Most watches that are inspired by the automotive industry can be predictable and unoriginal from what I have seen. This is NOT the case with Autodromo watches based out of Brooklyn NY. Last year Autodromo released a very cool and iconic model known as Group B. This watch was inspired by the modern and clean lines of eighties rally cars. You can read my review of the Autodromo Group B, here
This year Autodromo has released the NEW Monoposto Chronograph. This watch is the ultimate nod to Golden Age of Grand Prix Racing from the 1930’s. 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 “redline” crystal. The handmade leather strap and roller buckle are also designed to evoke the leather bonnet straps found on Grand Prix cars of this era
This watch has been created in a limited and numbered edition of 500 pieces with 200 black dials, 200 silver dials, and 100 in Azzurro. This watch was originally released in 2012 as a time only piece in a limited edition. Like the original version, the case is 43mm made out of stainless steel but is thicker to accommodate the movement. The signature “redline” crystal is also back for this new edition. The collectors box also retains the same shape as the original watch, but with all new designs for the booklet and outer box.
I like this watch very much because it looks and feels like an instrument for the wrist. The red line crystal is cool and I respect its inspiration but I worry about it being too distracting. The whole point of a wrist watch is to tell the time and I think the red line could potentially get in the way of this for the wearer at a glance. However it’s a very original detail that makes this watch unique. The Arabic numerals on the dial feel familiar and remind me of the IWC Portuguiser. The movement is the Seiko NE88 Automatic column wheel chronograph movement. It’s fitted on a leather strap made in the USA. The price of this watch is $1,800 which is not bad for a limited edition piece like this. The Group B released last year was under $1,000. I know the movement on this NEW watch is better and your paying for the functionality of the chronograph but $800 more is a little spendy. Without seeing it live I can’t really comment on if it’s worth it but I can definitely admire it from a far and let you know my thoughts.
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