If youâ€™ve been reading us for a while, you probably think that I have a thing for the watches coming out ofÂ Pforzheim-based Archimede, and, you know what? Â Youâ€™d be right. Â Ickler does a great job with case design, and Archimede, in particular, seems to be riffing on the classic Flieger design in interesting ways. Â Last time, we were talking about a GMT complication from the brand, and now, weâ€™ve got it coming in the guise of a tri-compax chronograph, hereby known as theÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax.
So, Iâ€™ll give you three guesses as to what movement is in theÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax, and the first two donâ€™t count. Â While there are likely some other options out there, the one that comes to my mind (and likely many of yours) is the ETA 7750. Â I am by no means an expert on movements, but when it comes to chronograph complications, I donâ€™t think you can go wrong with stuff from ETA. Â And, even not being particularly in to chronographs myself, I cannot help but to admire the beauty of those movements (shown here through an exhibition caseback, of course).
When you get to chronographs, particularly mechanical ones, cases tend to be a bit thicker, and the 42mm one of theÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax is no exception, coming in at a respectable 13.6mm thick. Â AKA, if youâ€™re used to how heavy-duty dive watches fit under your cuff, youâ€™ll be prepared for a mechanical chronograph.
In terms of the dial of theÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax, even with the three subdials (hence, tri-compax when you consider the layout), it remains quite legible. Â This is done with the white paint on the black dial. Â In fact, thatâ€™s the main color palette – monochrome – with the exception of the hands. Â Those, you see, are heat blued by Ickler, giving a small splash of color on the dial that is truly an accent, and not a distraction.
I also like the fact that there is a date display hiding on the dial down at the 6 oâ€™clock position on theÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax. Â Â And you know, kudos to the brand for doing it in a way that doesnâ€™t impinge on the design of the sundial (no cut off numbers or indices) and still looks to have the date window at a decent size. Â Over on the side of the case, you have the defacto crown design for a Flieger, flanked by no-nonsense pushers for the chronograph aspects. Â In other words, thoroughly and thoughtfully utilitarian.
TheÂ Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax is available now, and can be yours for about $2,400Â (â‚¬2460, inclusive of VAT, for those in the EU). Â Perhaps not as immediately affordable as some other offerings weâ€™ve looked at from Archimede, but surely not out of the realm of possibility when you consider watches powered by the 7750. Â Flieger purists may cry foul, but I like the addition, and frankly, it makes sense from an aviation standpoint. Â Whether or not you agree, let your opinion be heard in the comments below, or over in our Slack channel. Â archimede-watches.com
- Brand & Model:Â Archimede Pilot Chronograph TriKompax
- Price:Â $2,400Â (â‚¬2460 EUR, inclusive of VAT)
- Who we think it might be for:Â You want your pilot watch with all the bells and whistles, but packaged with stoic restraint
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen?Â No – chronographs just are not my thing
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Again, purists may cry foul, but a deep blue dial could be very interesting here
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â Itâ€™s another Fleiger remix!
Tech Specs from Archimede
- Movement: Â Swiss made automatic movement Eta 7750 TOP with Trikompax module and special ARCHIMEDE rotor
- ICKLER Case
- The high-quality case manufactured by ICKLER in Pforzheim.
- Brushed finish, sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, water resistant to 5 ATM, pilot’s crown, screw down case back with mineral crystal.
- Dimensions: Diameter 42mm, thickness 13,6 mm, lug-to-lug length 51 mm
- Dial: Â Trikompax, black, with luminous numerals and indexes
- Hands: Â Luminous handsÂ made of heat blued steel,Â manufactured by ICKLER
- Band: Â Black leather strap with white stitching and rivets (wrist size: 18,5 – 22cm) (optional: deployment clasp)