Monday, July 4, 2016

Gruman Sputnik

Gruman creates wristwatches that reflect both Swiss and Soviet traditions. While the timepieces are crafted in Switzerland, their design inspiration comes from Russia.

The brand has recently announced its latest timepiece Sputnik, a Swiss Made watch with Russian inspiration. This timepiece takes inspiration from the history and missions of Russian secret service agencies, better known as GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye).  Missions on the ground, airborne, combat diver, the GRU Spetsnaz (Special Forces) are evolving in extremely challenging environment in order to fulfil their missions. Being the Military intelligence agency, they also have a very developed network of spies all around the world.
In the modern world, powerful satellites are being used for gathering intelligence inputs by spying agencies all over the world. Gruman Sputnik boasts a unique dial featuring the texture of a satellite as a nod to the powerful spying eyes revolves above the earth.
Based on the missions allotted to the timepiece, the Sputnik is available in following versions:-
  • Airborne: Second time with the GMT (bezel for 3hands version)
  • Diver: Water resistance of 200m and inner rotating timer reflector
  • Spy: Rugged but beautiful enough for the boardroom, undercover missions, and daily activities
Gruman Sputnik comes in stainless steel case measuring 42mm and fitted with engraved ceramic bezel and mineral glass exhibition case back. Movements used are ETA 2893 for GMT model & ETA 2824-2 for 3 hands, date versions.
The Gruman Sputnik timepieces are available in following colour themes:-
Victory Day: Black and Orange are the color of the Ribbon of Saint George. This is a Russian and Soviet high military decoration, awarded for example to people who contributed and fought for the Victory over the Nazis.
Classic Diver: The dark blue/yellow combination is the classic diver style. Blue is a nod to ocean color, and contrasting yellow accents to increase readability. It's a classic; a lot of vintage divers have this dark blue dial, reminding the ocean’s color.
Soviet Vintage: Vintages watches have inspired this color scheme. White simple dials were very popular back in the Soviet Union, and those often ended a beige/cream color with the time passing.
Ice Blue: This color scheme is widely used for military aircraft. It is also homage to the Baikal Lake (Siberia).
Technical details
Movement: ETA 2893 GMT & ETA 2824-2
Case material: Stainless steel, mineral glass exhibition case back
Bezel: Ceramic engraved
Diameter: 42 mm, without crown (both screw down)
Height: 12.5mm (to be confirmed soon)
Dial: Textured dial inspired by Satellite
Indices: Swiss SuperLuminova C5 (green look, blue glow)
Lug width: To be announced (TBA)
Water resistance: 200 meters/660 feet/20 ATM

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