Sinn Frankfurt Financial District Watch 6099 B
The Sinn Frankfurt Financial District Watch 6099 B was released at Baselworld 2019. It can show the time simultaneously in three different time zones and is endowed with a chronograph. While designer Steve Huyton usually gravitates to bold, oversized watches, he felt drawn to this comparatively restrained offering from Sinn.
Before writing professionally about horology I was an avid collector of watches, usually favouring obscure brands. The majority of my acquisitions were entry-level timepieces with a ‘Swiss Made’ inscription on the dial. Even though these pieces didn’t cost a fortune they proved well designed.
Every watch writer has their own unique perspective and mine always centres around design rather than the technical aspects of a watch. Even though the timepieces I possess are bold and oversized, I can still remain objective about other, more understated designs.
I love to see technical drawings and concepts from brands which illustrate the design process. In my opinion, one of the best draftsmen in the watch industry is Urwerk’s Chief designer Martin Frei. Considering how complicated Urwerk’s watches are, Frei is somehow able to convey his ideas in a two-dimensional sketch with consummate ease. At this juncture, you have probably ascertained that watch design is a huge passion of mine, dominating my thoughts.
Over the years I have written reviews about most brands, but never Sinn. This company, founded in 1961, is based in Frankfurt, Germany. One of the brand’s most popular lines is the ‘Frankfurt Financial District Watch’ collection which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To commemorate this event, the company has unveiled a new exciting version called the ‘Frankfurt Financial District Watch 6099 B’, limited to only 200 pieces. This new timepiece is very well designed and should appeal to the brand’s legions of admirers.
The polished case of this watch measures 41.5mm in diameter with a thickness of 15mm. The composition has been well-considered and its styling is consistent with the brand’s much-loved design language. Features like the blue electroplated sunburst dial, incorporating applied, luminescent markers are inspired. Furthermore, I adore the discreet chapter ring and the bold numerals gracing the inner-rotating bezel. The three registers are snailed, the watch has the facility to display three time zones and the luminescent hour and minute hands are delightfully minimalistic. Overall, the aesthetic of this timepiece is exceptionally refined and wonderfully cohesive.
At the heart of the watch is a Swiss made Sellita SW 500 movement that has been modified to Sinn’s precise specifications. This calibre comprises 26-jewels and has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The rotor is exquisitely engraved with Frankfurt’s skyline and showcased via an exhibition case back. The blued screws uphold fine watchmaking practise.
The Frankfurt Financial District Watch 6099 B has an impressive inventory of functions, including hours, minutes, small seconds, date, triple (12-hour) time zone indications and a chronograph. The timepiece is also water-resistant to a depth of 100 metres, making it suitable for most occasions except extreme sports.
The Sinn Frankfurt Financial District Watch 6099 B is presented on a durable satin-brushed steel bracelet and is also supplied with blue leather strap. Despite its obvious scarcity, the watch remains keenly priced at £4,080 (RRP as at 26.8.2019).
This watch has an array of technical attributes, but most of all its sublime styling resonates with my own obsession for accomplished design. Based on my affection for this timepiece, I envisage looking more closely at Sinn’s watches in the future.