Chronograph, Diving Watch & Co. In Antique Look For The New Watch Year
At the Geneva Watchmaking Fair this year, some of the 30 exhibiting brands saw the return to old materials and designs. The watchmakers were particularly fond of choosing the first alloy used by humans: bronze. As the different brands interpret the material and its antique look in their models, we will show you in alphabetical order.
Bronze Watch # 1: Hautlence Vortex Bronze
Hautlence presented her new model Vortex Bronze at this year’s SIHH. After the Vortex 02 in red gold, the Swiss watch brand from Neuchâtel is thus also bringing out a bronze and titanium model.
The crown, the back of the belt pushers and the factory screws are made of titanium. The fully bronze housing measures 52 by 50 millimeters and accommodates the automatic manufac- turing caliber HL2.0. The factory offers a jumping hour, a retrograde minute display and a visible escapement that resembles a tourbillon. Thanks to the six built-in sapphire glasses, the wearer gets insights into the interior of his timepiece from different perspectives. To match the bronze case, the fashion Swiss watch is worn on the brown leather strap. Hautlence only produces eight copies of the Vortex bronze, which are available for 170,000 euros each.
Bronze Watch # 2: Mct The Sequential Two S220 Bronze
MCT first exhibited at Geneva’s SIHH 2017 ten years after its founding. The housing of theSequential Two S220 bronze is made by the Swiss brand from the same name, which combines antimagnetic properties and resistance to sea water. Contrary to the current trend towards anti- optics MCT treats the surfaces with a special procedure, whereby the 44.6 millimeter housing should retain its original color. The oxidation-induced color change, the result of which is referred to as a patina, is thereby to be prevented.
Inside, the Swiss watchmaker uses the caliber MCT52.1 to create a self-windingautomatic movement. The bronze colored minute hand is also distinguished by the black dial with white indices, while the hours can be read on one of the four symmetrically placed prisms. The Sequential Two S220 bronze, which is limited to ten models, is on the brown calf leather belt and costs 79,000 Swiss francs plus VAT.
Bronze Watch # 3: Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
With the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, another Swiss watchmaker is processing the Bronzetrend in its new collection. To highlight the reddish tone and the material-typical patina, Montblanc uses a certain copper-aluminum bronze.The model, limited to 100 copies, recognizes with its vintage look the Minerva models of the 1930s; the manufactory is now part of Montblanc.
The caliber MB M 16.29 is hand-operated in the interior of the 44-millimeter-sized chronograph, which convinces the connoisseur with its classic design with column wheel, V-shaped chronograph bridge and spiral coil with Phillips end curve. The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition is available at a price of 27,500 euros.
Bronze Watch # 4: Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo – 47mm
The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo as a classic diving watch equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel and up to 30 bar water resistant. Paneraimanufactures the housing of the 47-millimeter model of satined bronze. The reaction of the material with oxygen produces the typical look, which distinguish bronze watches.
The Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo is the evolution of a watch developed more than 50 years ago for the combatants of the Egyptian Navy. This can be seen in the dial design with fluorescent hands on a blue dial, small second as well as date display and bezel with scaling to calculate the dive time. The clock gives the manufakturigen caliber P.9010 with automatic elevator . Panerai manufactures 1,000 copies of the watch, the price of which is 14,000 euros each.