Few things are quite as much fun as trying on a new Sinn. Before you even get in on your wrist, the sight of it is something special. You can tell that it’s overbuilt, beautifully machined and lacking in fussy nonsense. Sinn watches are unlike other watches out there, as is the brand. They do things their own way, focusing on technology and engineering that few brands could even dream of while managing to pull off clean, tasteful aesthetics and prices that are within reach. They’re the enthusiasts’ tool watch, with models so diverse it’s easy to own, or desire several. This is why, as you might have noticed, the team here at w&w are slightly obsessed with them, many of us owning a few.
At Basel World 2014 Sinn released a watch that really caught my attention: the EZM 13. Part of their “Einsatzzeitmesser” or Mission Timer series, the EZM 13 took their EZM 3, a watch I am particularly fond of, and added in a chronograph. The resulting watch is a tool watch dream, with 500m WR, a bunch of tech I’ll explain below, and Sinn’s modified Valjoux 7750 movement, called the SZ02. It’s this last bit that really drives the watch over the edge for me, as it adds a feature that most chronographs are missing; a 60-minute counter. Coming in at $2,770 on rubber, the Sinn EZM 13 isn’t cheap, but as I think you’ll find out, is very worth the money. Lots to get through, so let’s get to it.