Based on a watch developed by Italo Fontana’s grandfather in 1942 for the Italian Navy, the original U-42 represents a great example of design purity with strong timeless recognized U-BOAT identity.
Everything started from that first draft. Italo’s grandfather had a brilliant idea, he designed a futuristic and large watch, with the crown on the left to grant the wrist with more freedom of movement, and usable while wearing gloves. It was this model coupled with his passion for “Vintage Culture” who gave Italo twelve years ago the input to start this new challenge of bringing the project back to life and making his grandfather’s dream reality.
Every U-BOAT creation also from different collections such as Classico, Flightdeck and Thousands of Feet is always characterized by this “retro-style look”, this time with the UNICUM, Italo has gone beyond his limits, designing a watch completely coming from the past.
Great example of fine Italian handiwork, for this limited edition of only 99 items, the 2012 Baselworld novelty U-42 B & B has been subjected to specific treatments to create a one of a kind masterpiece.
Embodying Italo’s passion for bronze coloration matched with dark shades, the double superimposed dial, one in brass bronze colored and one in black, case and titanium bezel have been treated with carefully selected acids in order to increase the Vintage look effect.
The hands have been painted first, discolored and then scratched by hand meticulously on purpose to age them. To complete the UNICUM concept a range of straps in leather, great example of fine Italian handiwork, has been deliberately and patiently distressed , subjected to specific treatments with same selected acids , one by one shaped and hand-stitched by craftsmen from Tuscany.
Model: U-42 UNICUM, Ref. 8088
Automatic mechanical modified and personalized at U-Boat specifications with stem position at 9 o’clock
Frequency: 28.800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz
Power reserve: 40 hours
Height: 4,60 mm
Hours, minutes, seconds
In titanium, with subsequent treatment of IP Black coating
Crown, pin of the hook, screws on the bezel, bezel release lever, and limited serial numbering case plate in bronze
Bidirectional rotating bezel in titanium lockable with a lever on the right side of the case
12 o’clock ball indicator on the bezel made of ceramic
53 mm diameter
Case back in titanium fixed on case with 6 encapsulated hexagon screws in steel, serial number engraved by hand on the back case
Crystal: sapphire glass.
Water resistance: 300 meters, 30 ATM.
Matte black, markers treated with superluminova (peach color)
Baton hands, treated with superluminova
The dial, the case and the hands are refinished by hand using the traditional artisanal techniques. This handmade technique renders each U-Boat UNICUM, different and one of its kind.
Handmade and hand finished calf leather, carefully selected and processed following the traditional artisan handcrafted techniques, which give the strap a naturally distressed feel and look.
Buckle in titanium, with subsequent coating PVD opaque black and tongue in bronze