Introducing The Unimatic x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 (With Exclusive Live Pics)
The name William Massena is notable to the online watch gathering community. From multiple points of view, he assisted with building it. In his initial days at Timezone.com, he formed early watch grant on the internet and ultimately turned into the gathering’s overseeing chief, a mantle he just surrendered recently. Through everything, Massena has wrote articles, said something regarding discusses that still impassion gatherers, and assisted with molding the fortunes of watchmakers huge and little. Those fresher to the watch leisure activity may have first experienced him in quite a while 2015 appearance on Talking Watches or when he was a visitor on HODINKEE Radio. With Massena LAB, a stage he dispatched for making restricted release watches in 2018, the ingrained gatherer and watch master makes the sorts of watches that he, at the end of the day, needs to wear. Massena LAB’s first coordinated effort was with Habring², and Stephen covered it here.
“Massena LAB is somewhat of a watch plan studio that lives in my mind,” Massena told HODINKEE. “I have been gathering watches, talking watches, and living looks throughout the previous 30 years, and I know a large portion of the entertainers around here. I figured I could make a few looks for myself and my companions. There are no genuine plan specificities or even value point. It will be a steady development of my discussion with watchmakers.”
Today, we have the most recent Massena LAB cooperation to introduce: A 99-piece restricted release with Italian game watch expert Unimatic that honors plunge watches from the 1950s. It’s accessible solely through Massena LAB.
“Massena LAB is somewhat of a watch plan studio that lives in my head.”
– William Massena
The UNIMATIC x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 incorporates a considerable lot of the sayings that are recognizable to vintage sport watch lovers incorporated into a cutting edge tempered steel jumper with 300 meters of water opposition. The watch is a lot of a Unimatic fit as a fiddle, yet it’s been given a neo-vintage treatment that functions admirably with the Modello Uno’s as of now vintage-inclining aesthetic.
The first thing you’re probably going to see is its tropical dial. It’s been turned a chestnut earthy colored through inundation in a galvanic shower. As 99 of the watches are being made and the way toward diverting the dials from dark to brown doesn’t yield entirely uniform outcomes, no two dials are actually the equivalent, and Massena says the dials will in general light up after they are cased. Below you can see a scope of what the dials may resemble. For reference, the watch that we shot in this story has a dial on the dim finish of the spectrum.
The vintage topic proceeds to the composition on the dial and its section ring, which are delivered in overlaid print. The lume has been applied pleasantly and intensely by hand to the hour markers and to the hands. As you can find in the photograph beneath, the dial sparkles splendidly. I think the way that the lume is hand-applied is significantly more apparent when you take a gander at the shot with the lume glowing.
In a first for Unimatic, the individual minutes are just mostly graduated – with a fifteen-minute marker – rather than other Unimatic bezels that have would in general be either completely graduated or shunned these bezel markings altogether. The bezel likewise remembers a huge red triangle for which sits the pearl pip, a reference to certain vintage jump watches from the ’50s. The 120-click bezel is marginally more extensive than the case, empowering simple grasping and operation.
On the back, you’ll discover an etching of the Greek lord of the ocean, Poseidon. There’s a story here that goes past Greek folklore. The meaning of the picture is really a praise to the recognized British Royal Navy official and World War II saint Alastair Robertson, who before his retirement filled in as the guide on board the HMS Ocean, whose peak was that of Poseidon. The association with Robertson, who passed in 1998, is important to Massena: Robertson was his better half’s granddad. On the opposite side of this caseback is a strong Seiko programmed development, the cal. NH35A, which gives 41 hours of force save and runs at 21,600 vph.
I’m just going to say it: This watch is loads of fun. I believe it’s incredible that Massena LAB’s subsequent joint effort has brought about a moderate jumper pointed right at the lover community. While I don’t yet claim a watch from Unimatic, the brand has enticed me on a couple of events when my partners have called them in for inclusion. This model very well could push me to pull the trigger. One thing that I truly love about Unimatic is that the watches look and feel much in a way that is better than what you at times get with a three-figure mechanical jumper. The activities of turning the bezel and tightening the crown feel great. Say what you will about the utilization of fauxtina – I end up reasoning the dial on the model we captured looks great.
The Unimatic x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 comes with a Horween shell cordovan tie. As you’d expect, the surface and the comfort are awesome. The full pack additionally incorporates a sturdy Unimatic extreme case and a second nylon NATO should you need to make this watch some portion of your late spring plans and bounce in the pool – something you likely wouldn’t consider doing with a 65-year-old watch. However, with this present Unimatic’s moderate cost and 300 meters of water opposition, why not?
As we were going to distribute this story we saw that the Unimatic x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6 had immediately sold out this morning. The smartest choice is to join the wait list.
Brand: Unimatic for Massena LAB
Model: Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6
Diameter: 40mm case, 41.5mm bezel
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: “Tropical” dial made with galvanic treatment
Indexes: Hand-applied Super-LumiNova
Lume: Hand-applied Super-LumiNova on markers and hands
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Horween shell cordovan Color 8 tie; dark, substantial Unimatic nylon NATO strap
Caliber: Seiko NH35A
Functions: Hours, minutes, hacking seconds
Power Reserve: 41 hours
Evaluating & Availability
Availability: Sold out
Limited Edition: 99 pieces
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