New arrival - of an over-engineered marvel that begs to have the word 'ultimate' somewhere in its description.
I was going to buy a 104, then a 103, then a 356, then took a swerve and decided on a Max Bill, the longest-serving veteran on my wish-list. Doing a final precautionary sweep of the Sinn catalogue, I locked onto a watch that hadn't been on the shortlist at all - the Sinn UX.
It was the over-engineering that did it, and the imperturbability of quartz. Super-quartz, naturally, given the exacting specifications of the watch. Quartz is absolutely right for the UX - and would be even if the oil-filled case didn't require it.
The 'ultimate' features of the UX offer (let's face it) few day-to-day advantages for most owners, but fastidious engineering is satisfying in itself, and in the case of the UX there are spin-off benefits. The optical effects of the oil, for example, are captivating. The dial is inky-black, and the hands seem to occupy an ethereal dimension just below the crystal. The borders of the date window are invisible, making the date appear printed. The dial is readable at an angle of just a few degrees. It's a visual delight, an aid to high-definition clarity, and it sets the watch apart.
It was the oil, and the consequent battery-changing nuisance, that had previously kept the UX from my shortlist. Then it dawned on me that sending a quartz watch to Frankfurt once in every seven years is no more demanding than sending a mechanical watch to London once in every five years - and it's cheaper.
With that doubt hit for six over the long-off boundary, I clicked my way to the checkout.
Poor old Max Bill, left at the altar again...
Sinn UX (EZM 2B)
- Air of indestructibility.
- Understated strength (rather than brash assertiveness).
- Presence (rather than bulk).
- Flat case back, relatively modest height, comfort. Very wearable for a 44mm watch.
- Flat, muted colour of the steel.
- Outstanding clarity.
- Discreet but highly functional bezel, small numbers, inlaid lume triangle.
- Crown size, feel and position.
- 'Security barrier' seconds hand.
- Packed with leading-edge technology, but no daft labels to draw attention to it.
- Distinctive, high quality bracelet with hex key adjustment.
- 'Rational' quartz (rather than 'romantic' mechanical) just seems right for this watch.
- Nothing, really.
I've read some adverse comments on a few things:
1) Easily smudged AR coating.
The AR coating doesn't seem to smudge more easily than any other AR coating, and it's better in this regard than some that I've known.
2) 'Bounce' movement of seconds hand.
I see what people are referring to when they talk of 'bounce', but it's minimal, you have to look hard to see it, and I can't see why anyone would object to it. I quite like it... The seconds hand hits nearly all of the markers, and only misses the remainder by a shade.
3) Bracelet clasp.
You will find thicker gauge metal on some clasp covers, but there is nothing cheap or insubstantial about this one. It's neat, well-made and attractive.
It's a bona-fide Superwatch.