Hanhart has collaborated with the renowned illustrator Matthew Miller who provides a new perspective on storytelling, quality and creativity by creating the most influential illustrations in the world. Matthew, just like Hanhart, is a pioneer of exceptional work. He merges fashion and horology together and takes his experience to the next level, his goal “Moda-Horlogerie”. The timepieces are all hand-painted for individuals who value style, art and culture.

Matthew, also known as “Sunflowerman”, was caught by the passion for watches by watch collectors and owners whilst he explored their incredibly emotional bond to timepieces. Stories of heirloom pieces from grandparents and new collections beginning with gifts between newlyweds stood out.

The tradition behind the PIONEER collection stretches all the way back to 1939 when Hanhart made the first aviator chronograph, and probably produced the most units. As a result, pilot watches of Hanhart were worn by the German armed forces and many personal and unbelievable stories are told until today.

The traditional design and moderate height of the case have made the PIONEER chronographs one of the most sought-after models. Everything is integrated harmoniously on the clearly organised dial: the recessed totalizers, the luminous Arabic numerals and the perfectly proportioned poirot hands for hours and minutes.

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Illustration PIONEER MonoControl

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Illustration process of the Hanhart PIONEER MonoControl

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Artwork of Sunflowerman

The PIONEER MonoControl

Hanhart upholds the tradition in producing legendary pilot watches and unites the clear instrument inspired design of its predecessor from 1938 with the outstanding technology of the 21 century. In both form and function, the PIONEER MonoControl is a virtually perfect example of a classic pilot’s watch. The black or silver-coloured dial with luminescent indices is reduced to essentials: legibility is a top priority.

Compared with its predecessor, the stainless-steel case has increased by 2 millimetres to 42 millimetres. Also worth mentioning, the contemporary modified date window at 6. The watches, which are water-resistant to 10 bar, are powered by a modified chronograph movement HAN3911 and have a 42-hour power reserve. In terms of precision and robustness – and like all its predecessors – the PIONEER MonoControl meets the full schedule of requirements for professional Pilot’s Watches “Made in Germany”.

The PIONEER MonoControl is reminiscent of the first mono-pusher chronograph produced by the Gütenbach manufactory in 1938, which featured Hanhart’s own “Calibre 40”. All chronograph functions of this unconventional wristwatch – start, stop and zero setting – are performed by the same button, and they always follow strictly one after the other. In order to obtain the mono-pusher conversion, the automatic chronograph movement, which is based on calibre ETA Valjoux 7750, is slightly redesigned in Hanhart’s own workshops by using the module from La Joux-Perret.


Hanhart PIONEER MonoControl

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