Botta Uno Automatic: Dude, I think you lost something

If you don’t really look, it’s a conservative, 42mm watch based on the workhorse automatic movement of Europe, the ETA 2824. But it has only one hand. No minutes, seconds, or day, just an hour hand. Look a little closer, and you’ll note that there are too many hash marks between the hours. The markings are five minute increments between the hours. Wait, what?

The Botta Uno is one interpretation of what a minimalist’s watch should look like. It has only one hand, and provides you with the information that you really use with a relevant, human degree of precision. Precise enough that you can get to an appointment without being too early, and without the clutter of many watches that heap on extra functions whether or not their target audience has a clue what they do.

It is a charming counterpoint to the trends that led to the excessively gadgetized TX Luxury watches with six or seven hands and dubious relevance. This is the kind of thing that should cause a bit of reflection about what really matters.



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  • Martin

    I silently suffer your watch fetish, but have to admit, this time I’m going to look up this puppy and see if I’m shocked that it cost $1200, or delightfully pleased that it’s only $200; in which case I’ll buy one for myself and one for a gift for another minimalist nerd friend.

  • It’s the perfect Tuxedo watch. Cool enough to talk about and no need to be anywhere on time while socializing. Price point?

  • E.M. Van Court

    The automatic version is about $900 from Gnomon Watches, the quartz is about $400 from other places. For European made watches, these are pretty reasonable prices (someone has to pay for their universal health care and other social programs).

    If you’re silently suffering, why be silent? What’s wrong with a given entry, or what’s right? What watches would you want to see reviewed?

  • Costs about 690,- Euro in Germany. Same price as my Mühle Glashütte Vision:

    The concept is a good idea. Actually sometime I use the date but the 5 minute accuracy is fine for me too. But I like mine more, because if it comes to praxis I can swim with it (10 bar). This one sadly just have 3 bar, only good enough for washing your hands. : / So no beach, no swimming, …

  • I like it’s simplicity.

  • Ayhan

    Looks a lot like the Meistersinger one-hand watches which have been around for a few years now……

  • The Beauty of Simplicity! 🙂

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  • What is the brand of watch pictured at the top of the wrist watch review site? It has a black face with very simple numbering and a black strap. Thanks.

  • The watch looks very attractive.