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Five ultra-light yet durable titanium watches

Twice as stronger as stainless steel, titanium is an extremely lightweight metal, offers hypoallergenic properties, and makes for a perfect material for crafting high-quality timepieces
First introduced in the 1970s with the release of the Citizen X8 Chronometer, titanium watches are, undoubtedly, all the rage these days, and the reasons for this trend aren’t unfounded at all. As a material, titanium is twice as strong as stainless steel while being 45% lighter than it. Not only this, it offers peerless durability along with hypoallergenic properties—owing to the presence of oxygen, titanium has the ability to develop a thin oxide film that prevents it from interacting with its surroundings, including human skin. Today, almost every luxury watchmaking brand either offers a collection of titanium watches or special editions to cater to the rising demand for the material among watch enthusiasts. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the finest titanium watches available on the market.  

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium 
 
Originally released in stainless steel in 2019, the Odysseus was presented in titanium earlier this year. Made from grade 5 titanium, the new model measured 40.5mm and featured a seamless combination of matte sand-blasted, polished and brushed surfaces. Meanwhile, the dial came in an alluring ice blue colour that consisted of a variety of textures, such as the central part had a grainy surface and the periphery offered a wavy texture. Equipped with the Calibre L155.1 Datomatic, the timepiece could beat at the frequency of 28,800vph and run autonomously for 50 hours.



Blancpain Air Command Flyback Chronograph Titanium 

The Air Command collection by Blancpain offers one of the most formidable high-performance, pilot watches available. In 2022, the Swiss watchmaker expanded the range by adding two brand-new iterations, including a titanium model. Sized at a compact 36.2mm, the timepiece came with a bi-directional bezel in blue that perfectly matched the dial. The display of the new iteration was reminiscent of the original timepiece, consisting of two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock positions, large Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a series of scales on the periphery with a tachymeter scale. Under the hood, the watch featured an in-house self-winding Calibre F188 that stored a power reserve of up to 40 hours. 



Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic 

When first launched back in 2017, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic created quite a stir as it was not only the thinnest watch in the world but also offered a titanium case that was ultra-light in weight and super-comfortable to wear. Even after five years of its release, the Octo Finissimo Automatic remains a crowd pleaser, thanks to its ergonomic and unique octagonal design, and its mere 2.23mm thick BVL 138 movement that is decorated by hand with Côtes de Genève, chamfering and perlage finishing. The timepiece has a power reserve of 60 hours and is water resistant up to 30m.  



Longines Aviation BigEye 
 
Taking its design cues from the watches made by Longines in the 1930s, this Aviation BigEye model is a retro-cool timepiece that’s crafted from high-quality titanium, offering longevity and optimal wearability. The timepiece features a petrol blue gradient dial, which comprises a classic chronograph layout along with Arabic numerals and sand-blasted hands filled with cream-coloured Super-LumiNova. Powered with the Calibre L688, the watch has a power reserve of 54 hours and is fashioned with an elegant-looking brown-coloured calf leather strap.  




TAG Heuer Aquaracer Green Titanium  

Last year, TAG Heuer revamped its well-known Aquaracer collection and added a slew of new iterations to it, including an eye-catchy titanium model. The 43mm watch was housed in a sandblasted matt-finished titanium case along with a carefully designed titanium bracelet that just snugged on the wrist. Apart from this, the timepiece came with an exquisite, clean, and perfectly legible green dial that was powered by the automatic Calibre 5—based on the ETA 2824-2, the movement beats at the frequency of 28,800vph and provides a standard power reserve of 42 hours.   


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