By TLex AQUADIVE join the bronze race! They are currently working on the Bathyscaphe 100 BRONZE, which will be a Limited Edition of just 100 pieces. The watches will be released and shipped by the end of March 2012. They can be pre-ordered HERE for a 1290USD, retail is 1690USD. There are no renderings of the watches yet, but we have a video of one of the bronze cases being machined and full specifications are below.
It's great to see bronze, which of late has been embraced by the Boutique and Artisan sectors being adopted by larger watch companies such as Aquadiuve. The pricing is interesting to me as there doesn't seem to be the premium for bronze that we have seen with a number of the Asian micros brands. I wonder if we will see a BS 300 Bronze, let's hope so. Fantastic news, too for ISOFRANE fans, a custom brown strap with a brown DLC buckle will be supplied with the new BS 100 Bronze . . .
CASE German made and CNC cut from a solid salt water resistant Bronze alloy block, engraved Bronze screw down case back, and no HRV, 42 mm diameter excluding crown, 49 mm from lug to lug, 15mm height, water–resistant to 1000m/3300ft
DIAL Dark brown dial with Superluminova coated markers
BEZEL Matching 42mm bronze alloy uni-directional rotating bezel, 120 clicks, laser-cut ratcheting spring, scratch-free ceramic insert, engraved with elapsed time markings and super luminova coated marker at 12
CRYSTAL 31mm Sapphire
MOVEMENT Swiss made ETA 2836 movement, hours, minutes, sweep second, self-winding mechanism with ball bearing rotor, stop second device regulator system, ETACHRON and regulator corrector, 28.800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 25 jewels
STRAP Genuine custom Brown ISOFRANE 22mm strap w/ AQUADIVE DLC Brown signed RS buckle
UPDATE Two dial versions as well as a couple of crown, caseback and dial options will be available for the BS 100 Bronze. The crown, which won't made of bronze, but steel will be available in either brown DLC to compliment its dial, ISOFRANE strap and DLC buckle or in plain steel with a black dial and black ISOFRANE combo. In addition Aquadive will offer a brushed Stainless Steel caseback for anyone with a bronze allergy. There won't be any renderings of the watches, but stay tuned for the prototypes soon . . .