Zeitwinkel is one of those watchmakers that many haven’t heard of, but it’s popular among collectors and dedicated watch enthusiasts for attention to detail and in-house movements. Founded in 2006 by watch enthusiasts in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, it’s somewhat uncommon for new models to surface due to the manufacturer’s small size. The latest MAKS series is based on the prior 39mm model 188° with new three-dimensional and colourful dial designs. The pattern is formed from the brand’s logo, which is derived from an inverted W and repeatedly engraved into the dial via a laser.
The stainless steel case is 39mm in diameter and again comes from the model 188°, and features both textured and polished surfaces with a slightly recessed caseband and lugs. The signed crown has a bold knurled pattern and is push/pull, so water resistance is limited to 50 metres. An AR sapphire crystal protects the dial and there’s a sapphire exhibition case back, and a small steel lip surrounds the raised front crystal. This provides a nice detail to an otherwise smooth bezel.
The dial comes in four colours – Bleu Glacier, Vert de Limon, Rouge Lobélie and Orange d’Édouard. From a technical standpoint, it’s a simple setup with applied indices and central hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The small seconds sub-dial has a snailed pattern, but what happens beyond that really stands out. A tapestry of tiny logos spread out concentrically from the sub-dial to the edge of the dial, which took over two years to perfect with laser technology. It’s not the first Zeitwinkel dial to have a pattern of logos, which started in 2008, but it’s the tightest and most detailed so far. Leather straps with an embossed alligator pattern match the respective dial colours and feature a signed folding clasp.
Powering the new Zeitwinkel MAKS series is the in-house ZW0102 automatic with 28 jewels, a beat rate of 28,800vph (4Hz) and a 72-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock, but it can be configured with central seconds and date. All plates and bridges are made of untreated German silver with hand decorations including chamfering, perlage and Côtes de Genève.
The Zeitwinkel MAKS series watches are available now from Zeitwinkel or select global partners. The price is CHF 14,500 (incl. taxes). For more information and to place an order, please visit Zeitwinkel’s website.