Following on from the success of the AVI-8 x Royal British Legion partnership in May, AVI-8 Watches has just launched two new watches produced in line with Remembrance Sunday in order to support and commemorate the charity in its centennial year.
The two timepieces are the Flyboy Royal British Legion Founder’s Chronograph and Flyboy Royal British Legion Chairman’s Meca-Quartz with each model limited to just 1,000 pieces. A contribution will be made to the charity for every watch sold to support those who serve and have served in the British Armed Forces along with their families.
The watches are presented with an exclusive RBL 2021 dated poppy label pin as a symbol of support for our Armed Forces both past and present.
Both watches have been inspired by the charity’s first Chairman, Sir Thomas Frederick Lister and the first President, Field Marshall Earl Haig and as many of you may well know, The Royal British Legion was formed by Lister and Haig following the end of the First World War to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to so little. One hundred years later and the charity continues to stand with the Armed Forces community, challenging injustices to ensure that all those who have served and sacrificed so much on our behalf get the fair treatment and recognition they deserve.
Louise Ajdukiewicz, who is Assistant Director of High Value Giving Royal British Legion, commented:
“We are incredibly proud to launch these new timepieces from our partnership collection with AVI-8 and are grateful for their support. In the RBL’s centenary year, we remain dedicated to our mission of creating better futures for all those who serve and have served with the British Armed Forces. The funds raised from these limited edition timepieces will ensure we can continue this work in the years to come.”
The limited edition Flyboy Royal British Legion Founder’s Chronograph is fused with vintage elements, such as cathedral style hands and a telemeter on the chapter ring as well as a small red poppy on the chronograph seconds hand as a symbol of Remembrance.
The watch is 40mm in diameter with the case perfectly sized and proportioned. The “onion” style crown was inspired from trench watches of the early 20th century and became a quintessential feature used in the first pilot watches. The crown is topped with a beautiful red two petal poppy encased in epoxy.
The Founder’s watch features a reliable Japanese meca-quartz chronograph movement that gives the best of both worlds of quartz accuracy and the crisp hand feel of a mechanical movement. The watch is paired with a vintage inspired supple handstitched genuine leather strap that gives a comfortable and snug fit.
The Flyboy Royal British Legion Founder’s Chronograph Limited Edition is available in Heritage Brown or Royal Blue and priced at £225 with £15 from each sale being paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion.
The limited edition Flyboy Royal British Legion Chairman’s Meca-Quartz blends both modern and classical details with a vintage aviation inspired dial and syringe-style hands with bold applied Arabic hour indexes with Swiss lume on a textured matte canvas. The Royal British Legion’s two petal poppy is stamped at the 6 o’clock position as a mark of Remembrance.
The brushed and polished case is 40mm in diameter and has a unidirectional bezel and elegant double domed hardened mineral glass with anti-reflective coating. The “onion” style crown is taken from the trench watches of the early 20th century and is completed by a red poppy encased in epoxy.
The watch is also powered by a reliable Japanese meca-quartz movement featuring a smooth, sweeping second hand that you would typically find in premium modern mechanical movements. And the watch is fitted with a supple handstitched genuine leather strap that gives a comfortable and snug fit.
The Flyboy Royal British Legion Chairman’s Meca-Quartz Limited Edition is available in Vintage Brown or Vintage Black and priced at £125 with £10 from each sale being paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited.
Both watches are available to purchase from www.avi-8.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of AVI-8