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Italy’s Locman offers a translucent dial for its Sport Tonneau chronograph

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To truly understand the essence of Locman watches, you have to see where they are designed and made on the Italian island of Elba.

It is isolated — sufficiently so that defeated French general Napoleon Bonaparte was sent into exile there from 1814–15 — and quiet, with a population of little more than 30,000 permanent residents.

Gazing out over the azure waters of the Mediterranean, designers and watchmakers aim to distill the essence of Italian Riviera living into each timepiece, and they have become so popular in their native country that they are used by its Armed Forces, Special Forces, and particularly the Italian Navy.

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Locman has 1,200 authorised retailers all over the world and eight monobrand boutiques, mostly in Italy. The majority of its sales in the UK are made online.

Its newest watch is the Sport Anniversary, an addition to its best selling Sport Tonneau line of barrel-shaped watches.

The latest piece is a chronograph in a finely decorated, ultra-light anodised aluminium case.

There are models in blue, black or ivory dials and also two stripped-back pieces with dials that partly expose their Miyota quartz movements.

Transluscent references comes on an olive green cordura strap, which coordinates with green numerals for 12 and 6 or a blue dial that contrasts with an orange strap.

The collection retails for around £250.

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