Might Unimatic have carried out any higher in 2020? That was the query I requested myself once I obtained an e-mail within the second week of December saying the brand new Unimatic Modello Quatro U4-A. Two weeks earlier than the 12 months ended, the model added one other mannequin to the rapidly-expanding line-up of Unimatic fashions. However the Modello Quattro is not only one other addition. It’s a totally new mannequin that mixes acquainted seems with shocking new design particulars. So sure, 2020 might develop into even higher for the model because it seems.
In 2020 we noticed a string of attention-grabbing releases from Unimatic. The Milan-based model began by Giovanni Moro and Simone Nunziato has showered us with an excellent number of watches this 12 months. The principle releases had been the minimalist variations of the favored Modello Uno. And we additionally noticed the discharge of the monochrome gray and black variations of the Modello Due. On prime of that, there have been quite a few collaborations. Probably the most notable for watch fans are most likely the 2 watches released with Massena LAB. Simply earlier than the tip of the 12 months, we additionally noticed a Modello Uno collab with a well-known streetwear boutique UNDEFEATED.
The number of minimalism
And that selection is a giant a part of the success of the model. The minimalist design strategy turned out to be a giant hit with a large viewers. As I mentioned with Giovanni Moro in an interview I did last year: they’re extremely proud that their model attracts a blended crowd of watch fans and the extra fashion-minded crowd. This number of individuals liking Unimatic’s watches has develop into a key issue within the model’s success.
The primary of many Modello Quattros to return.
One other typical Unimatic side is the one time solely restricted manufacturing run of their fashions. The “Get ’em whereas they’re scorching or they are going to be gone without end” strategy resulted in an excellent run on totally different fashions. And as we slowly get into the Modello Quattro, I can say that the manufacturing run of 500 items for the primary Modello Quattro U4-A offered out in a matter of minutes. However this U4-A might be the primary of many Modello Quattros to return. And it’s the excellent first instance of one other hit for the model.
Unimatic Modello Quattro U4-A
After I first noticed the press photos and browse the press launch, the watch intrigued me. The considered making a military-style watch primarily based on the Modello Uno case was intelligent. The case of the Modello Uno is nice. At 40mm, it’s the excellent dimension. And it’s outlined by its fashionable silhouette of spherical and straight traces. But it surely additionally made me query how it might work with a set bezel? The key to the success of Unimatic for me is in its minimalist strategy. Particularly the fixed design variations of the dial and bezel of the Modello Uno delivered some nice outcomes.
The most effective one for me is the Modello Uno U1-FM with its minimalist bezel and dial. The clear aesthetic creates one thing new and thrilling — that’s, in case you like a minimalist strategy. However with the Modello Quattro, that shocking component of the variation in bezel design gave the impression to be misplaced. So would this nonetheless be as shocking because the Modello Uno? Or would it not make the Modello Quattro…regular?
The design of the Modello Quattro U4-A
A few days after the announcement when the Modello Quattro U4-A had been delivered for overview, I used to be unsure. My first rapid response is that it seemed like a Modello Uno with no bezel. Clearly, that’s oversimplifying it, however first impressions typically are basic. The watch options lots of the acquainted design tropes that now we have come to know from Unimatic. I shortly discovered that Moro and Nunziato did a superb job designing the fastened bezel and retaining the general proportions and the watch’s army character in thoughts.
The round-shaped 40mm case clearly feels acquainted. A small element is that the U4-A has drilled lugs for faster altering of the strap/bracelet. The complete case has a brushed end, and the fastened bezel encompasses a round brushed end. It suits the watch’s army character, and the round sample is the right body for the minimalist dial design.
The Modello Quattro appears a tad smaller.
Total the Modello Quattro appears a tad smaller. It is because the Modello Uno’s bezel is truly 41.5mm, making it seem barely greater. The metal monoblock bezel of the Modello Quattro makes the watch barely thicker at 13.8mm than the 12.4mm of the Modello Uno. A part of it’s because of the 2.8mm thick flat sapphire of the U4-A in comparison with the two.5mm thick double domed sapphire of the Modello Uno. Similar to the Modello Uno, the Modello Quattro is water resistant as much as 300m.
