Watchmaking isn’t just a Swiss story. Watches have been created in numerous other nations, including France. Tragically, the Quartz Crisis hauled the vast majority of the French makes down, including Yema – unquestionably quite possibly the most famous French brands – which has been resuscitated as of late. As a component of an upcoming “Heritage” assortment, the brand is currently introducing its first model and I’m pleased to say that it is a dedicated and automatic re-release of its unbelievable jump watch. Meet the 2018 Yema Superman Heritage.
Those who read MONOCHROME consistently may realize that I’m French – effectively a valid justification for me to cover this curiosity. The second explanation that does right by me to acquaint this watch with you is my uncommon relationship with the brand: my first mechanical watch was a 1960s Yema chronograph given to me by my grandfather. To wrap things up, this watch is a re-version of what absolutely is the most famous French watch, the Superman – a watch created from the mid 1960s to the furthest limit of the 1980s (with a quartz development toward the end however) – and this re-release is a genuine mechanical watch, offered at a rather moderate cost. Reason three.
Yema’s history is connected to Henry Louis Belmont, a French watchmaker and business person who began his own company in 1948. He represented considerable authority in the making of very much constructed at this point moderate watches and was a pioneer in the mechanization of his creation line. The brand truly acquired celebrated during the 1960s and 1970s, with its motivation constructed assortment: Superman (plunging), Flygraf (pilot chronograph), Rallygraf (dashing chronograph) and Yachtingraf (regatta chronograph). The mechanical adaptations of these four watches are presently perceived as collectable things and are gradually acquiring an incentive on the vintage market.
The brand as of late once again introduced the Superman in a more current and reasonable arrangement – a few adaptations with bigger cases and quartz developments or a French-made calibre MBP100 (a development delivered by Ambre, the proprietor of Yema). Today, in any case, we’re looking at the Yema Superman Heritage, a really vintage-propelled watch and its ETA (Swiss-made) automatic development that gatherers will unquestionably appreciate.
This new Yema Superman Heritage is the primary model of an assortment of four watches that will be delivered in the coming weeks – Yema will likewise have a Flygraf, a Rallygraf and a Yachtingraf, three chronographs fueled via automatic Valjoux developments. However, the Superman is significantly more unique and absolutely the best illustration of the “cool French watch”. For this release, the brand has been dedicated to one explicit Superman model, the 1970 Reference 53.00.16, envisioned below:
Faithful to its ancestor, the 2018 Yema Superman Heritage is reissued in the mark 39mm steel case with sharp carries and the locking gadget for the bezel, the most famous plan highlight of the Superman situated at 3 o’clock close to the crown. The case has been 3D-displayed on a vintage model and simply somewhat adjusted to incorporate a cutting edge development. Much the same as the first form, the new Superman Heritage is water-impervious to 990 feet or 300 metres.
For the event of this re-release, Yema likewise reissues the first steel arm band found on vintage renditions, with a 5-interface profile and substituting brushed and cleaned surfaces. Indeed, even the catch is indistinguishable from the first with the decorated Yema logo. Generally speaking extents of the watch are on the controlled side, with a 39mm x 14mm case, 19mm carry width and 48mm from one drag to another – much the same as the 1970s model.
The dial is additionally a tribute to the past, with vintage-shaded lists and similar plan for the hands, the brilliant specks, the logo and the tracks. The date at 3 o’clock is devoted to the first model – so don’t anticipate a no-date variant. For this modern Yema Superman Heritage, the brand offers the decision between a domed mineral precious stone or a domed sapphire gem (for an extra EUR 150).
Last yet not least, the Yema Superman Heritage is fueled by a Swiss ETA 2824-2 (covered up under a strong steel back). Pre-orders for this watch collected in France are presently open. It is valued at EUR 949 (mineral glass) or EUR 1,099 (sapphire precious stone). Conveyances are normal towards the end of June 2018. More details on yema.com (in French…)