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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Altitude with attitude: New Techné Altitude automatic watches

Techné, a word which is derived from the ancient Greek word “texni”, and which describes the arts and crafts, has just launched the re-edition of their 2010 Goshawk, a collection powered by the self-winding movement designed and built by the Miyota factories of the Citizen Holdings Company.

Over the last 35 years, Miyota engineers have worked hard to improve upon their self-winding mechanisms, and the Techné models come with the Miyota 8217 automatic movement.  This adds a 24 hour complication to the watch with an AM/PM dial at 9 o’clock. This calibre features the Japanese version of Geneva Stripes and comes with a custom yellow-plated self-winding weight signed “Techné”.

Inspired by aircraft cockpit displays, Techné’s “Altitude” dial features 4 broad hours indexes and 5 minutes increments. The design has been adapted to accommodate a 24 hours register that can also be used as a solar compass.
Water-resistant to 50 metres, the watch comes in limited edition of pieces coated with a “cockpit black” PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition).

Both versions are available on a woven strap design in nylon 6 (used by NATO armed forces), or a pilot strap in oiled calf leather and prices range from around $309.00 to $335.00.

The watches are available on the official store, or through selected partners listed at Techné


Water-resistance: 5 bar (50 m / 199 ft, static)
Wrist sizes: 15 to 22 cm
Crystal: Scratch-proof sapphire
Accuracy: (minutes per year) from -1h15 to +2h30 per year
Autonomy: (hours) 38 hours
Calibre Miyota 8217
Jewel count: 21
Measurements: 41.4 x 48.7 x 12.5 mm
Smallest unit displayed: 3 Hz

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