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Introducing: Unimatic X Mihara Yasuhiro Modello Uno U1-MY Watch

Unimatic X Mihara Yasuhiro Modello Uno U1-MY WatchJapanese designers have been taking the world by storm and not just in the streetwear arena they dominate. Watch brands too have been leaning on Japanese cool and it’s about time. A fresh injection of creativity is no bad thing, especially if it leads to watches like the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-MY.

Italian watch brand Unimatic are no strangers to limited editions. The largest run they currently have is the 600-piece U3-A and most of their watches come in considerably smaller runs than that. It’s the perfect way to try out a few different designs and, in the case of the U1-MY, try out a different stylistic language altogether.

Unimatic X Mihara Yasuhiro Modello Uno U1-MY WatchUnimatic X Mihara Yasuhiro Modello Uno U1-MY Watch

The watch is built in collaboration with Mihara Yasuhiro, a Japanese fashion designer whose Harrods boutique you should make a priority. I mean, it’s not the kind of stuff I’d wear but then that’s mainly because I’m not cool enough to get away with it.

It’s a cool he’s applied liberally to the new timepiece, which balances practical minimalism with subtle tonal and textural variations, the kind of watch that’s far more nuanced than it appears at first glance. The triple blue colourway is comprised of a dark dial, a bezel closer to royal blue and a stonewashed Cerakote-coated steel case finish in navy.

Unimatic X Mihara Yasuhiro Modello Uno U1-MY

The stonewashed treatment gives the case a worn look which, with the vintage cream lume makes the U1 seem a lot older than it is, enhancing its tool credentials. And despite being a seriously cool watch it is also seriously practical; it’s easy to read, rugged and can do down to 300m, all necessary for a professional diver.

The NH35A movement is an automatic that gets the job done well enough, even with a 41-hour power reserve, but it’s not really about the movement. There’s not even an exhibition caseback. This is just… well, just a very good-looking watch.

 

Unfortunately it’s going to be a little hard to get hold of; not only is it limited to 50 pieces worldwide, it’s only available from Mihara Yasuhiro stores for ¥ 105,840 – around £730. I guess that Harrods visit can’t wait.

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Unimatic Modello Uno U1-MY
Ref: U1-MY
Case: 40mm width, stonewashed Cerakote™ navy blue case, 316 stainless steel, 120-click mono-directional bezel
Movement: Seiko NH35A caliber, automatic, bi-directional winding
Power Reserve: 41h
Frequency: 22,1600 bph
Water Resistance: 300m / 1000ft / 30atm
Strap: Dark navy Cordovan Shell two piece / navy blue nylon two piece
Price: ¥105,840 (or £733), limited to 50 pieces and sold exclusively in Mihara Yasuhiro’s stores in Tokyo and Osaka, starting from April 27th. Orders from outside of Japan should apply via email to: TOKYO@MIHARAYASUHIRO.JP

More details at www.unimaticwatches.com

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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