07 October 2010

Ennebi Fondale

In 1985, the Officine Panerai faced a financial crisis. So, it was sold to Vendome group. With this change, the head of Engineering department,  Alessandro Bettarini, who responsible for timing instrument decided to leave Panerai for his dream, creating watches for divers and collectors.

In 2004, Alessandro Bettarini and his friend, Luciano Nincheri, have found a new watch company, Ennebi. The fist model is Ennebi Fondale.

The Fondale is powered by a Swiss Made ETA2824-2 automatic movement.

The utilitarian dial means that time reading is optimal under any conditions. The big indices and hands are a must for diving expeditions. Unique two tone brown/red dial is handmade. Each and every single dial is different.

The massive 47mm micropeened Titanium Grade 5 case is beadblasted throughout. A domed organic crystal tops it. The micropeened Titanium Grade 5 bezel is fixed. All of these are engineered for 1000meters water resistance. The unique stainless steel caseback is fastened by 6 special screws. And finally, the straps are fixed onto the case with extra thick screw-in lug bars.  

Over engineered is the only way to describe the Fondale.

You can buy Ennebi Fondale from Ennebi Watch Shop

The best thing is that the Ennebi Fondale has 24mm lug width. So, all Panerai / PAM straps can be used with the Ennebi Fondale. That means you have nearly infinite choices of straps. Kevin, Daluca, Ted Su. As shown in the photos, the strap is Dirk Shark strap.

For me, an Ennebi Fondale makes me forget Panerai for awhile. :)

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