Torsten Nagengast Timeline is a watch microbrand located in Germany, Baden-Baden. The company specializes in producing limited quantity highly customized watches, often powered by legacy, NOS movements. They offer a variety of different watches from Pilot to Marine and chronograph designs. However, my attention got their latest project called Seahunter.
TNT Seahunter has easily recognizable design cues directly borrowed from Panerai watches. I have a soft spot for these watches and I’m always curious to see new attempts from different companies to reinvent the wheel. Seahunter has a stainless steel case, which measures 45,1 mm in diameter. The lug width is a classic 24 mm (which means people with large PAM strap collections will feel at home) and the height is 12,6mm. The watch is fitted with domed sapphire crystal in front and flat sapphire on the back to display one of two available movements (more on that in a moment).
Torsten Nagengast decided to take a minimalist route when it comes to dial design. You won’t find any logo or any other written information on the dial excluding Swiss Made printing at 6 o’clock. Usually, I’m not a big fan of unbranded watches but I have to admit that it works in this case. It gives the watch that ascetic look of vintage Panerai watches. This clean look serves also another purpose, if there is nothing on the dial to grab your attention, your sight naturally goes to 6 o’clock position and the beautiful recessed subdial.
To live up to a PAM homage status, TNT Seahunter has a sandwich dial, which means there are two layers. The upper layer has big numeral cutouts to reveal the bottom layer covered with superluminova. Seahunter has been fitted with blue double-pencil hands to seal the deal.
Torsten Nagengast Timeline Seahunter comes with two movement to choose from: Unitas 6498 and an in-house PRO001. Unitas 6498 is a Swiss hand-wound mechanical movement originally developed for pocket watches; however, today it is used by variety of watch companies across the globe. It ticks at 18 000 VPH and has a power reserve of around 46 hours. It’s worth noting that even Panerai used this movement in their watches. However, the most interesting is the other option, which is in-house PRO001 movement by TNT. By the looks of it, it’s based on Unitas 6498 but the bridges has been replaced and decorated to improve your viewing experience. With a see-through caseback you can easily admire this beautiful movement ticking.
TNT Seahunter is available for pre-order on Torsten Nagengast Timeline webiste. The version with Unitas 6498 is priced at 449,55 EUR (excl. 19% EU VAT) and 790 EUR (excl. 19% EU VAT) for the watch with the PRO001 in-house movement. However, if you wish to get one, you better hurry as TNT is taking pre-orders only until May 14th. The estimated production time will take 10 weeks.
I think that TNT Seahunter is an interesting offer. It looks that the execution of the case and dial is superb, and the clean design makes the watch look really attractive. It’s also reasonable priced for a watch with such specification, especially the Unitas version. But even if you fancy the in-house movement, the price is still great for such an extensive modification.