This past year U-Boat arrived on the scene using the U-42 special edition series, a 53mm titanium monster with different diver’s watch developed in 1942 by Ilvo Fontana, grandfather of company leader Italo Fontana. The U-42 would be a very distinctive watch that offered an entirely unique try looking in the U-Boat line, one which taken part more with the kind of Panerai and Audemars Piguet (however for a smaller amount money). This season U-Boat has broadened the U-42 selection to incorporate a computerized chronograph, in addition to a midsize 47mm model to match more average wrist dimensions.
The U-42 is distinguished by its hefty situation design, which sits tall around the wrist and it is trigger with a large rotating bezel. A patented folding crown cuts down on the profile a little in comparison towards the usual U-Boat screw-on crown cap. Regardless of the size, it isn’t huge watch, because of using Grade 5 titanium for that situation. Dials are brownish with beige luminescent numbers and hands.
The brand new version go ahead and take initial design (that was initially produced in a 65mm small 29 piece special edition because the U-1942) and updates it a little for any new number of 999 pieces per model. The large news was the discharge from the U-42 Chronograph both in 53mm and 47mm dimensions this adds the ever-popular Valjoux automatic chronograph towards the U-42 and spices or herbs up the style of the dial with the addition of a helpful complication. The pushers for that chrono are very well integrated so they won’t disrupt the situation design – the totally reset pusher is really a rectangular U-42 logo design that appears just like a plaque, as the start-stop button is really a dummy crown-release hook out of the box located on the standard U-42 (it doesn’t contain the crown in position around the chrono, however).
The following large step (no pun intended) for that line ended up being to downscale it to some more reasonable size. 53mm watches are awesome, however they aren’t for everybody. To broaden the benefit of the U-42, U-Boat has launched a 47mm form of the initial and also the chronograph. This really is very good news for individuals people with average arms – the 47mm is large enough to stick out, although not so large it looks absurd on the small wrist. Exactly the same was accomplished for the U-1001 number of special edition watches for diving, using the original 55mm being scaly lower to 47mm, and also the U-51 chronograph which went from 51mm to 46mm. Large continues to be in, and also the 47mms are plenty large, but U-Boat is clearly realizing that ENORMOUS watches don’t attract everybody. The only real complaint we have ever learned about the U-42 was its imposing size, now the 47 addresses that problem.
Like several U-42s, each watch belongs to a designated limited number of 999 pieces. All U-42s possess a plaque along the side of their situation to point the serial number (non chrono models also indicate the serial around the dial). Each is available in an enormous stainless presentation situation, designated to complement the timepiece. U-Boat has always done a fantastic job with presentation of their limited models, and also the U-42 isn’t any exception.
Straps are hands-sewn calfskin leather. They’re impressive by themselves the leather is thick and highly dyed having a chestnut brown finish which will age superbly. The stitching is really a heavy shined up cord that’s very distinctive. It’s just a little harder than the usual machine-made strap, the whole idea. It features a vintage utilitarian look that sticks out inside a ocean of dull, regular straps. Anybody who likes custom straps (cough – Panerai nuts – cough) will like the look.
That’s it – the U-42 selection grows to match more users. The initial design would be a very distinctive watch that become a huge hit to a lot of but was a little hard to put on should you didn’t have large arms – the 47mm variants address this problem and supply a scaly-lower option to the 53 that also keeps a lot of wrist presence. And also the chronograph models adds the functionality of this most helpful of complications having a workhorse Valjoux calibre. U-Boat is constantly on the provide intriguing and distinctive watches that actually stand aside from everyone else, and also the U-42 is among their most original designs. For additional info on U-Motorboats you are able to give us a call at 514 845 8878 or visit our contact page form.