Posted Dec 23rd 2012 10:00AM
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 millimetres 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 US$875. Sure, you can probably still get them in time for Christmas, but it's never the wrong time for a good gift.