U-BOAT Chimera 43 B&B Mother of Pearl Watch features a new steampunk design which will stir up all fans of science fiction. The novelty, that looks like it felt from the HG Wells novels or from the world of a Jules Verne, is just like all the other U-BOAT timepieces completely made in Italy.
Besides the unusual design, this newcomer brings a new size for the Italian manufacturer which is known for its colossal cases. Chimera 43 B&B Mother of Pearl is housed in mid-sized 43mm case in naturally aged bronze and crafted in AISI 316 plus stainless steel with sub-sequent PVD coating treatment.
Besides the trend of scaling down its new models, the Italian watchmaker also follows the trend of incorporating mother-of-pearl dials on pieces intended to be worn by men. Until recently, mother-of-pearl dials have been used almost exclusively for ladies’ timepieces.
Underneath the front optical sapphire glass lies a quite attractive dial which consists of three superimposed layers of which one is in pure mother-of pearl-with varnished metal components.
The bezel, the case and the back of the case are locked together by external tubing and a customized key, which provides decent water resistance up to 100 meters (approximately 330 feet). Furthermore, the patented sculpted push-piece enables the future owner to eject the inner crown from its recessed position for time and date settings.
The reverse side of the case reveals the inner beauty of the watch through a flat sapphire crystal case back. The beating heart of the U-BOAT Chimera Mother of Pearl is the U-28 automatic mechanical movement which has been modified and personalized to U-BOAT specifications for stem position at the 9 o’clock. The impeccable mechanism features personalized rotor, in silver, built with a base and three bridges fixed with blued screws. The 25 rubies caliber operates at the frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz) and it is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch working for about 38 hours.
The watch offers functions for hours, minutes, seconds, date and 24 hour indicator. A date display is situated at the 9 o’clock position.
An entirely handmade strap in naturally aged leather with finishes made with waxed cotton completes the overall look of this interesting newcomer. A stainless steel buckle with PVD coating will keep the watch secured on its wearer’s wrist for a long period.
U-BOAT Chimera 43 B&B Mother of Pearl (ref. 8069) is produced in the limited quantity of 300 pieces.