You’ve likely never seen this Universal Geneve, and presumably can’t even envision they at any point made such a watch. Clearly they did.
Universal Geneve Senna 41, ref. 998.310
In the last part of the 1990’s Universal Geneve collaborated with the Ayrton Senna Institute (IAS). Established in 1994 by Ayrtons Senna’s family and directed by Viviane Senna. Viviane being Ayrton’s sister, and mother of Formula One driver Bruno Senna.
The collaboration brought about two devoted watches, from what piece of the benefit was given to the IAS. The primary watch was the chronograph model ‘Senna 41’, the star of this article. The second a 3-hand model, the ‘Senna 65’. The numbers were taken from the 41 Formula One successes in Ayrton Senna’s vocation, and the 65 shaft positions.
Variations of the Senna 41 model
The Senna 65 Chronograph was accessible in three dial varieties, silver, dark and yellow. Further it was accessible in a quartz adaptation and the COSC chronometer guaranteed programmed form as seen here. There was a decision for a metal wristband or a calfskin lash with collapsing clasp as well.
Both variants were made in steel in combination with something what Universal Geneve referenced as carbon around then. As far as anyone is concerned it wasn’t genuine carbon, however simply a sort of plastic, most likely mixed with some carbon empowering to utilize ‘carbon’ in it’s description.
A official watch
As of a year ago the Universal Geneve Senna 41 can even be demonstrated as an official watch. The current leader of the United States claimed one back in the days. Obviously he couldn’t settle for a treated steel observe so decided for one of the not many which were made in 18k strong gold. I’m not certain if this presently adds to the fame to the watch though.
A restricted release for The Netherlands
The watch I’m wearing this week is one of a restricted and numbered arrangement solely sold in the Netherlands. Just 50 pieces, with various dial tones and with a calfskin lash or metal wristband, accompanied by a testament. My watch here bears the number 41, coordinating the sort sign of the watch 🙂
The ‘diameter’ of the packaging estimates 41mm, still a decent size in any event, for today’s principles. As development Universal Geneve decided for the reliable Valjoux 7750. Clearly in an elaboré excecutionin request to have it chronometer ensured. Because of a screw down crown and screw down pushers the watch arrives at a critical 20 bar pressure rating. It’s all finished off with a level sapphire crystal.
The box is another thing to specify. A strong steel enclose paint splashed dark and dark with the Senna logo emblazoned in it’s top. The booklet pleasantly fit in the cardboard outerbox cover, containing the Mastercard size guarantee endorsement too. What’s more, the first COSC slip is provided with the programmed chronometer models as well.
First model in the UG – IAS colaboration, the Senna 41 Close-up of the dial demonstrating the utilization of a COSC chronometer confirmed chronograph development The strong steel box, booklets and testaments