While SIHH was taking all of the headlines in January, there was much else happening in the world of watchmaking outside of Geneva.
One of those examples, which also happens to be very eye-catching, is the Schwarz Etienne Roswell 08.
Those among you that might be UFO fans or that appreciate a good conspiracy theory might be familiar with the watch name already. Roswell, New Mexico in the USA was a famous sight for an alleged crash landing of an alien aircraft.
Fittingly, the newest from Swiss watchmaker Schwarz Etienne features a silhouette inspired by the shape of a flying saucer.
While Roswell remains a proper mystery and a favourite of conspiracy theorists, thankfully the communications team at Schwarz Etienne has been a lot more transparent about their very own Roswell.
As a result, we know that his watch is powered by the self-winding micro-rotor movement ISE 100.11. The movement is an evolution of the ISE 100.00 and features a balance and hairspring developed and manufactured in collaboration with E20 Innovations, a sister company of Schwarz Etienne.
What makes the movement unique is that it is ‘inverted’, with its regulator and micro-rotor positioned on the dial side. Additionally, the in-house movement boasts a power reserve of 86 hours and it is exquisitely finished to boot.
The architecture of the watch plays on the idea volume, contrasting materials and colours. That is most obvious with the date wheel, which pops with a radioactive green against the matte dark brown dial. It’s definitely not a common colour combination, but I think it works well with this watch.
The masculine timepiece is packaged in a 45mm stainless-steel case. Adding another touch of ‘manliness’ is the matching tobacco calfskin strap, which features a bright orange or pistachio green calfskin lining to round things off.