When a watch design is just right, it allows for seemingly endless iteration. Stowa’s Antea Klassik is one such design, coming in a variety of sizes, colors, materials, and with different movements and complications. Originally brought to market in 1937 and reissued in 2004, the Antea Klassik is the epitome of minimalist Bauhaus aesthetics.
The Antea Klassik KS Roman Rosé measures 35.5 millimeters across with a slim 6.9-millimeter thickness. Sounds small, but the lug-to-lug span is a full 44.6 millimeters with a modest slope to the spring bars. This watch wears much larger than one might expect—for example, it’s one of very few sub-36-millimeter watches that looks proper on my round, 7.5-inch wrist.
For the Roman Rosé, Stowa has plated the dial in rose gold and given it a sunburst brush pattern. Large, minimalist roman numerals are painted on in black, and rather than cropping the “VI” they’ve allowed it to bleed over onto the running-seconds sub-dial. That detail is a deft bit of design dating back to copper-dialed versions from the 1930s. The big difference here is that the modern version’s sub-dial is recessed and carries its own pattern, whereas the original’s sub-dial was merely painted on. This new design makes the sub-dial pop, creating dynamics missing from the original.