It’s somewhat clear that Nivada is likely one of the manufacturers presently on the rise, particularly on the subject of accessible vintage-inspired watches. Figuring out the wealthy historical past of the model, there are a number of cool issues to count on. And the newest watch to floor, following the model’s personal launch final week – a Seventies integrated-style watch – is the results of a collaboration with our mates at Fratello Watches. However as an alternative of merely reissuing a classic mannequin, they’ve determined to convey one thing barely totally different. It’s a complete new watch assortment, nonetheless retro-styled, unique to the Dutch journal, and with no fewer than 5 editions to select from. Let’s speak in regards to the Fratello × Nivada Racing Chronograph, we could?
As of now, many of the watches which have been launched by Nivada had been devoted re-editions of previous fashions. The model relaunched with the all-time favorite, the Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver (aka the do-anything, go-anywhere chronograph of the model). It was later joined by a dive watch, the Depthmaster (together with Depthmaster), the Tremendous Antarctic or a shocking however historically-relevant Spider-inspired watch. Briefly, all new fashions as of now had been modelled after an current classic mannequin. Even the current F77 with built-in design is all about reissuing a previous watch. However the staff at Fratello needed one thing else.
“As a substitute of simply selecting a classic mannequin, we launched a brand new watch. It is available in a case with a dial that has not been made earlier than. The inspiration got here from a few fashions that the model launched within the Seventies. We used the case of the Nivada Chronosport for our new watch. The dial, nevertheless, is impressed by one other Nivada mannequin from a bygone period,” explains Balazs Ferenczi. And, identical to any of the watches launched by Fratello, there’s the standard Dutch orange contact.
What is that this Fratello × Nivada Racing Chronograph all about then? Whereas not being a devoted recreation, it actually has all of the classic vibe you’ll ever need. First, the case. The form is typical of the Seventies, with a squarish design, brushed surfaces and polished accents. The domed sapphire crystal is framed by a hard and fast, polished metal bezel with a tachymeter scale – racing inspiration obliges – and a pair of pump pushers body an outsized crown. The very best comes from the proportions. To maintain the classic vibe as sturdy as potential, the case has been made as small as potential contemplating the necessity to encase a contemporary motion, leading to compact dimensions of 38mm in diameter and 44.3mm from lug tip to lug tip. Solely the 13.75mm top signifies the trendy mechanics inside. However contemplating the form of the case, it’ll make a robust affect.
As for the dial, then once more, it’s not about being devoted, however classic cool. The tri-compax structure is utilized on a strongly grained floor, with a cool Seventies racing-style seconds monitor on the periphery… And the orange touches on the markers and the central seconds hand will solely emphasize this sense. The Fratello × Nivada Racing Chronograph isn’t introduced in a single or two variations. No, it is available in no fewer than 5 fashions. 4 of them are traditional, with a panda (white with black counters), a reverse panda (black with white counters), a full-black and a full-white. And the fifth model is for many who need one thing bolder, and with a good stronger classic look, due to a tropical brown dial.
Energy comes from the tried-and-tested hand-wound calibre SW510 M B – a guide model of the 7753 structure produced by famend motion maker Sellita. Seen beneath a sapphire caseback, this stable motion beats at 4Hz and boasts 63 hours of energy reserve. Final, the watch is worn on a metal bracelet that not solely appears to be like classic however wears as such – the suppleness of the multi-link bracelets… This bullet-style bracelet tapers right down to 16mm and is closed by a folding clasp.
Availability & Worth
Fratello will supply 10 items of every dial variation (50 items in whole) for pre-order solely from the Fratello Store on Monday, March twentieth at 4PM Europe Time, for one week solely. The pre-order window will shut on March twenty sixth at 12AM (midnight) Europe Time. Every of the watches can have a particular pre-order value of EUR 1,499 (excl. taxes). All watches will ship in early June 2023 when an extra restricted amount of those watches will probably be obtainable, however then priced at EUR 1,875 (excl. taxes).