Today, UNIMATIC will release a new limited edition series that pays tribute to the Esercito Italiano — the Italian Army. The Unimatic x Esercito Modello Uno U1-PA/ U1-PAN and Modello Quattro U4-TA skillfully combine style and sportswear into three timeless watches created as an homage to the core values of the Esercito Italiano: leadership, courage, self-sacrifice, and service to the community’s greater good. A tribute to the Paracadutisti, the Italian army’s infantry corps paratroopers, the Modello Uno ref. U1-PA and the Modello Uno ref. U1-PAN are respectively a limited edition of 300 pieces characterized by a brushed stainless steel case, and a limited edition of 150 pieces with a distinctive black DLC finish case. The Modello Quattro U4-TA, limited to 200 pieces, was created to celebrate the Comando Truppe Alpine, in charge of the Mountain Troops of the Italian Army Alpini – the elite forces that are the oldest mountain infantry still active in the world.
While all three watches in the series have 40mm cases made of 316 stainless steel, are water-resistant to 300 meters, and are powered by automatic caliber Seiko NH35A, each has its own distinct style. First, the U1-PA has a brushed stainless finish, while the U1-PAN sports a black DLC brushed finish. Both UNIMATIC watches are a tribute to the Paracadutisti, the Italian army’s infantry corps paratroopers. The paratroopers’ badge is represented on the dial at six o’clock, reproducing two stylized wings, mounted in the center by a parachute whose ropes meet at the convergence of the wings. At the center of the wings, one can also see the five-pointed star that stands for the values of the Esercito. These two timepieces have highly legible matte black dials and compass bezels that allow for navigation calculations. Each also has a 41-hour power reserve.
Featuring a matte foliage green dial with an added Truppe Alpine logo, the Modello Quattro ref. U4-TA has a sandblasted mono-block case, making it able to withstand all sorts of stress. This model is visually appealing as well as comfortable on the wrist. With a power reserve of 41-hours and a hacking second hand, the Modello Quattro comes on a foliage green TPU two-piece strap with stainless steel sandblasted hardware signed UNIMATIC. The caseback features the UNIMATIC x ESERCITO engraving and the individual progressive number within the limited edition of 200 pieces.
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