The Devil's In The Detail
Featuring an off-white dial palette, with subdued applied gold hardware, black printing and sky blue accents, the Valentina embodies the USSR arm of the Space Race.
Multiple layers of dial; the radial texture, over the angled, gold ringed chamfer with numeral printing, down to the faded gold chapter ring with minute track and luminous dots, to the two-tone dial with subtle angles, applied gold blocks and matching gold skeleton hands with luminous fill - the second hand counterweight forming an orbital track around the centre pinion. The radial track on the top surface of the dial references the gold “Voyager” records sent, long after the moon landings, into the universe, featuring sounds and pictures from Earth, in the event that extra-terrestrial beings would find it.
Two vinyl record-like phonographs made from gold-plated copper and etched with pictures and sounds from Earth, launched aboard both Voyager spacecraft in 1977. We've used a radial record-like texture, a nod to the Voyager missions, for the top-most surface of the dial.
The Valentina features multiple layers of dial; the radial texture, over the angled, gold ringed chamfer with numeral printing, down to the faded gold chapter ring and two-tone dial with subtle angles and applied gold blocks.
The Astro is presented in a stainless steel case that is neither a square nor circle, but a squircle. Featuring a subtle curved quirk in every side of the Astro’s “squared” face - truly unique.
Behind the exhibition caseback lies the spectacular engineering marvel that is the Miyota 9039. This automatic calibre beats at 28,800 bph and offers a power reserve of 40+ hours.
The Astro features proprietary lume on both the dial and hands to aid low light time referencing.
Our watches are produced in small batches and each watch is finished with a unique serial number.
“The design is so carefully thought out, especially the depth of the face, and the quality is immediately obvious. Brilliant!”
“What a stunning watch. I wasn't sure at first due to the shape, but wow the elegance and amazing design just take my breath away at times.”
“I'm delighted with my Valentina. It's unique, very well made and the attention to detail is exceptional. I have worn it everyday since it arrived.”
THE SPACE RACE
The Astro series is inspired by the race to space, starting with the catalyst for the race, the cold war, and ending in the present. Each model represents an important phase, not just in the technological advancement and achievement of putting humans into orbit, but also human advancement, in our attitudes and outlooks.
The Astro's case is not a square, but a squircle - a mathematical quirk in which every side of our “square” watch is subtly curved - a squared circle - with inspiration found in an unlikely place. Many other thought-provoking details exist within our Astro range, and we’re absolutely delighted with the results - a unique watch for a unique phase of humankind’s time here on this blue planet.
The case of the Astro features a lugless design, measuring 38x38mm with recessed strap mounts hidden within the case. Keeping things surprisingly thin, the case features a tri-texture finish and a modest 10.65mm thickness.
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