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Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Radical engineering: CARBON8 Timepieces


Watchuseek readers know what they like, that’s why they come here. They want to show the watches they love, and talk about the watches that are new to them. So when a new brand is brazen enough to introduce itself to this website, it better be ready for some honest, and sometimes brutal opinions. It better have something new to show too, or suffer the worst fate of all, to die of indifference.



And so we present for your consideration, Carbon8. In fact the brand has been around since March 2010. The duo behind Carbon8 originally hail not from Switzerland or Germany, but from Hungary.


Founder and owner Janos Palinkos wanted to inject some passionate new sporting design into watches, creating a look that is sexy, quality and eye catching. His quest is for dynamic and contemporary design, nothing retro, just pedal to the metal to the future.


The target audience is admirers of luxury sports cars and fine timepieces. The watches rely on some well proven sporting materials such as carbon fibre and hardened stainless steel, but they also try for new things such as a 0.4mm thickness mineral crystal dial and the open movement forming the C8 logo, produced in-house.


The watches run on reliable modified ETA movements and there is undeniably plenty of flair and imagination going on in some of the designs. Classy photography for the most part too. The brand offers a collection for men and also for women.


Let’s take a look at the watches.


For him: Carbon8 Open Engine




A sporty watch with an eye-catching design,  the Open Engines watches are the leader of the pack in terms of the Carbon8 collection. These timepieces always get special attention from the watchmakers at the Carbon8 workshop. The movement is based on an ETA6497 with 42 hours of pwer reserve. It’s a large 47mm watch with the logo emblazoned on the mainplate.

Specifications

Movement: CC No.1S hand winding mechanical (base: ETA 6497), open movement with C8 logo, mainplate
with black coating.
Power reserve: min.42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, small second
Vibration: 18.000 v.p.h
Jewel: 17 jewels
Case: only in solid 18 carat gold
Dial: numbers and indexes are made of carbon fiber. The plate on the dial is made of 18 carat white gold.
Bracelet: regular or exotic leather strap
Water resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)
Crown: screwed in, two gaskets
Back: glass back, two gaskets
Diameter: 47 mm

For her: Carbon8 RS GS41



 

A new ladies model from the Carbon8 workshop for 2013. This timepiece has combined the sporty spirit of the Racing Spirit collection and some advanced technical solutions, such as the 0.4 mm thick mineral crystal dial, or the blackened mainplate. The watch is 41mm which is plenty of watch for most ladies’ wrists. Again the movement is a modified ETA 6497. The plate and shield on the dial are made of 18ct white gold.

Specifications

Movement: CC No.2 manual winding mechanical (base: ETA 6497)
Power reserve: min.42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, small second
Vibration: 18.000 v.p.h
Jewel: 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel or solid 18 carat gold
Dial: numbers and indexes are made of carbon fibre.
Bracelet: regular or exotic leather strap
Water resistance: 100 metres (330 feet)
Crown: screwed in, two gaskets
Back: glass back, two gaskets
Diameter: 41mm


For him: Carbon8 RS CH


 

The large 47mm dial is made of natural carbon fibre, and the model has a sporty, dashboard-style appeal. Beign a chronograph they have opted for an ETA 7750 chronograph movement with 42 hours power reserve. The watch comes in a a choice of stainless steel or 18 carat gold.

Specifications

Movement: CC No.3 automatic winding mechanical (base: ETA 7750)
Power reserve: min.42 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, small second
Vibration: 28.800 v.p.h
Jewel: 25 jewels
Case: stainless steel or solid 18 carat gold
Dial: genuine carbon fiber, numbers and indexes are also made of carbon fiber. The plate and the shield on
the dial are made of 18 carat white gold.
Bracelet: regular or exotic leather strap
Water resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)
Crown: screwed in, two gaskets
Back: glass back, two gaskets
Diameter: 47 mm

Rally Pack


 

Perhaps the most unusual and different design of the collection. It’s a 47mm stopwatch which you can wear on your wrist and read the watch at high speeds at just a glance. These optional instruments has been tested by racing car drivers in cooperation with the Carbon8 manufacture. This writst attachable stop watch can be attached to any Carbon8 timepiece.


Specifications

Movement: Hand winding mechanical stopwatch
Functions: 60 seconds main dial and 30 minutes subdial
Jewel: 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel or solid 18 carat gold
Crown: star-, stop- and zero function
Back: glass back
Diameter: 47 mm



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