Back in late 2018, William Massena at the same time dispatched his own task named “Massena LAB” just as the principal watch coming about because of this endeavor, the great bronze Habring2 Erwin LAB01 . Known as an energetic watch gatherer (among numerous other things), Massena has a couple of associations in the watch business (no doubt) and realizes who to collaborate with. His most recent collaboration watch is not the same as his first endeavor with Massena LAB and has been made with a contemporary and in vogue Italian watchmaker. Meet the cool, available and vintage-enlivened UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6.
William Massena is one of those certain names in the watch business. He’s a functioning member in the realm of horology as an authority, specialist and previous barker. He was a retailer with stores in Miami and New York, and later turned into the Chief Operating Officer of Antiquorum in Geneva. He found the watch authorities’ gathering TimeZone in its most punctual days in 1995 and has been subsidiary with the site from that point onward, first as an arbitrator, and now as its Managing Director. In 2018, William dispatched “Massena LAB”, a company that makes and proposes ideas to brands, and offers restricted editions.
The first watch coming about because of this venture was a bronze loser seconds Habring2, with area dial – a rich, unique watch with character. The second Massena LAB collab-watch reflects William’s enthusiasm for vintage jump watches. For this one, the thought was to make it special yet open, which is the reason UNIMATIC, a contemporary Italian watch brand mixing vintage and present day plan with sensible costs, was selected.
The UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno
UNIMATIC is known predominantly for its unique Modello Uno. The possibility of the two originators was to mix vintage and contemporary plan signals and to offer exceptional release watches. Not just have these watches end up being all around planned and very much assembled, yet they stand apart with a novel interpretation of moderation – a portion of their manifestations don’t even have markers or highlight a “nude” plunging bezel.
For this Massena LAB release, as per William, that thought was “what would a UNIMATIC watch from the 1950s look like today?“. Thus, take the exemplary Modello Uno and envision it after an extreme life, worn as a jumping instrument, much the same as those vintage, patinated, blurred old “tropical” Submariners that are so mainstream on auction.
The Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 chiefly contrasts from the standard model by its bezel, dial and caseback. The lay depends on the applauded watch that UNIMATIC offers in different varieties as of now. This implies a 40mm case – the bezel’s measurement is 41.5mm – made of brushed steel with an exemplary jump watch look. The drags are strong, the crown is larger than usual (8mm) and exceptionally ensured by two raised shoulders and the watch has a 2.5mm domed sapphire precious stone on top. It is likewise 300m water-resistant.
Then comes the specificities. The UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno doesn’t shroud its association with 1950s jumpers, including the world’s celebrated “Bond” Submariner ref. 6538. This is appeared on the bezel, in dark anodized aluminum, with a red triangle and raised lume spot at 12 o’clock, just as a 15-minute graduated area – a first for a UNIMATIC Modello Uno. The bezel is, obviously, unidirectional and pivots with 120 particular clicks.
And then we proceed onward to the “cool factor”, the dial. To accomplish the “tropical” look wanted by Massena, every last one of the U1-ML6 dial’s experienced an arousing interaction, blurring from the first dark tone to its warm brown shade. As each dial responds contrastingly to the cycle, no two are exactly indistinguishable. This patinated shading is combined with hand-applied “old radium” Super-LumiNova indexes. The dials are “fatto a mano” (handcrafted) in Milan, Italy. The presentation is, fortunately, no-date and the time is demonstrated by darkened hands, with coordinating “old radium” paint and a switched candy seconds hand.
Turning the watch over, the screwed caseback highlights an uncommon etching, portraying Greek god Poseidon. It is likewise a recognition needed by Massena: “Aside from the reference to the divine force of the ocean, the etching honors World War II saint and veteran Alastair Robertson, an officer in the British Royal Navy. Prior to his retirement, he filled in as the guide for the plane carrying warship HMS Ocean, the boat’s peak was that of Poseidon.”
To keep an open value, the UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno is controlled by the attempted and-tried Caliber Seiko NH35A, a programmed development with a 41h force save and a 3Hz recurrence. A development that is not difficult to support and known for its good exactness and its longevity.
This restricted release UNIMATIC is introduced in a powerful flight case and comes on a Horween Cordovan Shell leather tie and a dark hard core nylon NATO strap.
Price and availability
The UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 is a restricted release of 99 exclusively numbered pieces and is evaluated at USD 850. It will be available for orders starting today (March second, 2020) through massenalab.com only.