Today on “MicroSunday” here on Watchinsight.com we are taking a closer look at Torsten Nagengast Timepieces (TNT), more particular the Challenger Rattrapante. I know this model is sold out, but it gives a great impression about TNT and their capabilities in watch design and manufactering as a micro brand. TNT has several watches in limited editions such as the Aviator, Challenger or Paladin.  The Challenger rattrapante at hand was made for the Watch u Seek watch forum (WUS)and their members in a limited edition of 75 pieces.

TNT Time Pieces

TNT is founded by its owner Torsten Nagengast. According to the company website, his career started with his deep passion for historical watches and the wish to create his own collection of valuable wristwatches. Tortsen started to collect and trade valuable vintage timepieces and later on also the rare and valuable swiss movements like Valjoux, Laco, or Longines. This movements are the basis for the watch designs of TNT. And that is what I like about TNT. A small company with a true watch lover and movement enthousiast as a company design chief.  And the results speaks for them selfs. Buying a TNT time piece is buying something unique!

Case

The case is set to be 43mm in diameter, 54mm lug to lug, and 16mm in thickness, crafted from 316L stainless steel. Coin-edge detailing along the sides of the case, with angular fixed lugs protruding from the bottom edge, makes it watch not for the faint hearted. It really is a classical eye catcher, a conversation magnet. The case production was procured in Asia, the assembly was done in Switserland in the Jura region. There for it is a Swiss made watch and you will find this printed in the dial. On top a Pyrex crystal with 8 mohs hardness is placed surrounded by a ceramic glossy and fixed bezel. The scewed case back has a mineral crystal so you see this gorgeous movement. And believe me, you will constantly look at this movement!  At the 12 o ‘clock position the crown is placed, accompanied by the chrono start/stop button at 11 o‘clock and the reset button at the 1 o‘clock position. At the 7 o‘clock position the rattrapante button is placed. Rattrapante means that you have two chrono hands above each other and you can measure two time events during flying or car racing f.e.

Dial and hands…..a lot of hands

The dial is something very special. One dial with 4 subdials and since we are are talking about a bullhead the time indication with two hands is placed at the “12”position. At the “3”position the 12 hours counter is placed, at the “6” position the permanent seconds counter is placed and at the “9”position the 30 miniutes counter is placed. Around the subdials a tachymeter and of course the seconds scale for the rattrapante movement. It is a busy dial, but if you look at the possibilities and the complexity of the movement it is al there and it looks quit impressive and very “I am Indiana Jones flying a old aircraft” . The hand on the chrono subdials and permanent seconds counter ar all needle shaped hands.  The hands on the time indication are very nicely filled with old Brown lume. The rattrapante hands are needle shaped also with a bulb at the short part in the colours light brown or caramel and the split second needle is in white.

Movement

This very special rattrapante chronograph houses a Swiss made Valjoux 7750 with AROLA Alfred Rochat & Fils rat1 module. A top execution movement with Côtes de Genève finish and a skeletonized rotor. It is a selfwinding 27 jewels movement.

Straps

Along with the watch 2 straps are delivered. One black leather pilot strap and one nato. The leather strap is oke, it matches the idea of a Flieger Uhr. The nato I don’t follow, I think for swimming, but this is a watch you want to keep dry and polish and treasure….

Movement

This very special rattrapante chronograph houses a Swiss made Valjoux 7750 with AROLA Alfred Rochat & Fils rat1 module. A top execution movement with Côtes de Genève finish and a skeletonized rotor. It is a selfwinding 27 jewels movement.

Straps

Along with the watch 2 straps are delivered. One black leather pilot strap and one nato. The leather strap is oke, it matches the idea of a Flieger Uhr. The nato I don’t follow, I think for swimming, but this is a watch you want to keep dry and polish and treasure….

Conclusing

Keep following TNT!! I think amongst the micro’s  this is something very special. Look at the website, fall in love and buy one. And if you come across a TNT Challenger Rattrapante, do not hesitate for a split second! Because I will buy a second one 😉

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