Yema has been and nonetheless is in the present day among the finest expressions of French watchmaking. Based in 1948, the model has carried out a brand new technique in recent times, gaining visibility due to its Heritage assortment, re-issuing a few of the most iconic fashions, in addition to bringing again the notion of French-made, with proprietary actions. With this Frenchness in thoughts, Yema has already secured a partnership with the Armée de l’Air, the French Air Drive, and now it unveils its second, extremely pure military-infused partnership, this time with the Marine Nationale, a.ok.a the French Navy – alongside Tudor, which has additionally introduced a few days in the past the comeback of a partnership with the Marine Nationale, the Swiss model being certainly one of its historic suppliers. However in the present day, we’ll have a better have a look at one of many watches ensuing from this French Connection, the Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT.
If Yema is generally identified for its Superman mannequin, which has additionally been re-issued lately in a trustworthy vintage-inspired mannequin, there’s one other diver’s watch that must be talked about. The Superman was the professionally-oriented device produced by Yema, a watch launched in 1963, geared up with the patented security bezel-lock and able to a 300m water-resistance. With a view to reply to the wants of a rising group of leisure divers, Yema launched its Navygraf watch within the early-1970s. This watch was a barely simplified mannequin, with a 200m water-resistance and with out the bezel-lock system, however nonetheless with the model’s distinctive design. It was principally recognizable due to its “exclamation level” markers and a bakelite bezel’s insert.
To reply the wants of the Marine Nationale and to supply watches to the members of the French Navy, Yema has thus conceived four new fashions based mostly on the Navygraf assortment; a traditional computerized watch, an accessible quartz mannequin, a smaller female version and, the subject of the day, this restricted version Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT.
This Yema x Marine Nationale shares its case with the remainder of the Navygraf assortment. As such, it comes with the signature components of the model, a case with retro-inspired form, skinny casebands and lugs, sharp angles and general a transparent late-1960s/early-1970s vibe. Manufactured from chrome steel, the case is solely brushed and pleasantly executed. It feels strong and finely adjusted, but in addition comes with respectable specs, akin to a well-protected screw-down crown, with its signature pointy guards, a thick sapphire crystal (2.50mm), a screw-down metal again and it supplies 300m or 990ft of water-resistance.
The Yema Navygraf can be a nice watch to put on, due to comparatively compact proportions. Certainly, it measures 39mm in diameter for a peak of 12.85mm. Moreover, the lug-to-lug measurement stays cheap, at 47mm. However greater than the numbers, it’s the form of the watch that’s making it nice to put on, with a mixture of a skinny caseband and tapered lugs. A lot of the peak is absorbed by the bezel and the caseback.
As an ode to the unique 1970s mannequin, the Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT is provided with a sapphire bezel’s insert. But, as we’re speaking a couple of GMT mannequin, the latter encompasses a 24-hour scale (absolutely luminous) and the bezel is bidirectional with 24 clicks. After all, you’ll even have the choice of an much more aquatic-like version, with out the GMT operate and with a 60-minute unidirectional bezel. Nonetheless, this Marine Nationale GMT stays a strong possibility for diving.
The true deal for this Marine Nationale assortment lies within the colors and particular adornments on the dial. The traditional mannequin is immediately recognizable with its black dial and daring yellow markers. To be consistent with the official colors of the French Navy, the Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale all characteristic a blue dial and bezel (besides the 34mm version), traditional white markers and arms and a few discreet pink and golden-coloured touches. Nonetheless, the signature “exclamation level” markers and sometimes 1970s painted arms are retained, but now executed in shiny white with blue-emitting Tremendous-LumiNova. The matte blue floor of the dial supplies superior distinction and the GMT operate is definitely picked up with this pink arrow hand.
Being a traveller’s mannequin, this restricted version Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT encompasses a date window, which received’t be discovered on the traditional computerized model. Along with the historic gilded “Navygraf” emblem at 12 o’clock, the principle specificity must be seen at 6 o’clock, with a “Marine Nationale” emblem. The anchor and emblem can be discovered on the crown and on the strong metal caseback.
To energy this version, Yema depends on its proprietary calibre YEMA3000, the GMT model of its 2000 calibre, which has been conceived and assembled in France, in Morteau. Destined to be a substitute for the traditional ETA or Selitta actions, it makes the watch much more related on this path for Frenchness. This computerized engine runs at 4Hz, boasts 42 hours of energy reserve and is adjusted to an accuracy of -/+10 seconds per day. It shows central hours, minutes and seconds in addition to an impartial 24-hour hand. It additionally comes with a stop-seconds mechanism.
The Yema Navygraf Marine Nationale GMT is offered on a sturdy chrome steel bracelet with the model’s typical H-shaped hyperlinks. Absolutely brushed, to carry a sportier look, it encompasses a folding clasp with positive changes holes and a sensible diving extension. The model additionally features a Marine Nationale parachute single-pass official strap, in blue with a pink central line.
The watch will likely be obtainable in a restricted run of 1,000 items and will be pre-ordered as of in the present day (6 Might 2021), and priced at EUR 1,049. Notice that a portion of the proceeds of the gross sales will likely be given to the Marine Nationale’s Basis “œuvres sociales de la Marine nationale.”
three different Marine Nationale x Yema
Along with this restricted GMT version, Yema will even launch three different watches. First is an computerized diver’s model with 300m water-resistance, the proprietary calibre YEMA2000, a 60-minute sapphire bezel and a no-date show. This version received’t be restricted and will likely be priced at EUR 790. Additionally, a quartz version with mineral crystal and bezel, in addition to a 200m water-resistance will likely be obtainable at EUR 399. Lastly, a 34mm female quartz mannequin will likely be obtainable, with a white mineral glass bezel, a 100m water-resistance, a Milanese bracelet, for EUR 349.
For extra particulars and pre-orders, please go to yema.com.