In 1902 Georges Méliès produces A Trip to the Moon, a silent film inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon.
Optika, a multifunction timepiece of remarkable digital precision, is a peerless transposition of the photographic and cinema techniques of yesteryear, thanks to its dynamic and realistic screens. An homage to Méliès, a faithful reconstitution of the visuals and know-how of adventurers from a time long gone.
Conceived by watchmaker-designer Fabrice Gonet, the Optika is the embodiment of the fundamentals of traditional watchmaking in a retro-digital piece that is at once revolutionary, luxurious and digital!
Just like the countdown to the start of a 1920s’ film, the Optika carries you right into the Present. Thanks to Slyde, you don’t follow a timeline, you create your own … just like Méliès.
With echoes of the 1929 Rolleiflex designed by Franke & Heidecke, the watch has a vintage look with an unusual design, where classic style meets digital.
Three versions of the Optika are available.
First, the Optika Titanium [SLP.TI. VEA1-P.1], a model with a polished, satin titanium case. Its functionality is enhanced by the addition of meticulous details, such as the visible screws and tone-on tone overstitching on the strap.
Model number two, the Optika Titanium – PVD [SLP.PVTI. VEA1-P.1], is a timepiece that uses black PVD to affirm its character, at once both intense and resilient. It features a micro-blasted polished titanium case, an all-over black PVD coating, screws, and tone on tone overstitching.
Model number three is the Optika RG1 [SLP.PV4N.RG1.VEA1-P.1]. The Full Black and Rose Gold is a statement on the wrist of a unique world where status, modernity and technology come together.
The watch has a case and lugs in shot-peened stainless steel with a black PVD coating. The decoration across the case middle of the watch is carved and polished. The lug ends, the sockets and the screws are in 18 carat rose gold.
All three models are waterproof to 30 metres and are supplied with a streamline black leather strap equipped with a deployant clasp, and an additional black rubber strap.
The Optika movement
Optika is a Slyde collection that houses an Optika movement that shares the language and values of Méliès. Slyde does not promise you the moon, it gives it to you instead ! Three versions of the Optika movement are available.
The first, classic version faithfully reproduces the casing of the Rolleiflex cameras, all grey steel and black leather. Pride of place to an icon of photography!
Version number two also comes in steel grey, with red leather details. With a nod to the mini digital Rolleiflex.
Version three comes in pink gold with wine-coloured grained leather. Directly inspired by the limited edition gold Rolleiflex.
Version four comes in pink gold with black details, an edition that emphasises the quest for elegance.
The four versions animate seven common functions: time, date, time zone, stopwatch, timer, calendar and phase of the moon.
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