Tutima Patria Power Reserve
The Tutima Patria Power Reserve was released at Baselworld 2018. Its no-compromise specification illustrates the technical expertise of this impressive company.
This detailed review of the Tutima Patria Power Reserve includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Tutima is synonymous with making pilot’s watches. The company’s aviation-inspired timepieces are renowned for their quality, robustness and precision. Indeed, it was these attributes which led to the Tutima Military Chronograph ref. 798 being voted ‘the official pilot’s watch of NATO’.
In May 2011, Tutima returned home to Glashütte, the town in Saxony where the German watch marque was founded. In order to acknowledge this landmark in the company’s history, Tutima unveiled the Tutima Hommage, a minute repeater containing no fewer than 550 components. This watch showcased the brand’s technical expertise and its styling proved radically different to previous models.
Subsequently, the German company unveiled the Patria and the Tempostopp. These watches evince a classical and a distinctly formal appearance. Housed in precious metals, each variant brims with elegance and luxury. Earlier this year, at Baselworld 2018, Tutima enlarged its Patria collection with the addition of a new timepiece equipped with a power-reserve indicator, the Tutima Patria Power Reserve.
Based on its looks alone, the Tutima Patria Power Reserve is deserving of column-inches, however, as this article will show, it possesses many other virtues worthy of praise.
On seeing the Tutima Patria Power Reserve for the first time, I was struck by the pure, unsullied appearance of the silver-plated dial. Golden spear-like hour and minute hands, crafted by hand, elegantly span the surface of the dial. Each tip articulates the time with poise and notable style. Hours are indicated with black Arabic numerals avec serifs. A chemin de fer encircles the dial, aiding read-off.
Located in the lower half of the dial is a small seconds display. This subdial sits below the main dial epidermis, beautifully playing with differing depths. A slender golden seconds hand, equipped with an open-worked counterweight, circumscribes the display, interfacing with a crisply marked chapter ring. Everything is clean and logically positioned.
As the name implies, this timepiece is equipped with a power reserve indicator, positioned at 9 o’clock. Tutima has employed much wisdom when designing this indication. Its scale does not overwhelm the dial, yet it remains simple to read. The power reserve indicator is marked with an arcing scale and employs two colours to indicate the state of wind. The sparing use of colour confers an understated and tasteful appearance. The simplicity of the indication upholds the pure and refined appearance of the main dial area.
The 43mm rose gold case of the Tutima Patria Power Reserve is suffused with contours and bears a striking resemblance to the case of the Tutima Hommage. The case-band is intricately curved, the crown nestles between two protectors and the lugs arc downwards, neatly enveloping the wearer’s wrist. Each facet of the case is highly polished, yet overall the watch exhibits a discreet appearance.
As stated earlier, the case is fitted with crown protectors. Usually, crown protectors confer a robust appearance, however, in this instance this is not the case. Indeed, the crown protectors provide a neat surround for the fluted crown.
A large-format exhibition case-back provides breathtaking views of the hand-wound movement. The Tutima Patria Power Reserve is supplied with a brown hand-sewn alligator leather strap paired with a golden pin buckle.
The Caliber Tutima 618 shares much of its DNA with the Caliber Tutima 800, the movement employed within the aforementioned Tutima Hommage albeit, the Tutima Patria Power Reserve is more affordable than its chiming cousin.
The hand-wound Caliber Tutima 618 includes a golden three-quarter-plate. The movement features 27 jewels, three of which are set in screwed gold chatons. The screw sinks are highly polished. Tutima has equipped the movement with an elaborately shaped click which proves aesthetically alluring.
Gleaming bevels stand testament to sublime hand craftsmanship. The ratchet and transmission wheels are adorned with a spiral-shaped motif. A planetary wheel and disc ‘provide motive force for the complication’. An open-worked balance cock affords sight of the screwed-balance.
Beyond the aesthetic beauty of the Caliber Tutima 618, the movement is endowed with some impressive functional features. The index-free oscillating system offers superior precision to the ubiquitous index adjuster. By adjusting the rate solely with the screws affixed to the rim of the balance wheel, the spring breathes better and positional errors are mitigated. A free-sprung balance is more difficult to produce than a simple index adjuster system but the benefits justify the additional effort.
The Caliber Tutima 618 also features a Breguet overcoil, an aspect which improves the concentricity of the hairspring and, as a result, confers superior precision. The addition of a Breguet overcoil requires the watchmaker to manually introduce a curve to the end of the hairspring, a labour intensive task, requiring much skill. A Breguet overcoil is indicative of high-end watchmaking.
The Tutima Patria Power Reserve has a flawless complexion. Each element of the dial composition delivers matchless readability and beauty. While Tutima has added a power reserve indicator, the watch remains neat with a prepossessing appearance.
Sinuous curves and gleaming surfaces enrich the case without appearing unseemly or vulgar. Indeed, the Tutima Patria Power Reserve is a paragon of sophistication.
The Caliber Tutima 618 is wonderfully appointed. The index-free oscillating system and Breguet overcoil enhance precision and demonstrate the German watch company’s technical capability. However, it is the aesthetic details of the movement which warm my heart. The sublime anglage, the embellished transmission and ratchet wheels, the open-worked balance cock and the gorgeous gold chatons all collaborate to seduce a horophile’s soul. This is an exquisite movement.
The Tutima Patria Power Reserve demonstrates the versatility of this German marque. On one hand it offers functional, robust military watches and then on the other, it crafts beautiful, dressy timepieces imbued with notable craftsmanship. While I am an ardent fan of Tutima’s professional watches, I also appreciate the allure of its classical models including the seemly Patria Power Reserve.
- Model: Tutima Patria Power Reserve
- Reference: 6602-01
- Case: 18-carat rose gold; diameter 43mm; sapphire crystal to front and case-back; water resistant to 5 ATM (50 metres).
- Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; power-reserve indicator
- Movement: Caliber Tutima 618; hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz); 27 jewels; power reserve = 65 hours.
- Strap: Brown hand-sewn alligator strap paired with a golden pin buckle
- Price: €16,000 (RRP as at 5.9.2018)