NAVITEC: Tango Charlie Automatique
A flying instructor and watch designer, René Attias has two passions: flying and watches. In the mid-seventies he designed watches for pilots and created his brand, “Navitec”, which is well known to pilots. Lots of planes are indeed fitted with the on-board Navitec 1 chronograph, making its easier to read the time and timings.
In the continuity of instruments used to improve flying conditions, René Attias’ patented graduated bezels, as used on his designs, have contributed, to a certain extent, to simplifying navigation when flying for pleasure.
In 1980, he decided to create the “Tango Charlie” watch range for the general public, fitted with the functions that ensured the success of Navitec amongst pilots but in a more fashion spirit, with outsize models using bright colours or combining materials such as gold, steel, diamonds or even rubber.
The latest in a long series of models, the “Tango Charlie Automatique” chronograph is fitted with a mechanical Swiss movement – 37 jewels, 28,800 alternations/hour – with personalised Navitec rotor. It has a working span of around 42 hours, high precision adjustment in 4 positions (0/+10 seconds tolerance per day), date with rapid corrector and time adjustment with stoppage of seconds. It shows hours, minutes, seconds and has 3 counters (totalising 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours).
The case (Ø 48mm, thickness 12 mm) in polished and brushed 316L stainless steel, is water-resistant to 20 bars, and is made in 2 pieces. It has a patented system of interchangeable “60 minute” bezels decorated with 4 steel horsemen, screwed buttons and crown, an anti-reflection glass and sapphire back.
The white dial with luminous indices and hands (Super luminova) is equipped with red markers for standard Level 1 and Level 2 turns on the minutes dial zone and surrounded by graduated flange with the calculation rule.
Tango Charlie Automatique comes with a white leather or alligator strap.