Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DAVOSA Evo 1908 Automatic

The DAVOSA Evo 1908 Automatic harks back to the era of the first moulded cases.

For many years, the pocket watch reigned supreme in the world of timekeeping. Then, for predominantly practical reasons, the watch migrated from the waistcoat pocket onto the wrist. The wish to be quickly apprised of the time was part of a long process – an evolution, one could say. The same is true for the gradual transition from rounded to moulded cases at the turn of the century.
The watch series DAVOSA Evo 1908 offers a snapshot of this fascinating transition phase. Its highly polished stainless steel case with fine satined details still displays conspicuous curves as a reference to the pocket watch. With dimensions of 39.5 mm by 36 mm, it has a barrel-like, tonneau form. The hours and minutes are still displayed separately from the seconds. And finally, the classic model features a guilloché pattern in its dial design.
Despite all these reminiscences of times gone by, the remaining features of the DAVOSA Evo 1908 prove that it is a modern, exclusive timepiece. The Swiss SW260 movement is an unusual variation of the 3-hand automatic with date display.
The striking Arabic figures, indices and the date at 3 o’clock are easily readable at a glance. The back of the 12 mm-high case is screwed down fourfold and is water resistant to 50 m (5 ATM). Moreover, the Vintage leather straps with a pin buckle are all one of a kind: the leather is individually selected and colour-coordinated to suit each dial version.
There are two versions to choose from. The classic version is available with a light or dark guilloché dial, with a minutes display on an inner ring, as well as polished and hand-applied hands coated with Super-LumiNova. Straps and stitching harmonise beautifully. In contrast, the sporty version is immediately striking thanks to contrasting stitching on the brown or black straps. The cream, blue and black dials without an inner ring are more restrained, with Super-LumiNova on the hands and hour markers.
Both the dial and the scratch-resistant sapphire glass are doubly curved to match the case form. A further sophisticated detail: the extended back ensures a perfect transition to the strap and prevents any kinks. All the models in the DAVOSA Evo 1908 series retail at 998 €.
Technical details
DAVOSA Evo 1908 Automatic
References: 161.575.14 (white, guilloché), 161.575.16 (white), 161.575.44 (blue, guilloché), 161.575.46 (blue) and 161.575.56 (black)
Polished stainless steel case with fine satined details
Swiss SW260 automatic movement
Water resistance to 50 metres (5 ATM)
Scratch-resistant sapphire glass
Individually screwed glass back
Super-LumiNova on dial and hands, vintage Super-LumiNova in ‘Old Radium’ (161.575.16)
Vintage leather strap with harmonising or contrasting stitching and pin buckle
Dimensions: 39.5 mm x 36 mm, height 12.0 mm
Price: 998 €

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