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The New Maen x seconde/seconde Manhattan Project, a Doomsday Watch

It may be a timepiece every AI developer should have.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

Maen, a young watch brand that quickly found its niche after launching on Kickstarter a few years ago, is back with an exciting new release. Maen just unveiled the Manhattan Project, marking its second collaboration with the renowned designer Romaric André, a.k.a seconde/seconde. While André is famous for his humorous dial designs, this new watch takes a more serious approach. Maen highlights that the Manhattan Project is meant to be thought-provoking and raise important questions, and it stands apart from André’s typically lighthearted style.

The Project watch draws inspiration from Maen’s Manhattan 37, a sleek timepiece that pays homage to the iconic designs of the 1970s. Its 37mm stainless steel case is artfully shaped and measures 9.3mm thick, with a 47mm lug-to-lug span. The watch’s elongated octagonal bezel and midcase feature an interplay of polished and brushed finishes, enhancing its visual appeal. The octagonal crown is adorned with an M logo, while the flat sapphire crystal protects the dial, which displays the distinctive touch of seconde/seconde.

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The ice-grey dial of the Maen Manhattan Project watch stands out with vertical Côtes de Genève stripes and a minimalist look with no logo, indices, or date window – a symbol of “nuclear nothingness”. Only the uniquely shaped central hour and minute hands, treated with a generous stripe of Super-LumiNova, are present, and, adding a bold touch, the seconds hand is replaced by the nuclear hazard symbol. While the original Manhattan 37 model displays the model name below the centre, the Project watch replaces it with a striking yellow “Project” plaque, enhancing its dramatic appeal.

To continue with this thought-provoking study, the solid caseback is engraved with the haunting quote: “Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds” –  words pronounced by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the lead scientist of the Manhattan Project in 1965. This quote, symbolizing Oppenheimer’s profound remorse and guilt, adds a poignant layer of meaning to the timepiece.

The Maen x seconde/seconde Manhattan Project watch is driven by the reliable Sellita SW200-1b automatic movement, which operates at 28,800 vibrations/hour and offers a 38-hour power reserve. This watch comes with an integrated stainless steel bracelet attached to the case with four screws in the caseback, enhancing its vintage appeal. The bracelet features a satin-brushed finish with polished chamfers on the sides and includes a hidden deployant clasp for added comfort.

Available to pre-order during a 24-hour window starting today and priced at EUR 1,171.71, the Maen Manhattan Project’s deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of November. For more information, visit The clock is ticking.

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