Following the success of the first editions of the P-47 -- when the brand name was still UNIQ -- Tsikolia watches of the Republic of Georgia (the country, not he state), is releasing new versions this summer.
Tsikolia Watch Company is the brainchild of Zviad Tsikolia, an award-winning and internationally-renowned industrial and transportation designer. Always having a passion for watches, Tsikolia launched his own brand to infuse with his particular eye for design.
This second sortie of his most popular line honors one of the greatest war birds of the Second World War, the P-47 Thunderbolt. This watch draws all its elements from the plane and brings together several unexpected components. An Eastern European watch company builds a Swiss made timepiece with an American fighter plane as the inspiration. Add in that the P-47 was designed by Georgian immigrant Alexander Kartveli, and this is quite the story for one watch.
Every font on the dial comes directly for the P-47 cockpit. The case size, fittingly, is 47 mm. The left sub-dial is tilted to be reminiscent of the altimeter – an effect Tsikolia is certain hasn't been produced before. The indexes on the chapter ring are identical to the 8-day mechanical Waltham clock in the dash of every P-47. Even each of the dial colors were chosen only if that color actually adorned at least one production model of the plane.
All of Tsikolia's watches are ultra-low limited editions, usually only 100 pieces per dial. And also unusual in the watch industry each watch comes with its own specifically-designed box for each new model. In the case of the P-47 edition, that meant a prestigious Red Dot award for packaging, which is designed to replicate a smaller version of the wooden ammo boxes of World War 2.