World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Thick, heavy, out­sized dive watches are U-boat’s forte, and the Chimera Net is the lat­est from the brand, with a twist on the lay­ered dial aes­thetic

Bronze dive watches are very much in vogue, and U-boat’s Chimera Net is the lat­est to join the fray. The time­piece has a 46mm case in nat­u­rally aged bronze, ac­cen­tu­ated by a hu­mon­gous crown and two equally im­pos­ing push­ers on the left of the case, topped off with U-boat’s sig­na­ture pro­tec­tive lever. For an added layer of se­cu­rity, the sculpted pusher be­tween the crown and its guard must be de­pressed to eject the crown from its re­cessed po­si­tion be­fore the date and time can be set.

To achieve the dial’s look, three sub­lay­ers are im­posed over each other, with the low­est made from laser-cut wire mesh. This af­fords a view of the U-77 mod­i­fied Valjoux Top Soigné au­to­matic move­ment un­der­neath. The coun­ters are laid out like the ar­che­typal tri-com­pax chronograph, but with a twist – an ad­di­tional 24-hour in­di­ca­tor has been in­cluded at seven o’clock.

The watch’s de­sign is clearly larger than life, and its tech­ni­cal as­pects back things up, with an over-en­gi­neered slant that’s vis­ually ap­par­ent in sev­eral places. To im­prove wa­ter re­sis­tance, the bezel and back of the case are locked to­gether by ex­ter­nal tub­ing, while the flat crys­tal on the back is sealed with two gas­kets. The thick hand-fin­ished calf leather strap makes for a very ma­cho com­ple­ment to this heavy­weight bruiser, which is lim­ited to 300 pieces. MOVE­MENT U-77 Valjoux Top Soigné au­to­matic chronograph cal­i­bre with 24-hour in­di­ca­tor

CASE 46mm in full bronze or bronze and black­ened steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100m

STRAP Brown calf­skin leather with steel tongue buckle and bronze in­serts

PRICE $15,500

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