Autodromo creates line of vintage tachometer inspired watches

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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For the guy who has everything, consider a timepiece inspired by classic Grand Prix racecar gauges. The watchmaker is Autodromo, Autodromo Monoposto Silver
the brainchild of industrial designer Bradley Price, an Alfa Romeo GTV6 owner and avid car enthusiast.

The new collection is dubbed Monoposto, which translated from Italian literally means "single seat" and therefore was commonly used to name Grand Prix Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and the like in the glory days of Formula 1 racing.

Autodromo introduces this new line of wristwatches by claiming they were "created to recall a simpler era of Grand Prix racing, when the only information the driver had was contained in a few oversized dials and in the seat of his pants," and following a common more modern horological trend the new Monoposto series is indeed oversized.

At 43 millimetres in diameter and 10 mm thick their stainless casing is much larger than any watch Juan Manuel Fangio would have worn while piloting his championship winning Maserati 250F back in 1957, or archrival Stirling Moss in his Vanwall for that matter, but thanks to revived Italian watchmaker Panerai and similarly marketing-spun Perrelet, large is fashionable, and so you get a lot of time for your money.

The domed crystal is period correct, however, featuring a sapphire coating that protects a silver or black dial styled after a racing car's tachometer, Autodromo Monoposto Black
complete with a thick redline that ends at 9,500 rpm and "mounting screws" set to 9 and 3 o'clock. A calendar complication adds function and style, while the Monoposto's clear glass exhibition case backing allows its owner to enjoy the nicely detailed complication at work. The case is polished stainless steel and water resistant to 30 meters (3 ATM). Lastly, its 20-millimetre wide "full grain, hand crafted Italian leather strap and polished roller buckle are inspired by the hood straps that would keep the car's bonnet in place at high speeds," adds Autodromo.

The Monoposto series is Autodromo's first mechanical watch, the 821A automatic movement made by Japanese horological giant Miyota (owned by Citizen). The Miyota 821A is a newer prettier version of the Miyota 8215 introduced way back in 1977, comprised of 21 jewels with a left-rotating unidirectional winding system and claimed reliable accuracy of -20 to +40 seconds per day, plus a power reserve of over 45 hours. The diameter of the movement is 25.6 mm and the thickness is 5.2 mm, so there's a lot of space left over inside the Monoposto's 43-mm casing.

Autodromo Monoposto availability is limited, with only 500 pieces being made, 250 in matte silver and 250 in black. The watch, which is individually numbered, comes "lavishly presented in a numbered Autodromo Monoposto showing Miyota 821A movement through clear glass exhibition case backing.
collector's box" too, says Autodromo.

The good news is the new Monoposto isn't outrageously priced at just $875 USD, which puts it right in line with other mid-priced brands like Hamilton that also outsource their movements from a large supplier.

If you happen to live near Brooklyn, NY; Venice, CA; Ginza, Kobe, Nagoya, or Fukuoka, Japan; Kapok, Hong Kong; London, England or Moscow, Russia, you're in luck as there are Autodromo dealers close by so you can grab one for your man ahead of Christmas tomorrow, but the rest of us will need to order online via the company's website shop. Check the new Monoposto out at where the company will even let you download an actual-size colour PDF of both styles (and other models) so you can print it off and try it on for size. Now that's clever marketing, and just might be a fun thing to do for the junior horological car buff in the family too.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Grand Prix, Formula 1, Autodromo, Watch, Wristwatch,

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