Military units are foremost for their precision. You see it in their formations, in their drills, and most especially in their warfare. The Swiss, too, are vaunted for their millisecond precision. That’s why the Vatican employs no less than Swiss guards to protect the Papacy. And that’s why beautifully complicated Swiss watches are highly prized—not to mention breathtakingly expensive.

Now imagine if you combine the attributes of these two icons of precision. You get Swiss Military Hanowa. Hanowa has been pushing the rugged aesthetic since 1963, when it was founded in Bienne, Switzerland, by Hans Noll. In 1990, the brand made this look its signature style with the founding of Swiss Military Hanowa, with an emphasis on robust sports watches at accessible prices.

Swiss Military Hanowa made members of the media undergo a very realistic
experience of Swiss Military boot camp training with an interval assault-style
activity held at the UP College of Human Kinetics

Since then, the brand has combined Swiss quality with sporty design. The addition of ‘Swiss Military’ highlights the values of the Swiss armed forces: robustness, endurance and high precision as, well as the ability to function in extreme conditions.

Rajiv Mehra, Regional Sales & Marketing Director of Swiss Military Hanowa (among
other brands) with Lucerne Group’s Judith Staples at the SMH event

Today, Swiss Military Hanowa has made a name in the field of sports, performance and lifestyle watches. High-quality materials as well as a stylish variety of colors and shapes make the Swiss-made timepieces uniquely special and ideally suited for active and individualistic lifestyles.

The author with TV host and Philippine Star sports columnist Anthony Suntay

The watches are officially licensed by the Swiss Confederation for the high standards of quality upheld by the brand since its foundation. Only a select number of Swiss brands are awarded with this significant accreditation by the Swiss government, recognized around the world. The authentication by the Swiss Confederation reinforces the integrity of the distinguished Swiss cross on each Swiss Military Hanowa timepiece that is so integral to the brand’s ethos.

Ace Chrono P18,300
The brand demonstrates its expertise in sports and performance watches with the dynamic Ace Chrono, which embodies a contemporary interpretation of the racing theme. The substantial stainless steel case has a diameter of 44mm and makes an impressive statement on its wearer’s wrist.

A top-quality Swiss chronograph quartz movement ensures precise timekeeping. Whether average speeds, elapsed or intermediate times, the Ace Chrono helps its wearer capture all time-related data with one wristwatch. The bezel with tachymeter scale underscores this timepiece’s sportiness. The distinctive dial in carbon fiber pattern forms the ideal backdrop for staging an impressive set of features: a center elapsed-seconds hand for the chronograph function, plus three totalizers for the continually running seconds, a 30-minute display and a day-of-the- week indicator. The red-framed date window at “4 o’clock” augments this watch’s functionality. As a sign of Swiss-made quality, this chronograph bears Switzerland’s cruciform emblem on its dial, which is protected by a sapphire crystal.

The Ace Chrono comes with a silvery stainless steel case or a stainless steel case coated with black IP or gun IP. Genuine leather straps in red, brown or black and contrasting stitching complete the dynamic and trendy look. A sturdy stainless steel bracelet is particularly attractive thanks to the reflections from its alternately matte and polished elements.

Chrono Classic P14,800
The Chrono Classic stands out with a well-proportioned design that endows it with a classic look but delivers a sporty touch. With a 44mm stainless steel case, it fits any wrist and cuts a good figure, whether in business or leisure.

The well-organized dial with baton hour markers, a date display at 4 o‘clock, and three subsidiary dials for seconds, the 30-minute counter, and the analog day indication is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass and is highly legible. The trendy chronograph is powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement that assures precise time tracking. The Chrono Classic is water-resistant up to1 0 ATM. It’s available with a stainless steel link bracelet secured with a fold-over clasp or a stitched leather strap.

Black Carbon P12,300
The Black Carbon’s high-tech carbon case is big and bold, but it’s also ultra-lightweight so it won’t weight heavily on its wearer’s forearm. Broad, luminous hands instantly and unmistakably show the time on the no-nonsense dial, which hosts ten stencil-style Arabic numerals, Swiss Military Hanowa’s characteristic white-on-red Swiss cross logo at “12 o’clock,” and a date window at “3 o’clock.” The back is firmly screwed to the amply large 44mm diameter case, which guarantees a water-resistant shelter for a precise Swiss quartz movement. The authoritative strap is crafted from genuine silicon with an innovative stitched textile top-layer.

Patrol P12,300
The personality of the 44mm Patrol is characterized not least by the conspicuously sculpted rotating bezel. It is color-matched with other style elements of the watch and like the protected crown is easy to use even with gloves. The elaborately designed face stands out with pierced hour and minute hands add a special touch.

It is protected by a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass anti-reflection coated on the inside. It’s powered by a Ronda quartz movement and is water-resistant to 10 ATM. The striking bezel is color-coordinated with the dial that has a date display at “3 o‘clock.” The Patrol in stainless steel is available with a link bracelet or a high-grade blue or black silicone strap.

Nautila Gents P13,500
The Swiss Military Hanowa brand complements the successful Nautila Ladies collection with a brawny men‘s model. Despite its case diameter of 44mm, the Nautila Gents has understated looks. But it does rank among the large, unmistakably resolute calibers. The Nautila Gents is crafted in stainless steel. Its sleek, no-nonsense design is emphasized by the massive link bracelet. Available in various colors, the dial features baton-style hour markers and a date display at “3 o‘clock.”

The scratch-resistant sapphire-crystal glass has an antireflection coating. The embedded crown, the unidirectionally rotating bezel, and water resistance to 10 ATM make the Nautila Gents a versatile Swiss watch that perfectly unites functionality and design. The three-hand watch is fitted with a Swiss Ronda quartz movement.

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