By TLex In April of this year I posted some drawings of a new diver called the TEMPEST Viking; today I am very pleased to introduce TEMPEST and announce their first dive watch project, the Viking. TEMPEST designed the Viking using more traditional hand drawn methods, this can at times be a painstaking process, but what you end up is far more organic looking design; if you refer to my original post in the link above you can see some of these drawings as well as the engineer’s drafts pictured below.
TEMPEST are a contemporary watch designer, who have set out to design a robust, rugged and modern looking Swiss made timepiece that can be worn both as diving tool, but also as a dress watch. The Viking has plenty of interesting design elements and focal points such its two tiered crown that compliments the bezel so nicely, or its over-sized crown protectors and massive screw lock HEV (9 o'clock).
Specifications include; a 45mm x 18mm 316L surgical grade stainless steel case, which will house the ubiquitous workhorse that is the ETA 2824-2, a Swiss made automatic self winder, with 25 Jewels, Incabloc integrated shock resistance, 40 hours of power reserve, beating at 28,000/BPH. The movement will be regulated to 5 positions and will be protected by an inner soft iron case to shield against magnetic fields (80,000 a/m). The case’s lug to lug measurement is 52mm with a 22mm lug width.
Other features include an extra thick domed Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on its inside, a ceramic bezel insert and a water-resistance of 2'000 meters. Each watch will be individually pressure tested. TEMPEST have already received their first sample cases. The finished watch promises to be something very special. Price TBA. Stay tuned for lots more on TEMPEST and the Viking.