081°: Our purist model with two hands

This has always been a key philosophy of Zeitwinkel--also in midsize.

 

When a few years ago we introduced our 312° model as a classic two hand-hand watch with 42.5 mm housing diameter, we started on a course: "The reduction of the display to hours and minutes is not undermined by any kind of gimmicks or senseless applications on the dial." Without question this also applies to our model 081° and its well-proportioned midsize casing.

 

 

 

 

It nevertheless hides a refined interior behind its no-nonsense façade. Our Zeitwinkel manufacture movement ZW0102 has an automatic winder with 72 hour power reserve and it displays the time with high precision. The Zeitwinkel 081° doesn't need any extra effects on its rear side either. Simply enjoy the look of the generously sized movement with its German silver plates and elaborate decoration.

Reserved ease

The Zeitwinkel 081° was developed for everyone who sees a watch as a reliable companion that precisely displays the time. One hand to display the hour and another for the minute --we don't believe that anything more is necessary. The result of intentionally not counting every second is the modest serenity that our Zeitwinkel model 081° radiates.

 

 

The length of the hands was coordinated precisely to the minute markers, and the indexes are set at intervals of five minutes. The edges of the hands and indicators refract incident light in such a manner that a high contrast to the dial is achieved; therefore, making the time always easy to read. We have accentuated the dial with a fine latticework that can only be seen at certain angles.

The Zeitwinkel ZW0102 caliber

The Zeitwinkel caliber ZW0102 is a mechanical manufacture movement with automatic winding. Developed by Zeitwinkel especially for its watches, it is manufactured in small-quantity lots in Jura (Switzerland) with high precision machinery and meticulous diligence.

 

A robust, accurate, and versatile basic movement that can be equipped either with a sweep or a small second and has a relatively large date display as an option. The running time is 72 hours.

 

The movement has a frequency of 28,800 oscillations, a Glucydur balance, and a robust three-quarter plate that plays a significant role in the mechanical stability of the movement.

 

All plates and bridges are made of German silver, chamfered, and hand-decorated. After thorough quality inspection and five-stage calibration, it is installed in the housing by our watchmakers and subjected to a running test that lasts several days.

The casing

The casing for the Zeitwinkel 081° was developed over a period of 14 months in precise accordance with the Zeitwinkel caliber ZW0102 movement. It is constructed of 1.4435 steel alloy which due to its high resistance to intercrystalline corrosion and non-oxidizing acids, protects the valuable manufacture movement especially well. In addition, this alloy is especially well suited for products that are in continuous contact with the skin.

 

The casings are prefabricated using precision machinery at a traditional German business and construction is then completed, primarily by hand.

 

In this process, 26 parts are assembled in more than 80 individual steps for each case. The casing is water resistant up to a tested pressure of five bar; this is possible due to the back cover which is attached with six screws. 

 

Despite a diameter of 39.0 mm and a height of 11.6 mm, the Zeitwinkel case displays an elegant and well-proportioned appearance. The case's unique design becomes immediately apparent the very first time you take a glance at the side of the watch. In particular, the interplay of polished surfaces with strikingly structured, precisely worked areas provides a Zeitwinkel watch with its distinctive appearance. This clear-cut design is continued on the back with its large window showing the movement as well as in the design of the crown.

The glass

We use sapphire glass on both the front and back sides of our timepieces. Sapphire is extremely hard and scratch-resistant; as a result, it is ideally suited for use in high-quality timepieces.

 

The convex lunette crystal has a diameter of 31.9 mm. It has multiple anti-reflection coatings on the inside so that the hands do not reflect on the interior surface and because a coating on the outside of the crystal could wear down. The 30.9mm case back glass is flat and has an anti-reflection coating on the inside as well.

 

As a result, the time can always be easily read even under extreme lighting conditions. Both crystal and back plate glass are tightly inserted into the casing of the Zeitwinkel watch using a complex sealing system ensuring that the watch is sealed up to a pressure of 5 bar.

The crown

Due to its 12 grooves and large diameter, the crown is very easy to grip. With its easy pull, the crown allows you to set all the functions of your watch and then disappears into a precisely sunken, space-saving notch.

