Wednesday, September 28, 2016

AKRONE K-02 Titanium Diver Automatic

After the launch of its K-01, France based watch brand AKRONE presents K-02, a diver watch designed for diving watch enthusiasts. This automatic diving watch was created in partnership with homegrown experts, mostly from Besançon, better known as horology capital of France.

Equipped with a Swiss made automatic movement, AKRONE K-02 comes in a solid titanium case equipped with a uni-directional ceramic bezel. Measuring 41mm diameter, the titanium case boasts a brushed finishing everywhere except for the mirror polished angles. Created using a special mould, the matte black Ceramic bezel features 3D numbers and index with Lume.
The engraved wave forms on the lower half of middle dial, marker buoy inspired hands for hours/ minutes and the blued second hand reminds us the nautical connection of this watch. The large luminous hands along with super-Luminova embedded applied indexes offers easy time-reading even during dark conditions.
The screwed down crown with AKRONE logo takes its design inspiration from the valve units used during diving activities. The diving capabilities of K-02 were tested in association with Frederic Swierczynski, one of the Top 10, best cave diver in the World. A K-02 diving watch prototype was used in his record attempt to French cave dive Record and he was succeeded after reaching 267 meters depth. It was the real test for K-02 as a diver’s watch and the brand has decided to mention the water resistance of K-02 as 267m on the dial and the case back to celebrate this achievement.
Each AKRONE K-02 houses top grade ETA 2892-2 Swiss made mechanical automatic movement featuring fine adjustment (-10s) and decorations with "cote de Geneve " and blued screws.
AKRONE K-02 is available in four versions: Three different dials and two color versions. The AKRONE K-02, featuring titanium silver colored case and black ceramic bezel is available in black (Black Manta), blue (Blue Rorqual) or grey (Grey Shark) dial.  Each dial version is limited to 500 pieces. The fourth variation features titanium black DLC case, black ceramic bezel and black dial with black index. This model will be in limited edition of 50 pieces. All these models are fitted with nylon strap with fast pins. AKRONE K-02 can also be paired with an add-on titanium bracelet.
AKRONE is presently promoting the K-02 diver watch in an online crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. The backers can order the timepiece by choosing the pledges starting from 542 Euros for the models featuring nylon strap. The black DLC version costs 570 Euros.

Technical details
Case
Titanium
Diameter: 41mm
Sapphire crystal front glass
Screwed down crown
Ceramic 120 clicks unidirectional bezel

Movement
ETA 2892-2
Automatic winding
Frequency: 28800 (4hz)
Hacking seconds
Power reserve of about 42 hours

Dial
Black, blue or grey
Ocean theme inspired dial texture
Luminous hands and indexes
Date at 6ó clock

Strap
Nylon strap
Titanium band (optional)

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akrone/akrone-k-02-titanium-diver-watch-swiss-automatic?token=c1dc927a

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