Dievas, makers of the Vortex and Focal tactical watches, just announced the release of their first chronograph, the Timeattack. Keeping with their aggressive no-fuss style, the Timeattack is wrought with hard-edges and utilitarian details. Featuring straight lugs, a black bezel with a diamond-pattern textures side, screwdown crown and chrono-pushers, multilayered lume, sapphire crystal and their proprietary 6Steel hardened steel; this watch is not joking around.
Case: Micro-blasted Dievas 6Steel
Movement: Valjoux 7750 25 jewel automatic chronograph
Lume: Multi-layered SuperLuminova
Lens: Domed sapphire
Case Back: N/A
Strap: NyTech waterproof material + Nylon Nato
Water Res.: 300m
Dimensions: 43mm, 49.5mm lug-to-lug,
Lug Width: 20mm
Crown: 7mm screwdown
Warranty: 2 years
The dial of the Timeattack has the typical 7750 layout and features, though they did forego the day, which I think was a smart choice as it would have distracted from the sub-dials. The main visual elements of the dial are the three sub-dials, being the seconds sub-dial and two chronograph registers. Dievas did some very cool things with the sub-dials that make the watch both a smart and unique chronograph. First, they placed the indexes of the sub-dials in thick lumed rings, creating a light background for visibility during the day, and strong backlighting for low-light situations. Second, they color coordinated the dials and hands to create a simple way of visually relating the dials. The seconds-sub dial, at the 9 position, is highlight with a yellow ring and a yellow hand, the rest have bright orange rings and hands, which relate to the large 60-second chronograph hand.
Though reading a chronograph is easy enough, the added colors and lume make at a glance reading more feasible, especially in an active situation. Since the watch also features screwdown pushers you can trust that moisture wont get in and the 300m depth rating is reliable, making this watch useable across various terrain and in multitudes of situations. This is a great feature for the Timeattack to have as it reemphasizes Dievas’ effort to make truly functional timepieces for real-life sport and adventure situations.
The Timeattack is currently available from Gnonom (who I believe own Dievas) for $1880. While that is certainly an expensive watch, for a chronograph that is built to such high-standards, using such high-end materials, it is actually on the low-end of the spectrum. The most obvious similar watches being the Sinn 103 and the Kobold Phantom, which are both more expensive and to my eyes the Dievas is a little more modern and unexpected.
images by Dievas