Unless you've been practising a technological and communications ban as well as self-isolation, you no doubt will have heard about the Unimatic x Massena LAB Modello Uno Ref. U1-ML6. But while the new limited edition timepiece garnered some serious press in the watch world, and all 99 examples sold out in less than one minute, a lot of you are still asking: "Who is Unimatic?" So, sit back, relax and allow us to explain. Established in 2015 by two Milanese natives, Giovanni Moro and Simone Nunziato, Unimatic is an independent Italian micro watchmaker like no other. Moro and Nunziato met while studying industrial design at Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), the largest technical university in Italy. The duo quickly struck up a friendship and, as Moro explained recently in an interview with Gear Patrol, even started buying vintage watches together. Fast-forward a few years and Moro, after attempting a few watch designs himself, reached out to Nunziato with the idea of creating a timepiece together. What they came up with would become Unimatic's first and most popular model – the Modello Uno. This no-nonsense dive watch presents a minimalist, almost Bauhaus-like design, one that takes inspiration from some…

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