German watchmaking is making a comeback, and Tutima is just one watchmaker that’s embracing its Glashütte-region roots while keeping an eye on the future. The recently released Tempostopp, designed to celebrate the brand’s 90th anniversary, is a perfect example of the past-meets-present trend.
The Caliber T659
Tutima Tempostopp takes its inspiration from a Fliegerchronograph, with the UROFA Calibre 59, made by the brand in 1939. The new, complex chronograph movement is an exact replica of the original design, whose movement specifications were destroyed after World War II. (Tutima remade the movement based on a single remaining model.) The hand-wound column-wheel movement is the brand’s fourth in-house-made caliber since Tutima returned to Glashütte and opened its new Manufacture there. It consists of 236 components, offers 65 hours of power, and comes equipped with a flyback function so that the wearer can reset the timer without stopping the chronograph.
Design of the Tutima Tempostopp
The Tempostopp watch uses the Tutima’s Patria case, crafted in 18-karat rose gold, and measures 43mm in diameter and just 12.95mm in thickness. The ivory-hued dial is balanced by two subdials: the chronograph 30-minutes counter and the continuously running seconds hand. The chronograph seconds counter is the larger center seconds hand that revolves around the main dial when activated. There is an outer chapter ring to denote the fractions of the seconds for the chronograph. The movement is visible from a sapphire crystal caseback, and the watch is finished with an alligator strap.
Price and Availability
The Tempostopp watch is produced in a limited edition of just 90 pieces for worldwide distribution. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, the Tempostopp makes its way to stores this month for $29,500.