Recently there has been renaissance in retro products as a backlash against the digital revolution. Who would have thought that vinyl would become popular again and companies would start manufacturing bespoke record players? Taking these factors into consideration it doesn’t surprise me that iconic toys from the 1950’s and 1960’s are being reinterpreted by craftsmen. For example, contemporary artists like Hervé Stadelmann and +Brauer (also known as Bruno Lefevre-Brauer) have gained international recognition for their recycled robot sculptures. Staying with the same theme progressive watchmaker Azimuth have just unveiled a second incarnation of their popular Mr. Roboto.
When I first saw the Mr. Roboto timepiece I was pretty blown away by the eclectic design and impressed with the attainable price point. Normally Avant-Garde styling of this calibre is reserved for much more expensive watches. That is why I am delighted that Azimuth decided to produce a second larger and bolder model. In fact, this piece is massive compared to its predecessor and measures a substantial 55mm x 47.5mm. However due to the innovative curvaceous stainless steel case design it also feels very comfortable to wear.
Visually Mr Roboto 2 has a much more refined façade than the original model. The overall composition and lines are cleaner. I love the way Azimuth have merged the two portal sapphire windows that display hour and GMT functions. They have also redesigned the retrograde minute indication, which appears more cohesive. The inclusion of materials like forged carbon (on one of the versions) also add a touch of luxury to the watch. Certainly this beautiful timepiece make you feel nostalgic and evokes really pleasant childhood memories.
Beneath the futuristic façade lies a modified Swiss automatic movement. The Calibre 1500.2 comprises 25-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This intricate mechanism is visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally Mr Roboto 2 features hours, retrograde minutes and GMT indication. The watch also has a power reserve of 40-hours and is water resistant to a depth of 30 metres.
Mr Roboto 2 is equipped with a high quality perforated black calf leather strap and matching steel folding clasp.
For more information about Azimuth visit the company’s website: http://www.azimuthwatch.com