UNIQ M21 Watch Review

UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby koimaster » April 23rd 2012, 9:19am

UNIQ is a small brand started by industrial and automotive designer Zviad Tsikolia. Their focus is to design affordable watches based on historically significant vehicles. While a few designs have been shown, the M21 is the first watch to be released to the public (read about the UNIQ Caterham Seven here). A limited edition of 300 pieces, the M21 is based on design elements of the Soviet GAZ M21 car which was produced in three series from 1956 to 1970. This watch was created with input from GAZ M21 expert Ivan Paderin and there are a number of notable design features from the GAZ which are used in the M21 watch.


Car and watch tie-ins are far from uncommon but more often than not are merely the addition of a logo or an element designed to look as if it were part of a car. Typically such elements end up looking like a tacked-on afterthought and not an integral part of the design. The M21 stands out because it doesn't necessarily look like a "car watch". UNIQ was able to select identifiable elements of the vintage car while combining them into a cohesive design which is capable of standing on its own. With no knowledge of the GAZ M21, the M21 watch would likely be seen as a good-looking watch with a retro vibe. With its modern 44mm size and color scheme, the M21 is a watch that can easily dress up or down. The flat caseback sits comfortably while the waterproof leather strap conforms nicely to the wrist. The 13.5mm thick case feels light but not cheap and doesn't move around on the wrist. A stainless butterfly deployant clasp closes firmly and is engraved with the M21 logo.


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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby Falstaff » April 23rd 2012, 9:52am

They must think that's an awfully slick car clock - or design inspirations are few and far between in the "new" Russia. This is the second watch built to mimic that damn GAZ dash clock - I believe VostokEuropa beat 'em to it with their GAZ Limo model - or are they one in the same?
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby conjurer » April 23rd 2012, 5:58pm

Jesus Christ, what a beautiful car!
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby jason_recliner » April 23rd 2012, 6:08pm

Where's the Gulag-inspired model?
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby conjurer » April 23rd 2012, 8:19pm

jason_recliner wrote:Where's the Gulag-inspired model?


Indeed. I've found myself wondering about the strange fixation that people have with the former Soviet Union, up to Vostok-Europe naming their models after what few interesting milestones to old Evil Empire actually produced.

Really, apart from a few really remarkable engineering feats, like, for instance, the AK-47 and Sputnik, almost everything produced in Russia during the reign of the Commies was unspeakably awful. Their cars were shit, their consumer goods were shit, their entertainment zenith was the Tra-la-la guy who wore a bad toupe and mortician's makeup for his two minutes and forty five seconds of fame, although it felt like so much longer. Their atomic missiles, which we so feared throughout a third of a decade, couldn't hit the broadside of a continent, their MiGs were basically big-ass jet engines fitted to a tin airframe controlled by vacuum tubes. The Soviet Big Projects like dams and canals were dug and built by slave labor, and in the end they bankrupted themselves trying to keep up with the pipe-dreams of Ronald Reagan, who was a complete imbecile.

Other than this, of course, the Russians are a great people.
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby foghorn » April 24th 2012, 2:13am

conjurer wrote:

Indeed. I've found myself wondering about the strange fixation that people have with the former Soviet Union, up to Vostok-Europe naming their models after what few interesting milestones to old Evil Empire actually produced.

Really, apart from a few really remarkable engineering feats, like, for instance, the AK-47 and Sputnik, almost everything produced in Russia during the reign of the Commies was unspeakably awful.




Well their yoo go agin Constipater,saying not really things. Wut abowt thoze little Rushin dolls that when you open one up their is another one and so on and so fourth... tHey ar all hi kwality and can keep me inturtaned for daze!!
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby bigedsurf » April 24th 2012, 3:18am

Constipater............. Image We have fucked up John's name beyond belief, but this one takes the prize.
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Re: UNIQ M21 Watch Review

Postby koimaster » May 11th 2018, 12:42pm

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