I wonder if Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin understood the importance of his early scribblings in 1874. Twenty years later he must certainly have had some notion, as his ideas were patented first in Germany and then in the United States at the century's close. So successful were his designs, that his surname would become a common noun applied to all rigid bodied airships.
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Off the Cuff: Jack Mason Strat-o-timer
But what really differentiates the Strat-o-timer from other GMT Master-inspired watches is the cushion case. Made from 316L stainless steel and measuring 40mm in diameter, the Strat-timer case has a lovely, unified brushing along the top and through the lugs. This is offset by the mirror polish along the curvaceous mid-case. The overall impression is organic, like a sea-smooth pebble.
Off the Cuff: Christopher Ward Aquitaine GMT
If you are anything like me, the first thing you will notice about the Aquitaine GMT is its curved box sapphire crystal. Sitting high above an equally beautiful sapphire bezel, it dominates the design. The vintage styling references dive watches from the 50s—particularly the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms—but follows that up with contemporary construction.