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Bomberg BB-01 Automatic Día de los Muertos

As a writer specialising in horology and design in general I get access to some amazingly cool products. Next year my 8th book about luxury design will be published. This edition showcases the world’s best architecture, automobiles, horology and lifestyle goods. One of the products featured in an amazing limited edition trunk called the TANE x Veuve Clicquot Day of the Dead Limited Edition 2021. The Spanish name for this Mexican festival is called Día de los Muertos, which is a holiday traditionally celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. What makes it so special are the colourful themes such as flowers and skull masks. Ultimately Bomberg felt all these ingredients were the perfect inspiration for a very cool watch.

The Día de los Muertos is one of the latest timepieces from the exciting BB-01 Automatic collection. The Día de los Muertos is one of the latest timepieces from the exciting BB-01 Automatic collection. Therefore it comes as no surprise at all that this model is now sold out. Previously I have reviewed many from the series including the ‘Bulldog’ and ‘Spartan Red’. It’s tough to make a comparison because all of these incredible watches display enormous design merit. They also have distinctive quality features such as anti-reflective box crystal applied SuperLumiNova and offset crowns. However, as a former illustrator the ‘Día de los Muertos’ does resonate with me because of the highly colourful dial and the connection to the traditional Mexican festival.

Aesthetically the ‘Día de los Muertos’ is designed to make a very bold statement. Interestingly the dial features a bed of Aztec marigolds, which grade from rose to red. There is also a central skull with hypnotic, piercing eyes, and a sutured grin that denotes the story of time. Other refined features include a subtle spiderweb pattern which is counterbalanced by a date display window located at 6 o’clock. This entire splendour is encapsulated in a 43mm stainless case that has intricate skull decorations and engravings on the side. Overall I feel the composition is highly successful and perfectly executed.

Beneath the stylish façade is a Swiss-made self-winding movement sourced from manufacturer Selita. The Calibre SW200 comprises 26 jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This premium mechanism is visibly showcased via a sapphire crystal rear window. Functionally the ‘Día de los Muertos’ features hours, minutes, seconds and date indications. The timepiece also is water resistant to a depth of 50 metres and has a power reserve of 38 hours. As a perfect finishing touch the watch is presented on a genuine black leather strap with red Swarovski crystals a complimentary (black PVD coated) stainless steel deployment buckle.

For more information about the ‘Día de los Muertos’ and other models from the Automatic BB-01 collection follow this link

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