By TLex Whilst lately there has been some increase in the use of Bronze by a number of niche dive watch brands, of which most have been highlighted here, its use in watchmaking as a general is still uncommon and for the most is a novelty. Not so for Florentine watchmaker, ANOMIMO, who have adopted this material for a number of their models over the years. This year at the Basel watch fair ANONIMO launched a collection of watches under the title ‘The Bronze Age’ of that collection the 'Marlin Bronzo' was the model that stood out for me.
Handcrafted in the traditions of Florentine watchmaking and produced in a limited edition of just 300 pieces per dial color, the Marlin Bronze is an exceptional watch that exudes a combination of technical know-how through features such as its use of Marine Bronze, a special alloy used in a number of maritime applications from torpedoes to ship's propeller, its 150 atmosphere pressure resistance and Helium Escape Valve, which enables the watch to be used for SAT diving with that ever so desirable artisan aesthetic that only comes through being handbuilt.
From ANONIMO The central case and the back cover are made of one piece. The material used to manufacture them is also an unusual one, as Anonimo, in fact, did not use ordinary bronze, but marine bronze. This copper, iron, aluminium and nickel alloy, also known as aluminum bronze, is usually found in the nautical sector (e.g. ship propellers) and in the Navy (e.g. torpedo elements). Resistant both to corrosion and oxidation, the watch can be used in the most extreme conditions. Besides its functional side, the naval bronze used by Anonimo will also give the Marlin a unique look. Over time, due to the personal usage to which it is exposed, the watch will gain a darker and warmer color, it will “age”.To emphasize the warm and elegant character of this model, the new dial colors for 2011 are a rich brown and deep green.
This watch has an elegance which catches the attention even in the most formal situations. At the same time, Anonimo remains true to its military origins and its dynamic character. Each watch is numbered on the back of the case, which is also engraved with the image of a marlin, the legendary swordfish that gave the name to this diving watch. The calfskin wrist strap, especially processed by our patented Kodiak treatment to resist seawater, gives a final touch of class and elegance. With this watch, Anonimo, the Florentine brand of luxury watches, honors its legacy while looking resolutely to the future.
MOVEMENT Automatic, caliber Anonimo 01.0 on base SELLITA SW200-1 with rotor manufactured upon Anonimo specifications; 26 jewels, colimaçon finish, adjusted 4 positions, 28.800 A/h. Power reserve about 40 hours.
FUNCTIONS Hours, minutes, central seconds; date window.
CASE Sand-blasted and satinated special bronze alloy. Monobloc construction in which a sole element works as central part of the case (carrure) and back cover, closed by one bezel on the upper side. Bezel closing is ensured by five external stainless steel Thorx screws. Great dimension screw locked stainless steel crown at h. 4 for comfortable hold.
HEV Automatic helium expulsion valve at h. 10 to be used in pressurized hyperbaric chambers in overpressure conditions. Extra thick domed sapphire crystal.
WATER-RESISTANCE 150 ATM
DIAL Oversized and extra thick dial with hours indexes treated with luminous coating for superior day/night readability. Hands treated with luminous coating. Date window.
STRAP Manufactured in washable “Opera Kodiak” leather, water-resistant. Exclusive Anonimo stainless steel buckle or stainless steel folding clasp with security push button. Wrist strap is provided with hexagon-headed security screws and one lower screw with shaped head. This last screw allow the access for the release of the winding stem; a specific tool is required to unscrew it.
DIMENSIONS maximum length mm 55.50, nominal diameter mm 46.50, maximum thickness mm 15.50; wrist strap 24.00/20.00 mm.
RETAIL 5.500 €