From emerald to sage, lime to khaki, green has become one of the biggest trends in the luxury watch industry in 2021. We’ve seen new designs adorned in shades as well as reimagined classics. Italian watchmaker U-Boat chose the latter, presenting a new and refurbished collection of U-Boat Chimera Green watches, limited to 500 pieces each, in naturally aged bronze or 316L stainless steel, paired with artistic green accents. Signature Chimera dial accents.
As always, the new U-Boat collection is designed by Italo Fontana, the founder of the luxury watch brand. In a villa surrounded by the Graniano hills in the heart of Tuscany, just 15 minutes from Lucca’s ancient medieval walls, Fontana sits imagining his next greatest masterpiece, from the surrounding Drawing inspiration from the landscape and his Italian heritage. For the U-Boat Chimera, he wanted to capture his love of retro culture with distressed strap designs, vintage dials and masculine case silhouettes. With the all-new U-Boat Chimera Green, he takes that vision one step further, embodying his own colorful and playful personality through the green changes. Let’s take a look at four new U-Boat Chimera Green watches.
U-Boat Chimera Green 8526
The first in the U-Boat Chimera Green series is reference 8526. Made entirely of naturally aged bronze, this 500-piece limited chronograph is 46mm in diameter and features a patented crown release system at 8 o’clock, a Chimera feature that keeps time at your fingertips and date changes. The case also features a matching bronze bezel and case back and an oversized crown cap for easy gripping. In the center, the double-layered matt brown dial features laser-cut numerals, hour-markers, and chronograph counters, with vivid green chronograph seconds and green hands for the 24-hour subdial. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating. Housed in the U-Boat Chimera Green 8526 watch is an automatic movement machined and modified according to the characteristics of U-BOAT, with a custom skeletonized rotor visible through the sapphire crystal case back, and equipped with a frequency of 28,800vph and 48 hours of power reserve. To complete the look of this bronze U-Boat Chimera watch, this distressed brown leather strap is handcrafted in Tuscany by expert artisans.
U-Boat Chimera Green 8527
The second and final bronze piece in the U-Boat Chimera Green collection is ref. 8527. Unlike the bronze companion above, this 500-piece limited edition offers a more classic time, date and GMT display, two large sword-shaped bronze hour and minute hands, a glossy green seconds hand, and a 24-hour subdial with green hands , with a curved date aperture at 9 o’clock. These functions are again powered by an automatic movement, this time taking into account a 48-hour power reserve, 26 rubies and a frequency of 28,800vph. Like all U-Boat Chimera Green watches, the reference 8527 is 46mm in diameter and features a stunning display sapphire crystal case back, which allows you to see the movement through a U-shaped opening. The dial is again double-layered, but this time with a black brushed metal finish and laser-cut hands, a patented crown release system at 10 o’clock, and water resistance to 100 meters. The bronze case is then paired with another brown aged leather strap and bronze pin buckle.
U-Boat Chimera Green 8528
Next up is the U-Boat Chimera Green watch number 8528. This is the first limited edition of 500 pieces in the collection made of steel. Other than that, it follows almost all of the same specs as the aforementioned 8526 chronograph. Its 46mm case is made of AISI 316L stainless steel with the signature oversized crown cap and patented crown release system at 8 o’clock. The five-screw case back once again showcases the self-winding movement, which offers hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date and 24-hour markers and a 48-hour power reserve. In contrast to the matte black double-layered dial, green marker chronograph seconds and hands on the 24-hour subdial. As expected, the U-Boat Chimera Green 8528 is water-resistant to 100 meters, features a curved sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating for instant legibility, and features an aged black laser-cut leather strap and stainless steel pin buckle Fixed on wrist.
U-Boat Chimera Green 8529
Last but not least is the U-Boat Chimera Green watch under the reference 8529. I’m sure you’ve figured out the mode here, but this model follows almost exactly in the footsteps of the bronze reference 8527, but wears stainless steel. Comes with a patented crown release system at 10 o’clock for easy time and date setting. This time around, the crown, bezel, caseback and case are made from AISI 316L stainless steel, while the black dial and black leather strap accentuate the masculine aesthetic. Housed in the U-Boat Chimera Green 8529 watch is another Swiss self-winding movement offering hours, minutes, seconds, date and 24-hour time, the latter with green accents on the complications and large central running seconds hand . The movement promises a 48-hour power reserve and features a custom skeletonized rotor that sits beneath a five-screwed caseback with a U-shaped display opening. Guaranteed 100m water resistance, high-quality domed-curved sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating ensures fast readability.