The UNIMATIC x Massena LAB U1-MLB is the third and final watch in a trilogy of collaborations with UNIMATIC following the release of ML6 and MLM in 2020.
MLB “Bund” is inspired by the dive watches of the 1970s, particularly the cult Blancpain “Bund”, which was issued to West Germany’s Bundeswehr Kampfschwimmers, a group of elite special forces of the West German Navy.
MLB features an all black dial, with a black-on-black “ghost" signature to maximize the legibility of its luminous indices. Like the “Bund” of the 1970s, the dial of the MLB is characterized by a large, distinct orange minute hand to differentiate it from the hour hand.
MLB is a limited-edition of 200 pieces.
HABRING² ERWIN LAB03
The Habring² ERWIN LAB03, a three-way collaboration, featires a bronze, engine-turned dial by J.N. Shapiro and, for the first time, official Chronometer Certification from the Horological Society of New York.
The dial of the LAB03 was designed by William Massena and hand-crafted by Joshua Shapiro in his Los Angeles workshop. The dial of the LAB03 is J.N. Shapiro’s first dial to utilize bronze.
The release of the LAB03 coincided with the debut of HSNY's Chronometer Certification program. The LAB03 was the first watch to be certified by the HSNY, and its movement bares the gild's official seal.
The Habring² ERWIN LAB03 is a limited edition of 66 pieces to commemorate 1866, the year the HSNY was founded.
MING 17.09 - HONEY
The MING 17.09 x Massena LAB features an intricate, hexagonal honeycomb dial inspired by vintage Rolex dials of the mid-century. Surrounding the central honeycomb is a circularly-brushed ring to compliment its patterned center.
The case of the 17.09 MING x Massena LAB is constructed from polished and brushed 316L stainless steel, which recalls the “padellone” (or “little frying pan” in Italian) cases of the Rolex 8171.
On its reverse side, the honeycomb pattern is etched to encircle the Massena LAB logo.
The MING 17.09 x Massena LAB in black was limited to 50 examples in honey and 150 in black.
MING 17.09 - BLACK
The MING x Massena LAB features an intricate, hexagonal honeycomb dial inspired by vintage Rolex dials of the mid-century. Surrounding the central honeycomb is a circularly-brushed ring to compliment its patterned center.
The 17.09 MING x Massena LAB was our first collaboration with MING, and MING’s first collaboration with any other brand.
The MING 17.09 x Massena LAB in black was limited to 150 examples in black and 50 in honey.
The Archetype 0.0, an exclusive set of pre-series chronograph prototypes, available only to the friends and family of Massena LAB. Inspired by vintage chronographs, the glossy black sector dial of the Archetype 0.0 is detailed with warm, gold markings, achieved only by recreating the same, traditional gilt techniques used in mid-century watchmaking.
Fitted in a sleek case of brushed and polished stainless steel, the black, glossy dial of the 0.0 is detailed with warm, gold markings, achieved only by recreating the same, traditional gilt techniques as those used in mid-century dial making.
Massena LAB’s second collaboration with UNIMATIC, the U1-MLM draws inspiration from the watches of the French Navy of the 1960’s. Each dial is a varying shade of deep blue, ranging from ocean to deep navy due to color changes that occur during production, making each dial truly distinct from any other in this limited edition.
An anchor is engraved on the case back, a reference to the French naval tradition. Each watch was delivered with a matching blue NATO strap as well as a French navy loop strap in olive with a centered yellow stripe.
On its dial, the ERWIN LAB02 is a simple, three hand timepiece with a contrast silver and rose gold sector dial. The 38.5 mm stainless steel case is polished with a step bezel that frames a sector dial that recalls the legendary sector dials from the 1930s.
The sector dial is divided into four concentric segments. The markings are a deep midnight blue and numerals of each segment are raised and finished in rhodium for depth.
Another particularity of the dial is that the outer railway five-minute divisions are perfectly aligned with the jumping seconds hand. The feuille hands are also rhodium finished. Altogether, the contrast of the rhodium elements against the rose gold and silver dial results in excellent legibility.
Straddling time from the ancient to the immediate, T-Rex Bronze creates a harmonious balance between mechanical and organic forms.
This model switches out the original steel for bronze, the copper alloy whose mastery amounted to a technological revolution so immense that it ushered in a new age of early civilization.
The feet of the T-Rex Bronze are aged to create an earthy brown patina, and the entire bronze structure is oxidized by hand to “lock in time” its color and the unique characteristics of the material.
This individual patination and stabilization means that no two clocks are alike.
Born from the idea of “What would a UNIMATIC watch from the 1950s look like today,” the U1-ML6 began as a conversation between the two companies on how to create a high-quality wristwatch that felt modern and incorporated vintage touchpoints, while not relying on nostalgia alone. Housed inside the 41.5mm stainless steel case of the U1-ML6 is the automatic caliber Seiko NH35A 21600bph, with a power reserve of 41 hours.
The watch features a classic black bezel with a red triangle, reminiscent of the Rolex 6538, made famous by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger. The 15-minute marker on the bezel is the first time that UNIMATIC has featured it on one of its watches.
On its dial, the ERWIN LAB01 is a simple, three hand timepiece with a deep black sector dial. The 38.5 mm bronze case is polished with a concave bezel that frames a sector dial the that recalls the legendary sector dials from the 1930s.
The sector dial is divided into four concentric segments. The markings and numerals of each segment are raised and finished in gold for depth.
Another particularity of the dial is that the outer railway five-minute divisions are perfectly aligned with the jumping seconds hand. The feuille hands are finished in gold. Altogether, the high contrast of the gold elements against the deep black dial results in optimal legibility.
To celebrate its 21st Anniversary, William Massena collaborated with Habring2 to present the Erwin 21 Jumping Seconds, reference TZ21.
The Erwin is an evolution of Felix, the first Habring² watch with their in-house Calibre A11 movement developed, manufactured and assembled in Austria. The Erwin in-house Calibre A12 movement has an additional module for a dead beat (jumping) seconds hand.
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