By TLex This is the new 8CTOPUS series from Italian watchmaker, Zannetti's Scuba Art collection,
itself comprised of three distinctive sub collections that boast watches with hand etched dials in a number of exotic materials and styles;
from natural mammoth ivory, mother-of-pearl, enamel, champlevé decoration to sunburst blue or plain old black or orange.
The new Octopus dials is the second aquatic creature to feature on a Zannetti dial; last year a collection of Piranha and Piranha Skeleton models were also introduced.
While the Scuba Art dials are wide and varied; they are set in but one case. A finely brushed Stainless steel case with polished edges and a carrure surface black PVD treatment.
It has a diameter of 51.3mm and a thickness 16mm and is fitted with a unidirectional rotational divers bezel -
also in finely brushed steel and with a black aluminium insert, a luminescent pointer and white minute dive-time scale.
A black PVD steel screwdown crown, a screwdown caseback with a 'Zannetti Official Scuba Diving' logo engraving and a scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment -
allow for a water-resistance to 50 atmospheres or 550 meters. An automatic helium escape valve can be found at 9 o'clock on the left hand side of the case.
The watches in the Scuba Art collections are typically, mechanical self-winding movements based on Swiss Made ETA 2824 with rhodiumed personalized Zannetti components.
They come on black caucciù and leather straps with steel Zannetti personalized buckles.
They're different; I'll say that and I'm sure there's a fair amouint skilled craftsmanship involved in the dials,
but the cases looks suspiciously like something you would pick out of a Chinese factory catalog. I wonder how much they're going for?