At last year’s Baselworld, Sinn took a step back and expanded on their range of more affordable entry-level watches, focusing less on their proprietary tech and more on value. Those releases included the 204 St, the 104 St Sa A, and my favorite of the bunch, the EZM 3F. For 2016, Sinn is celebrating their 55th anniversary, and with it they’re largely continuing last year’s trajectory with one notable (and very cool) exception.
Sinn 556 I Mocha and Anthracite Dial Limited Edition
Ever wonder what the 556 I might look like if it were a tad more refined? Think a sunburst dial, applied indices, and steel sword hands. That’s basically what Sinn did with their two new takes on one of their most popular models. The first is a warm mocha sunburst dial intended to be a mainstay in the collection, and the second is a sunburst anthracite variation limited to just 1,000 pieces worldwide. Being a limited edition Jubilaeum (anniversary) watch, the 556 I Anthracite replaces the “AUTOMATIK” with “1961-2016.”
Both are quite stunning and I was particularly smitten with the anthracite dial, which I think would work great for the brand as a general release, too. That being said, the mocha dial is surprisingly versatile and not too brown due to the way it reflects light, giving it a near-black appearance under certain angles.