French watchmakers, YEMA, have only recently emerged on our radar here at The Coolector in the last 12 months or so and, quite frankly, we can’t quite believe it has taken us so long because the quality of their timepieces is nothing short of impeccable and nowhere is this more evident with one of their latest releases, the YEMA Meangraf Chronograph Watch. Boasting a striking vintage appeal, this eye-catching timepiece is definitely one of our favourites to date and will fly off the shelves when it launches shortly.
The YEMA Meangraf Chronograph Watch is an automotive inspired timepiece that has a bold, no-nonsense aesthetic that sets it apart from the crowd. With its unique capacity to effortlessly calculate a vehicle’s average hourly speed, the Meangraf has almost immediately conquered watch enthusiasts with a love of racing and if that sounds like you, you can’t find many timepieces as attractive and top performing as this. With prices starting at just $329, the value for money here is nothing short of exceptional.
Race Inspired Design
Worn by motorsport legends, YEMA chronograph watches have been present in most iconic race tracks since the 60’s. Purpose built for motor sports and speed, YEMA’s chronographs have assisted numerous racing drivers keep track of their average speed and keep on top of their lap times. Mario Andretti, the legendary racing driver, wore a YEMA chronograph on his wrist during his historic victory in Indianapolis 1969.
The YEMA Meangraf Chronograph Watch boasts a super cool, bi-directional external bezel which indicates the covered distance and this is joined by an internal bezel which is responsible for displaying the elapsed time, the calculation of the average speed is quickly known by reading the digits in KM/h using the index located at 9 when aligning both of these bezels.
Powered by a Seiko VK64 movement, the YEMA Meangraf is an impressive performer and exceptionally reliable. Its hybrid design initiates the mechanical module for the timing function and the quartz module for the time measurement function. The two sub-registers round out all the necessities needed for high quality racing watches and make this spectacular looking timepiece a must have for any racing aficionado.
Unparalleled Watchmaking Prowess
Since 1948 YEMA have been making sports watches specifically for Diving, Car Racing, Aviation and Sailing and have become one of the most well-regarded in the business as a result. Their workshops are based in the town of Morteau at the heart of France’s watch craftsmanship region, in a secluded valley in the Jura mountains just a few miles away from Switzerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds.
YEMA is run by a third-generation watchmakers‘ family with a team averaging +30 years of service and this amount of experience shines through in timepieces like their new Meangraf Chronograph Watch. Design, prototyping and assembling are manually and precisely taken care of at their workshops by highly experienced French traditional watchmakers and if you’re after a top quality timepiece at a fair price, look no further.