12-hour counter
Tachmeter & Telemeter scale
Stainless steel, black ADLC-coated
Diameter 45 mm, height 16 mm
Large crown and red button, flat bezel or fluted rotating bezel
Anti-reflective convex sapphire glass
Screwed-down case back, water-resistant to 10 bar/10 ATM
DIAL & STRAP
Black, Super-LumiNova coated numerals and hands
Black calfskin with lower strap