By TLex Here's a very cool special edition of the U-42 based on the B & B by Italo Fontana. At this stage is not known whether or not the 'VNICVM' will be a Limited Edition or not. The watch shown here is one-off piece. It boasts a unique aesthetic that combines modern materials such as Ceramic, Marine Bronze and Titanium with a bespoke aged finish to create something quite different!

In many ways, U-BOAT watches are characterized by their retro-styled looks - however this time, Italo Fonata has ventured way beyond these parameters and has designed a watch that not only has the spirit and aesthetic of something from the past, but that actually looks like an old relic that has been subjected to the rigors time, visibly aged and distressed.

The case is in Titanium with a black IP treatment. The crown, the pin of the hook, the screws on the bezel, the bezel release lever and the limited serial number plate are all in bronze. The caseback is fixed onto the case with 6 encapsulated hexagon screws. The serial numbers are engraved by hand on the caseback.

The bi-directional rotating bezel is lockable via a lever on the right side of the case. At 12 o'clock there is a ball indicator on the bezel made of ceramic. The crystal is Sapphire. The brass dial is black with its markers treated with SuperLuminova in peach color. Each dial is patiently treated with a natural aging process.

The hands have been painted first, discolored and then scratched by hand meticulously on purpose to age them. To complete the VNICVM concept a range of straps in leather, great example of fine Italian handiwork, has been deliberately and patiently distressed , subjected to specific treatments with same selected acids , one by one shaped and hand-stitched by craftsmen from Tuscany.

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  1. Any chance we could borrow one for a day to shoot in studio?

  2. Yes you can. Contact for further information.


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