If you somehow managed to request that I sum up the watches made by Prometheus starting a week ago I would have said “a line of game and device looks for jumpers and game watch enthusiasts.” And I think that would have been a genuine generalization of the Portuguese brand’s offerings. They are known for genuine, uncompromising contemporary jump watches (and one pilot, for example, the Ocean Diver GMT (a design top pick around w&w) and the Manta Ray, which are both big no fight watches with genuine diving credibility and surprisingly great looks. Indeed, they went and turned that synopsis on its head with the arrival of the Signatura Day/Date line of dress watches, which are not only perfect, but a reasonable arrangement at $530 considering their looks and features.
Case: Stainless Steel Movement: Selitta SW220 Dial: Black or White Enamel Lens: Flat Sapphire with A/R coating Case Back: Sapphire Display Strap: Steel Bracelet Water Res.: 50m Dimensions: 42mm Thickness: 10.9mm Lug Width: NA
The Signatura line is plainly inspired by 60’s dress watch design, featuring excessively clean dials without any numerals or lume. They just have applied markers for the individual hours and printed tick marks for the minutes. There is a logo by 9, which is enormous, but not distracting and a day/date window at 3. The stylish is minimal, practically conservative, but comes off refined and lacking in ostentation… precisely what a dress watch ought to be, in my book. The dials are made of enamel, which will give the shadings a ton of profundity, making the black further and the white more full just as giving an exemplary watch flare to the entire thing. Simultaneously the case, which has an exemplary Oyster shape, is 42mm in measurement and practically 11mm tall, giving the watch an energetic build. It is certainly on the enormous size for a dress watch, it’s as extensive as the Steinhart OVM for instance, which may make it miss for certain individuals, but on the other hand, huge watches are certainly in, and the C. Ward C9 Jump Hour was 43mm and looked great. The size definitely comes down to personal taste.
Dial and case aside, my #1 element, apparently from pictures, are the hands. Prometheus went with something that is a cross between a Dauphine styled hand a blade hand, creating an exemplary look with a forceful edge. The hands peak in the center, giving them three-dimensionality and more style. The black dial version has hands of cleaned stainless, which give it a genuine and saved demeanor. The white dial version has blued steel hands that add a ton of personality. The subtle hint of shading and traditional enlivening style they bring to the white version truly raise the stakes on that model. Blued hands are not common enough, in my book, and to see them utilized in a to some degree unexpected environment is very exciting.
The Signatura Day/Date is fueled by the Selitta SW220 , which is a 25 gem programmed, Selitta’s answer to the ETA 2836. They include sapphire precious stones on front and back, cases with brushed and cleaned finishing and stainless Oyster style bracelets. For $530 (US no VAT) the Signatura unmistakably is a decent incentive with extraordinary looks. Regardless of that watch nerd excitement, it is fantastic to see Prometheus leave such a “comfort zone” of sports watches and enter into easygoing to-dress domain. I think it is an incredible and bold advance for the brand to take; a stage that I trust a greater amount of the more modest brands will go for in the near future.
images by Prometheus Watch
by Zach Weiss