One of the most distinctive watch looks is the underwater heritage, not the sleek diving watches, but the super-chunky looks reminiscent of submarines. Italian brand U-Boat makes no secret of its preferences in this direction. Its creative mind Italo Fontana actually re-launched his grandfather's project for watches specifically for the Italian navy, dating right back to 1942. Today, U-Boat presents two models in the U-51 family, Bronze, and B and B, in which the bronze used for the case already has a vintage effect, and is designed to age further over time. They are made in limited editions of 300 pieces. The leather straps are hand-made and distressed in Tuscany, location of the U-Boat production unit.
The Top Soigné movement provides hours, minutes, chronograph, small seconds counter at 3, 12-hour subdial at 12, 30 minute subdial at 6, date window at 9. The case is 46 mm in diameter, with the super-clunky crown apparatus increasing diameter to 54.5 mm. Water-resistant to 100 metres.
Further info from www.u-boatwatch.com, tel. +39 0583 469 288
The Dent Ministry Chronograph takes a different approach, with a thick inwardly-sloping bezel, and a thick case that is lightened visually by three grooves. The dial is very legible, with Roman numerals that recall pocket watches, and even Big Ben. The marque's story dates from 1814, and its most famous product is undoubtedly the UK Parliament's Great Clock – familiarly known as Big Ben. The Dent Ministry Chronograph watches are powered by an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, with hour, minute, seconds, 30 minute subdial, 12 hour subdial, and date.
Further info from dentlondon.com, tel. +44 (0) 20 7873 2363