Italian brand Locman is moving upwards. Their new Montecristo Rattrapante is their most sophisticated watch produced to date, a limited edition of 100 pieces. In this piece, starting the chronograph sets the white chronograph second hand moving, along with the red hand that is exactly underneath, so that they are moving together. When you press the rattrapante button at 10 o’clock, the lower red hand stops, while the white hand continues moving. This way you can take the reading of an intermediate time of up to 60 seconds while continuing to measure the total time elapsed. The process can be repeated as many times as you like: another push on the button returns the red hand to exactly below the white hand, and they carry on their march around the dial until you press the rattrapante button again. This type of chronograph is called the rattrapante, or double, or split-second chronograph. Follow this link for a selection of split-second chronograph watches.
Self winding ETA 7750 movement, modified
Locman have used an ETA 7750 movement, one of the most widely-used chronograph movements, that the brand have extensively modified to add the rattrapante feature. The case is in 316L steel and brushed titanium, with a caseback having a crystal display window revealing the movement. The skeletonized gold-finish oscillating weight is branded with the company name. The leather strap is fixed to the brand’s characteristic openworked, three-strut lugs, and in the presentation case, there is an extra strap in silicone. The price of the watch is €5,850.
Locman have also provided an indication of where they want to go, with a new boutique at Via Manzoni 29, in Milan’s top fashion district, just opposite the entrance to Via Montenapoleone, the street with all the top fashion brands and many watch maisons.