Sunday, February 22, 2015

Anonimo and the "Lazarus" Effect

It has been going on three years now since Anonimo transferred to new ownership.  The timing was particularly sad (at least for me) owing to the still then fresh publication of Dino Zei's book and the press event at BaselWorld in 2012 to promote it.

Now don't get me wrong, Anonimo had a LOT of problems, and frankly that is not really what I sat down to write about this morning.  What I am now cautiously hopeful about are the new models that are now being put forward.

Courtesy of Anonimo
This is the Militare Alpini Power Reserve Indicator.

It has the classic Anonimo case design with the crown at 12 o'clock.  Measuring 43 mm in diameter, it is crafted from bronze with a stainless steel case back.  The movement is listed as ETA's 7001 (sometimes referred to as Peseux per it's pre-consolidation affiliation) with a module to provide power reserve indication.  As a fan of hand winding mechanical movements, this one is right in my "wheel house".  The dial is a military green with (what I assume) is white Superluminova.  

Now for the Anonimisti out there, I absolutely get and understand that this may seem like an abomination.  But in fairness, the bronze cases are still made in Italy.  The one thing that would make it "acceptably perfect" for me would be to re-engage the craftspeople who provided the Kodiak straps.  But maybe that will come in time.

So as BaselWorld beckons, I look forward to seeing the offerings from Anonimo, and in particular the Militare Alpini Power Reserve Indicator.  Here's hoping that Lazarus is ready to rise in the form of a re-born Anonimo.

Here are the vitals:

Militare Alpini Power Reserve Indicator

Khaki-Coloured Dial

  • Reference:
  • Movement:
    ETA 7001 with an additional PRI module, 42 hours
  • Dial:
    Second counter at 3 o’clock and the power reserve indicator (PRI) at 9 o’clock

    43 mm

    14.50 mm

    Water resistance:
    12 ATM

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