Based in France, Caudron watches pays tribute to the Caudron brothers. The two Frenchmen pioneered aviation, founded the World’s very first flight school and designed some of the planes that flew in WWI and WWII. Hergé, creator of comic stip character Tintin, took inspiration from one of the Caudron brothers plane in his Joe & Zette albums.
Back to the watches, the Caudron’s flagship model is a Unitas 6498 hand-wind watch that features a black dial with luminous numerals and luminous poires squelettées (skeleton pear-shaped) hands.
By their own admission, the Caudron watch takes cues from aviator timepieces of the 1930’s. The dial in particular has been modelled after GS/TP (General Service / Trade Pattern) pocket and wrist watches, which were commissionned by the British Ministry of Defence to brands like Cortébert, Cyma, Helvetia, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Omega, Rolex, Timor, Tissot and Universal between 1903 and 1954 (read more about GS/TP it here and here).