News: From the classic pocket watch to the modern wrist watch – LACO CUXHAVEN & BREMERHAVEN

Laco reflects the history of the navy watch in a new model

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With the new navy watch, the Laco watch manufacture combines function and design of two seafaring classics: its 1940s pocket watch and a model resembling the watches of the crew on board of the „U1“ submarine. Manual wind movement, dial and casing are essentially just as they were in the watches‘ predecessors. However, the modern wristwatch „Made in Germany“ has been made to have a more optically pleasing appearance. The best feature on each of the two variants Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven is the prominently large transparent base which allows you to see the elegant clockwork.

Seafaring has hugely shaped the development of accurate timepieces. The pocket watch originally served as a means of exact time measurement and to determine geographical distances independently from landmarks. From a visual perspective, the features officially decided upon by the German naval observatory have become popular because of their clear readability – for example, matt-black Arabian numerals and the railway-themed minute circle have been characteristics of Laco pocket watches for ages. This is shown by both the model produced for the German Navy in the 1940s and the modern „Wilhelmshaven“ edition. Similar details can, in turn, be found in the submarine watch with the Unitas clockwork 6498 – a wrist watch which was made in a limited edition in collaboration with Deutsche Post in the mid-2000s.

The advent of the new navy watch enables Laco to close the circle and present a modern wristwatch which combines the qualities of the two prototypes. For example, it includes a sturdy stainless steel casing, a subsidiary seconds display in the number 6 position, numerals and indices treated with afterglow Superluminova C3 paint and a wind-up calibre. The Laco 98 clockwork is based on the Swiss ETA 6498.1. Its high-grade components such as the thermally blued screws and various decorative cuts are visibly highlighted by the sapphire glass base.

Laco has two contemporary models in its range, each with a diameter of 42.5 mm: The bright-coloured „Cuxhaven“ variant is beautifully adorned with a white dial and a cream-coloured leather strap, whilst the dark-coloured „Bremerhaven“ variant is fitted with a black dial and black strap. The names are evocative of maritime cities – just like with the „Wilhelmshaven“ pocket watch. Both of these innovative models reflect past eras and yet have a contemporary maritime look.

LACO CUXHAVEN & BREMERHAVEN

– Navy watches with stainless steel case (sandblasted/polished)
– Ø 42,5 mm, flat, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, water resistant up to 10 ATM
– Screwed case back with sapphire crystal, fluted bezel
– Refined hand winding movement Laco 98, basic movement: ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré), 17 jewels, small second at 6 H
– Light coloured and black (respectively) dial with Arabic numerals, railway-themed minute circle, indexes and numerals coated with afterglow Superluminova C3 paint
– Hands also coated with afterglow Superluminova C3 paint, model „Cuxhaven“ additional thermally blued
– Cream-coloured / black leather strap, 22 mm width
– weight: approx. 75 g
– RRP: 980 €
– Delivery: from December 2018

Cuxhaven
Cuxhaven

Laco: Manufacture with passion and tradition

The German watch brand Laco, based in the black forest town Pforzheim, has a corporate history that stretches back to 1925. The „Golden City“ has been the location for this small but long-established manufacturer from the very beginning.

This traditional company earned its fame by constructing the legendary 55 mm sized observation watch, as one of only five licensed firms in the 1940s. Around twenty years later, with more than 1200 employees, Laco was counted as one of Germany‘s largest watch manufacturers. Today, the small team places emphasis again on handcraft. It is quality that counts in production, not quantity. The products range from pilot and navy watches, through to elegant chronographs and the purist Classic Line. But all Laco models have one thing in common: the highest quality, outstanding design and functionality in use.

In addition to their own online shop, Laco also offers for sale at the factory in Pforzheim. From Monday to Friday, this offers an opportunity to pick up a new watch directly from where experienced watchmakers have manufactured it intricately by hand.

Laco Cuxhaven
Laco Cuxhaven

Laco Cuxhaven Specification and Price

Case:

  • Stainless steel, brushed and polished finish,
  • ø 42,5 mm, lug width 22 mm, height 11 mm,
  • water resistant up to 10 ATM,
  • flat sapphire crystal with antireflecting coat inside,
  • screw back with sapphire crystal,
  • fluted bezel

Movement:

  • Handwinding movement Laco 98 (refined),
  • basic movement ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré),
  • 17 Jewels, small second at 6 h

Hands:

  • Hour and minute hand thermally blued,
  • filled with luminous material Superluminova C3,
  • small second hand thermally blued

Strap:

  • Light leather strap, width 22 mm

Dial:

  • White in enamel optic, railway minute circle,
  • arabic numerals and indexes with luminous material Superluminova C3,
  • small second at 6 h

Weight:

  • Approx. 75 g

Ref. 862104

  • Retail price: 980.- €
  • Black gift box incl. cardboard box,
  • EAN: 4260314415327
Laco Bremerhaven
Laco Bremerhaven

Laco Bremerhaven Specifications and Price

Case:

  • Stainless steel, brushed and polished finish,
  • ø 42,5 mm, lug width 22 mm,
  • Height 11 mm,
  • water resistant up to 10 ATM,
  • flat sapphire crystal with antireflecting coat inside,
  • screw back with sapphire crystal, fluted bezel

Movement:

  • Handwinding movement Laco 98 (refined),
  • basic movement ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré),
  • 17 Jewels,
  • small second at 6 h

Hands:

  • Hour and minute hand varnished in black,
  • filled with luminous material Superluminova C3,
  • small second hand with luminous Superluminova C3

Strap:

  • Black leather strap, width 22 mm

Dial:

  • Black mat, railway minute circle,
  • arabic numerals and indexes with luminous material Superluminova C3,
  • small second at 6 h

Weight:

  • Approx. 75 g

Ref. 862105

  • Retail price: 980.- €
  • Black gift box incl. cardboard box
  • EAN: 4260314415334

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