A Pilot’s watch can be considered one of the most recognisable and iconic wristwatch designs of the last 80 years. A Pilot’s watch would traditionally have a clear and uncluttered dial making time observation instant. Strong, contrasting hands set against a black dial again, make readability easy. Finally, large Arabic numerals are often used. Nowadays, a manufacturer of a Pilot’s watch is much more open to contrasting colours and design but what still remains is a pure focus on absolute clarity of legibility and reliability. Brands such as Alpina, Mühle Glashütte and Tutima, who are steeped in history recognise this strict design cue but have modernised their range and now produce a truly contemporary collection of Pilot’s watches but will still look to the past for their inspiration.