As its name suggests, the Classico Tungsten 50 includes a 50mm case and it is also available in a smaller 45mm version. There is also one with inverted dial colors that comes on a dark brown leather strap. And these are simply two of the bigger Classico lineup with pieces made from sterling silver, ceramic, titanium, and many different variations, so there’s several options to select from.With the ring, the Classico Tungsten weighs in at 8.5oz. Each of the metal portions of the watch feature a satin hand complete while the tungsten bezel includes a mirror-like shine. The advantage to using tungsten to your bezel material is that it’s an extremely hard material and will withstand abrasions far better than steel. Together with the bezel, the pushers are also polished that provides a very good looking, subtle contrast between the components.
U-Boat’s designer Italo Fontano has gone to new extremes in the creation of the Unicum.
The watch is made piece by piece, with various components given detailed finishes using a variety of techniques from acid baths to hand painting.
This production mish-mash has created a watch that looks as though it has been dug out of the ground after hundreds of years, rather than the brand new and painstakingly put together timepiece that it is.
Using U-Boat’s U-42 B&B novelty from 2012 as its base, each Unicum will be entirely different, as the processes used mean each will have a different look to the next.
The watch has a double superimposed dial – one bronze hued, one black – with an acid treatment applied to its titanium case, bezel and leather strap that creates a pre-worn, eroded aesthetic.
The watch will be on display at U-Boat’s stand at BaselWorld this week.