U-Boat - Ledie's
In the year 1942, the Fontana workshop was poised to produce a professional timepiece for the distinguished officers of the Italian Navy's submarines (also known as U-boats). Though the project was ultimately scrapped, the distinctive drawings, color samples, and original materials were lovingly preserved for more than sixty years. In 2000, Italo Fontana, a cousin of the workshop's late founder, realized a longtime company dream with the launch of the modern U-Boat brand. U-Boat watches, just like their original namesake, are bold, aggressive, and oversized. These timepieces embody force and style, revealing the unique personality of the man behind the revival, Italo Fontana. 'It took me seven years to develop and refine the U-Boat watches. Inspired by eighteenth-century craftsmanship and intricate made-by-hand detailing, we can now produce a timepiece of rare artisanal quality that reaches toward a new dimension in watchmaking. Character and strength are a hallmark of the U-Boat brand. All of the line's timepieces are designed with the crown on the left side of the case - a unique and unexpected element making this timepiece extremely comfortable to wear despite its extreme size. In 2005, Italo Fontana joined forces with Mounir Moufarrige, an acclaimed tastemaker known for his singular work with Montblanc and Chloe. Together, these two are bringing U-Boat into the limelight of today's watch industry, helping to bring about a new feel for Tuscan watchmaking along with other reputable makers from this picturesque region. All of U-Boat's timepieces are designed and assembled in Italy.
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