Hamilton has been an innovator in movements throughout its long history. Founded in 1892, Hamilton was a leading developer of mechanical movements during the Golden Age of American watchmaking. In addition to perfecting precision railroad watch movements, Hamilton introduced the first electric movement (in the iconic Ventura).
Continuing this tradition, Hamilton introduced three brand new movements this year – two mechanical movements and a unique quartz movement.
The power reserve of a watch is how many hours it can operate, based on the state of wind of the mainspring (a tensed metal coil that stores and transmits energy to the movement). In the past, 38 - 48 hours was the range most power reserves fell into, and though this is enough for most people, recently focus has been placed on increasing power reserve in special timepieces.
The magic number is really at least 62 hours – so that you can take your work watch off at 5pm on Friday, then put it back on again at 7am on Monday morning, and it will still be running.
Hamilton has addressed this need for longer power reserve with its new H-10-S movement, which has 80 hours of power reserve, this year showcased in the RailRoad Skeleton timepiece. The choice of a skeleton watch as the first timepiece to use the H-10-S is key, as it allows the owner to admire the nicely finished movement, including Côtes de Geneve and snail and pearled finishes. According to Hamilton, the suppression of the escapement regulator is the key to optimal reliability and precision, while storing near double the power of standard movements.
You can expect this movement to be featured in other models in the future, as the convenience of 80 hours of power reserve is an incredible benefit.
The H-32 is Hamilton’s second automatic movement introduced this year, and it is on display via the open case back of the Khaki Navy Pioneer Small Second. Inspired by Hamilton’s marine chronometers manufactured in the 1940s, the Khaki Navy Pioneer Small Second is highly legible and elegantly simple. Finely finished, the H-32 movement is decorated with snailed patterns and pearled finishes. Equipped with a skeletonized rotor, the H-32 is the same size as the H-10-S and offers 38 hours of power reserve.
On the quartz side, Hamilton has developed a new world time movement, perfect for the modern traveler. This new exclusive movement is extremely sophisticated, but easy to use, allowing the wearer to easily switch between worldtimer functionality and a pilot chronograph, all via a press of the pusher located at 10 o’clock.
For pilots, minutes are more important than hours, so the large 12 minute counter of this timepiece is placed in the most visible position, at six o’clock.
Featured in the Hamilton Chrono Worldtimer, this new movement ensures functionality for private and professional pilots by integrating a dual time display, 24 world city indications, Daylight Savings Time along with the ability to display Coordinated Universal Time (UTC, the standard for pilots). This timepiece was developed in partnership with aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff to meet the needs of real pilots.
Hamilton continues its well-deserved reputation of innovation with exclusive movements in versatile new timepieces.