Yesterday, YEMA announced its first ever Navygraf chronograph with a pair of Valjoux-powered timepieces: the Navygraf Chrono and the Navygraf Chrono UTC. The iconic Navygraf design has been a staple in the brand's catalogue since the 1970s; however, it has always remained a three-hander throughout its various iterations. Now, you can have it in a tri-compax, lever-action chronograph.
It all began with a battered Speedmaster and the discovery of a Soviet Luch Moonphase, according to brand founder, Victor S. What am I talking about? The Mu:n Projects Swiss Made Moonphase that has been quietly blowing up Kickstarter this past week.
A watchmaker does not become a vertically integrated Manufacture overnight. Since 1948, YEMA has been a key player in the world of French watchmaking--a history that, not unlike Switzerland's, reaches back hundreds of years. However, the last two years have been a period of transition and a pivot in vision for the brand.