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When we’re talking vintage-inspired watches; here’s something you want to take a look at — YEMA unveiled one extremely striking model, a project zealously worked on by the brand’s CEO and Head of Design, Christopher Bôle. Drawing inspiration from the 70s, the latest YEMA Wristmaster Traveller that will definitely capture the interest for those who are seeking for a really compelling retro-timepiece experience with its highly-distinctive case design and a gorgeous integrated bracelet that hits the nail right on the head. Just like the many YEMA models we’re familiar with, impressive aesthetics, value for money and formidable performance are key attributes for YEMA’s fine French-made watches, and this one is no different.
|Yema Wristmaster Traveller
We all are familiar with countless exceptional watches made by the Swiss and Japanese that are dominating the market. Nonetheless, the French also displayed excellence in the fine art of watchmaking with the creation of many beautifully decorated haute horlogerie pieces and complex movements. While YEMA may not be a name that the masses are entirely familiar with, it is a brand synonymous with the production of fine French-made timepieces and an incredibly rich heritage. Founded in 1948 by French watchmaker Henry Louis Belmont, YEMA has demonstrated remarkable mastery in watchmaking with the creative integration of innovative designs to their ever-dependable tool watches.
Right off the bat, the 316L stainless steel case of the YEMA Wristmaster Traveller stands out straight away for its asymmetrical octagonal shape, a distinct appearance offering a visually intriguing style compared to the usual rounded construction. YEMA certainly knows all the right formulas to craft one enthusiast-driven vintage-looking mechanical masterpiece, with a case diameter of 39mm, a lug to lug distance of 43.5mm and a case thickness of 12mm, you can expect the watch to look incredibly posh on the wrist, exhibiting a sporty yet elegant appeal.
|Iconic 1970'S Superman Hands|
Taking a closer look at the case, details in its finishing are executed pleasingly with a continuous alternation between fine satin brushing and highly-polished chamfers, bringing a tasteful pop of refinement while preserving the marked sporting spirit. These beautiful finishes carry through towards the steel bezel, showcasing a unique design with top and bottom bevels inspired by a YEMA Sous-Marine quartz model from the 1980s, an old-school design that aged well even by modern day standards.
The polished and vertical brushed finishes cohesively extend down to the retrograde integrated stainless steel bracelet, featuring slim links that closely hug and conform to the wrist for utmost comfort with an attractive sporty look to complement the timepiece. For a seamless fit, the bracelet is secured with a YEMA-signed double folding butterfly clasp.
|Octagon case with raised sapphire crystal|
On the dial of the YEMA Wristmaster Traveller, we get a deep black lacquered dial carrying the highly-iconic hands found on the vintage 1970s YEMA Superman Ref. 53.00.16, a brand-unique element that represents YEMA’s rich watchmaking heritage. In line with the design theme of the watch, the dial is presented with printed markers treated with up to 13 layers of Swiss Old Radium Super-LumiNova for a vivid blue glow in dark lighting conditions. Apart from the printed YEMA logo, at the 6 o’clock position rests a funky ‘Wristmaster’ imprint in a cool old-school font. The dial is then complete with a slightly raised scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for that resolute vintage look.
The YEMA Wristmaster Traveller is powered by the second-generation in-house Caliber YEMA2000 automatic movement, a stepped-up variation of the MBP1000 Caliber. This magnificent movement yields slightly enhanced precision and durability with optimized components, giving the movement a healthy power reserve of approximately 42 hours. This 29 jewel movement beats at a rate of 28,800 beats per hour with thorough accuracy checks by YEMA watchmakers. On top of that, the movement is gorgeously decorated with stripes and stunning perlage finishing that reflects on their fine craft in producing an in-house movement. Equipped with a screw-in caseback embedded with YEMA’s historic crest, the watch is water resistant to 100m/330 feet.
|Swiss Old Radium Super-LumiNova|
Overall, the YEMA Wristmaster Traveller reveals an interesting take on a 70s-inspired timepiece with an attractive design recalling past references. YEMA has been producing some really outstanding watches from their iconic Superman to various stunning collaboration models, however this latest release has impressed us once again, proving time and time again how amazing the French are at making such phenomenal timepieces.