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Unimatic Embrace Cartoons with Unimatic x South Park Modello Uno U1-EC ‘Eric Cartman’

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-EC South Park Edition

From roasting American politics to courting a lawsuit from Meghan Markle and Price Harry, South Park’s remained one of the most consistently incisive shows during its many, many years on TV. That’s pretty impressive given their love of Christmas poops, addict towels and man-bear-pig. Unlike the toothless nostalgia of Peanuts and Popeye however, we rarely see any element of South Park on a watch. Well now, South Park has teamed up with popular Italian watchmaker Unimatic to create the Unimatic x South Park Modello Uno U1-EC.

Off the bat, that reference number is perhaps my favourite I’ve ever seen on a watch. Most Modello Unos follow the pattern of U1 followed by a string of numbers or letters that are usually some obtuse internal code, but in this case the EC stands for Eric Cartman. The rotund (sorry, big-boned) misanthrope with signature turquoise beanie that can be seen on the watch’s dial.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-EC South Park Edition

He’s depicted in the form of a multicolour print on top of a plain white dial with green hour markers and a peripheral minute track. He does have the central hand stack emerging from his face but with the art style of South Park (stubby arms) it doesn’t make sense to have him pointing to the time in the manner of a traditional character watch.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-EC South Park Edition

Beyond the dial, it’s the Unimatic Modello Uno we’ve seen before. It has a 40mm stainless steel case with a rotating bezel that features a matte black aluminium insert with a lumed indicator. Housed inside is the Seiko NH35A automatic calibre with a power reserve of 41-hours. It all lives up to Unimatic’s tool watch vibe.

The Unimatic x South Park Modello Uno Ref. U1-EC is a limited edition of 100 pieces and is presented on a turquoise nubuck strap to match Cartman’s hat. Considering the very accessible price of €625 (approx. £550) and the popularity of South Park, it’s likely to sell out faster than the first run of the Book of Mormon – in fact, it already has.

Unimatic Modello Uno U1-EC South Park Edition

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Unimatic Modello Uno U1-EC South Park Edition
  • Case/dial: 40mm dimeter x 13.6mm thickness, stainless steel case, matte white dial with printing of Eric Cartman
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: Seiko calibre NH35A, automatic, 24 jewels
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 41h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Turquoise nubuck leather strap with additional black heavy duty NATO strap
  • Price/availability: €625 (approx. £550), limited to 100 pieces

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.