For some explanation, Tutima was not piece of Monochrome’s group 150 meetings for Baselworld 2017. As we passed by one of its showcases in any case, we were spellbound by a specific watch and its development: a bi-compax chronograph with a totally adjusted dial and huge, ideally dispersed sub-counters. We needed to know more and we were not disappointed, as the Tutima Tempostopp merits interest… Especially when the back is revealed.
The Tempostopp was unveiled by Tutima to commend its 90th commemoration. Following the introduction of an in-house minute repeater in 2011 and an in-house base type in the Patria assortment, the new T659 chronograph type comprises additional evidence of how Tutima has invested in its advancement and manufacturing limits – and with huge outcomes, particularly when you consider the number of watch brands are really fit for developing and manufacturing chronographs in-house (spoiler alert: very few… )
The Caliber T659 depends on the Glashütte UROFA Caliber 59 from the 1940s, which must be completely re-engineered, as no plans could be found. UROFA represents Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG, an ebauche fabricate established in the 1920s in Glasshütte. The overseer of Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik (UROFA) and the Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG (UFAG) – Dr. Ernst Kurtz – established Tutima in 1927, to case up its best movements.
The Caliber T659 is a hand-wound segment wheel chronograph with an even grasp, exemplary development design although certainly not the best regarding innovation, but rather the most pleasant format when viewed from the back. It estimates 33.7mm in breadth and 6.6mm thick and it comprises 237 components. The equilibrium highlights gold change screws and a Breguet hairspring. It is running at 21,600 vibrations each hour for a comfortable force hold of 65 hours. The development is pleasantly improved with a matte, sand-impacted finish, gold plated extensions and main-plate, all featuring excellent anglage. The steel parts are traditionally straight grained. In general, an appealing development, huge, very much designed and exposing a large portion of the chronograph elements.
This attractive movement is housed in a Patria case, in 18k pink gold. The Tutima Tempostopp is 43mm in measurement, it highlights mushroom-style pushers and a distinctive fluted crown secured by a crown-monitor. The dial is truly satisfying: everything is relative and in the perfect spot, specifically the enormous, ideally dispersed counters. The focal point of the dial and sub-dials are marginally recessed, with a concentric example. The minute track with numerals prudently painted in red is a pleasant touch. The Tutima Tempostopp is worn on a gator tie shut with a gold pin buckle.
The Tutima Tempostopp is a restricted version of 90 pieces. It retails for EUR 28,600, which may seem like a powerful sticker price according to other brand offerings, yet it is indeed worth each penny. For more information, visit www-tutima.com .
Technical determinations – Tutima Tempostopp
- Case: 43mm breadth x 12.95mm thickness – 18k pink gold case – sapphire precious stone with antireflective coating – sapphire case back – 50m water resistant
- Movement: type T659 – manual winding – 33.7mm x 6.6mm – 65h force hold – 21,600 vibrations/h – 28 gems – hours, minutes, little seconds, segment wheel chronograph (flyback)
- Strap: crocodile cowhide with pin buckle
- Limited release of 90 pieces
- Price: EUR 28’600
- Reference: 6650-01