Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
The Khaki Field Auto also comes in titanium, finally. It is nothing new you might argue since a 42mm titanium Khaki Field already exists; why then talk about a new watch, considering that the collection is part of Hamilton's offering already? If you take a closer look at these two variants, you can quickly get what's new; a hard task given the multitude of product references the brand offers.
Belonging to the 42mm collection, whose options are all self-winding, the Khaki Field Titanium confirms that Hamilton is closing the gap between modern and historic military pieces, which keeps strengthening brand awareness. The two new timepieces also pay tribute, from an aesthetic standpoint to a mechanical manual winding Khaki and the original Khaki Field Mechanical. Here is why the date window has been removed from the dial, in my opinion.
Hamilton adds two color combinations that represent a more mature take on the Khaki Field theme, aiming for superior readability and visibility in the dark, primarily with the PVD-treated case, whose outcome is a somewhat unusual military feel. I also like the "Titanium" inscription on the case side; it underlines the product category this Khaki belongs to. It is something I would have criticized anywhere else; I believe it is on point here instead.
Hamilton adopts Grade 2 Titanium, which is easier to mill and industrialize on a large-scale production such as that associated with a top-selling product like the Khaki. It also allows the brand to keep the price point more competitive in comparison to Grade 5 titanium. All in all, titanium is an excellent choice if you're looking for hypoallergenic properties and lightness. When looking at the new dials, from the photos we have been provided (in some markets, our competitors were able to get their hands on the watches), I feel the new ones offer bigger luminous dots on the outer ring, especially when comparing old and new PVD Khaki.
Among the new features, I would highlight the brown leather strap with a double pin buckle, whose craftsmanship and softness reminds me of the Khaki Field Mechanical 50mm's NATO leather strap. I also believe the 50mm Khaki would deserve a titanium option too, but that's a different topic. Priced at 895 Euros (PVD option) and 850 Euros (steel case) respectively, the 2020 Khaki Field Auto Titanium adopts the ETA C07 mechanical movement, capable of ensuring eighty hours of power reserve.
Although I usually prefer steel over PVD (or DLC) treated steel, I believe the latter option is the one to go and the closest to a modern military-inspired timepiece. In either case and here is my very last comment, I would have, however, opted for a solid case back.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Hamilton Watch)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®