The design had never been produced until 2000, when it was revived by Italo Fontana, a descendant of Ilvo.
(PRWEB) May 26, 2011
Luxury Bazaar has announced they're carrying the line of U-Boat watches made to an authentic Ilvo Fontana design from 1942. These are rugged watches with large faces that can be easily read in all weather conditions. The design had never been produced until 2000, when it was revived by Italo Fontana, a descendant of Ilvo. Using the original drawings and color samples, Italo faithfully reproduced the large face, bright numbers and sturdy design envisioned by the designer. The result is a quality timepiece that looks so modern, it could have been designed yesterday.
Ilvo Fontana was commissioned to design the watches in 1942 for pilots of the Italian air force and officers of German U-boats. These were watches that would be used to time military operations, so accuracy and durability were the main goals. The emphasis was on big, plain numbers and a mechanism capable of standing jolts and impacts that would cripple lesser watches. Fontana created the design, but due to the rapidly-changing political situation the watches were never ordered. The design remained an abstraction on paper for the next 50 years.
Now that they have finally seen the light of day, these watches are revealed as both stylish and serviceable. They have bold, handsome metal cases with knobs that are big and easy to handle. They are the kind of watches that can accompany their owners on any sort of adventure in any conditions. They are not delicate or petite. They convey a sense of masculinity at a glance.
U-boat watches speak of reliability and strength, and they have already gained high marks among those who want to create the impression of competence. The list of celebrities wearing these watches is impressive, including notables such as David Beckham and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Their handsomeness is timeless. They certainly don't look like antiques, and it's hard to believe they were designed some 70 years ago. They look like they belong on the arm of an astronaut, as modern as tomorrow. It's easy to imagine them going into space or to the top of a mountain, but they would look good in more down-to-earth circumstances, too. By not even trying to be fashionable, Ilvo Fontana created some wonderful fashion pieces that can compliment any look or image. No matter where you are or what kind of adventure you're contemplating, one of these watches is a good thing to take along.