Baltic Announces Second Watch With a Swiss Movement
France-based Baltic Watches has collaborated with historic motor racing company Peter Auto to release a completely new model limited to 300 pieces. all numbered. The new Tricompax Baltic x Peter Auto goes on sale August 26th at 4pm Paris time for €1975, or around $2025 USD.
The 39.5mm case houses — fo only the second time, in Baltic's case — a Sellita-made SW510-M manually-wound movement that powers the "Tricompax" three-counter chronograph. A tachymeter bezel surrounds what looks like a cream dial and three black sub-dials, with pops of orange and yellow in the chronometer dials and the timing hands, while the sub-seconds dial has an uncolored polished hand.
Sharp-looking and pointed sword-style hour and minute hands in the same high-polish as the sub-seconds dial complete the look and add to the legibility of the watch once you realize that all the colored elements are associated with the timing components, while the time-keeping components are all sans-color. Once you see it that way, you can't unsee it and — again, just from the press photos — that combination makes the dial much more legible than at first pass.
A double-dome sapphire crustal with internal anti-reflective coating covers the dial and adds to the vintage cues that are pervasive throughout the watch, from the color scheme to the flat-link 70s-style bracelet. The chronograph comes in at a very compact 47mm lug-to-lug with space for 20mm straps between the lugs.
And speaking of the straps, the watch comes with not just that aforementioned bracelet, but also comes with a taupe calf leather straps. The folks over at Worn and Wound have a great first look at the watch and while they didn't get the bracelet, they do show off that strap in great detail.
In what is definitely a pleasant surprise, the somewhat fat price tag is further justified by the inclusion of a pair of mechanical flyback stopwatches bearing color schemes that are drawn straight from the Tricompax. This is an unusual and thoughtful addition to the special-edition watch and is sure to please collectors.