Some of the best design work in watchmaking is the most versatile—a great dial or case is made even better if it works equally well in different styles, applications, and sizes. Italian brand Unimatic has taken this to heart for the end of 2018, with two new releases both incorporating parts from previous Unimatic designs. The first of these, the Modello Tre, is Unimatic’s first-ever chronograph offering. And the second is the Modello Due U2-C, the “best of both worlds” from both of Unimatic’s current Modello Uno U1 and Modello Due U2 model lines. How do these two stack up against a lineup that’s already garnered a hardcore fan base, then?
The Modello Tre is the more straightforward of the two, bringing chronograph style and functionality to the Unimatic stable in a familiar form. The bold, athletic 40-millimeter case is shared with the Modello Uno, as is the trademark Unimatic minimal bezel with its lone lume dot overhanging to a total diameter of 41.5 millimeters. As an added bonus, the diver-style case retains the Modello Uno’s impressive 300-meter depth rating thanks in part to screw-down pushers and a 2.5-millimeter thick double dome sapphire crystal.