Some brands take a slightly different approach to time with the watches they produce. From Meistersinger, to Ressence, to Urwerk, there are watches that challenge our expectations of 3 hands and a 12 hour dial. For over 30 years now the German brand Botta has been working to “reinvent time” with clean, one-hand watches that, if anything, change the pacing of how we engage with a tool such as a watch. Rather than confronting the moment to moment, a Botta watch breaks the day into broad, manageable sections, with any ‘to-the-second’ stressors relegated to the back seat.
This concept is nothing new, of course, however Botta approaches it with a unique design sensibility that pairs borderline minimalist dials and cases with modern sterile typefaces and color schemes. The resulting watches are striking in appearance and in practice, and while they certainly won’t be for everyone, they represent something unique offered at a very approachable price point, which is always welcome in my book.