Makina's New Watch Is a Steel Tank in Disguise
Five years ago, Danilo Villanueva established Makina Watches. Villanueva initially intended to create his own timepiece but it turned into a full operation of watches designed, engineered, and assembled in the Philippines. Now, Makina is introducing its sixth watch to the market.
From Cassiel I, Mephisto I, Uriel I, Uriel II, and Uriel III, Makina is back once again with a new model—a tank-inspired watch. The Raum I is designed to look like a tank and it almost feels like one once the 316L stainless steel is wrapped around your wrist. As Villanueva says, it's the most masculine out of the brand's current line-up.
The Raum I measures 42mm in diameter and 48mm from lug to lug. Then, there's its rugged design that ties it all together. The watch, which is pitched as "an angular design at first glance," is curvaceous, as well as brushed and polished in unexpected places upon closer inspection.
The watch is all about the details: The classic black dial is inspired by the front and sides of a revolver's cylinder. The markers feature metallic Arabic numbers that are further accentuated with concave shapes, while the gold-plated brass hands stand out against the dark dial.
On the back, you get a view of the Sellita SW 200-1 that the watch runs on through an exhibition caseback. (In case you missed it: The gold is cleverly given a preview from the matching brass hands.) The movement is a first for the watch brand as it is a Swiss automatic.
The Raum I is a worthy flagship model for Makina. As of writing, the watch is currently available on pre-order for $599 on the Makina site.