By TLex The newly owned Anonimo have just released their first collection of divers models since taking over the Florentine brand in 2013.So what's the verdict?
Without seeing any side profiles, it is difficult to comment, but the new Anonimo Nautilo does appear to have a classic barrel shaped case - so far so good!
A contemporary feature, namely the structure protecting the crown at 4 o’clock, similar to the crown guard used by their earlier SAILOR model has been added to its right side.
I like the fact that the crown is positioned at 4 o’clock as was the case with many historic Anonimo models before the change over of ownership.
For diving or any kind of wearing for that matter, it is a considerably more comfortable set-up that reduces any unwanted interference with your wrist.
The 44mm case can be had in either Stainless steel, Bronze, or there are two Bi-Color finishes that pair a Black DLC treatment with either Bronze or Stainless steel.
The Bronze models have Titanium casebacks, a smart move because Bronze can react with sweat causing your skin and the watch back to become green -
while Titanium which is hypoallergenic (meaning that it will not react with your skin), is super tough, light and comfortable. It also makes a nice contrast with the bronze.
There's a coin-edged bezel (they're it playing really safe here), a domed and anti-glare treated Sapphire crystal and a water-resistance of 200 meters.
I appreciate that I have a tendency to bang on about water-resistance; it isn't the be all and end all; -
however an additional 100 meters pushing it to 300m would have been a good illustration of the intentions to produce a ''proper'' divers watch. For me, 200m is a bit of a cop out!
They've played it fairly safely with the dial, too, which is no bad thing really cos, I love the cleanliness of it. They even have color-coded date windows. Dial colors include: black, blue or silver.
Finally the Nautilo comes with a high quality calf-skin strap or with a brand new designed Anonimo rubber strap that reminds me of a Patek Nautilaus strap.
So what do we think? A fair first effort or is it all a bit too plain and predictable? Pricing will no doubt play a huge factor in its appeal.
If you're still pining after the original Anonimo, I highly recommend checking out the VISCONTI divers which were made by ex-Annomimo engineers.
Or those from DRASS Tecnologie Sottomarine.