The Unicum is one of the best expression of the highly successful series of U-42 watches designed by Italo Fontana and displays all the distinctive qualities expected from the brand U-BOAT starting from the case in lightweight titanium with an IP black coating and completely handcrafted and treated by Italian artisans in order to make each watch completely original and one of a kind.
In occasion of Baselworld 2018, Italo Fontana presented the updated version of the Unicum, increasing the bold personality of the model and its Steampunkesque features. In the brass dial, which have been naturally aged, Italo chose to apply a skull in relief making the appearence of the watch even stronger and rebel along with the distressed and highly unique vintage look.
The case, with a diameter measuring 50mm, excluding lugs and the huge crown, makes a very bold visual statement and the bezel, rotating in either direction and lockable through a patented mechanism have been scratched on purpose, treated with an IP black coating and special acids, and meticulously hand finished adhering to the finest artisan traditional techniques.
All these treatments are in order to create a one of a kind masterpiece, a watch completely coming from the past and fully bespoke, crafted by hand with each unit finished in a different artisanal way for discerning consumers looking for a unique and highly individual watch.
Completing the aesthetics of the new U-42 Unicum is a handmade and hand stitched calf skin leather strap with a natural distressed appeal and with a “tattoo style” pattern coming from a medioeval manuscript made through a laser treatment.
Underneath the robust exterior U-Boat have equipped the watch with a specially modified Swiss Movement according the brand specifics. Functionally the Unicum features hours, minutes, seconds and is water resistant to a depth of 300 meters.