Hot off the Press this week is the first of its kind, a black titanium watch from U-Boat watches. Unique to the watch world, this 52mm black titanium U-boat watch weighs just 179g and is waterproof up to 200m. Titanium has the highest strength to weight ratio of any metal and is resistant to corrosion. This makes it a very useful material in the design of water-resistant products, like watches designed for scuba diving and other water based activities. Due to the extreme pressures the watch may be subjected to at 200m below sea-level, the exhibition glass displaying the watch movement has been reduced in size, to just show the balance wheel.
The ‘52mm’ refers to the width of the watch face – U-Boat watches range in size from 45mm to 55mm. The label is famed for producing oversized wristwear with a utilitarian, sturdy and surprisingly sexy appearance. They are also known for placing the crown and chronograph pushers to the left of the watch so as not to obstruct movement and to offer more security – known in U-Boat speak as the ‘left hook’. The ‘52mm’ black titanium hottie uses Valjoux Movement (that’s Swiss-made chronograph movement to the uninformed among us) and has a power reserve of 44 hours at 28,800 alternations per hour.
U-Boat watches have an interesting heritage. Although the company was created in the 1940s to produce precision watches for pilots, only one batch of watches made it out the factory, due to the Second World War. It wasn’t until 1999 that the grandson of the creator, Italo Fontana, resurrected the company and began designing high calibre watches, for the sports and luxury markets.
U-Boat watches have a distinct nautical-military style, that wouldn’t look amiss on the arm of a suave looking man of action. Their watches are built for the outdoors but lend themselves stylishly to more comfortable, glamorous surroundings. For instance U-Boat watches have been the official sponsors of the American Grammy Awards in the past and celebrity fans include action men Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone.
U-Boats incredible 52mm black titanium watch, is not only unique, it is also very exclusive. With just 200 pieces created, this special wristpiece has watch lovers around the world clamoring to get their hands on a piece of history.
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