Anonimo Militaire Chrono

The Anonimo Militaire Chrono blends the brand’s distinctive ‘combat-chic’ styling with a chronograph function and, in so doing, delivers a handsome watch, perfectly suited for daily wear.

This detailed review of the Anonimo Militaire Chrono includes live images, specification details and price.

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Timepieces often appear similar to the untrained eye. This is a fact that many watch companies recognise and feel compelled to address with imaginative complications and creative aesthetics. Anonimo, the Swiss-Italian watch brand, has sought to find its niche within the competitive arena of horology by imbuing its timepieces with a high quotient of testosterone.

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The cases of its models exhibit an impressive hewn from granite quality. The ingenious crown guard system cleverly utilises the ‘mechanical pressure of the strap’, which, once in position, holds the crown steadfast, thereby mitigating the risk of water ingress. The coloured brass dials of each watch brim with individuality, courtesy of a hand brushed finish which evinces a slightly distressed appearance, ensuring no two watches appear the same.

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The ‘Militaire’ nomen implies a utilitarian characteristic. However, the military inspiration and distressed dials have imbued Anonimo’s timepieces with an attractive aesthetic which could be suitably described as ‘combat-chic’.

In military circles, the triangulation of a position involves using a compass, noting the relative position of three landmarks and scribing these points to a map in order to determine the current location. In the case of Anonimo, triangulation would be an apt term to describe how the hour markers at 4 o’clock, 8 o’clock and noon are arranged, forming a triangular shape within the subconsciousness. Triangular shapes are also referenced with the counterweight on the central chronograph seconds hand and with the brand’s stylised ‘A’ logo.

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Recently, I was presented with an array of Anonimo watches to evaluate. Not surprisingly, I was drawn to a blue-toned option, my favourite dial colour. Furthermore, this model is equipped with a chronograph function, indulging another horological itch I regularly feel compelled to scratch.

The dial

My fondness for blue watch dials shows no signs of abating any time soon. In the case of the particular tincture employed on this Anonimo model its seductive prowess is colossal. Moreover, by viewing the watch from a range of angles, its tonal colour morphs into a plethora of shades. This particular aspect of the dial proves beguiling. The dial’s allure is augmented still further by the aforementioned brushed lines gracing its surface.

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The bold hour hand resembles an isosceles triangle which unequivocally proclaims the time. The minute hand is comparatively ordinary, but effortlessly fulfils its role of communicating with the wearer. Both hands are lined with white superluminova, aiding visibility in poor lighting conditions.

The white central chronograph seconds hand is slender but highly legible. Gracing this hand is an ebullient, red counterweight, presented in triangular form. When the chronograph seconds hand points to noon, the tip of the red counterweight points to 6 o’clock, according a visual counterbalance to the white-hued triangular logo above.

Anonimo has equipped the Militaire Chrono with a bi-compax dial layout. At 3 o’clock, a snailed subdial displays the small running seconds, while opposite, at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute chronograph register resides.The hands, snailed detail and Arabic numerals on each subdial are similar, according a harmonious aesthetic.

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The Militaire Chrono subscribes to the house style of using oversized hour markers at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock with other hours indicated with lithe, white batons. The legibility of the Militaire Chrono is excellent.

The case

The 43.4mm stainless steel case exudes class, courtesy of its high quality construction. Close examination revealed no hints of post-machining roughness.

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The complexity of the case construction becomes apparent when viewed at close quarters. The bezel pairs a brushed upper surface with a serrated leading edge. Thankfully, despite its tooth-like appearance, the edge of the bezel does not bite, proving friendly to inquisitive fingers.

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By locating the crown above noon, free movement of the wrist is conferred. Furthermore, the absence of a ‘usual’ crown at 3 o’clock prevents any chafing of the wearer’s wrist. This leads me to discuss comfort, an admirable quality of this Anonimo timepiece. The pushpieces, featuring black textured grips on their vertical flanks, do not impose their presence on the arm and, again, ensure excellent wearer comfort. Incidentally, the chronograph pushpieces are ‘completely water resistant’.

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The Anonimo Militaire Chrono is fitted with an clever crown system unlike no other. It features an ingenious articulated crown cover, which easily opens and closes to facilitate adjustment. When the watch is affixed to the wrist the action of tightening the strap, ensures the crown is firmly locked when the watch is worn, preventing dust or water entering the case.

The movement

The Anonimo Militaire Chrono contains a Sellita SW300 self-winding movement equipped with a Dubois Depraz 2035M chronograph module.

While a fully-integrated column wheel chronograph is technically superior to a modular chronograph, it does generally prove costlier to make, a fact reflected in higher retail prices. Moreover, the complexity of a fully-integrated column wheel chronograph rears its ugly when it comes to servicing, an aspect which results in higher maintenance costs.

Like many purists, I prefer fully-integrated column wheel chronographs, but I also accept that the subtle qualities they provide are often irrelevant to many watch buyers.

The incorporationn of a modular chronograph movement within the Anonimo Militaire Chrono has allowed the Swiss-Italian watch company to offer this model at a very agreeable price of £3,200.00. Moreover, pressing the pushpieces of the chronograph delivers a positive action.

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A solid caseback prevented me from examining the finishing of the movement, hence I feel unable to comment further on this aspect of its specification.

Closing remarks

Triangles are often used to impart information. Maslow used the three-sided form to illustrate his theory of ‘hierarchal needs’. Military personnel are taught that triangulation is an accurate method of determining their position. In this instance, Anonimo has masterfully employed triangular forms in order to help wearers readily assimilate time.

Beyond Anonimo’s proficiency at geometry, the brand clearly demonstrates a profound understanding of a watch buyer’s needs. Its timepieces feel sturdy and seem capable of post-apocalyptic survival. The ingenious crown system aids water resistance, proves simple to manipulate and does not impair wearer comfort. The case is superbly executed and would befit a watch costing twice as much.

However, I ultimately feel compelled to mention the dial. It seems such a paradox that a watch bearing a ‘Militaire’ nomenclature, conjuring thoughts of ‘muck and bullets’ could prove so immensely beautiful. If this is an illustration of ‘combat-chic’ then sign me up now.

Technical specification

  • Model: Anonimo Militaire Chrono
  • Reference: AM-1120.01.003.A03
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43.4mm; height 14.25mm; water resistant to 12 bar (120 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; chronograph
  • Movement: Sellita SW300 with Dubois Depraz 2035-M chronograph module; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); power reserve 42 hours
  • Strap: Blue calf leather strap supplied with stainless steel pin buckle
  • Price: £3,200.00 (RRP as at 19.7.2016)

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