Germany has just celebrated the 30th anniversary of German reunification on 3 Octorber 2020. And of course, German watchmaker Sinn is acknowledging this event with the release of a special edition, the U1 DE. For Sinn, this historical date has also it’s own significance. For the watchmaker, it’s synonymous with the story of two companies which continue to actively embrace the merging of East and West to this Day. What is meant is the partnership between Sinn Spezialuhren and Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte, which was established in 1999.
To mark this special occasion, Sinn has designed the watch in Germany’s national colours. The colours black, red and gold, which have always been a symbol of German reunification are anchored in the constitution as the colours of the flag, go all the way back to the Wars of Liberation in 1813 and 1815. The black, red and gold flag appeared in its present-day form at the Hambach Festival of 1832 for the first time. The Reunification was celebrated with the raising of the German flag in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin. So there are more than enough reasons to immortalize the colors in this special edition.
Sinn equipped the U1 DE with a black housing made of German Submarine Steel. It comes in a diameter of 44 mm and with its screw-fastened case back and the screw-down crown (the latter is placed at 4 instead of 3 o’clock in order to prevent it from squeezing into the back of the hand) the watch provides a water-resistance of 100 bar. In addition, the case is also low pressure resistant. The dial offers hours, minutes and seconds and the seconds hand comes in a very glossy gold. At 3 o’clock, you’ll find a small date window. To ensure the best readability under bad lighting conditions, Sinn has equipped all indexes and hands with luminous paint.
The Sinn U1 DE is powered by the calibre SW 200-1. This automatic movement operates at a fequency of 28.800 vph and guarantees high precision and a very reliable performance.
This special edition is also a limited edition of only 300 pieces. The watches can be fitted with either a leather, silicone or stainless steel bracelet, depending on the customer’s preference.
Where functionality defines design and every little detail serves to highlight the innovative technology at play, it’s a fair assumption to suspect Sinn at work. Since its establishment in 1961, the company has continuously focused on high-quality mechanical watches combining a traditional sense of quality with advanced solutions. This has repeatedly resulted in the use of new watchmaking materials; among those was Submarine Steel in 2005 and Damascus Steel in 2016. The 1800 Damaszener which we are introducing today, follows on from this tradition.
Damascus Steel has fascinated humankind for centuries. It gained its legendary reputation in the making of swords, knives and other blades. Damascus steel is a combination of at least two different types of steel, layered to create a fascinating surface design.
In order to perfectly enhance the characteristic texture of Damascus steel – an organic pattern of alternating bands of light an dark – the one-piece dial and central part of the case is forged from a complete steel block rather than designed as separate components, as is customary. As a result, the Damascus pattern on the dial continues across the entire case to create a fascinating and impressive whole. Thanks to the use of Tegiment Technology, the case is especially scratch-resistant. Sinn also made the crown and the bow as well as the pin buckle from Damascus steel.
The case has a diameter of 43 mm and is measuring 10.4 mm in height; it is also water-resistant up to 10 atm.
In this watch, everything comes down to the beautiful characteristic pattern of the Damascus steel. Nothing distracts from it, because Sinn decided to keep the watch as simple as possible. It only shows hours, minutes and seconds as well as the date in a small black window at six o’clock. The slim indices and hands are standing out distinctly which makes the wristwatch easy to read. Thanks to the luminous coating this is also true at night. All this is protected by a sapphire crystal.
The Sinn 1800 Damaszener is powered by a reliable, Swiss made automatic movement, the ETA 2892-A2. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of 42 hours.
The Sinn 1800 Damaszener is a limited edition of only 100 pieces.
Watches, designed as serious tools and instruments, can also be elegant, and Sinn is here to prove it. Its new chronograph, the 936 is no exception of that rule. It is highly functional while sporting a cool bicompax arrangement of the counters.
The chronograph 936 is a reliable time measurement instrument equipped with Tegiment-Technology and Magnetic Field Protection, because that’s how Sinn doe it. The dial is designed to increase clarity and readability.
The in-house chronograph movement SZ05 focuses on the stopwatch minute display with 60-second scale at 3 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock. The advantage of this is that it does away with the necessity of adding stopwatch minutes, as is required with conventional 30-second stopwatch minute displays. Optimum readability is also ensured in the dark, as the indices, hour and minute hands are coated in luminous white.
This Sinn chronograph boasts clear design aesthetics expressed through elegant details such as the skeletonised hour and minute hands – both of which are rhodium coated and matt brushed. The counter rings for the stopwatch minutes and seconds have an iridescent effect, caused by a fine cental groove. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The Sinn 936 sports a stainless steel case which is partly polished, partly satinised. It measures 43 mm in diameter. The case back is screwed and the crown is also screwable which results in a water-resistance of 10 bar and a resistance to low pressure as well.
The 936 is powered, like mentioned before, by the in-house SZ05, a chronograph automatic movement. It works with 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour, is shock resistant and anti-magnetic.
The watch can be purchased with a leather or silicone strap as well as with a stainless steel bracelet. Prices vary from 2.890 bis 3165€.
The Sinn 1800 S Damaszener ist made of Damascus steel. In the Sinn Spezialuhren functionality defines design and innovative technology is always at play. Since the establishment of Sinn in 1961 the manufacturer focused continuously on high-quality mechanical watches combining a tradtional sense of quality with advanced solutions. This has repeatedly resulted in the use of totally new watchmaking materials; in 2005 Sinn used German Submarine Steel in diving watches.
The 1800 S is made from Damascus steel a material, that has fascinated humankind for centuries. It gained its legendary reputation above all in the making of swords, knives and blades. Damascus steel is a combination of at least two different types of steel, layered to create the aforesaid surface design. The traditional art of making Damascus steel is very elaborate and portrays a unique blend of craftsmanship application.
The watch thus displays a uniqueness that is immediately reflected in its design and appearance. In order to bring the characteristics textures of Damascus steel to the fore – an organic pattern of alternating brands of light and dark – the dial and central part of the case are forged from a complete steel block rather than designed as separate components, as is customary. The result is rather remarkable: for the Damascus pattern on the dial continues across the entire case to create an impressive whole. Thanks to the use of Tegiment Technology and the application of an additional Black Hard Coating. The case is 43 mm in diameter.
In order to keep the dial clean and simple the Sinn 1800 S Damaszener only shows hours, minutes and seconds, and the indices are made from 13 meticulously appliquées, each one coated with luminescent colour, like the hour and minute hand. The date-window on 6 o’clock is conveniently small. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
The watch is powered by the mechanical movement ETA 2892-A2 with self-winding mechanism and 21 bearing jewels. The movement is shock resistant and anti-magnetic.
The Sinn 1800 S Damaszener is limited to 100 pieces. For more information visit www.sinn.de