Probably the best plan work in watchmaking is the most versatile—a great dial or case is made far better on the off chance that it functions admirably in various styles, applications, and sizes. Italian brand Unimatic has taken this to heart for the finish of 2018, with two new releases both incorporating parts from previous Unimatic plans. The first of these, the Modello Tre, is Unimatic’s first-since forever chronograph offering. And the second is the Modello Due U2-C, the “best of both worlds” from both of Unimatic’s current Modello Uno U1 and Modello Due U2 model lines. How do these two stack facing a setup that’s already garnered a hardcore fan base, at that point?
The Modello Tre is the more straightforward of the two, bringing chronograph style and functionality to the Unimatic stable in a familiar structure. The intense, athletic 40-millimeter case is shared with the Modello Uno, as is the trademark Unimatic minimal bezel with its solitary lume spot overhanging to a total diameter of 41.5 millimeters. As an added reward, the jumper style case retains the Modello Uno’s impressive 300-meter profundity rating thanks in part to screw-down pushers and a 2.5-millimeter thick twofold vault sapphire crystal.
Other than the chronograph pushers, at that point, the case of the standard Modello Tre is pretty much identical to the Modello Uno, while the restricted run Modello Tre U3-A dials up the aggression with a black PVD treatment. The dial is classic Modello Uno generally, with marginally larger than average jumper style indices paired with chunky ladder hands—all loaded up with “Old Radium” Super-LumiNova. The sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock—a 30-moment and 24-hour counter, respectively—are an immediate sign that not all things are the same here. These sub-dials leap out from the stark main surface thanks to brilliant yellow hands and indices. The central compass seconds hand integrates with this with an extra-long yellow tip, broadening almost 33% of its full length. The overall effect is intentional, industrial, almost military-esque, and undeniably attractive. Now and then you don’t need to waste time to make a compelling chronograph, and this is proof.
Inside the two adaptations of the Modello Tre ticks the consistently present Seiko VK64 meca-quartz development. The VK64 has appeared in scores of micro-brand chronographs in the course of recent years, and with its intersection of price, accuracy, reliability, and strong mechanical feel it’s easy to perceive any reason why. To complete the package, Unimatic offers the two adaptations of the Modello Tre on both a 22-millimeter black Horween leather two-piece strap and a gray mil-strap in Unimatic’s trademark V pattern.
The Modello Due U2-C combines as one the best pieces of Unimatic’s previous releases to create something equally attractive in its own right. The case comes straight from the main Modello Due line, with its unusual symmetrical “no-wrap” oval shape from the side and a relatively straightforward 38.5-millimeter sports case when seen from the top. It’s a visually impressive case that features the play between straight lines and clearing curves, a harmony that’s enhanced by the 2.7-millimeter thick skyscraper domed sapphire crystal. This beast of a crystal, along with the screw down crown and case back, grant the Modello Due U2-C an entire 300 meters of water resistance.
For those in search of a stealthier, more tactical look, Unimatic is also releasing a predetermined number of U2-Cs with PVD cases named the U2-CN. The dial is another Unimatic classic, this opportunity approaching from the Modello Uno U1. Their somewhat more in-your-face take on the classic jumper list comes with a couple of special additions here, including a plated minutes track, a matching seconds hand tip, and dial text. This flash of gold coupled with the “Old Radium” Super-LumiNova fill come together to bring a generally contemporary plan a distinctly mid-century vibe. Between the case and the dial, the U2-C feels like Unimatic’s punchier take on the classic Rolex Explorer look, and it’s an esthetic the U2-C adapts superbly.
The U2-C uses Seiko’s workhorse NH35 automatic development, a reliable choice with a background marked by easy serviceability. Unimatic caps off the two renditions of the U-2C with a 22-millimeter elastic plunge strap along with a color-matched Cordura two-piece (tan for the standard U-2C, black for the PVD-coated U2-CN).
Both the Modello Tre, the Modello Due U2-C and their respective PVD forms will be restricted releases, with 600 units planned for the standard Modello Tre and 400 for the stainless steel U2-C, while their PVD variants will be twice as rare with just 300 U3-ANs and 200 U2-CNs planned. These restricted runs should sell out fast, as the Modello Tre is currently available on Unimatic’s site for $600 ($710 for the U3-AN), with the U2-C priced at $455 ($570 for the U2-CN). Unimatic