Japan. Sweden. Switzerland. These are the places that come to mind when you think about up and coming watch brands, but now, there is a new micro brand hoping to put a new country on the modern horology map–South Africa. Called Uhuru, their inaugural watch collection is inspired by South Africa and distinctively designed.
The word “Impi” is the name of a Zulu warrior who fights with a spear and a shield. The image of the fierce warrior inspired the shape of the case and strap of the Uhuru Impi Automatic Watch, which feature stylish, sleek curves. The timepiece has a double crown design with one crown used to turn the internal bezel and the other for setting the time. The watch is powered by a Miyota 8215 movement produced in Japan. Both the watch’s face and its exhibition back are outfitted with sapphire crystal, and the Super Luminova hands glow for easy reading in low light. The watch’s case is made of 316L stainless steel with the strap made of genuine leather. It carries a water resistance rating of 20 ATM.
The Uhuru Impi Automatic Watch was launched through a successful Kickstarter campaign. The micro watch brand has already produced all of the models required to fulfill pledge commitments, and now is selling a limited number of Uhuru Impi Automatic Watches with ivory dials directly to consumers. The price of the watch is $349, and it can be purchased from the brand’s website.
(Picture by Uhuru Watches)