Italo Fontana presents a new version of the U-Boat Capsule
Directly inspired by the first undersea exploration modules, Capsule, introduced for the first time at Baselworld 2015 comes in a new updated version. Fascinated by these depth gauges made in the early ‘30s, Italo designed this watch with their characteristic features in mind, from the rounded shape to the porthole windows with water pressure resistant glass to ensure that the people inside the cabin survived the dive. These spherical portholes made from strong glass were clamped to the outside surface of the capsule using a system of levers to ensure water resistance.
The U-Boat Capsule watch uses a patented system to clamp the glass to the grade 5 titanium case, featuring a system of external fixing levers guaranteed to withstand the pressure exerted by both outside and inside agents. The two main levers, blocked in place by a third one positioned at 3 o’clock and by special safety screws, press the domed glass in hesalite against the waterproof gasket beneath.This system secures the watch in the event of pressure changes. The entire process of opening and removing the hesalite glass can be performed without dismantling any of the watch’s main components (usually the bezel must be removed), but only the glass. Limited Edition 288 pieces, the 2017 watch comes with black color dial and features on the dial an additional counter showing the AM/PM 24 hours of the day.
Movement: automatic mechanical movement, personalized to U-BOAT specifications for stem to be positioned at 9 o’clock • Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz. Power reserve: 38 hours. 25 jewels. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, 24h indicator, date. Case: grade 5 titanium case, thickness, 23.3 mm. 50 mm diameter, overall dimensions 63 mm. The two-piece case (middle and back) is joined by screws and has no bezel, which is replaced by the glass itself. Special titanium screw crown positioned at 9 o’clock, designed and manufactured according to U-BOAT technical specifications. The release mechanism on the right side of the case provides easy access to the dial and component parts. A special titanium ring guarantees an airtight seal and total water resistance. The ring is also fixed in place with 2 screws on the lugs for greater resilience and security. Back: attached by 4 screws for rapid access to the movement for adjustment purposes. Dial: black three-level dial with numbers and hands treated with luminova, date indicator at 9 o’clock. Crystal: hesalite Water resistance: 100 mt, 10 ATM. Strap: black strap, in rubber with lining in calf with Kodiak water repellent treatment. Titanium tongue buckle. Width: 23/22 mm.