Founded in 2017, Baltic founder Etienne Malec inherited his father’s watch collection and launched the watch company in an effort to bring the best watch designs of the 20th century to all watch enthusiasts, no matter how deep their pockets are. Today, the brand boasts an extensive catalog that includes dress chronographs, diving watches, and travel watches, cementing Baltic as one of the top manufacturers of heritage-inspired watches for those with an eye for detail.
When Malik’s not at the head of the Baltic Sea, his next love is vintage cars, with an especially soft spot for a Porsche (he owns a 911 3.2 Carrera and a water-cooled 996 GT3). With two of these sentiments, it makes sense for Baltic to create a classic racing chronograph, in collaboration with the esteemed Peter Otto and no less.
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While the Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph is familiar thanks to its nostalgic design, it’s also a step forward for the brand for several reasons. First, Baltic has abandoned the backbone calibers from Asia that have powered nearly all of the brand’s watches to date, instead opting for a Swiss-made SW-510M manual wind chronograph caliber for this race watch. The second exciting development is that the watch comes with a special presentation box containing a pair of matching vintage-style chronograph stopwatches, which perfectly complement the wristwatch.
The watch features a 39.5mm stainless steel case with an original size of 13.5mm thick (including a domed sapphire crystal above the dial), with a black aluminum tachymeter bezel that beautifully surrounds the off-white dial. The chronograph pushers are polished to match the upper case surfaces, while the case sides and lugs are satin-brushed to create ultra-sharp case lines.
The cream dial contrasts with the black chronograph sub-dial, which features orange and yellow highlights that were popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and an orange chronograph hand that lends a sparkle of brightness to the overall impression of the watch. It’s a very clear design that ties together some of the most iconic design cues from the era of inspiration.
Beneath the dial is a Swiss-made chronograph movement, which powers up at 28,800 Vph and provides a minimum of 63 hours of power reserve when fully packed. The steel case back is engraved with references to the Peter Auto partnership and the watch’s limited edition number, with a water resistance of 50 metres.
The Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph arrives in its box with two chronograph stopwatches, as well as stainless steel bracelet and leather strap options (complete with strap adjusters). The 300-piece limited edition will go on sale on August 26, priced at €1,975 (US$2,882).