Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic
As its name implies, the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic Ref 6701-01 is aimed at a female audience. While the brand is synonymous with making masculine pilots’ watches, this ladies’ Tutima model brims with femininity, demonstrating the German marque’s impressive versatility.
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When I watch a soap opera on television, I am often left feeling that many actors actually play themselves. When such actors are interviewed on television chat shows, my suspicion is invariably confirmed. Several so-called actors are one dimensional, capable of only playing a single role.
Conversely, when I consider more accomplished actors, such as Dustin Hoffman, I feel a sense of awe at their incredible talent. Hoffman has played a variety of roles, each one quite different. His mastery of accents and his ability to assume a particular posture or affect particular mannerisms distinguishes him as special.
In the world of watches, brands often confine their talents to one role. Historically, Tutima is a brand I have always associated with pilots’ watches. The German marque, based in Glashütte, is known for its original ‘Two-button’ Flieger chronograph, produced for the German Air Force in 1941. Furthermore, the Tutima Military Chronograph ref. 798 was voted the official pilot’s watch of NATO in 1984. Indeed, Tutima will forever be associated with the world of aviation.
However, in 2011, Tutima showed it was not typecast, unveiling an über-complicated minute repeater, the ‘Hommage’. Thereafter, the brand has repeatedly ventured off-piste, unveiling glorious gold watches, including the Patria Small Second, Patria Dual Time, Patria Power Reserve and the mouthwatering, Tempostopp. With the advent of these models, Tutima has revealed an impressive breadth of talent, showcasing its impressive repertoire.
Recently, I discovered the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic Ref 6701-01, a bewitching beauty from Saxony with a bezel endowed with 48 diamonds. On the face of it, the German company has assumed a new role for the delectation of female wearers. I was eager to establish whether this new ladies’ model possessed the same notable virtues as the brand’s pilots’ watches, while simultaneously evincing a feminine persona.
Tutima has chosen to indulge wearers with a gorgeous mother-of-pearl canvas. This artistic dial is suffused with subtle shades. The dominant white toned complexion is infused with subtle suggestions of pink, green, yellow and grey. Furthermore, as light interacts with the dial, a becoming metallic quality comes to the fore. The dial gracing the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic exudes luxury and is a beautiful expression of femininity.
The silver-toned baton hour and minute hands express meaning clearly. The lithe central sweep seconds hand, together with a date display at 3 o’clock complete the inventory of indications. Tutima has delivered the essentials of time while eschewing the unnecessary. Both the minute and seconds hands kiss the faceted applied index markers enunciating meaning with lucid efficiency.
Measuring 36mm in diameter, the stainless steel case looks resplendent, pairing brushed and polished surfaces in harmonious union. The case thickness of 10.7mm is generous without appearing cumbersome. While the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic is smaller than the brand’s masculine offerings, it remains large for a feminine timepiece. This is a watch for a lady who seeks the legibility granted by a vast dialscape.
The dial sits beneath a domed sapphire crystal and the model is equipped with a an exhibition case back, affording sight of the self-winding movement.
Although the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic is not ultra-small or waiflike, it is unashamedly feminine. The bezel is enriched with 48 diamonds (VS1/H) with a total weight of 0.72 ct. These infuse the watch with a high quotient of glamour while remaining tasteful.
The bracelet is beautifully formed. It features highly polished H-shaped links, juxtaposed with satin brushed sections. This blend of finishes and shapes bestows a gorgeous aesthetic. The comely appearance is augmented when the watch is exposed to light with each facet of the bracelet taking its turn to coquettishly toy with the sun’s rays.
The Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic features the Cal. Tutima 340 movement. This self-winding movement features 21 jewels, while the power reserve is sufficient to deliver 42 hours of autonomous operation.
Although the movement lacks the high-end specification of the Patria models, the oscillating weight is openworked, presented in a shade of ‘antique-grey’ and incorporates the brand’s gold seal. Various bridges are adorned with colimaçon and the rate is adjusted with an index-adjuster (raquette).
The Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic is blessed with many attributes. The dial, hands and indexes coalesce wonderfully, delivering peerless readability. The mother-of-pearl dial adds warmth to the horological vista without impairing lucidity and the diamond embellished bezel adds a tasteful touch of glamour. Furthermore, the Cal. Tutima 340 automatic movement makes this watch ideal for daily wear.
For too long watch brands have assumed that ladies are disinterested in mechanical virtue, preferring the convenience of quartz. However, an increasing number of ladies’ watches are now equipped with a Swiss lever escapement. Tutima should be applauded for making a feminine watch with a mechanical soul, freely disclosed via an exhibition caseback.
Tutima has repeatedly shown it can make impressive pilots’ watches. With the advent of the Hommage, Patria and Tempostopp models, the German firm demonstrated its ability to craft its own Manufacture movements, encompassing high-end finishing. With the arrival of the Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic, the German marque has created a pulchritudinous beauty worthy of the silver screen. Moreover, Tutima has shown it is versatile and deserving of numerous accolades including, the odd Academy Award.
- Model: Tutima Saxon One Lady Automatic
- Reference: 6701-01
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 36mm; height 10.7mm; water resistance 10ATM (100 metres) sapphire crystals to the front and back
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date
- Movement: Cal. Tutima 340; automatic movement; contains 21 jewels; power reserve 42 hours
- Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.
- Price: £4,290 (RRP as at 13.11.2019)