With its new Flottante timepiece, Italian watch brand ErrediBi takes the manufacturing of submersible watches to the extreme level.
In the market, you will come across thousands of diving and nautical timepieces with water resistances of 300 meters and more. However, Flottante doesn’t belong to this crowd. Although it has a water resistance of 300 meters, this timepiece stands out from the crowd thanks to its special features.
First of all, Flottante has the ability to float, a feature that you won’t find in any other diving or nautical watches. A special internal complication helps the metal bodied Flottante watch to float on the water. The next major aspect of this timepiece is its extremely complex case construction. Measuring 44mm diameter, its case is made of 10 different components and all these parts are machined from the whole piece of material through modern computerized control processes.
The Flottante watch boasts a visionary design that is unique and instantly recognizable at a glance. It is also incorporates new materials and finishes directly borrowed from industrial field.
The original case is the result of a chain of industrial processes that never used in the traditional watch making. Each piece is entirely made in Italy, in the area east of Milan called Brianza. The external case made from titanium 6AL-4V is finished with hand polishing and burnishing by forge.
Also made from titanium 6AL-4V, the internal case, bezel and hexagonal crown feature bead blasted finish. The watch’s bidirectional rotating upper bezel, case back and lugs are made from cold-plated Ergal 7075.
The Flottante also unveils a unique architecture in the world watch scene. The “blade” shaped lugs embrace the hexagonal body by penetrating it and function as a crown protector.
The technical challenge behind the refinement of a floating watch case was immediately aimed at perfecting a timepiece that could actually be used in various extreme sailing disciplines. In case of an unintentional loss from the wrist, it will be very easy to find the watch in water thanks to its floating feature.
The engine that drives this extra-ordinary diving watch is a modified ETA 2671 automatic movement.
The ErrediBi Flottante watch is available in limited editions only.
Made in 10 parts, each made from the whole piece of material:
- External case (titanium 6AL-4V, hand polished and burnished by forge)
- Internal case (titanium 6AL-4V, bead blasted finish)
- Bezel (titanium 6AL-4V, bead blasted finish)
- Bidirectional rotating upper bezel made in two mirrored units, with relief indices (Ergal 7075, cold-plated)
- Etched case back (Ergal 7075, cold-plated)
- Right lug, compenetrating the outer case (Ergal 7075, cold-plated)
- Left lower lug, compenetrating the outer case (Ergal 7075, cold-plated)
- Upper left lug, compenetrating the outer case (Ergal 7075, cold-plated), with crown protection function
- Hexagonal crown (titanium 6AL-4V, bead blasted finish), mountable at 4 or 10 hour position
Dimensions and weight
Diameter: 44 mm
Thickness: 16.8 mm
Lug size: 22 mm
Lug to Lug: 51 mm
Weight: 70 grams
Mineral glass made by means of machine tool, 3 mm thick with handcrafted print on the lower side of 12 indices filled with white luminescent material.
Tested over 30 bars of water resist
Automatic, Swiss made ETA NOS Modified in house 28800 /h, 21 jewels
Yellow/black coloured of big dimensions
Internal floating complication
Handcrafted cork base coated with blue nautical rubber with perimeter seams in yellow, ultralight, handmade in Italy specifically for the model consisting of handcrafted movement holder(titanium 6AL-4V, hand polished and burnished by forge) with partial frontal display of internal case, caliber and floating complication.
Lario Launch Edition (Titanium): 15 pieces, April 2020
Scandaglio Edition (Bronze): 20 pieces, December 2020
Carbon Edition (Carbon forged): 10 pieces, in 2021