French model YEMA backs up its latest profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign to carry the YEMA Superman Heritage Bronze to life with the discharge of the charmingly vintage-styled YEMA Superman Heritage GMT watch. With the form of sturdy visible id possessed by YEMA (because of the moderately intelligent bezel lock system at three o’clock), getting on board with the business’s hottest operate fad (the evermore ubiquitous GMT complication) is sensible. These three watches — an identical however for his or her different-colored bezels — supply followers of the model a neat new possibility that boasts stylistic continuity and a definite sufficient character to make it stand out from its friends.
I first encountered YEMA in the course of the latest Kickstarter marketing campaign for the very profitable YEMA Superman Heritage Bronze watch, which smashed its goal, incomes round $1,000,000 in pledges and amassing 5 instances its unique ask. Before the marketing campaign, I knew little or no concerning the model. Now, having had the prospect to check its providing and acquaint myself with the historical past, I’m happy to see a well timed new addition to the Superman Heritage assortment, which is, in my view, the core and truest expression of the model’s character.
YEMA was based in 1948 in Morteau, France, simply 5 miles from the Swiss border, and 15 years later, in 1963, the very first YEMA Superman was launched. It had been designed particularly for divers and was apparently “indestructible.” The watch was waterproof to 300 meters and featured an uncommon “bezel lock” system, which not solely clamped the rotating bezel in place but in addition inspired the person to screw down the crown earlier than starting their dive (because of the actual fact the bezel lock clamp is engaged and disengaged with the serrated fringe of the bezel itself by the crown being screwed in and unscrewed). The watch was so in style, it was adopted by the Franch Air Force.
We’ve needed to wait till 2019, nonetheless, to see a GMT complication pop up within the Superman Heritage vary. A GMT complication means the wearer can set the watch as much as show one, two, and even three separate time zones, making this an exceptionally helpful look ahead to individuals who journey often.
Realistically, this watch is only a dive watch with a GMT bezel fitted to it. No different modifications, avoid wasting delicate dial-printing updates, have been made. And whereas some might discover the vestigial dive incorporates a bit odd, there’s completely nothing destructive about their presence. The bezel lock nonetheless performs its half in guaranteeing your second or third time-zone doesn’t slip out of sync, and the sturdy case makes this an important touring companion.
At simply 39mm-wide, the YEMA Superman Heritage GMT is a pleasingly delicate product. Its high-domed sapphire crystal may also present the 316L stainless steel case with further safety from glancing blows. Wearers must get used to some vital dial refraction because of the form of the crystal, however the best way through which it remembers the plexiglasses that have been frequent in its period of design is a neat function I’d not abandon for a extra simple view of the dial.
The dial itself is very legible with Super-LumiNova C1 hour markers in white on a matte black background. All three dials and handsets are the identical, the one distinction among the many fashions seen within the bezel colour. Each configuration — Pepsi (pink and blue), Coke (pink and black), and grey/blue — shall be restricted to simply 100 items. For the $1,499 asking value, purchasers obtain a really stable, handsomely made watch powered by a Swiss ETA 2893 GMT, and delivered on an “Oyster” brushed metal strap with diver’s extension folding clasp. The YEMA Superman Heritage GMT watch will be pre-ordered on the official website for supply in November 2019. For extra particulars, go to yema.com.