Swiss Army/Wenger Aerograph Watch Review: Chrono, Cockpit, Vintage, Military
Wenger Aerograph watches move away from subtle embellishments evident in various Victorinox collections, and present a straightforward, symmetrical design that might appear Spartan to an untrained eye. It's obvious immediately that Wenger is a subsidiary of Swiss Army – both of the brand and of the government institute.
Despite this naked quality, Aerographs consistently employ colors, designating various palette schemes for hands, dials, indexes, numerals, and subdials (in chronograph and other complications). The colors prove that Wenger don't pursue minimalism – an aesthetic trend that influences fashion designs – but, on the contrary, try to maximize legibility by economically using available visual tools. Brown, orange, white, gray and yellow hues resonate powerfully on nearly empty faces, rendering time reading almost instantaneous.
Aerograph is Wenger's largest collection, containing a set of four lines, featuring various complications and functionalities.
Aerograph cockpit stands out because of its unusual rectangular shape, which locks a circle within a square. Wenger furnish the time keepers with such functions as chronograph and date, hosted by the the Swiss quartz caliber inside the case. Standard looking, round variations resemble Victorinox Summit.
Vintage Aerographs feature a subdial for the seconds hands and an interesting improvement of the date complication: a triple aperture very similar to Aviation Oris BC4 watches. This is, after all a pilot's watch.
Wenger Aerograph chronographs create powerful color contrasts (yellow on black, or simply white on black backdrop) to allow the wearers effortless eye control of the function. The subdials contain fat, expressive small hands and accompanying indexes. Stainless steel case with a marked unidirectional bezel complete the design.
Day-Date models comes closest to Seiko 5 Military watches, but are also Wenger's most casual, informal looking timers. Still, a strong, red central seconds hand carves the dial as an alarm reminding that despite appearances, this a Swiss Army, and essentially a military timepiece.