Sunday, March 22, 2015

U-BOAT “Ultra-Rare” Masterpieces Collection

Italian watch maker U-BOAT unveils at Baselworld 2015 a unique selection of watches.

Five “ultra-rare” masterpieces - Phoenix, Hera, Black Widow, Lussuria & Opera Nera - conceived by Italo Fontana, the Creator of U-BOAT. Developed on designs currently in collection such as the Classico, the Flightdeck and the Chimera; these custom produced watches have been meticulously hand finished. Each watch is fully hand crafted in a different artisanal way, so each piece of the same design looks unique as it is personalised for each customer.

Great example of fine Italian handiwork, they boast precious and selected materials such as Gold and Sterling Silver, treated with traditional but also advanced and unusual techniques: acid baths, IPB and DLC treatments, “martellée” finishing, etc. Precious stones, like full diamond pavé and baguette cut rubies, have been set in order to turn these watches into Jewelry masterpieces.

U-BOAT PHOENIX
Developed on the Classico design, this limited edition chrono watch features a mother-pearl dial. Its 48mmcase, received “martellée” finishing and it has been partially drilled, in order to create small cracks in the sterling silver 925 material. The small fissures have been patiently filled by Italian craftsmen with 180 black diamonds.  Jewelry watch with full U-BOAT identity it boasts a central horn welded to the case locking to this a precious handmade and hand finished calf brown leather strap.
Technical details
48 mm diameter Classico sterling silver case
Crown on the left side with a special protective device and push buttons in sterling silver
Thin fissures have been patiently drilled on the case. Black diamonds have been set in the small cracks
On the chrono pusher a black diamond has been set
“Martellée” finished case
Mother pearl dial
White diamonds set backwards inside the bezel
U-77movement, automatic mechanical chronograph modified and personalized at U-BOAT specifications
Chrono functions, no dater. Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph 60s, counter 12 at 12, counter 30 minutes at 6
Sapphire, highly resistant
50 meters water resistance
Vintage brown calf leather strap
“Martellée” silver buckle and fissures filled with diamonds

U-BOAT HERA
Evolution of the Flightdeck model, the 50 mm case, in 18 carats yellow gold, received “martellée” finishing, and then it has been partially drilled, in order to create thin fissures. All these small cracks have been patiently filled with black diamonds. On the side of the case black diamonds have been also set to reproduce the U-BOAT logo. The watch boasts a black diamond studded on the chrono pusher, a see-through back of the case with a gold rotor. Last but not least a U-Boat Vintage strap, in hand made and hand finished calf leather.
Technical details
Flightdeck 50mm case “martellée” in yellow gold finished with black diamonds
Crown on the left side with a special protective device and push buttons in gold
On the chrono pusher a black diamond has been set
Black dial with hands and marker in white colour. Arabic numerals in high relief
Thin fissures have been patiently drilled on the case. Black diamonds have been set in the small cracks
Black diamonds on the case side
See-through back with visible gold rotor, sealed with eight screws
U-77 Top Soigne movement, automatic mechanical chronograph modified and personalized at U-BOAT specifications
Chrono functions with dater. Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph 60s, counter 12 at 12, counter 30 minutes at 6
Fumé sapphire glass, highly resistant
50 meters water resistance
Calf leather strap with fissures, bronze and ruby inserts
Gold buckle and fissures with black diamonds

U-BOAT BLACK WIDOW
Black Widow has been developed on the Classico design. The 53 mm 18 carats pink gold case, has been completely covered with black diamonds, many of them in different sizes and set backwards. On the chrono pusher at 10 o’clock a black diamond has been set. The dial consists of two superimposed layers, one black and one in carbon fiber, with gold indicators. On the back of the case a see-through glass allows the movement being visible. Last but not least a vintage strap features gold and sterling silver details plus a gold buckle with black diamonds.
Technical details
Classico 53 mm pink gold case
Crown on the left side with a special protective device and push buttons in gold
Black diamonds set backwards
Signet on the chrono pusher
Enameled logo on the case side
See-through back sealed with six screws
Black dial in carbon fiber with hands and markers in gold
U-77 movement, automatic mechanical chronograph modified and personalised at U-BOAT specifications
Chrono function with dater. Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph 60s, counter 12 at 12, counter 30 minutes at 6
Sapphire glass
50 meters water resistance
Vintage strap with gold and silver applications
Gold buckle and black diamonds

U-BOAT LUSSURIA
Lussuria has been developed on the Flightdeck design. The 50mm steel case received a specific treatment in order to achieve a streaked pattern on the row metal. The material also has been treated in order to keep it exposed to the natural changes of the time. A 0,19 carat white diamond (G color) has been deliberately knocked into the thick and smoked sapphire glass creating visible cracks in the internal surface over the black dial. To finish a vintage strap, in handmade and hand finished black calf leather and crocodile.
Technical details
50 mm Flightdeck steel case with totally handmade streaked pattern
Crown on the left side with a special protective device and push buttons in steel
Enameled black logo on the case side
Black dial, with hands and markers in white colour. Arabic numerals in high relief
See-through back with fumé glass
U-77 movement, automatic mechanical chronograph modified and personalized at U-BOAT specifications
Chrono function with dater. Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph 60s, counter 12 at 12, counter 30 minutes at 6
Fumé sapphire glass, highly resistant
G color diamond studded into the glass (0,19 Carats)
Visible cracks in the internal surface of the sapphire glass
100 meters water resistance
Black calf leather and crocodile strap
The buckle received same specific treatment of the case

U-BOAT OPERA NERA
The 46 mm Chimera stainless steel case received IPB treatment in order to turn the material into black. It features a full black diamond pavé on the dial. Black diamonds, set backwards, cover bezel and case.  Baguette cut rubies have replaced the numbers on the dial. Opera Nera’s case boasts a side window, with a fumé sapphire glass, which allows the movements view. The strap in black pony skin boasts a stainless steel lily emblem with black diamonds set.
Technical details
Chimera 46 mm stainless steel case with subsequent treatment IPB black with black diamonds set backwards.
Crown on the left side with a special protective device
See-through back with silver rotor
Dial with black diamonds full pave and baguette cut rubies for indexes
U-77 Top Soigne movement, automatic mechanical chronograph modified and personalized at U-BOAT specifications
Chrono function with dater. Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph 60s, counter 12 at 12, counter 30 minutes at 6
High quality sapphire glass, scratchproof
100 meters water resistance
Pony skin strap with silver lily sign with black diamonds set in

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