The Abyssus’ most prominent feature is, of course, the large screw-down crown at 2 o’clock: the bayonet-like mechanism is inspired by Visconti’s fountain pen caps and offers a patented system to unlock the movement, should it ever need to be removed. Compared to all those gorgeous, retro-styled new dive watches everyone fell (rightfully) in love with at Baselworld, the Visconti Abyssus is so completely over-engineered and extreme that it was nearly impossible not to play with it constantly (which could prove difficult when all the screws, bezel, and lugs are removed by a distracted owner). On a more serious note: Getting used to its overall look was a lot less difficult than expected, although the large “V” on the dial could have been smaller, or left out entirely. But that’s a matter of taste. From a more objective point of view, the four angles of the bezel make the watch resemble — a bit too closely, in my opinion — the Clerc Hydroscaph, and the use of a sharkskin strap raises some concerns: rubber straps and metal bracelets are a lot better equipped for underwater use than a part of an endangered species on a diver’s wrist. The buckle’s additional roll, however, was a nice touch.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, the manufacturer can be reached at www.visconti.it (with a lot more unconvential watches to be discovered)