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Sinn 717 Wins Design Excellence Award

Latest from Sinn in Germany, who have won a German design award.

The jury honours the conceptual design of the 717 with the award Excellent Product Design 2022 for “combining the past with the future in the most stylish way and perfectly embodying the brand DNA of Sinn Spezialuhren down to the last detail.”

“We are really pleased that the 717 received this award – it confirms our principle of developing and designing watches in strict conformity with the relevant requirements”, comments Lothar Schmidt, qualified engineer, owner of Sinn Spezialuhren.

Design quality unites both award-winning products

The German Design Award sets the highest standards for determining its award winners: during the course of an exacting nomination procedure, only those products with design qualities that demonstrably set them apart from their competition will be selected by the expert panels from the “Rat für Formgebung” (German Design Council) to participate in the competition.

More than 5,000 nominated products were submitted to the panel of judges. The international panel of judges is composed of design experts from industry, teaching and science as well as the design industry. All members of the panel of judges are recognised experts in their fields.

During a two-day assessment process, the panel makes a final, well-founded decision on the design quality of the presentations. As part of the evaluation process, the panel attaches great importance to criteria such as the degree of innovation, functionality and usability, technical quality and function, as well as durability and ergonomics.

SINN Are on The Road To Damascus

SINN has sent us some info on a limited edition watch and so yeah, we couldn’t resist that headline.

We’re presenting the 100-piece limited-edition, individually numbered 1800 S GG DAMASZENER. Made from genuine forge-welded Damascus steel, this watch seamlessly reflects the high quality of the predecessor models.

At the same time, it sets its own highlights without relinquishing the charm of the special material, which are skilfully set off by the hands and appliqués made of 18-carat gold.

Where functionality defines design and every little detail serves to highlight the innovative technology at play, this is where Sinn Spezialuhren is at work.

Has a kind of wood effect dial, don’t you think?

For example, in 1995 we presented the first watch made from 22-carat yellow gold with a material hardness equal to that of stainless steel (220 HV). In 2005, German Submarine Steel was used for the first time in diving watches.

The launch of our 100-piece limited-edition 1800 S DAMASZENER marks the first time we rendered the highly traditional material, Damascus steel, into a form suitable for watch cases, a sophisticated concept flawlessly upheld in our 100-piece limited-edition 1800 DAMASZENER.

More info here.

Sinn 6060B Worldtimer: Sharp Dressed Man

Sinn has sent us info on their Worldtimer dress watch, which will be available from Feb 2022. It’s a Sellita SW330 powered auto, see-thru caseback and 38.5mm across, so quite compact by modern standards. Here’s the press info;

The first Frankfurt Financial District Watch was unveiled in 1999 and marked a landmark decision for our company. Up until then, the name Sinn Spezialuhren had been synonymous with innovative timepieces specially designed for pilot and diving missions. The expansion towards classic, elegant series proved to be hugely popular with our customers. After all, a Frankfurt Financial District Watch is the perfect accessory for festive occasions or day-to-day business – exhibiting both elegance and the durability typical of Sinn Spezialuhren.

The appeal of this series is now being further enhanced by the new model 6060 B. This watch gains its allure from the blue dial, which is exquisitely finished with a sunburst decoration.

The model also features characteristics that connoisseurs of this series have come to appreciate. For example, the Frankfurt World Time Watch 6060 B is characterised by three time zones that can be read simultaneously. The movement is exquisitely decorated. Particularly eye-catching are the Geneva stripes and blued screws. Sapphire crystal is used for both the watch crystal and the transparent case back, offering an impressive view of the bull and bear rotor engraving.

While the case is made of polished stainless steel, the appliqués attached to the blue dial are luminous, along with the hour and minute hands. The watch is also waterproof and pressure-resistant up to 10 bar and resistant to low pressure.

Model 6060 B comes in a fine wooden case with a stainless-steel fine link bracelet, cowhide strap, a band replacement tool, spare spring bars, an Eschenbach watchmaker’s loupe, a care cloth and a brochure.

