U-Boat creates aging technique for new launch

U-Boat’s designer Italo Fontano has gone to new extremes in the creation of the Unicum.

The watch is made piece by piece, with various components given detailed finishes using a variety of techniques from acid baths to hand painting.

This production mish-mash has created a watch that looks as though it has been dug out of the ground after hundreds of years, rather than the brand new and painstakingly put together timepiece that it is.

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Using U-Boat’s U-42 B&B novelty from 2012 as its base, each Unicum will be entirely different, as the processes used mean each will have a different look to the next.

The watch has a double superimposed dial – one bronze hued, one black – with an acid treatment applied to its titanium case, bezel and leather strap that creates a pre-worn, eroded aesthetic.

The watch will be on display at U-Boat’s stand at BaselWorld this week.

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