Over the previous few years, we’ve gotten to know Yema for its relatively good-looking and traditionally correct Superman assortment, an iconic dive watch from the Seventies. This all began with a really devoted one-to-one recreation launched in 2018 and has since been expanded into a variety of types, together with plenty of GMT fashions. This was joined by the Adventurer & Traveller collections in 2021, a set of vintage-inspired watches devoted to exploration. Now, a number of years onwards, it’s time for an additional historic Yema to resurface, with the launch of the brand new Yema Flygraf Navigator, a fully-equipped pilot’s chronograph.
Yema and the Flygraf
Yema was based by Henry Louis Belmont in 1948 and shortly grew to become some of the notable French watchmaking corporations by its purposefully, well-built and inexpensive device watches. In the course of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, it was the most important exporter of watches in France. Though it was a sufferer of the quartz disaster at one level, the corporate has been again in enterprise since 2011 and underwent a significant repositioning in 2018 aimed toward restoring it to full former glory.
The Yema Superman is maybe the best-known watch by the French firm and is on the core of the present-day Yema. Subsequent to that, it produced a complete vary of chronograph watches for racing (Rallygraf & Meangraf), diving (Meangraf Sous-Marine & Yachtingraf) and aviation, often known as the Flygraf. The Yema Flygraf was created in 1969 and supposed for use by airmen and truly performed a giant function within the French aeronautics trade. It allowed pilots to make fast in-flight calculations with the double-scale bezel and interior flange. This historic watch now returns beneath the Navygraf Navigator title.
The brand new Flygraf NAvigator
The totally polished chrome steel case for the brand new Yema Flygraf Navigator measures a relatively cheap 40mm throughout. The peak then again is kind of substantial at 13,9mm, however comprehensible given the selection of motion and the very fact it’s topped with a bevelled and domed sapphire crystal. The bi-directional rotating bezel has a silver and blue two-tone aluminium insert with a tachymeter scale within the blue part and a secondary scale within the silver part to calculate gasoline consumption, (nautical) miles to kilometres conversions and extra. The pull-out crown is flanked by a pair of crown guards and easy pump-style pushers for the chronograph. A stable caseback seals the case to a water resistant of 100 meters.
There’s actually so much occurring beneath the domed and bevelled sapphire crystal that rests on prime of the case. The matte blue dial performs host to a complete vary of indications. All of it begins with a central sword-shaped hour and minute palms, stuffed with Tremendous-LumiNova that glows inexperienced at night time. That is accompanied by a small seconds register with a recessed centre. Then now we have the central chronograph seconds hand, joined by the 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. The palms within the subdial are additionally completed in Tremendous-LumiNova. Then there are the utilized hour markers with an in depth minute/seconds monitor in white. Subsequent, at 3 o’clock, now we have the day/date show that’s mixed with the model title. And eventually, the sloped flange on the outer perimeter has a white-on-blue navigational scale to match the bezel.
Beneath the stable caseback, emblazoned with the historic Yema crest, ticks the all too acquainted Valjoux 7750 computerized chronograph motion in its day/date configuration. This not solely shows the time by central hours and minutes palms and a small seconds hand but in addition measures elapsed time by the central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counter. The ultimate indications are the day and date in a double window at 3 o’clock. A cool little contact is the choice to have the day-disc both in English or French. The motion has 25 jewels and beats at a frequency of 28,800vph. It’s pushed by a heavy full-sized rotor that provides that distinctive Valjoux wobble when in full swing.
The Yema Flygraf Navigator comes on one in all three straps/bracelets. First is a stainless-steel three-link bracelet with a brushed and p9lished end and a folding clasp. The second is a black FKM rubber strap with a folding buckle. Third and final is the one you see within the pictures, a perforated black leather-based strap with a normal pin buckle. It’s out there for pre-order as of now with deliveries scheduled to begin in December 2022, for a retail value of EUR 1,849 on leather-based, EUR 1,949 on the bracelet and EUR 1,990 on FKM Rubber.
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