In 2011, Botta-Design celebrated the 25th anniversary of the UNO one-hand watch.Just a handful of genuine watch-lovers and industry insiders know that the modern one-hand watch was the brainchild of Königstein designer Klaus Botta. When the diversity of wristwatches and watch hands reached its zenith in the mid-1980s, Klaus Botta felt that the readability of most watches could hardly get any worse. In contrast to the cluttered dials typical of the time, he came up with a novel display principle: similar to the display of a precision measuring instrument, Klaus Botta developed a dial with a specially segmented scale. In combination with a high-precision hand tailored to this scale, the exact time of day is thus shown as a clear measured value – without the need for a minute hand. Klaus Botta met the then owner of the Watchpeople brand at a trade fair, and was able to persuade him of the advantages of his unusual concept of a one-hand watch. The UNO quickly became the best-selling and most successful Watchpeople watch – the one-hand principle was an immediate hit. A few years later Watchpeople was sold, and the rights to the UNO watch were returned to Klaus Botta. The designer decided it was time to sell the wristwatches he designed and developed under his own name. The UNO triggered a wave of copycat one-hand watches by many other manufacturers, a trend which continues to this day. Klaus Botta is proud to develop original designs – such as his 24-hour one-hand watch UNO 24. In a market full of imitations, he consistently relies on innovation to achieve success.
The UNO Automatic is available with either a white or a black dial. Furthermore, the technology inside this automatic watch is visible through its sapphire glass base – the complex mechanism of the movement is fascinating. The entire watch is assembled by experienced watchmakers in a traditional workshop in the Black Forest. The high-quality Swiss Made ETA 2824.2 automatic movement is manually set over the course of several days in order to achieve an accuracy of -0/+15 seconds per day. The sophisticated design and “Made in Germany” seal of quality, coupled with the Swiss movement, make the UNO Automatic one-hand watch stand out among mechanical wristwatches.