Sinn presents a new diver watch lineup – the T50 with 3 new references, with 2 featuring a new bronze and the third in titanium.
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New: Sinn T50 lineup – in Goldbronze 125 and full titanium
The new T50 collection comes in three flavours:
- T50 Goldbronze retails for SGD 9,230. Limited edition of 300 pieces. Case in full Goldbronze 125.
- T50 GBDR retails for SGD 6,950 (Leather/Textile Strap), SGD 7,670 (Silicone Strap) and SGD 7,600 (H-Link Bracelet). Case in titanium with Goldbronze 125 bezel.
- T50 retails for SGD 5,540 (Leather/Textile Strap), SGD 6,260 (Silicone Strap) and SGD 6,190 (H-Link Bracelet). Base model in full titanium case and bezel.
Sinn is well known for their collection of tool watches. Indeed it was the sole raison d’etre of their existence to make robust tool watches for specialised industry usage as well as to tackle the rigours of daily life. Their lineup of dive watches are particularly popular, with the U1, U1000 and recently the U50 being great watches for what they bring to the table. And the Frankfurt based maison has not been shy to attempt new materials. Their innovation goes beyond the unique use of submarine steel and their trademark tagement coating on steel and titanium cases make them virtually scratch proof.
And here we have a new line of dive watches. The T50 series, in contrast to the U50 is has a base of titanium as opposed to submarine steel in the U (submarine in German being U-Boat, giving name to the series). All three new models are high end diving watches, and made to meet European diving equipment standards and certified by DNV to 500m.
The flagship model is T50 GOLDBRONZE. The case and bezel is in a new alloy which Sinn calls Goldbronze 125. This is a bronze alloy with 12.5% of its composition in gold. The result is good skin compatibility and resistance to corrosion. The Sinn literature says that a patina does develop, but achieved with an inertia against environmental influences, and the surface darkens more slowly than ordinary bronze. Our expectation is that the material will behave differently and develop patina, unlike other bronze cases. Sinn further states that this patina, when developed, can be easily removed with a special gold bronze care cloth provided.
The case, crown and bezel are made in bead blasted Goldbronze 125 ad thecase back remains in titanium. Bead blasting gives the Goldbronze a matte, smooth finish to the surface. The captive dive bezel guard with a press-to-unlock mechanism is carried over from the U50. The dial of the GOLDBRONZE model also features the decorative grinding which we first saw in the U1 DS which is the artistic showcase of the juxtaposition of a scratch resistant case and bezel in tagiment but with a hand scratched dial.
The T50 GBDR is Sinn’s answer to two tone. And it uses a combination of the bead blasted Goldbronze 125 in the bezel, but over a tagiment titanium case and case back. The model is also available with a tagiment titanium bracelet.
Ant the base T50 is entirely in tagiment titanium.
As is typical of Sinn watches, the construction is made to be ultra robust, with the key feature being excellent readability under all light conditions. The watches also feature Sinn’s Ar-Dehudimifying technology.
The T50 GOLDBRONZE edition, limited to only 300 pieces, is another impressive demonstration of Sinn extensive expertise in the field of metallurgy. For this interesting timepiece, they are using a bronze alloy they developed, which has a patent pending. This alloy, referred to as Goldbronze 125, has an exceptionally high degree of purity, and one eighth of it is gold. With bronze, Sinn is embracing a material that has been used frequently in a wide range of maritime applications in the past. However, the exceptionally high degree of purity of Sinn Goldbronze 125 results in improved skin compatibility and increased corrosion resistance to seawater compared to conventional bronze alloys.
The case back of the T50 GOLDBRONZE is made of high-strength titanium. As this metal does not cause allergies, the watch provides exceptionally high wearing comfort overall. Although the surface of Goldbronze 125 darkens due to oxidation, developing a patina, Sinn achieves inertia against environmental influences with the gold alloy component. The surface darkens much more slowly than with ordinary bronze. The darkening can also be easily removed using the special gold bronze care cloth they provide.
Developing and using “unconventional” case materials for watchmaking is one of Sinn core competencies. It is deeply rooted in their company’s historical DNA and has produced a number of astonishing timepieces in the past. The T50 GBDR edition is another impressive demonstration of Sinn extensive expertise in the field of metallurgy. For the diver’s bezel of this interesting timepiece, Sinn uses a bronze alloy they developed, which has a patent pending. This alloy, referred to as Goldbronze 125, has an exceptionally high degree of purity, and one eighth of it is gold. With bronze, Sinn is embracing a material that has been used frequently in a wide range of maritime applications in the past. With its diameter of 41 mm, the T50 GBDR model cuts a wearable figure in any situation – especially on narrow wrists.
The T50 uncompromisingly embraces clear readability and measurability of time – thanks to a display that has been reduced to the essentials and strikingly large sword hands. In addition, all functions and prints on the dial and safety bezel that are not relevant to the actual dive are visually understated. The timepiece relies on colour-coding to ensure that it can be read reliably, particularly in darkness or under unfavourable conditions. The hour hands and indices on the dial glow green, while the minute and second hands and the main marking on the rotating bezel are bluish.