When German engineering is employed through the Stowa watchmaker, the aesthetic need not be elaborate or intense. A simple rendering of a timeless classic with vintage overtones will suffice. That is precisely what is offered in the Stowa Partitio Black Automatic. The eye-catching red second's hand is the only intensity other than its natural charm that was deemed necessary. While the piece may not present itself as anything extraordinary, the appearance can be deceptive. It bears a closer look to truly appreciate the magnificence of the piece.
The parts reveal the beauty of the sum
A close examination of the Stowa Partitio Black Automatic reveals the innovation and artistic renderings of the German craftsman. From the materials to the choice of its power source, thee Partitio Black Automatic is a fine timepiece that deserves a second look.
The case is a round shape in a 37mm diameter with a height of 10.8mm. It is made of fine stainless steel materials polished to a lovely shine that reflects the light in smart, yet not overdone manner. The case back is made of the same materials and is solid and screwed securely in its place. The reflective nature of the finish is in itself eye-catching and it features a luxurious aesthetic with the care taken to include a matching finish for the back.
The crown is a screw down style in a medium size, neither large nor small. It is engraved with the Stowa stamp at the top which offers nice detailing for such a small component. It shows that Stowa is concerned about the smallest details. The screw down styling lends to the degree of water resistance of the watch which is set at 50 meters.
The dial is a matte black color which sets the background for the other components on the watch face. It offers a hint of vintage character that is reminiscent of the 1930s era of course, intentionally. On the outer part of the dial, small markings for minutes and seconds line the perimeter and include markings for split seconds. The Partitio model identification is placed above the 6 o' clock position with the Brand name placed below the 12 o' clock position. The white print of the font creates a lovely contrast. The hands are nickel plated and polished with Superluminova C3 treatment and a seconds hand in a vibrant red color.
The Stowa Partitio Black Automatic is powered with a Caliber ETA 2824-2 self-winding automatic mechanical movement. A variant is available with a hand-winded Swiss ETA 2804-2 movement featuring code de geneve and blued screws.
The glass is a domed sapphire crystal which is highly resistant to scratching.
The Stowa Partitio Black Automatic is held on the wrist with a genuine calfskin strap which measures 18mm in width. The closure is a buckle style that is made of stainless steel and offers a complimentary wink to the case. In the event you would care to replace the strap with another version, the lugs are a standard size of 18mm and replacements are not difficult to find, should you feel the need to accommodate a variety of wardrobe themes.
The Stowa Partitio Black Automatic has the initial appearance of a timepiece that is not necessarily remarkable unless you take a second look. The 30-ish vintage appeal of the matte black dial and the careful attention paid to the details of the engraved crown, the ornate addition of the split second markers and the unique red second's hand. German engineering is another attribute that cannot be overlooked as the Stowa brand has earned a solid reputation for its outstanding craftsmanship and the delivery of accurate precision timepieces.
The Final Verdict
The Partitio is a balanced watch in weight on the wrist and in the execution of the aesthetics. It's most suitable for casual dressy wear and it offers the perspective of elegance and style in a simple form. It's not overdone with detail and you have to look closely to discover that it's actually there. The final assessment is that the Stowa Partitio Black Automatic is a cut above the everyday watch but it can be worn every day. It offers a simple classic elegance with a hint of fire that is not necessarily subdued but appropriately executed.
Written by Garrett Parker
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