|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 3, 2012 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
We have already looked at the Autodromo Monoposto here, but I could not resist adding some more pictures of it to BeastWatch.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
Here at Beastie Folly we are big fans of Officine Autodromo and have previously looked at some of their watches here and this latest offering is right up our street. They can be ordered in the UK from Page and Cooper and this is a definite for our Wall of Want! I like everything about this watch and think that this fresh brand is onto something with their stylish looks.
The Monoposto is produced in a Limited Edition of 500 pieces, with 250 Black dials and 250 silver dials. Each piece is individually numbered and lavishly presented in a numbered collector's box.
The Monoposto -- literally meaning "single seat" -- was 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.
In this golden age, things were a little less mathematical than today. Since there were no rev limiters or electronic aids to keep the driver from blowing up his engine, well intentioned mechanics would commonly apply a strip of red tape, or a line of red paint on the glass of the rev counter to make sure the driver knew his engine’s limit at a glance. Autodromo pays homage to this humble practice with our own red line crystal.
The 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.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 1, 2012 at 1:35 AM||comments (0)|
Officine Autodromo specialise in racing style watches and have a select collection of motoring watches with a very distinctive style. Now they have added these two chronographs to their range. They promote the watches on their website as follows:
Vallelunga is a beautifully minimalist chronograph inspired by racing tachometers used in many Italian Prototype and Grand Prix racing cars of the late 1960s and early1970s.
Located 20miles outside of Rome, Vallelunga is a challenging road circuit designed by Italian racing legend Piero Taruffi. It was the site of many thrilling races in the1960s and 1970s, featuring all of the legendary Italian marques.
The Vallelunga Chronograph features features a stopwatch, 30 minute counter, and big date calendar window.
Available in Black over Black or White over Stainless.
The Chronos are based on the best selling three-hand version of the brand's range and use the same tachometer style. To us the look is distinctly retro and very different. The watch stands out on the wrist and looks very classy. Die hard Automatic fans will no doubt look down their noses at the quartz movements but these watches are worth making an exception for. Also if they were automatic they would not be available for the appealing price of $550.
These are on the Wish List at Beatie Folly, but do we prefer the white with a stainless case or the all black version? Tough decision.
The watches are available now directly from their own website at Officine Autodromo.