Chimera

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They are big and great watches - the model ranges of the Italian watch manufacturer U-BOAT have left footprints in the landscape of luxurious wristwatches since their market entry in the year 2000. Footprints of giants. Exceptional phenomena in an exceptional industry. Timepieces which are increasingly in demand when buying watches on the Internet, but which, thanks to the limited edition, are like winning the lottery by a lucky coincidence. Well, almost.
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U-BOAT Chimera - Model with Greek history

The most popular U-BOAT series - the Chimera - confidently refers to a topos from Greek mythology. Ovid describes the daughter of two monsters as a hybrid being, the part of a lion, a goat and a snake - or was it a dragon? - ...united in himself. Fire-breathing, Chimaira lived near Olympos, in the company of her no less spectacular siblings Hydra, Cerberos, Sphinx and Orthos. Man and beast made them freeze in fear. A descendant of Sisyphus shot her with the help of the winged horse Pegasos. Other ancient poets describe it as a three-headed being. Both are highly unusual phenomena that create fabulous images in front of our inner eyes.

How did the U-BOAT Chimera get its name?

In addition to their meaning as hybrids, we also call chimaera a rationally intangible appearance, a delusion. Neither seems to be the U-BOAT Chimera at first nor second glance, but it ignites our imagination to unimagined heights as its namesake. Its creator Italo Fontana can rightly be described as an extraordinary man with an equally unprecedented grandfather. The plans for a timepiece of extreme robustness and reliability, which the grandson found in his grandfather's estate, refer to him. With the passion of a polar explorer and much dedication to design and creation, Italo Fontana began to give shape to the plans of 1942, which were initiated for the Italian Ministry of War for the armed forces under water and in the air, but were not realised. In 7 years of joint development with fashion designer Mounir Moufarrige, a masterpiece was created that astonished the industry and customers. Stupendous design of powerful markance and detail-loving originality are combined with the premium precision of the Swiss automatic movement ETA = ecco la chimera.

U-BOAT Chimera at the specialist for luxury and vintage watches HORANDO

The power of the forces of nature seems to be inherent in the Chimera, the thunder of the crushers attacking the steel walls of submarines. Which, however, cannot shake the Chimera. With a diameter of 46 to 55 mm and a height of 18 mm, it is one of the largest wristwatches in the world. On the other hand, the colours, shapes and designs of the dial capture admiring glances. The must for all U-BOAT watches - the crown with special protection that makes wearing the Chimera extremely comfortable - is also found on the 925 silver case (e.g. reference 8065). In addition, a flexible black croco strap, stop function, second time zone and the magnifying glass magnifier on the date display - pure masculine nobility. The Chimera 7177 Carbon radiates a concentrated charge of virility, supported by the wave-shaped brown carbon case in 48 mm size, the 30-minute counter and a 60-second chronograph. Its power reserve of 48 hours guarantees fidelity, the vintage look is formed from apart stylized time displays with Arabic numerals and a high-contrast light-dark change of colours.

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