YEMA has redesigned their French Air Force models in conjunction with the French Air Force.
Inspired by the iconic Superman Heritage, YEMA has reintroduced their French Air Force models - designed in conjunction with the French Air Force - in order to meet the requirements of their diver rescuers and fighter pilots personnel. This exclusive military tool watch comes with a steel bezel, a matt black dial, black PVD coated hands and date disc wheel mirroring France's Air Force dark camouflage pattern.
The blue-white-red French national insignia used on military aircraft since World War I beautifully replaces the 6 o'clock index and is also stamped on the crown under a crystal coating, while the French Air Force logo is found on the dial and the case-back.
Available in both black PVD and silver steel case, the Superman French Air Force is equipped with YEMA's in-house caliber MBP1000 and features a matt black dial printed with "French Air Force" logo and the colored national insignia at 6 o'clock.
These 2 models are proposed as a Collector's Edition limited to 1,948 timepieces each, delivered in a French Air Force branded leather travel case and the official pilot watch canvas strap in addition to the original steel bracelet.
The history of YEMA’s collaboration with the French Air Force
The historic collaboration between France's Air Force and YEMA started in the early 1970s through the design of one of the first Superman models to equip a special operations elite team of rescue divers.
The most recent collaboration dates from 2017 through which a Superman model was made exclusively available to French Air Force fighter pilots and personnel.
With this new partnership, France's Air Force envisions all-round, reliable and perfectly readable military tool watches to equip all their staff, from fighter pilots to rescue divers and ground personnel such as technicians and mechanics. The Limited Edition models will be made available in priority to France's Air Force personnel but also to the general public.
Tim Vaux comments on the new release:
"These watches are perfect for the task they’ve been assigned to. The stainless steel model with its matching bezel colour, touches of red throughout and attractive bracelet rival the more traditionally ‘serious’ looking PVD Black option. YEMA has done a fantastic job with these!"
Since 1948, YEMA has designed sports watches specifically for Diving, Car Racing, Aviation and Sailing. Their workshops are based in the town of Morteau, at the heart of France’s watch craftsmanship region, in a secluded valley in the Jura mountains just a few miles away from Switzerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds. YEMA is run by a third generation watchmakers‘ family with a team averaging over 30 years of service. Design, prototyping and assembling is all administered in house by highly experienced French traditional watchmakers.