The unique custom watch made for Captain Frank Brown, winner of the 2009 regatta, is the template for the Leinfelder Meridian Antigua 2010 serial model. On April 30, 2010, Leinfelder Uhren München presented the winner of the Caribbean sailing regatta with the first copy of this elegant men's chronograph.
Leinfelder Uhren München sponsors the Antigua Sailing Week 2010. The Munich-based watchmaker provides one precious men's chronograph made of 18ct rose gold with a black silicone strap to be awarded to the winner. The timepiece is the first serial model based on the Meridian Antigua, a casually elegant sailing watch with flyback functionality, center chronograph minute and red ten-minute marking to time the pre-start.
Flowing contours and a comfortable feel are the cornerstones of its design concept. A state-of-the-art simultaneous 5-axis milling machine fed with a data set containing an average of one million commands produces gold blanks. In painstaking detail, the blank is then polished by hand to give it the perfect look and feel. The seven hands were also exclusively designed for the Meridian Antigua. The manufacturing process of these finely detailed parts consists of many individual steps: designing the blueprint using CAD, laser-cutting them from spring steel, hand-polishing them, heating them to 290 degrees Celsius and blueing them, and finally filling them with SUPERLUMINOVA®. At the end, the bushing, polished and rhodium-plated by hand, is pressed into the hand. Only afterwards are the hands mounted on the arbor. Another detail that received special attention were the push-pieces for the stop-watch mechanism. They are large, feature smooth action, produce a satisfying sound and protect the crown by virtue of their unique shape.
As a suitable alternative to gold for the strap material, Leinfelder decided to use a type of silicone used in medical technology that can be dyed and feels comfortable against the skin.
The Leinfelder Meridian Antigua is part of the Leinfelder Collection, an elegant collection of premium gold watches.