TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome

TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome

TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome   watch releases

Torsten Nagengast is a German-born timepiece enthusiast who has crossed the line. And by “crossed the line,” I mean took the final step a watch enthusiast can take: from collecting fine timepieces to crafting them himself. Already lauded for his work on handmade projects featuring “reclaimed” historical movements as well as an impressive one-off Unique Repeater in 18K with diamonds, Nagengast is now preparing to launch his next timepiece, branded TNT (Torsten Nagengast Timepieces), as an affordable triple calendar moon phase chronograph to be called the Challenger Black Luna. This is a follow-up to the similar WatchUSeek Edition Rattrapante watch from September 2013 - that no doubt comes from the same person, but does not yet have the TNT branding.

Quite frankly, we get a lot of Press Releases from start-up watch brands attempting to stir media enthusiasm about their new wares. While we do our due diligence to investigate and report on them to you, our dear readers, very few of them often generate much real excitement from the aBlogtoWatch team. The Challenger Black Luna, on the other hand, did just that – because it is something innovative that we have never seen before. And for that matter, neither has anyone else.

Although we are yet to receive one in the metal to put through its paces and provide an in-depth, hands-on review, the concept, design renderings and technical specs alone were enough to blow up my skirt. Here’s why:

TNT Challenger Black Luna Watch: Something Old, Something New, Something Awesome   watch releases

The Concept:

With the Black Luna, Nagengast strove to produce a completely unique timepiece utilizing a few classic design cues coupled with a workhorse movement modified to offer complications never before executed in a budget timepiece (more on that later). The business model follows a slightly Kickstarter-esque framework, in that the pieces have been designed ahead of time, with manufacturing partners already in place, but production will not commence until most of the 85 planned timepieces get a deposit in place. Deliveries are planned for the end of Quarter 1, 2014.

The Design:

The Black Luna shares its basic case design with another limited production project: The Challenger Rattrapante, which was produced in a short run of 75 units for members of the Watchuseek Forum. The case is set to be 43mm in diameter, 54mm lug to lug, and 16mm in thickness, crafted from 316L steel. Unique features include coin-edge detailing along the sides of the case, with angular fixed lugs protruding from the bottom edge. Unlike the bullhead-design Rattrapante, the Luna has its chronograph pushers located at the traditional 2:00 and 4:00 positions, with the crown set at 3:00.

The dial will be offered in black, silver, and “blueberry”, and features a triple subsidiary dial layout, with recessed chronograph registers at 3,6, and 9. (30 Minute, 12 Hour, and Subsidiary Seconds, respectively). The 6:00 register also features a Moonphase function with Super Luminova Moon... more »

13 comments
superbrat
superbrat

Please, allow me to be critic about two things:

- The rendering of the watch is really bad, they should use the actual product or use better photorealistic renderings.

- The hour markers and the bezel graphics are directly taken - without changes - from the JLC Deep Sea Vintage.


Humanloop
Humanloop

I love the design, colors, layout, and case style. Keep up the good work. I would have been in on one.....but I don't have hulk wrists to make sense of the lug to lug distance. Next go around, if a reasonable lug spacing is available, I'll plunk down the dough!

FORaSEC
FORaSEC

OK, we had a truly overwhelming interest in this project! We have more reservations than we have movements. If you are one of the people who wrote down your name: We will confirm within two days if you are on the 85 pieces reservation list or on the waiting list (in case people will cancel before final delivery). We will collect deposits in the coming week to produce this great model as soon as possible. We already have most of the production planned out and we will send further planning info after consulting with suppliers.

Stephan

FORaSEC (sales partner TNT).


SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Meh. Not bad, but not great. The fixed lugs are brutal, but that's just my opinion.

NWP
NWP

Please FORaSEC make the lug to lug distance 51mm for us "normal" wristed Homo sapiens.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It looks like a bunch of other watches were smushed together in one telepod and this came out the other end.  Elements that look great individually do not necessarily work when combined.  Specs-wise it offers a lot, but cramming all that stuff in compromises the design, creating a jack-of-all trades timepiece without any aesthetic cohesion.  "Less is more" as the saying goes, and the designers of this watch appear to have forgotten that.  On the plus side, it's cheap.  On the downside, it looks cheap.

FORaSEC
FORaSEC

Luckily the design is getting positive and negative comments. Who said that it must polarize a bit to be successful? Anyway, reservations are flying in from around the world. Not that many left and the threshold for production start will certainly be met. We are afraid that many will be disappointed. We will maintain a waiting list in case people who successfully reserved one will change their mind before delivery date.


Stephan (TNT sales partner)

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Some kind of mutant got from crossing JLC Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm + Hanhart Pioneer MonoControl. And while JLC and Hanhart are the best incarnation of two certain watch aesthetics, TNT is just an ugly offspring.

"Overall, the dial, hands, and bezel are vaguely reminiscent of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s masterful Tribute To Deep Sea Alarm, which I would suspect none of us would declare to be in bad taste." - right! JLC is a true materpiece and please don't compare it with this secondary miscarriage...

Oelholm
Oelholm

A fixed-lug, vintage-style aviator with chronograph and triple calendar and moon phase... Sorry, I don't get it.

rpsmith01
rpsmith01

I LOVE the look of this watch! I was planning on getting a Black Bay, but I may have to put that on the back burner.  I am really torn between the black and blue dials.

actroutt
actroutt

I've been waiting for something like this. Definitely grabbing one!

toto45
toto45

@FORaSEC do you have some left or are we now on the waiting list? 

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