As of now, the names Massena and Massena LAB ought to be natural to you. William Massena is a watch authority and industry veteran who as of late made Massena LAB, a horological imaginative studio that plans and creates watches. Up to this point, these watches were the consequences of collaborations with set up brands, like Habring2 , Unimatic or MB&F . For his fourth task, William heads out in a different direction and presents Massena LAB’s first independent watch. An accolade for the collectable Universal Genève Uni-Compax “Big Eye”, here is the cool engine dashing propelled Massena LAB Uni-Racer.
Having spent in excess of a couple of years going about as a watch barker, it is protected to say that William knows some things about pined for vintage chronographs. Among endless potential watches, William has an extraordinary inclination about a watch dispatched in 1963 and ended in 1965, the Universal Genève Uni-Compax. A unique watch that stood apart from the group, it was alluded to as “The Big Eye” in view of its curiously large 30-minute sub-counter and its more modest seconds sub-dial. Regular of the games chronograph of the 1960s, which were instrumental watches reason worked for a mission, this watch has been the principle wellspring of motivation for the new Massena LAB Uni-Racer.
This new watch is a cutting edge translation of the clique exemplary, re-altered with a contemporary reasonableness and refreshed plan codes. Seeing the new form close to the old UG watch leaves no questions with regards to its progenitor. Nonetheless, a few things have advanced to make the Uni-Racer a watch of the 2020s.
The instance of the Uni-Racer presently quantifies 39mm in distance across and 13mm in tallness. Surely compact extents in the current market, yet a slight increment over the first model and its 36mm case. The state of the watch has, be that as it may, been regarded, with its sharp, rakish hauls, its straight casebands and its level, cleaned bezel. The case combines brushed surfaces with cleaned emphasizes. As a tribute to vintage watches, the watch is fitted with a 4mm thick domed plexiglass precious stone and engraved with Massena LAB logo in the center. Pushers and crown are exemplary and in accordance with the vintage, instrumental look of the watch.
Regarding the dial, the Massena LAB Uni-Racer is again extraordinarily propelled by the UG Big Eye. The watch is available in two variants. First is the UR-001 with a white panda dial and blue hands. Second is the UR-002 with a dark dial, silver differentiating sub-counter and hands. Most subtleties of the UG have been steadfastly duplicated, including the red crosshair, the cudgel markers with iridescence, the fringe tachymetre scale or the snailed little running seconds, again with a red crosshair. Obviously, the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock holds its larger than usual extents with a hued segment for the initial 5 minutes and red markings each 10 minutes.
One of the most striking components of vintage Universal Genève watches was frequently their intense, strange hands, and the Uni-Compax was no exemption for the standard. Current dauphine hands were utilized for the hours and minutes, while straight iridescent mallet prepared the sub-counters, making a unique character. Those hands must be important for the new Massena LAB Uni-Racer and have been recreated in a pleasant manner. Specifically, the dim blue hands that prepare the sub-counters of the dark model, just as being utilized for quite a long time of the Panda watch. The correct tone, changing from practically dark to clear blue, has been accomplished by a combination of warming, oxidation and other metal treatments.
Powering the Uni-Racer UR-001 and UR-002 is a notable, solid and effectively functional development, the Sellita SW-510. This hand-twisted adaptation of the Valjoux base offers a comfortable 58h force hold and runs at a 4Hz recurrence. The development is covered up under a strong steel caseback.
The last touch for these watches are pleasant cowhide lashes, shut by steel pin clasps – a dull “Bleu de France” Saffiano tie for the Panda model and a concrete dark finished calfskin tie for the dark version.
Availability & price
The Massena LAB Uni-Racer UR-001 and UR-002 will each be restricted to 200 pieces and would now be able to be requested from www.massenalab.com . It will be valued at USD 3,495.