The Ianos Avyssos – Greek for ‘Abyss’ – is a fittingly rugged diving watch. Yet rather than the retro 60s and 70s inspirations that most modern divers seem to be clamouring around, its aesthetic eccentricates date far, far further back.
First is the aforementioned Antikythera mechanism, the gears of which can be seen in the small seconds mechanism at six o’clock. There’s a reasoning for it more than ancient allusions, too. More than knowing the exact second, a diver needs to know his watch is working. Rather than a thin, hard-to-read hand, the turning of the mechanism illustrates one vital piece of info: that it’s ticking.
The rest of the dial is relatively pared-back, as is good and proper for a diving watch, with big, sandwich numerals allowing plenty of lume to shine through. There is however an unusual texture to the dial which has its own inspiration: the Kampanelopetra stone.
Kampanelopetra is a very specific diving technique where you hold a stone – which the technique is named after – and use it to sink down to the depths. It’s a method specific to Greek sponge divers and, now, the dial of the Ianos Avyssos, which uses the stone to shape its indexes and the oddly tactile texture.
Otherwise the Avyssos is a flawlessly fit-for-purpose marine watch. The 44mm case is big and solid, the diving bezel is unidirectional and lume is everywhere. Even the ETA 7001 movement is built for accuracy and reliability no matter what you throw at it. The result is a distinctly modern diver with a twist dating back millennia – available to pre-order for CHF 1,250, just over £950.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Ianos Avyssos
Case/Dial: 43mm diameter x 14.40mm height, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Calibre ETA 7001, manual winding
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Strap: Rubber NATO
Price: CHF 1,250 (pre-order price)
Available to pre-order at Ianos’ website.