Monday, December 23, 2019

The Quadripod

From Utinam -
Courtesy of Utinam
Nearly four years to the day I first visited Besançon, I was back again.  At that time, Utinam was just about to open their boutique and they had a handful of watches along with pieces from Dodane (I believe) Bell & Ross and some of their magnificent clocks.  At the time, I picked up a 24 hour single hand watch that I quite like and still wear.  Had they had this on offer at the time, I probably would have pulled my credit card and made my purchase.

Like many brands in both France and Germany, Utinam has opted for a Japanese movement.  The shape is beguiling, and the blue dial is very pleasing.  But perhaps my favorite aspect?  The hands!  They are just different enough to engage and fascinate.

Courtesy of Utinam
Here are the pertinents -
(Keep in mind, this is Google Translated from French).

Stainless steel form piece, design in 2 parts connected by 4 screws slipped in visible sleeves. Transparent background allowing reading of the oscillating mass. A version exists in titanium nitride Pink Gold. Height: 43mm, Width: 38mm 

Domed sapphire above and below for oscillating weight reading. Particularity of the “ears” at 9:00 and 3:00. 

11½ Japanese mechanical-automatic, 21 jewels, frequency 21,600 vibrations per hour, power reserve: 40 hours. Date at 3 o'clock. 

Enamelled in cartridges; Blue, Ivory, Aventurine. 
Luminescent Hour and Minute, central second counterweight by La Practice à Morteau. 

Engraving of the 2-column eagle, emblem of Besançon. 

Lug Width: 24 mm, barenia calf leather, saddle stitching hand-wrapped by the Comptoir des Selliers in Besançon, stainless steel buckle.
Numbered limited series 
Specific engraving on request.

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