One can’t begin to survey the Stowa Antea Kleine Sekunde without first taking a glance at the Bauhaus school of plan. Dating back to 1919, the Bauhaus development started when Walter Gropius opened the physical Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. Bringing together craftsmanship, plan, specialty, and usefulness, the Bauhaus development created the absolute most paramount plans in ongoing history and right up ’til today, regardless of whether it’s the White City of Tel Aviv or the most recent Apple item, the Bauhaus plan reasoning remains broad and pervasive.
In the watch world, the Bauhaus influence is evident, particularly with regards to German watchmakers who, when compared to their Swiss partners, incline toward cleaner plans to bling and overabundance. Stowa, established in 1935 by Walter Storz, is one of those brands, and it has followed a Bauhaus-influenced plan theory for the greater part of its existence.
Today, Stowa is under the steerage of veteran watchmaker Jörg Schauer, who created Stowa’s ebb and flow lineup by tapping into the brand’s history, bringing back refreshed forms of cherished plans like the Flieger arrangement and the Seatime. In spite of the fact that not as discussed as their sportier models, Stowa’s Antea line – influenced by a plan found in the Stowa chronicles dating back to the 1930s – is a genuine Bauhaus diamond, with the Kleine Sekunde silver-dialed model anchoring the assortment. All in all, how does Stowa’s Bauhaus inspired passage hold up? Let’s find out.
Stowa Antea KS Review
Case Polished Steel Movement ETA/Peseux 7001 Dial Silver Lume NO Lens Sapphire Strap Leather Water Resistance 3 ATM Dimensions 35.5 x 44.6mm Thickness 6.9mm Lug Width 18mm Crown 5.5 x 2.5 mm Warranty Yes Price $775
Coming in at generally 35.5mm wide, 6.9mm thick, and a carry to-drag tallness of 44.6mm, the stripped-down case on the Antea KS is a masterclass in minimalist plan. Eschewing numerous advanced plan prompts, the Antea instead favors straight lines and hard points: the sides of the case go straight down, the level sapphire precious stone is encased by a level bezel that is marginally smaller than the mid-case, and the hauls are calculated stick jutting out from the sides of the case.
From the top down, the case frames an ideal circle (drags aside). From the side, the calculated hauls underline the seriousness and intricacy of the plan. All components of the 3-piece stainless steel case come together flawlessly and are secured by an excellent high clean finish. On the flipside, the case back subtleties the specs of the watch and highlights a sapphire gem that grandstands the delightfully finished Peseux/ETA 7001 development. The case back is gotten by 6 equitably divided little screws.
Because the Antea KS is a hand-cranker, I need to concentrate on the crown. With a breadth of roughly 5.5mm and a thickness of 2.5mm, the marked crown on the Antea isn’t especially generous or novel. It is, nonetheless, the most comfortable crown I have at any point experienced on a watch, manual or programmed, and is a demonstration of the plan that delved into even the littlest subtleties on the Antea.
What’s extraordinary about the crown is that it marginally sticks out past the base bit of the case, which considers a simple hold and smooth wind. What’s more, on the grounds that the crown isn’t larger than average and the Antea is as of now a more modest watch, this causes no observable discomfort on the wrist.
Dial and Hands
The dial on the Antea KS is the genuine gem, and at roughly 31.5mm wide, it takes up a lot of land. The shade of the silver dial is somewhat hard to portray, particularly on the grounds that the tone of the dial changes under various lighting conditions. Now and then it can look white, different occasions cream, however my undisputed top choice is the way the dial looks when the tiny silver specks dispersed about catch the light. I have seen the dark form face to face and, while an appealing piece all alone, it doesn’t compare to the magnificence of its silver-dialed brother.
The plan and design of the dial seem straightforward, yet after looking into it further one can see that it’s the subtleties that make the Antea shine. The subdial for the seconds counter is put over the 6 o’clock marker, and is decorated internally with a progression of concentric circles. From the numerals to the logo, the printing is basic and precise. The Art Deco typography harkens back to the 1930s and, because of its rakish quality, is an ideal complement to the style of the case. The typography additionally mellow the visual effect of the outspread flip (note how the numbers are perused from the inside of the dial from 9 to 3, at that point from an external perspective somewhere in the range of 4 and 8) and helps balance the dial.
The implement hands are blued steel, which implies that they have been thermally made blue, instead of painted or artificially treated. They seem ebony under certain points, however when they get the light perfectly the hands sparkle a brilliant blue. Outwardly, it’s maybe the most stunning part of the Antea.
Other than the “STOWA” logo with its excellent adapted “S” and the “Made in Germany” assignment, there is no superfluous content on the dial. The internal AR coating on the sapphire gem additionally adds to the quick lucidity of the dial, and guarantees that that coating won’t succumb to scratches (observe, Sinn).
The Peseux/ETA 7001 is a high-grade hand wound mechanical development valued for its vigorous form and little measurements, and all things considered, is utilized by various brands for their dressier watches. Despite the fact that it has a BPH of 21,600 and doesn’t hack, the 7001 is equipped for extraordinary exactness when changed appropriately, similar to the case with the Antea. The development is additionally exceptionally enhanced; the Stowa logo and Geneva stripes embellish the outside of the main scaffold, the screws are blued, and there is perlage on the base plate. On the off chance that you’re a sucker for exceptionally beautified hand wound developments, the presentation caseback on the Antea doesn’t disappoint.
Wearability and Straps
The measurements are very beguiling in that the Antea KS wears bigger than specs recommend due its thin bezel, prolonged hauls, and for my situation a light-hued dial, making the Antea KS an adaptable watch for a scope of wrist sizes. It is an ideal fit for my 6.75 inch wrist, and I as a rule favor my watches around the 40-42mm territory. Notwithstanding, I should take note of that whenever I got an opportunity to take a stab at a dark dialed Antea, I found that the somewhat bigger size of the day/date and programmed models looked better, since dark watches will in general look more modest than their lighter-dialed counterparts.
The stock lash on the Antea, while reasonable, was not to my liking. The main issue was that it felt somewhat unstable and excessively easygoing for the style of the watch. Instead, I equipped the Antea with a Horween shell cordovan lash. Shell’s smooth, shiny, and downplayed quality is the ideal complement to the stripped-down stylish of the Antea. For a more perky look, you can likewise combine the Antea with a regimental nato lash. Whatever your right, the penetrated through drags make switching out the tie easy.
Though we don’t ordinarily include client support encounters in our audits here at Worn and Wound, I accept that when one purchases a watch, they’re likewise buying the brand and individuals behind that brand. When buying a Stowa, you’re getting first rate client support from a little company whose workers are committed to their art and remain behind their item. Schauer is a standard giver on watch gatherings, and the staff is very receptive to questions and client care inquiries. At the point when I originally got my Antea, I saw a slight flaw on the dial that was just obvious under daylight. I informed Stowa, and they promptly hit me up and paid for the shipping costs back to Germany. I had my watch back in under two weeks, furnished with a fresh out of the plastic new dial. Client support like that is priceless.
The Antea is a fabulous watch and at roughly $815 sent, you’re getting an incredible arrangement for a Bauhaus-inspired watch that won’t drain your wallet. On the off chance that you incline toward a programmed development, or maybe a bigger watch, look at the remainder of the Antea line for something that is more qualified to your requirements. Truly, it very well may be hard to purchase a watch without any inspection and the stand by times can be executioner, however that likewise works in support of yourself as Stowa observes for the most part don’t endure a colossal shot on the optional market because of their in general scarcity.
The Antea, and the remainder of the Stowa assortment, can be bought here .
written and captured by Ilya Ryvin