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Autodromo Stradale – Watch Collection No 24

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Back in August of last year I mentioned my hankering for this watch and I wrote;

“I am torn between the blue strapped grey dial or the brown strapped cream dial. What I do know though is that I want one. As a car lover I feel I should give this brand a go and also I do not have any watches powered by this Japanese movement and I rather like the idea of having one in my collection. So there you are not the most rational of reasons / excuses for getting one but let’s be honest is any watch purchase in this world of smart phones especially rational? Of course not let’s talk honestly we buy watches because we want to and there is nothing wrong with that. By the way lest you have not guessed, I want this watch!”

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I am also a mug for some sexy spiel about a watch and Autodromo certainly do that as you can see below. They talk of the watch “evoking a road trip in Northern Italy” and the “era of Gran Turismo” and of course this is literally spoon feeding me a desire for the watch. We have our own GT – the Opel GT – and this has already done several Italian road trips, notably one to Florence in 2012 and last year an epic Italian road trip taking in Venice, Brescia for the Mille Miglia and the Dolomites with 10 other Opel GTs. This September it is pencilled in for yet another Italian Road Trip  as we explore Tuscany and then recuperate in Venice. Put simply, when Autodromo build a watch with styling that I adore, then tell me that it is the perfect watch for an Italian road trip then I am 80% ready to place the order. An evil watch demon on my shoulders says, “You haven’t got a Japanese automatic movement, wouldn’t it be fun to put one of those in your collection?” and I am 90% ready to place an order. I see that the UK supplier for Autodromo is Page and Cooper and that watches for them are a passion as much as a business and their ethos is perfect for them to partner Autodromo. At this point I am 95% sold on the watch. I e-mail Page and Cooper with a few routine questions and Jonathan (MD no less) e-mails back within the hour and says, “Perhaps we can speak on the phone and we can chat this through?” 100% there and the deal is done! And now it is on my wrist and I love it!

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Courtesy of Autodromo

In the era of Gran Turismo, each journey was a unique adventure on winding roads and narrow mountain passes, accompanied by the sound of a mighty engine up front and a whiff of petrol and leather. Stradale, meaning “road going” in Italian, conjures memories of that special time when the gentleman driver blurred the distinction between a road car and a race car.

The Autodromo Stradale draws inspiration from dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s, featuring a fascinating multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial below for a 3-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap makes reference to the luxurious and colorful interiors of the time.  This timepiece is powered by a 24 jewel Japan-Made automatic movement, beautifully finished and displayed behind a sapphire exhibition caseback. As with all of Autodromo watches, the Stradale arrives in beautifully conceived packaging evoking a road trip in Northern Italy circa 1960, complete with vintage-inspired map hand stamped with your purchase date.

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Available in 3 colors:

Black dial with burgundy strap

Cream dial with brown strap

Gray dial with blue strap

Specifications

  • Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movement
  • Calendar complication and hacking
  • Sapphire crystals, front and rear
  • Stainless steel case
  • Water resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
  • Genuine leather strap
  • Case diameter 40mm
  • Case thickness 10.8mm
  • Strap width 18mm at lugs
  • Internal K1 glass ring with number indexes

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Autodromo’s Latest Offering – The Stradale

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Here at Beastie Folly we are still hankering after Autodromo’s last watch the Prototipo and now they have brought this to market. I am torn between the blue strapped grey dial or the brown strapped cream dial. What I do know though is that I want one. As a car lover I feel I should give this brand a go and also I do not have any watches powered by this Japanese movement and I rather like the idea of having one in my collection. So there you are not the most rational of reasons / excuses for getting one but let’s be honest is any watch purchase in this wortld of smart phones especially rational? Of course not let’s talk honestly we buy watches because we want to and there is nothing wrong with that. By the way lest you have not guessed, I want this watch!

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Here is Autodromo’s persuasive  blurb on this latest watch of theirs. Works for me.

In the era of Gran Turismo, each journey was a unique adventure on winding roads and narrow mountain passes, accompanied by the sound of a mighty engine up front and a whiff of petrol and leather. Stradale, meaning “road going” in Italian, conjures memories of that special time when the gentleman driver blurred the distinction between a road car and a race car.

The Autodromo Stradale draws inspiration from dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s, featuring a fascinating multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial below for a 3-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap makes reference to the luxurious interiors of the time.  This timepiece is powered by a 24 jewel Japan-Made automatic movement, beautifully finished and displayed behind a sapphire exhibition caseback. As with all of Autodromo watches, the Stradale arrives in beautifully conceived packaging evoking the idea of a road trip in Northern Italy circa 1960, complete with vintage-inspired map hand stamped with your purchased date.

Available in 3 colors:

Black dial with burgundy strap

Cream dial with brown strap

Gray dial with blue strap

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Specifications

  • Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movement
  • Calendar complication and hacking
  • Sapphire crystals, front and rear
  • Stainless steel case
  • Water resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
  • Genuine leather strap
  • Case diameter 40mm
  • Case thickness 10.8mm
  • Strap width 18mm at lugs
  • Internal K1 glass ring with number indexes

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Christopher Ward C60 – New Colours for 2014

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Features

• Swiss Made
• Self-winding automatic movement
• 38 hour power reserve
• 42mm marine-grade 316L stainless steel case
(and adjustable deployment bracelet)
• Uni-directional aluminium countdown bezel
• SuperLuminova™ indexes, bezel marker and hands
• 4mm ant-reflective sapphire crystal
• Deep-etched Back-plate “Trident” engraving
• Unique engraved serial number
• High-density rubber dive strap/Fine Italian
leather strap with deployment
• Beautiful presentation case and owner’s manual

Technical

• Diameter: 42mm
• Height: 12.6mm
• Weight: 189g
• Calibre: ETA 2824-2 / Sellita SW200-1
• Strap: 316L Stainless Steel
• Water Resistance: 30 ATM (300 metres)
• Vibrations: 28,800 per hour

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Watch Spotting – Seiko 5 Automatic

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A pal of mine at work has a bit of an eye for an interesting watch and rightly, he proudly sidled up to me to show me this one – a Seiko 5 Automatic. The Seiko 5 has a long history going way back to 1963 and has seen a number of different interpretations over the years. Take a look at the Seiko 5 story on the Seiko website.

So why Seiko 5?

From the very start, Seiko 5 was created to be a watch whose performance would serve the demanding needs of the new 1960’s generation, who cared less for tradition and more about life. The watch had five key attributes:
1. Automatic winding
2. Day/date displayed in a single window
3. Water resistance
4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position
5. Durable case and bracelet

Because it grew out of the watch itself, the name Seiko 5 was deemed to express what made Seiko great and was chosen. A simple and memorable name for a simple but serious watch.