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Old 03-31-2012, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Watch Name / Model Being Reviewed / Brand: Botta-Design UNO Automatic



http://www.botta-design.de/en/one-ha...automatic.html
[img]file:///C:/Users/Marc/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.jpg[/img]

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Company Info - from the company website:

Watches from Botta-Design are characterized by a concentration on the bare essentials. The salient design features of every Botta-Design wristwatch are functional clarity and a high degree of technical aesthetic which is underlined by the choice of materials and the precision of the workmanship. The design deliberately rejects faddish attributes and historicizing elements.

Botta-Design wristwatches are developed in accordance with the following basic principles:

· an intelligent and contemporary design concept
· sophisticated functionality on all counts
· outstanding workmanship
· technical and design durability

The Botta-Design team also supports you with an efficient and customer-oriented after-sales service.

Botta-Design wristwatches accompany their wearer over many years and continue to impress in terms of technical function and appearance even years down the line.

Botta-Design UNO Automatic:

Things become clearer when you reduce them to their bare essentials. [size=This elementary philosophy is the basic idea behind our one-hand UNO watch with its astonishingly simple approach to time-keeping: the UNO makes do with just one hand – the hour hand. This moves just like the hour hand of any normal watch with several hands – in other words, every 12 hours it completes one full rotation.

The simplified dial means that the one-hand watch provides an approximate idea of the current time at a glance (e.g. shortly before three o'clock). If a more precise indication of the time is required, the five-minute gradations on the UNO allow you to work out the exact time, accurate to more or less one minute, by judging the position of the hand in between two of the five-minute lines. The great strength of the UNO, however, lies in everyday time-keeping and the fact that the time of day is shown "at a glance" by an analogue and graphic representation of the day.


Klaus Botta developed the concept for the UNO one-hand watch back in 1985, and the first one-hand watch was launched in 1994 by the Watchpeople brand. Since 2000, Klaus Botta has sold a redesigned and improved version of the UNO, under his own name. The UNO Automatic is the first time that a mechanical version of this successful concept has been available.

SPECIFICATIONS:



Retail Price: $919.98 US (includes 19% VAT) Add $66.67 for bracelet.

First Impressions & Thoughts: Unique conversation piece.

Outer Box:
I received two of these long black boxes. One held the watch on the strap and the other held the bracelet. The outer sleeve slides off revealing the inner box.



Inner Box: The inner box contains a window so that you can see the watch inside. The watch is held in place by two sets of flexible retaining fingers. There is no pillow. The watch was secured in the box upon receipt. I would not imagine that I would use the box for storage. The watch will reside in my watch box when not on the wrist.



Crown:
The crown is not screw down and that contributes to the 3ATM water resistance rating of this watch. The crown does have nice tooling to it and the logo on the face side is a nice touch. The crown operates smoothly to adjust both the time and the date. It has the solid feel of a Swiss ETA 2824. There is no extra 'play' in the stem.



Crown Side: Very plain case compliments the minimalist design of this watch and case. The only point of interest on the case is the logo and tooling of the crown which is done very nicely.

[img]file:///C:/Users/Marc/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image005.jpg[/img]

Non-Crown Side Case: Non-descript case side. The finish is very nicely done. Not grainy in any manner and there is an absence of machine marks.

[img]file:///C:/Users/Marc/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image007.jpg[/img]

Crystal, Dial, Hands, Date Window:
This is what this watch is all about. The Face and Hands. There is no bezel so the watch wears larger than the 42mm rating as a result. The black on white provides maximum visibility. The 'HAND' is long enough to reach the markers, which is very important in the minimalistic design.





Case Back: Sapphire front and rear crystals are a nice touch. The movement is clearly visible and the printed information on the caseback is obvious but unobtrusive. The lugs are hidden under the case and make for an interesting visual with both the strap and the bracelet. The exhibition case back is just the right size to show off this fine movement.
[img]file:///C:/Users/Marc/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image009.jpg[/img]


Strap: Very nice vegetable-tanned calf nappa leather strap and unmarked buckle. White stitching and double keeper.



Buckle:



Bracelet & Clasp: A strange, but innovative, bracelet system is provided. I've never seen anything like this. The individual links are held together by spring bars. The bracelet is very light, as the links are not solid. I do not like the feel or the look of the bracelet. It feels cheap and does not do the watch justice in my opinion. The clasp is fine and closes and locks smoothly, but the rest of the bracelet makes it impossible for me to approve this system.





Link System: I am wearing the watch on an 8.25" wrist and there are a few spare links which I think would allow at least 8.5" or a little larger to wear this bracelet without a need to locate extra links. Here you can see the spring bar system that holds the links together. This makes for easy and precise sizing. But does not make for a heavy, quality feel to the bracelet.



Wrist shot: I think the watch looks best on the bracelet. I link the way the lugs are hidden on the back of the caseback. The watch sits nicely on my 8.25" wrist. I measured the case with my calipers and I got 41.5mm for the case diameter and 45.5mm if you include the crown. I think it wears bigger as a result of the large face and thin bezel.






