Baselworld 2013 - Meeting with Sinn Uhren
The Sinn booth has changed location and similar manufacturers are grouped together making it easier for visitors to navigate their way around the venue
My meeting at Sinn was with Miss Nicole Bausch, who is the Head of Sales, I have been dealing with Nicole since we started selling Sinn watches in 2002 and maintain an great working relationship and cooperation between our two companies. She took me through the new product range, as usual with knowledge and enthusiasm. I was well looked after, fed and watered and chatted amongst the friendly personnel.
One watch that immediately grabbed my attention is the new 103 Ti Testaf. Sinn asked the question "What is it that represents a professional pilot watch"? Which in-flight needs of the pilot must it meet? Which features are essential? The 103 Ti TESTAF provides the answers to these questions. This is because it was tested and certified by Aachen University of Applied Sciences in accordance with the technical standard for pilot watches (Technischer Standard Fliegeruhren, TESTAF). This is documented by a certificate and the TESTAF quality seal on the dial.
An equally impressive watch, also in titanium is the new T1 Mission Timer EZM 14 professional 1000 metre divers watch. Some of the features include the special Sinn oil allowing it to be Functionally reliable from – 45 °C up to + 80 °C, There are some movement manufacturers interested in acquiring this Sinn developed oil for use in their watches. Pressure resistant to 1,000 m diving depth (= 100 bar), certified by Germanischer Lloyd Hamburg, Tegimented (heat treated hardened) bezel, Argon gas and copper sulphate dehumidifying technology, arrow shaped hand pointer and bezel triangle which is a different colour luminosity to the rest of the luminosity allowing instant and easy legibility when using the minute hand in conjunction with the bezel in low lighting conditions
The Sinn 140A is a masterpiece in design and technology. The redesign of the technically refined space chronograph 140 resulted in the creation of the 140 A model (limited edition of just 500 timepieces) with silver electroplated counter dials and satinised stainless steel case with polished sides. The 140 and 142 chronographs are two of our most illustrious timepieces. They have gone down in both watchmaking and space flight history. The German physicist and astronaut Reinhard Furrer wore the 140 S with Lemania 5100 movement on his wrist during the D-1 Spacelab mission in 1985. He was therefore able to demonstrate that automatic watches can function even in a weightless environment. In 1992 the astronaut Klaus-Dietrich Flade took his 142 S along with him on the Mir 92 mission.
Sinn have now subjected the 140 model series to further technical development. It incorporates the SINN-SZ01 chronograph movement. The most striking feature of the new design is the centre-mounted jump 60-minute stop hand for improved readability. The stainless steel case is surface-hardened with TEGIMENT Technology, making it especially scratch-resistant. All of the 140 model series watches incorporate Ar-Dehumidifying Technology to increase the functional reliability and prevent fogging.
Lastly here, is the Sinn Model 1910. Having had a background in collecting and restoring antique pocket watches, this is a firm favorite of mine. Right from the outset, Sinn made exclusive pocket watches. Collectors remember the "Double Face", or the anniversary pocket watch from 1996 celebrating the company's 35th anniversary which quickly sold-out.With their exclusive pocket watch 1910 Sinn continue with this tradition. Fully in keeping with the period style, it has a traditional hand wound movement. Its elegant appearance is underlined by the guilloché silver electroplated dial with blue hands and appliqués. The simplicity of the form and the material underscores the watch's classic contours.
The classic pocket watch 1910 is supplied as standard with a pure silver watch cap without engraving. As an optional extra, the watch can be lent a personal touch in the form of a master-crafted flat engraving. This handcrafted and signed engraving turns each and every watch into a unique and distinct timepiece. Inscriptions, names, dates can be engraved, also pictures of places and people can be engraved taken from digital images.
Savonnette case and chain made of 925/1000 sterling silver
And the beautifully decorated hand winding movement, the Unitas 6498-1