Though the dive watch might be the only hottest watch class, its design homogeneity, marked by an abundance of ‘homage’ fashions, is hanging. Because of this, it’s all the time attention-grabbing to see one thing completely different, one thing that deviates from the generic copycat fashions. A working example, the Ianos Mihanikos eschews conventional codes and as a substitute offers its personal cool, offbeat tackle the dive watch. Let’s take a better look.
Ianos is a small impartial watch model based by Jacob Hatzidimitriou with the thought of bringing to life outdated tales or legends (particularly Greek or Roman-inspired) by means of watchmaking. Following the introduction of the Avyssos a few years in the past, Ianos now presents its second dive watch, the Mihanikos. In spite of everything, the ocean, Thalassa, is all over the place within the Greek panorama, and so many issues gravitate across the sea in Greece’s wealthy and proud tradition.
Identical to the Avyssos, the Mihanikos is expounded to the story of Greek sponge divers, however with a distinct angle. The Avyssos was impressed by the primary diving approach referred to as skandalopetra diving. Divers armed with a web and a scythe used a rope and a stone as a weight to make a quick descent. The Ianos Mihanikos refers to a tragic evolution of the diving approach. Sponge diving turned a booming enterprise within the second half of the 19th century with the appearance of the scaphandre or diving swimsuit. It allowed divers to stroll the underside of the ocean for hours. Nevertheless, the lengthy, deep dives had devastating results on their well being. The sponge introduced wealth to the islands, however the toll paid by the divers was horrible… The phrase utilized in Kalymnos for the diving swimsuit and pump was Mihani, the engine, and the individual engaged on it – the mechanic (Mihanikos).
Impressed by this story, the Ianos Mihanikos was designed with a rugged, primary utilitarian perspective, specializing in what a sponge diver would wish to put on on the ocean’s ground.
The start line for the Ianos group was that the Mihanikos ought to be paying homage to a scaphandre window. As such, the rotating bezel is wider than regular to create a porthole impact. It’s as minimalist as potential with no markings (moreover a luminescent index) since sponge divers have been counting hours, not minutes. Its tough end was chosen to underline the utilitarian function of the watch. Measuring 43mm in diameter, the case is 316L stainless-steel. It options rounded strains with few sharp angles. The domed sapphire crystal follows the profile of the bezel, and the lugs have been designed to naturally lengthen the watch’s strains. The water-resistance is rated 30ATM or 300m.
The darkish blue color scheme is paying homage to the Mediterranean sea. The dial design is unique, too, with luminous sponge-like hour markers and the date built-in into the 12 o’clock marker. The small seconds disc with a luminescent dot rotating at 6 o’clock allows you to examine that your watch is operating. It’s impressed by the air pumps the diving crew used to produce air to the primary scaphandre divers. Final, the flange framing the dial is engraved with the lyrics of an outdated Greek tune: “If I die, don’t cry for me, bury me within the sand.”
The Ianos Mihanikos is powered by the SW360. This automated motion is the Sellita model of the ETA-2985, that means a tried-and-tested 25.60mm calibre with hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock and date indication. Operating at 4Hz, it delivers a 42-hour energy reserve. Though it’s proudly Greek-inspired, the Ianos Mihanikos is Swiss Made.
The Ianos Mihanikos comes on an Italian rubber NATO strap with a sponge sample that slides inside the strap ‘channel’ behind the case.
In case you are in search of a dive watch that stands out from the pack with a fascinating Mediterranean backstory, the Ianos Mihanikos is properly price look. Pre-orders for the watch, which begin at present, may be positioned on the model’s web site which retails for CHF 1,350 exc. taxes. After the pre-order interval is closed, the watch will retail for CHF 1,550 exc. taxes.
For extra data, please go to www.ianoswatches.com.