Monochrome Watches

Bangalore, India isn’t typically associated with watchmaking. Far removed from historical centres in Switzerland and Germany, Bangalore has an interesting watchmaking history of its own. Hindustan Machine Tools Limited (HMT) was a state-owned brand from the 1960s and for decades represented Indian watchmaking. HMT watches were generally the only game in town with a production of several million per year. The brand has since disappeared with Titan Watches now the dominant player, but Bangalore Watch Company is carving a market for itself with uniquely Indian, limited production models. The Bangalore MACH 1 automatic celebrates the Indian Air Force MiG 21 Type 77 with design elements seen throughout the case and dial, with a special edition using aluminium from a decommissioned jet. Read the full coverage of the MACH 1 launch on the Monochrome Website.