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Autodromo Prototipo and Prototipo Vic Elford limited edition

Le 15 October 2013

You might have understand that we take a perverse pleasure in mixing styles at Les Rhabilleurs. If yesterday we ended a series of exclusive reports inside Jaquet Droz workshops, this does not prevent us from moving today to a small watch brand that we greatly appreciate called Autodromo, which just revealed a new collection of watches inspired from the 60’s/70’s.

We are talking about three chronographs named “Prototipo” that will be available starting November and seem to be really nice…

As usual, Autodromo took inspiration from the automotive world. Especially in the era of racing cars called “Prototypes” inside which all the greatest drivers were racing. Fast, colorful and dangerous, Prototype cars ushered in the modern technological age of endurance racing, and wrote the final chapter in the long tradition of open road racing in Europe.

With the Prototipo Chronograph, Autodromo pays homage to the men who raced these thunderous machines flat out through the narrow streets of the Targa Florio, the serpentine curves of the Nürburgring, and the high speed straight at Le Mans.

The Prototipo draws aesthetic inspiration from vintage racing chronographs of the late ’60s and early ’70s, but with clean, modern detailing at every turn.

Powered by an innovative Seiko hybrid meca-quartz movement, the Prototipo features a sweep second hand and instant chronograph reset thanks to internal mechanical linkages shared with Seiko’s in-house automatic movements. Prototipo delivers the reliability and precision of a quartz watch, with the crisp pusher feel and visual delight of a mechanical chronograph.

The two “standard” models are available with a white or a black dial. A date window is discretely nestled at 6 o’clock, the two tachometer scales are indicated on a very thin black bezel and two counters are positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock.

The Vic Elford limited edition watch and its 3 counters pays tribute to the legendary driver who used to ran with Porsche in the 1960s. In 1968 he won the Targa Florio in Sicily, catching a 18-minute deficit to eventually win with 3 minutes 42 seconds ahead on the second car.

With a dial inspired by the colorful paintwork on Elford’s Porsche 907, this special edition is limited to 224 numbered pieces, corresponding to Elford’s race number. The caseback features a map of the Targa Florio circuit, which wound through the villages and mountain passes of Sicily, as well as Elford’s practice lap record and race lap record, which was a full 45.4 seconds faster. The Vic Elford Prototipo comes in special edition packaging along with a 44 page booklet hand-signed by Elford himself.

The two “classic” versions will be available at $ 625 and the limited edition one at $ 775. For more information, visit the website of the brand by clicking-here!