Sinn 103 Chrono: Special Ltd Edition 60th Anniversary

Sinn has sent us info on their limited edition 103 chronograph. Just 600 pieces will be produced, classic Sinn styling, perfect if you are a fan of the Pilot watch look. Here’s the press kit word;

The 103 is more closely connected to our company than just about any other series. After all, it was these timepieces that acquainted pilots, in particular, with the name Sinn Spezialuhren once the company was founded. We’ve also continuously expanded the series, adding, for example, the latest SINN technologies and other
features.

Classic in every sense of the word, this pilot chronograph is the perfect celebration of our company’s 60th anniversary – in the form of a special edition limited to 600 pieces. The 103 Classic 12 lives up to its reputation as a classic timepiece, but also boasts a modern interpretation, as demonstrated, for example, by the bezel insert made from ceramic – a material which appears for the first time on the 103 and is characterised by its outstanding hardness and the resulting exceptional scratch resistance.

The captive bezel features a twelve-hour scale to display a second time zone. The engraved numerals on the bezel are the colour of chamois, which is reflected in the three counters, all the printed elements and the luminous colour. The attached appliqués
are rhodium-plated and luminous, as are the hour, minute and stopwatch second hand.

Even the place of origin of the watch is mentioned by name. The ‘Sinn Frankfurt am Main’ lettering thus adorns the glossy black dial with decorative sunburst to mark the anniversary. To mark the special occasion, the edge of the transparent back features
the limited-edition number as well as the engravings ‘1961-2021’ and ‘60 Jahre’.

Sinn ST144 Anniversary is An Old School Chrono

Sinn have a new collection for spring 2021, with the ST 144 being a revival of a traditional design. This model has an old fashioned motorsport feel to it and looks the business, very stopwatch efficient with its red second hand. Inside there is a Concepto 25 jewel movement, which is an independent Swiss manufactured piece, which as far as we can tell does all the stuff you want a chronograph to do.

Here’s some background on Swiss movement supply for you watch fans; The Swiss movement industry is subject to EU political pressure, as for decades ETA had a near-monopoly on supply to indie watch brands and then an agreement was reached a few years ago that some brands would manufacture in-house, and others would obtain their movements from alternative makers like Sellita, Soprod, Eterna or Felsa. One thing the EU hates is an efficient manufactuer on its doorstep making luxury goods and exporting them into the eurozone without ticking lots of ideological boxes on free trade, diversity or climate agenda stuff. So that is why Sinn – and other brands – cannot keep on fitting a Valjoux 7750 inside every chronograph they produce. There has to be a diversity of movement supply, or at least the appearance of it. Even though it would be more efficient in terms of resource and energy consumption to have say two movement suppliers making all mechanical movements in Switzerland.

Anyway, Concepto are Swiss based, modern factory and aiming high in terms of quality, so you’re buying a genuine Swiss quality timepiece for 3250 euros – which is reassuring.

Here’s the word from Sinn;

Launched in 1974, model 144 is one of the most traditional watches in our range.

To mark our company’s 60th anniversary, we are now introducing a special limited edition of 600 timepieces in the form of the 144 St S Anniversary II. This model clearly demonstrates the timelessness of our instrumental, technical watches. The 144 St S Anniversary II is also a fine example of how we are constantly developing our classic timepieces. For example, the old 144 featured a black chrome-plated case with mineral glass and was only pressure-resistant up to 5 bar.

The 144 St S Anniversary II takes things to the next level in many respects. For instance, this timepiece is equipped with a wide range of technical features, is resistant to low pressure, waterproof and can withstand pressures of up to 20 bar. Ar-Dehumidifying Technology ensures greater functional reliability and freedom from fogging. The bead-blasted surface of the stainless-steel case has also been hardened using Tegiment Technology, making it especially scratch-resistant. This type of technology forms the basis for the high-quality Black Hard Coating. Typical of a 144, our anniversary edition also features a combined tachymeter and pulsometer scale.

The prominent positioning and intuitive readability of the white counters for the stopwatch minutes and seconds give this anniversary edition a modern look, without forsaking its traditional feel. As a reminiscence of the company’s anniversary, the number 60 of the pulsometer scale has been applied in orange-red daylight luminous paint. It has a 41mm case diameter and there is a nine week delivery time on this new model.

