• Dec 16, 2012
The explosion of the Swiss watch industry has brought with it an abundance of automotive-themed timepieces. Many of them are either excessively chunky or ornate, and the simplest, most elegant ones are often excessively spendy. The Monoposto series from Autodromo goes in the opposite direction: based on tachometers from mid 20th Century grand prix cars like the Alfetta 159 and Lancia D50, the sparse dials feature 'mounting' screws along the center line and a 'redline' painted inside the crystal.

The case is 43 millimeters across, the leather band clasped with a polished roller buckle reminiscent of vintage race cars. The series, built with automatic movements, calendar complications and an exhibition caseback, comes with either a black or matte silver dial and is limited to 500 pieces, each costing $875. Sure, you can probably still get them in time for Christmas, but it's never the wrong time for a good gift.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      56Jalopy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the simplicity nice thin watch. Although I don't think the price is unreasonable I still can't afford it.Sigh
      eye.surgeon
      • 2 Years Ago
      shouldn't it say x1000 on the dial instead of X100? Because as it is the redline is at 950 RPM.
        Kip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        Actually, I believe x100 is correct. The picture is of the Alfetta tach. IIRC from owning a '76 Alfetta Sport Saloon, the numbers on the outside on the real tach had two digits (e.g. 10, 20, 30, 40, etc.). Quick google search seems to indicate my memory is actually serving me correctly this time: http://images.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&safe=off&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=705&q=alfa+romeo+tachomete&oq=alfa+romeo+tachomete&gs_l=img.3...1709.5639.0.5775.20.20.0.0.0.0.118.1357.19j1.20.0.epsugrpq2high..0.0...1.1.gJmAwT3kx1M#hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=alfa+romeo+tachometer&oq=alfa+romeo+tachometer&gs_l=img.3...47773.47773.2.48624.1.1.0.0.0.0.187.187.0j1.1.0.epsugrpq2high..0.0...1.1.jG_uJODuJJ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355325884,d.cGE&fp=c351af48322c9f6e&bpcl=39967673&biw=1366&bih=705
          GasMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kip
          x100 may be correct but only if they numbers are in double digits as you point out. If they are going to use single digits, they should have changed to x1000.
        hp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eye.surgeon
        wow, nice catch. fail.
      mechatricity
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a pretty aggressive price for an automatic watch with an exhibition back, unique to boot. Hmmm.....
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just another 5k-10k watch that the average car guy won't be able to own.
        nighttime
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        "The series, built with automatic movements, calendar complications and an exhibition caseback, comes with either a black or matte silver dial and is limited to 500 pieces, each costing $875. " read the article next time.
      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Limited to 500 pieces' - to make it easier to recycle 488 into the $200 Hello Kitty watch. I need a watch about as bad as a twin-lens reflex camera. Jim
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      But is it chronometric? The early tachs from companies such as Jaeger were clockwork devices that had an integrator mechanism that actually measured the number of revolutions of the input shaft over a short interval of time and then the dial would move to that number. That gave them a totally cool jerky movement that looks precise and antique the way only something mechanical can do. I am not sure how you would translate that motion to a watch other having the hands move in precise minute or second steps.
      Toronto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very tempting, I have been itching to buy pretty much any of the Autodromo watches since they came out...I think for the prices though it would be nice to see some Swiss movements in these watches. I'm sure the Japanese movements used in these is great, but it just seems less special...
      Hashan Tharanga
      • 2 Years Ago
      nice watch.....
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