PRE-BASEL - “Ultra Rare” Timepiece by U-Boat

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March 2015

Along with other novelties, U-Boat will unveil a unique selection of watches at Baselworld 2015 - Five “ultra-rare” masterpieces conceived by Italo Fontana, the brand’s founder.

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 way, so each piece of the same design looks unique as it is personalized for each customer.

“Ultra Rare” watch by U-Boat (part of a series of 5 timepieces)
“Ultra Rare” watch by U-Boat (part of a series of 5 timepieces)
“Ultra Rare” watch by U-Boat (Front)
“Ultra Rare” watch by U-Boat (Front)

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, IP 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 jewellery masterpieces.

One of the five is the Phoenix, developed on the Classico design. This limited edition chrono watch, features a mother-pearl dial. Its 48mm case, received martellée finishing and it has been partially drilled, in order to create small cracks in the sterling silver 925 material.
The small cracks have been patiently filled by Italian craftsmen with 180 black diamonds.

Technical Details

Classico sterling silver case, 48 mm diameter
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
Black diamonds set backwards inside the bezel
U-77 movement, 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
Vintage brown calf lather strap
Martellée silver buckle and fissures filled with diamonds
50 meters water resistance

Source: UBoat