Our limited edition 144 St S Anniversary II with unique numbering comes in a fine case with a black solid bracelet and a black silicone strap.

SHIPPING APARTHEID

By the way there is a 120 euros shipping cost to non-EU countries, which is pretty spiteful for residents of the UK and NI, but entirely to be expected after the bitterness of Brexit. Bitterness by the EU naturally. The cost for German delivery is zero euro, but someone in Denmark has to pay 50 euros. Astonishing. How are they getting away with it?

German Watch Brand Sinn Turns 60 This Year

Sinn Spezialuhren is celebrating a special anniversary in 2021: the German manufacturer of high-quality mechanical watches is turning 60.

Here’s the word from Sinn;

It was the year 1961 when pilot and blind-flight instructor Helmut Sinn founded the company Helmut Sinn Spezialuhren in Frankfurt am Main. At that time the company focused on manufacturing navigation cockpit clocks and pilot chronographs. When certified engineer Lothar Schmidt acquired the company on 1. September 1994, a new era began for SINN. The timepieces have stood for remarkable innovation since that time. This is one of the reasons they meet the high-quality demands of professional users and, at the same time, inspire many mechanical-watch aficionados.

Over the past six decades, the brand Sinn Spezialuhren has successfully made a name for itself both in Germany and abroad. Lothar Schmidt and his employees are especially proud of the fact that to this day Sinn Spezialuhren – as an independent and owner-managed company – has established its place in an industry dominated by corporations.

The 104 model remains in the Sinn range today, priced at 1250 euros plus shipping.

Sinn Dive Watch Marks 30th Anniversary of East-West German Reunification

Germany will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of German reunification on the 3rd October 2020, an event that Sinn watches would like to acknowledge with the U1 DE special edition. Why not we say, although a concert featuring `The Hoff’ plus the remaining members of Kraftwerk would be equally uplifting. And kinda fusion too…

Here’s the word from Sinn;

The reunification has another significance beyond this historical date for us as a German watchmaker.

For us it’s synonymous with the story of two companies which continue to actively embrace the merging of East and West to this day: qualified engineer Lothar Schmidt, owner of Sinn Spezialuhren GmbH, and Doctor of Engineering Ronald Boldt, co-owner and Managing Director of Sächsische Uhrentechnologie GmbH Glashütte (SUG), have continued to develop the partnership established in 1999 between Sinn Spezialuhren and SUG.

Lothar Schmidt has held 74% of all SUG shares since the disastrous flood of 2002. Working with Ronald Boldt, he has created an upmarket case manufacturing company, which is now successfully managed primarily by son Daniel Boldt.

Sinn limited edition 30 pieces

The watch is limited to just 300 pieces, here’s the tech specs;

  • Limited to 300 pieces
  • Special edition in Germany’s national colours with a high-gloss, gold-plated second hand
  • Case and crown made of high-strength seawater-resistant German Submarine Steel
  • Black Hard Coating on a TEGIMENT Technology basis
  • Tested based on European diving equipment standards and certified by DNV GL
  • Pressure-resistant up to 1,000 m diving depth (= 100 bar), certified by DNV GL
  • Captive diver’s bezel with minute ratcheting
  • Crown at 4 o’clock to prevent pressure on the back of the hand
  • Sapphire crystal glass
  • Low pressure resistant
    • SW 200-1 Sellita movement
    • Self-winding mechanism
    • 26 bearing jewels
    • 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour
    • Seconds stop function
    • Anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309
  • Case
    • Case made of German Submarine Steel, black
    • Sapphire crystal glass in front, anti-reflective on both sides
    • Case back screw-fastened – it’s a 44mm case size by the way
    • Crown screwable
    • Meet the technical requirements for waterproofness, as set out in standard DIN 8310

Verdict: At over 2300 euros this is a pricey watch for something with an SW200 movement inside. Fancy one with a steel bracelet rather than a leather strap? That costs 2740 euros, with a 50 euros delivery charge on top for the UK. Yes, this watch has a depth rating of 1000m, which is impressive. But if you don’t plan to dive very often, or venture too deep, there are plenty of alternative, black dial dive watches around with 300m ratings at under a grand.