 

Screwed-down crowns are often difficult to handle and must always be wound completely to ensure that the watch remains sealed. Due to a multi-stage sealing system with dual O-rings, we were able to do without a screwed-down crown and even if the crown is raised, we guarantee that water cannot enter the valuable inner workings of your Zeitwinkel watch.

The dial

We intentionally designed the dial of our Zeitwinkel 081° to be puristic. Nothing distracts from the most basic and distinctive function of a watch: the reliable display of the time. Despite this, it is striking due to its discreet latticework of Zeitwinkel logos, which becomes apparent only when the watch is viewed from an angle.

 

The indexes, set every five minutes and supplementing the minute markers, have the classic arrow shape and are coordinated precisely to the length of the hands. With their beveled edges, they always form a strong contrast to the dial, and are thus easily visible in all lighting conditions.

 

Our Zeitwinkel model 081° is available with a choice of a Black, «Galvanic-Blue”, «Galvanic-Rhodium” or a Silver-faced dial. 

The hands

We have also concentrated on the absolute essentials with the hands of our Zeitwinkel 081°. Carefully balanced and produced according to our design in one of the best specialized manufactures in Switzerland, hour and minute hands make their rounds. Precisely coordinated to the indexes and the minute markers, always making the time easy to read.

 

To facilitate this even in varying lighting conditions, we have diamond-cut our hands, meaning that we have equipped them with two flat surfaces angled to one another over almost the entire length of the hand. This ensures that one side of the hand always reflects incident light in such a manner that there is a strong contrast to the dial.

The Zeitwinkel leather bracelet

For our calfskin straps only selected skins are processed and refined with a special method (Vollumbugg method) and created with the highest craftsmanship. The result is a supple and extremely durable strap available in noble brown color or classic black.

 

The exclusive use of vegetable colorants, antiallergic lining and upper leather as well as caoutchouc-based glues provide for excellent skin friendliness and a pleasant wear comfort.

 

The leather bracelets are closed with our Zeitwinkel folding clasp which is made of the antiallergic stainless steel 316L. The clasp can easily be opened and closed with one hand and is at the same time as easily adjustable as a pin buckle.

 

Our Zeitwinkel leather bracelets are embossed in a perfect Louisiana alligator pattern. Due to endangered species protection and sustainability reasons we completely abstain from using reptile leather and, therefore, replace it by high-quality hand-sewn calfskin. Those who value the elegance of a »croco bracelet« and have so far abstained from buying one because of the dubious breeding methods will surely be delighted by our Zeitwinkel alligator-effect strap. 

Data Zeitwinkel 081°

Manufacturer Zeitwinkel Montres S.A., CH St-Imier
Model Zeitwinkel 081°
Functions Displays hour and minute
Running autonomy >72 h
Case
Material Stainless steel 316 L
Height 11.6 mm
Diameter 39.0 mm
Glass Saphire, convex & with anti-reflection on interior
Back Saphire with anti-reflection on interior
Water resistance 5 ATM
Crown Ø 6.70 mm, Bi-O-ring seal, 12 grooves
Dial Galvanic black / Galvanic silver
Galvanic blue / Galvanic rhodium
Appliqués facetted & diamond-worked
Zeitwinkel logo background
Hands Facetted & diamond-worked
Strap
Leather Hand sewn calfskin leather strap
With flawless Louisiana alligator structure
Brown / black / blue / grey
Impulse 18 mm
Clasp
Leather strap Folding clasp with Zeitwinkel engraving

Data movement ZW0102

Caliber ZW0102
Version Zeitwinkel 081°
Manufacturer Zeitwinkel Montres S.A., CH St-Imier
Functions Automatic winding
Balance stop
Diameter 13½ lines, 30.40 mm
Height 5.70 mm
Winding Rotor, bidirectional winding
Running autonomy >72 h
Bridge and plate material German silver
Bearing jewels 28 - hour and minute version
Balance Glucydur
Spiral Straumann
Frequency (4Hz) 28800 alternations / h
Impact resistance Incabloc
Adjustment Regulated in five stages
Decoration Screws chamfered and polished
¾ plate and balance cock with Geneva
Stripes (Côtes de Genève)
Pearlage on interior surfaces of plates and
bridges
Lining on wheel bridge and rotor
Edges of ¾ plate and bridges
chamfered and polished

Color combinations