A smaller dial?
Due to the thicker and barely smaller bezel and the in another way executed sapphire, it additionally appears as if the dial is smaller on the Modello Quattro. However they’re the identical dimension, giving the minimalist design of the dial of the U4-A the identical area because the Modello Uno. The light black dial encompasses a acquainted minimalist Unimatic format with a mixture of dots, rectangles, and a triangle as hour markers.
An off-white 60-minute scale on the dial periphery surrounds the hour markers. The hour and minutes hand are the acquainted phantom ladder design as we all know from different Unimatic fashions. Subsequent to that, the skinny seconds hand encompasses a lollipop-style counterweight. The hour markers and the handset are full of C3 Tremendous-LumiNova that lights up in pale inexperienced in darker gentle situations. Mixed with the olive inexperienced NATO strap, it creates an excellent total minimalist army inexperienced design.
The automated Seiko NH35A caliber powers the U4-A. The motion operates at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has an influence reserve of 41 hours. It options hacking seconds and bidirectional computerized winding. The motion is the go-to motion for all of the mechanical Unimatic fashions and has confirmed sturdy and dependable.
Sporting the U4-A
After first impressions subsided, the Modello Quattro shortly received me over. I quickly came upon that Moro and Nunziato had hit the nail on the pinnacle with the U4-A. And as ever so typically, the satan is within the particulars in the case of design. Total the design feels acquainted, however the watch has many design particulars that make it really feel contemporary and new.
Sure, it’s a bit chunkier than the Modello Uno.
The marginally thicker case suits the watch’s sturdy army character however continues to be a pleasure to put on. Sure, it’s a bit chunkier than the Modello Uno, however I by no means skilled it as too chunky. The thicker flat sapphire provides a barely totally different view of the black dial with all its acquainted components. And the metal fastened bezel is a superb change from the minimalist diving bezels of the Modello Uno.
An enormous enchancment is the crown motion in comparison with the Modello Uno. It’s simpler to make use of, and total it feels so much higher high quality. It’s a welcome improve of one of many few components that might use a step up in refinement.
The olive drab NATO strap the watch comes on can also be impressively made. It’s barely thicker than the Modello Uno’s NATO straps, making it excellent for the marginally thicker case. While you take away the NATO strap, a pleasant element is the Floor-to-Air Indicators engraving on the case again. It additional emphasizes the army character of the watch.
There is no such thing as a means round it. Unimatic has created one other winner with the Modello Quattro U4-A. After sporting the watch for 2 weeks, I’m very impressed by what Moro and Nunziato have pulled off. They’ve discovered a minimalist design language that may be very recognizable as Unimatic. However inside that minimalist profile, they will discover new methods of increasing the horizon of what’s attainable.
It has sufficient character to make it stand out.
The general minimalist type of the U4-A is in keeping with the opposite fashions we all know from the model. But it surely has sufficient character to make it stand out from the Modello Uno it’s primarily based on. The fastened bezel, the thicker case, using a flat sapphire crystal, the thicker crown, and the standard of the NATO strap all match the army character of the watch to create its personal place within the Unimatic assortment.
And at €425 excl. VAT, the Modello Quattro comes at an incredible value. It’s, due to this fact, no shock that the restricted run of 500 items offered out virtually immediately. Whether it is any indication of what’s to return, the Modello Quattro will probably be a giant success.
Personally, I really like a well-designed minimalist watch. The query stays, nevertheless: how far are you able to stretch a design with out it changing into boring? Unimatic has proven that there’s a lot extra to discover with its watches. And I can’t wait to search out out what’s subsequent after ending 2020 with the Modello Quattro U4-A. For more information, you’ll be able to go to the official Unimatic web site right here.
Diameter – 40mm, thickness – 13.8mm, lug width – 22mm
Screw down stainless-steel caseback with “Floor-to-Air Indicators” engraved
Seiko NH35A computerized motion, ticking pace – 21,600bph, 24 jewels, energy reserve – 41 hours
300 Meters – 1000ft – 30atm
Olive drab heavy-duty nylon NATO strap
Time – hours, minutes, seconds
24 Months worldwide guarantee