Lume:
There is no lume on this model. Neither the markers nor the hand have lume. I do not see that as an issue on this specialty piece.

Telling Time:


[img]file:///C:/Users/Marc/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image013.jpg[/img]
Each hour is sub-divided into 5 minute markings. Much like a ruler, larger marking at the 15 and even larger at the 30 assist the wearer in telling the time in a fairly rapid manner. Of course it is hard to tell the 'exact' time. With no individual minute markings and no second hand only a reasonable estimate of the time can be made.


Movement Info: ETA 2824-2

I did not try to time this watch as you cannot accurately set it to begin with. During my evaluation period I did not need to reset the watch from one day to another unless it wound down to a stop. However, even up to a minute loss would be very hard to spot as a result of the one hand system. This is clearly not intended for any of you hard core accuracy Freeks...however the ETA 2824-2 has a long history of being a very accurate and reliable movement.

https://secure.eta.ch/CSP/DesktopMod...569&DocType=DT

https://secure.eta.ch/CSP/DesktopMod...557&DocType=DT

One workhorse of the ETA mechanical line is the ETA 2824-2, The 2824 is an automatic winding, twenty-five (25) jewel movement, available in four executions or grades: Standard, Elaborated (improved), Top and Chronometer.The key components which differ at the line of demarcation between Elaborated and Top are the barrel spring, shock protection system, pallet stones, balance wheel & hairspring and the regulator mechanism. In contrast, since the addition of the "-2" at the end of the movement number, there has been no difference between the standard and the chronometer grades in terms of the regulator mechanism, both being Etachron. To illustrate the differences in accuracy garnered by the successive grades, consider the following specifications:
  • the Standard grade is adjusted in two positions with an average rate of +/-12 seconds/day, with a maximum daily variation of +/-30 seconds/day;
  • the Elaborated grade is adjusted in three positions with an average rate of +/-7 seconds/day, with a maximum daily variation of +/-30 seconds/day;
  • while the Top grade is adjusted in five positions with an average rate of +/-4 seconds/day, with a maximum daily variation of +/-10 seconds/day.
Summary: The obvious statement here is that this watch might not be for everyone. It is a specialty piece and I'd classify it as a dress / conversation piece. Several people that saw the watch on my wrist thought it was interesting and several referred to it as a 'gauge' and not a watch. I thought that was funny. I like the look better on the bracelet, but the quality of the bracelet is a concern and I think it would wear better, long term, on the strap that comes standard (bracelet is extra).

If you are looking for a piece that will certainly generate conversation whenever you wear it, then I think you should consider the Botta UNO. The watch and movement are both well made. The UNO comes with a fairly high list price for what you get outside and the ETA 2824-2 inside. I have seen these listed on a few sites in the $399.99 price range. (http://www.watchismo.com/botta-uno-watch-white.aspx). At that price they may be worth a hard look if you are looking for something completely different. The 2 year warranty and reputation of German manufacturing should allow you to purchase with confidence.

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Very unique piece Marc. Fantastic review.
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Thank you for an excellent review with pics from all angles, too. Great job as always, Marc. I was surprised to see the 2824 movement in this watch for some reason (pleasantly surprised, obviously). They came up with a nice, clean watch & something different, too. Good job, Botta.
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Excellent review and pictures. Very well done.
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Great review! Photos well done! Definitely an interesting piece and very attractive - an exercise in simplicity. Worth a look.
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Excellent review Marc! I have had my eye on this model for awhile,and appreciate the candid report. I will add this to my list of "must buy" watches...Thx!
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great review on a very unique watch. Thanks.
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Very good review and some good photo's. Great for people who only want to know the time as thereabouts.

I believe there are single hand wrist watches with a 24hr dial as well.
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Great review Marc!
Definitely not for me with the 1 hand time telling, but definitely unique.
One thing I have to say is, we wear a watch so we can have as close to exact time as possible, so it is odd to make a watch where for the most part, you have to kinda guess as to what the exact time is.

As you said , a conversation piece at least.
Thanks for the review!
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Thanks for the review, Mark! Very good, as usual.

For the watch, its exteeeeeemely dissappointing that you cant get a solid bracelet at $1000, not that its in my budget but I do like it, but would very concerned, as I love a good bracelet to come with my watch, even when I use a strap all the time.

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Fantastic review and pics....I appreciate the detail you put into your reviews.

As for the watch......I love the white dial but otherwise....not for me.
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I'm with everyone else, nice job on the review! Added to the photos, you've answered any questions I had! I like unusual watches so this one is right up my alley! Thank you for your review!
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Great Review...thanks
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GREAT REVIEW Marc, Thanks!

The auto versions of the Botta's are priced outta my range for a "fashion" watch but I hada quartz Uno for a while& the only negative issue is the lack of lume.I wore it to the symphony & dinneronce onlty to be frustrated by the lack of visibility on the dial (talk about 'guesstimate'). That was a long night. k
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Thanks for your efforts in this review. Great job.
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