In an increasingly automated world of ‘smart’ phones and watches, the manual wind offers the chance to pause, to reset, to start again; it is an act of care and precision requiring the exertion of human effort. The daily routine of winding reminds us of what an amazing little machine a mechanical watch is, allowing us to consider the intricacy of its design, its weight, temperature, texture, the sound of its tick, and so on. With increasing demands on our time the manual wind encourages us to actively engage with its keeping; noting the hours of the day, the passing of seasons.
The Blacklamp Carbon uses the elegant and robust Unitas 6497-2 movement. With a custom hack. First made in the 1950s this classically austere movement is built to endure. Decorated with broad Geneva stripes and heavy rhodium plating.
The Blacklamp Carbon has drawn upon elite English manufacturing. Over a year of research and development has gone into creating a proprietary material called Morta®, a special matrix of carbon fibre, hand-laid and formed into small billets. A single billet is used to create one Blacklamp watch case, making each watch subtly different from the next. Machined to the highest specification every watch case is testament to world class English engineering and precision.
Within the crown of each Blacklamp Carbon wrist watch lies a Tritium gas light. These self powered lights emit a constant low level glow, too dim to be seen by day but enough to illuminate a pinprick of light from under your cuff at night.
Around the rim of the dial, set beneath the crystal, lies a ring of Moonglow, a high power strontium aluminate GLTD material that illuminates the dial in the dark.
The Blacklamp is accompanied by a special little torch. Made in England this 500 Lumen light can be used to activate the Moonglow ring in the dial.
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