New York based watch brand Hemel presents a special edition chronograph in collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Mathey Tissot.
Envisaged by Hemel’s founder and Creative Director Marvin Menke, this collaborative timepiece is a truthful homage to the historic Type 20 chronograph made by Mathey Tissot.
Mathey Tissot has an illustrious watchmaking history going back to 1886. In addition to making its own timepieces, this Swiss manufacture was well known as a direct supplier and manufacturer for many well-regarded, high end Swiss watch companies.
The Type 20 is a flyback chronograph first ordered by the French Ministry of Defense as a pilot’s watch. It was a piece of necessary equipment because pilots, at that time, navigated by carefully and accurately timing a flight between various points while in the air. The flyback chronograph enabled a pilot to quickly and easily restart the timing function while the chronograph was running.
Mathey Tissot pioneered the development and manufacture of the Type 20 in 1954 having experience with “flyback chronographs” going back to the 1934.
The Mathey Tissot x Hemel watch is powered by the Swiss made Sellita SW510MBHb hand-winding movement. Rated for a 63-hour power reserve, this 23-jewel caliber has frequency of 28,800 beats per hour. It’s a cam operated bi-compax chronograph movement with a smooth wind and incredibly pleasing clicks on the pushers.
For the 38.5 mm case size and shape as well as the screw-down back, Mathey Tissot opened the archives and made a faithful recreation of their original Type 20 for this collaboration.
The watch comes on a two piece leather strap as well as a bund strap, both hand made in Italy. A collectible box comes standard, also made in Italy.
The Sellita driven Mathey Tissot x Hemel watch is available now in limited numbers. Additionally, fans of the Type 20 aesthetic can expect a Seiko VK64 driven mecaquartz version of this watch in the coming months.
The VK64 movement incorporates a geared architecture on top of a quartz movement for a smooth second hand sweep at a more wallet friendly price point.
Model: Mathey Tissot X Hemel Collab Type 20 Chronograph
Reference HF24MTC series
Material: 316L stainless steel, polished finish
Diameter: 38.5 mm
Lug width: 20 mm
Lug to lug: 45 mm
Crown: Signed, hand winding› Retainer Brass
Crystal: Double domed, sapphire coated K1, A/R ›
Bezel: Steel, bi-directional, 12 hour friction bezel
Case back: Screw-down, engraved
Water resistance: 50 meters
Caliber Sellita 510M BH b
Mechanical manual-wind movement
Hacking second hand
Power reserve: 63 hours
Luminous paint: Superluminova C9
Leather Italian suede
Clasp: 316L steel, signed, polished & brushed