It’s hard to beat a military connection to make a watch feel useful, sturdy, and imbued with a sense of adventure. The French watchmaker Yema has worked with several of its national military services historically and until today, in partnership with the country’s air force and its space program. But France recently renamed its Air Force to include Celestial Defense with a Space Command – and Yema wasted no time equipping them with bracelets.
The new service is called Air & Space Force (Air and space army), for which Yema introduces a range of watches in its Flygraf collection. (Civilians can also buy them.) Five models make up the current series: two versions of an automatic GMT watch and two quartz chronographs each with steel and black PVD coatings, and a fifth watch marketed for women features a white bezel and a blue mother. – mother-of-pearl dial.
Watches will probably be the most drawn to automatic GMTs: measuring a pragmatic width of 39mm, they feature the movement developed and assembled in-house by the brand. 41mm chronographs, on the other hand, offer a more affordable option, using a Mecaquartz Seiko VK64 movement. All showcase the excellent build and personality that we expect from the brand.
While the appearance of the watches hints at their intended use, the military connection is evident in the engravings on the caseback as well as on the nylon straps, which bear the logo of the French Air and Space Forces and complement the strap. steel included (mesh for chronographs). As seen on other Yema watches for the Air Force, the red-white-blue service badge is encrusted into the crown, adding a pop of color to an otherwise serious pilot’s watch. (Yema donates 12.5% of the sales of its Air Force watches to the Fondation des Anciens Combattants.)
For an automatic GMT watch with all the cool factor that comes with a military link, the asking price of $ 1,049 (steel; + $ 100 for black PVD) is very attractive – and places it among the more affordable GMT watches. that we knew. . The chronograph is great value for money as well, with the additional stopwatch functionality for $ 399 (+ $ 50 for black PVD), while the female 34mm version costs just $ 349. All are available now directly from the brand.
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