Archimede is certainly no stranger to our pages (you can read other articles here), and today, we”re bringing you news of their newest limited edition model.
The new model, theÂ , is a revisit to their original Pilot OR, which sold out rather quickly back in 2008. Â With this one being limited to just 100 pieces, I have Â a feeling that this will be a repeat. Â So, what makes this watch special?
First and foremost, it”s the movement used. Â Here, it”s a fully-restored Junghans JH687, which originally was made in the 1960s. Â While you may trade away some accuracy due to the age, I am a big fan of seeing vintage movements being given new life.
This hand-wound movement is then housed in a three-piece Ickler-designed case (and he designs some lovely pieces) in a brushed finish (42mm by 10mm thick). Â On top of the case you have a flat sapphire crystal (AR-coated, of course), and around back, you”ve got the caseback held in place by 5 screws.
For the dial, you”ve got a nice, clean pilot dial, with SuperLuminova C3 lighting things up. Â Movement aside, it”s this dial that sells the piece for me. Â It”s clean in the utter simplicity, and the sword hands are the perfect size for the scale of the case (of course, the extra-long seconds hand is a nice add as well).
Now, at over $1000 for one of these on a leather band ($1250 for the bracelet), these aren”t going to be for everyone. Â Should you snap one up, though, you”ve definitely got a “sleeper” (since the movement isn”t advertised on the piece) that will impress. Â On the other hand, if you dig the style but wish it was a bit more affordable, you can check out their full Pilot lineÂ .