Azimuth Predator 2.0: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Alvin Wong
Azimuth’s sci-fi inspired sensation gets a second, sexier run-out.
Azimuth 'Darth' Predator 2.0 limited edition
Known for wildly creative offerings that sometimes border on the outrageous, Swiss-made, Singapore-born Azimuth has been shaking things up in the niche independent watchmaking scene since 2003. Among the brand’s most eye-catching timepieces (and that’s huge praise considering Azimuth has been channelling everything from toy robots to motorcycles into its watches) is the indelible SP-1 Mechanique that was introduced back in 2007.
Configured like a pocket watch with a gargantuan crown at 12 o’clock, the indelible SP-1 Mechanique, nicknamed ‘Spaceship’, brims with kitschy sci-fi cool. The dial literally features a spacecraft-like time display, courtesy of a sculpted minute hand with a rotating jumping hour disc at the base. The display traverses the dial's inner circumference in a mesmerising rotation, as the perpetually moving ‘spaceship’ charts the passage of time. Visual drama is heightened by the watch’s domed sapphire crystal case, which accords a larger-than-life look to the time indicator. In fact, Azimuth once said that the look of the SP-1 Mechanique is inspired by the view from the cockpit of a spacecraft.
More than a decade on, Azimuth is injecting its original ‘Spaceship watch’ with a shot of dark fuel, morphing the timepiece into something even more striking and futuristic-looking with the Predator 2.0.
The Predator 2.0 takes all of the SP-1 Mechanique’s technical whimsy and presents the movement in a manner that accords the mechanical engine its due spotlight. The two-part titanium case sets the tone with contrast patterned finishing. The famed spaceship-like time display gets a makeover; its titanium minute hand redesigned for a sleeker and shaper demeanour. And providing the backdrop for all this is a beautifully skeletonised movement with coloured aluminium bridges, endowing an artsy spirit to the watch which, in turn, amplifies its flaunt-worthiness.
Besides the aforementioned Predator 2.0s in full titanium case, there is also a 15-piece limited edition in black PVD-coated titanium case with gold-coloured bridges. Nicknamed ‘Darth Predator’, it is made in collaboration with watch retailer Red Army Watches, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019.
Azimuth 'Darth Predator' 2.0 limited edition
Though it shares lineage with the SP-1 Mechanique, which itself is a full-fledged collection, the Predator 2.0 is a different beast, offering a more sophisticated decorative edge to its sci-fi motif. Naturally, with all that’s going on in the watch, the Predator 2.0 is not one to fade quietly into the night. Whether a ‘regular’ or ‘Darth’ Predator 2.0, rest assured that the watch WILL announce its presence everywhere it goes – at parties here or in galaxies far, far away.
|Two-part case consisting of a capsule and carrier in titanium. Domed sapphire crystal. Sapphire crystal case back. Capsule- 43mm. Carrier- 53mm with stepped sides|
|Skeletonised with aluminium bridges, 'mystery' jumping hour on a 3-D minute hand|
|Rubber with folding clasp|
|Hours and minutes|
S$7,950. Red Army Watch limited edition S$7,990
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.