Published on November 2nd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
U-BOAT CHIMERA 46 Limited Edition in Titanium & Carbon
Italo Fontana Creator of U-BOAT, following the motto “ Freedom in creation,” loves to try things out without being influenced by the market or the competition. Therefore he never puts any limit to his creativity even in terms of materials. The new 46 Chimera is crafted in titanium and carbon, two of the toughest materials in the world and extremely lightweight.
The distinctive and iconic case of the Chimera, for this model in titanium grade 5, features a bezel in forged carbon fibre placed in the case mould in a way that makes each watches unique and, from an aesthetic point of view, a marbled effect, satiny and soft to the touch. Each watch is unique because the carbon fibers are distributed in a random manner in the mold. When the material is compressed under heating, it evolves in an unpredictable way.
The dial consists of three superimposed discs with the last layer made of a laser cut fine wire mesh in stainless steel which allows the movement to be half-seen. Under the curved sapphire glass on the face a U-77 top Soigné with black screws, rhodium plated, automatic mechanical chronograph personalized to U-BOAT specifications.
Furthermore nestled between the instantly recognizable left hand crown and its crown guard, a patented sculpted pusher can be depressed to eject the inner-crown from its recessed position and enabling ease of adjustment for both the date and time. The watch also boasts an additional fourth counter showing the 24 hours of the day and marked by a little red hand. Limited edition of 888 pieces.
Technical details: Movement
U-77 automatic chronograph modified and elaborated at U-BOAT specification
Frequency 28.800 vibration per hour, 4 Hz
Power reserve: 48 hours, 25 jewels
Personalised rotor, in silver 925, built with a base and 3 bridges fixed with blued screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, counter 24 (a.m. – p.m.), date
Case: Case body, back case, bezel ring in forged carbon, characterised by high strength and lightness
Crystal: antireflection sapphire fumè curved glass on the face and flat on the back of the timepiece.
Water resistance: 50 mt, 5 ATM.
Dial: Skeleton dial with four superimposed levels, with the last layer made of laser cut fine stainless steel wire mesh, partially revealing the movement Superluminova beige index.
Hands: Laser cut hour and minute hands. Hands treated with superluminova. Counter AM/PM with red hand
Strap: Handmade and hand finished calf leather, carefully selected and processed following the traditional handcrafted techniques, which give the strap a naturally distressed feel and look
Tongue buckle in titanium. Width: 20/22 mm.
Limited Edition of just 888 Units