The beauty of retro-inspired timepieces lies in the balance between modernity and the past. While the aesthetic design of vintage watches may appeal to most, other original details such as case size, how the lugs fit as well as materials used may feel anachronistic in the age of modern timepieces. It’s a matter of deliberate planning and careful design to appropriate the correct details from the past.
When it comes to German watchmaker Laco, that practice is a well-oiled machine. As one of the five brands that produced pilot timepieces (or Beobachtungs-uhren, or observation watches) for the Luftwaffe back in World War 2, Laco has had a long history that it has put at the forefront.
Till today, the brand tirelessly produces faithful recreations of its B-Uhr timepieces but with small twists to keep it modern.
Take for example, Laco’s new Blaue Stunde collection. German for “twilight hour,” the range’s name plays on that short period between dusk and dawn or dawn and dusk that the sky turns an immaculate blue. The brand has re-created this effect with a blue dial that features a solarisation finish that reflects light at every angle.
The collection sees both Laco’s Type A and B configurations of the B-Uhr style. The Laco Münster Blaue Stunde sees a clean blue dial with the iconic triangle and two dots that is seen on most flieger timepieces. On the other hand, the Laco Paderborn Blaue Stunde features the Type B design with the dual chapter ring showing both minutes and hours.
Tying both timepieces together is the grey nylon strap that provides a great contrast to the dial and the same reliable ETA 2824 calibre powering the timepiece. Both watches come in at 42mm in a sandblasted steel case for that matte look.
If you’re in the market for a watch that ties back to an important point in history but would rather a modern take on it, the Blaue Stunde checks off the list.
The Laco Blaue Stunde Type A and B are available at Red Army Watches (Millenia Walk, ATRIX, e-shop: www.redarmywatches.com) and Krasnaya (ION Orchard).