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Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Have you heard of the Hauttman Deep Discovery Chronograph Watch?

Hauttman watches has been producing and designing timepieces with visually inspiring elements and robust construction. After recently partnering with Signs Time Movements in the Netherlands, the brand was able to take their designs to the next level thanks to the company’s in-house manufacturing and design capabilities. Recently, Hauttman announced the Hauttman Deep Discovery Chronograph watch, a visually impressive dive-style chronograph with sharp looks and one of the most comfortable custom straps around. With an enticing pre-order campaign and a growing waiting list of future customers, Hauttman is poised to become a major player in the emerging micro brand market.

The Hauttman Deep Discovery Chronograph features a 316L stainless steel case that measures in at 42mm in diameter, a comfortable size for most wrists. It has been constructed with a range of brushed and polished surfaces but overall, the appearance is more utilitarian than “blingy” in a few ways. The integrated rubber strap and lug design is what really sets the watch apart from others in this price range when you consider the comfort. At 22mm in width, the strap is both hand-stitched and created with a custom combination of silicon and genuine shark leather. This soft combination of materials is flexible enough that it allows the watch to sit close to the wrist for a nice fit.

From an engineering perspective, the case is designed and manufactured according to Swiss standards of high precision. The case itself does not have a movement ring. Instead, the movement is fitted to the case directly with clamps and “pliers-style” extensions at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions, pressing the bezel to the case tightly. This patented case design is a remarkable and highly noticeable feature of the Hauttman Deep Discovery collection. This is just the beginning, and Hauttman’s upcoming models will reveal more information about their past and the future.

Looking at the dial, the Hauttman Deep Discovery Chronograph provides a simple two-register chronograph layout but with enough texture and visual interest to set the watch apart from its competitors. A custom handset together with applied metal indices take care of the time display. There’s also a generous application of luminous material on both the hands and the hour markers. This is also a good time to note that the Hauttman Deep Discovery Chronograph comes in three dial colors to meet whatever style preferences you might have when considering a dive-focused chronograph. A sapphire crystal covers both the front and back of the case and water resistance is rated at 200m thanks to the screw-down caseback with the custom engraved Hauttman logo.

For the movement, Hauttman decided on the ETA 2894-2, a reliable chronograph movement that is just slightly thinner than the immortal Valjoux 7750. The pushers on the side of the case allow for tactile and responsive operation, which should be expected when interacting with any watch in this price point. When you pair this kind of operation with the highly legible dial layout as well as the variety of contrasting colors, it just makes for a very pleasant watch design to work with, no matter what you may be using it for. The movement provides around 42 hours of power reserve, beats at 28,800bph, and has 37 jewels incorporated into the construction.

SPECIFICATIONS

Case: Stainless Steel 316L

Dimensions: Diameter 42mm, width 45mm with crown, total thickness: 14.60mm

Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire front and back

Dial: Engraved double layered dial. Applied metal indexes with luminescent material

Hands: Custom made diamond cut hands with luminescent material

Water resistance: 200m

Movement: Self winding movement with chronograph module (ETA 2894-2)

Decoration: Perlage finish with customized rotor

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Chronograph with Diving Reflector Crown


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