Like its parent company, Analog/Shift, Contrapante was born out of a love of wristwatches – not just vintage, but pieces of horological interest whose designs, movements, prices, and styles encompass a wide spectrum. While Contrapante was conceived from the beginning to be a marketplace for high-end and independent pre-owned timepieces, we always had our sights set on becoming an authorized retailer for limited production brands. To that end, we are very proud to announce that we have become the first authorized source outside the manufacturing brand itself for ICON Watches’ first product: The Duesey.
ICON, known to automotive enthusiasts the world over, is the leading producer of custom designed vehicles for the discerning collector. From reimagined Toyota Land Cruisers to their famous Derelicts line, ICON 4X4 has produced some of the most over-engineered vehicles on the planet, and each one is brought to life by a team of engineers and craftsman led by the incredible vision of its Founder, Jonathan Ward.
As with most gearheads, Jonathan’s love of design and mechanics transcends the automotive sector into the horological, and The Duesey is ICON’s first foray into producing a timepiece. Designed and modelled by Jonathan, the watches are manufactured in Bienne with Swiss production partners, with every element of its design and presentation realized using the finest materials possible (and a hefty dose of overthinking!).
Inspired by the design elements of Duesenberg instrumentation, The Duesey incorporates a jump-hour display to a polished onyx stone dial, fitted within a sandblasted grade 2 titanium case. Internally, The Duesey is powered by a Dubois-Depraz automatic 14400 module atop a base 2892A2 base movement. The perlage and snail finish is exacting, and ICON’s signature lizard logo adorns the rotor, visible through the flat sapphire case back.
As with all of ICON’s projects, The Duesey is being produced in a very small run – only 50 pieces – of which only a handful remain available after ICON’s initial offering to their established client base.
We are truly excited to be able to offer the remaining pieces to our Contrapante clientele, as The Duesey not only represents one of the truly excellent forays into automotive-inspired design, but ushers ICON Watches into the realm of the micro-independent space.
Case: 42mm Sandblasted titanium grade 2. Tube for the crown is finished in titanium grade 5. Case back features sapphire display back and markings by deep acid etching, notating Limited Edition XX/50. Bezel is polished titanium grade 5. Water resistance is 5 bar.
Dial: Polished genuine onyx stone. Frames in polished brass with titanium-like coating.
Complications: Functions include Jumping hours and seconds by disc, both with custom designed fonts and layout. Custom made oscillating weight in tungsten alloy, rhodium plated and markings with yellow gold plating + brass applied lizard made by stamping with yellow gold finishing.
Includes: Genuine alligator leather strap with turned edges, no stitching. Black calf leather with soft rubber-like touch. Custom tongue buckle finished in sandblasted titanium grade 2. Five place watch box crafted by piano maker bearing Lizard medallion on front. New Stock, new USA warranty.
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