Racing along with the Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph

Autodromo Prototipo Silver Chronograph

Autodromo Prototipo Silver Chronograph

So many of our readers, especially those starting their first collections, ask about affordable timepieces. By the same token, a lot of you ask about car-inspired timepieces. Today we bring you the best of both worlds with the Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph. Inspired by the world of vintage motoring, Autodromo watches are a relatively new breed- created in small batches at a time. In fact, the founder of the brand is an industrial designer who wanted to create unique pieces in the spirit of rally days, when driving was about style and a little danger. The watches blend this philosophy with a contemporary but minimalist style inspired by dashboard instruments, driving gloves, upholstery and other automotive elements.

Autodromo Prototipo Nero Chronograph with black dial and plated steel case and bold yellow hands.

Autodromo Prototipo Nero Chronograph with black dial and plated steel case and bold yellow hands.

Two new auto-inspired chronographs – Nero and Silver – race on to the scene – giving those who wanted the now-sold-out Vic Elford Special Edition Autodromo a new chance. The Prototipo Nero is created in black-plated stainless steel with a mix of matte and brushed finishes and bright racing-stripe yellow hands against the black dial. The watch features the rally strap that was first offered on the Vic Elford Edition. The Prototipo Silver Dial features – well – a silver dial. But that combined with a bright orange hands and racing orange leather rally strap zooms in a   cool 70’s look. The Prototipo chronographs, powered by hybrid Japanese movements, are accurate to 1/5th of a second and offer the instant reset action of a mechanical chronograph.  Up to 24 hours can be traced on the subdials.

The Autodromo  brand is inspired by the golden age of motoring, with vintage yet timeless designs.

The Autodromo brand is inspired by the golden age of motoring, with vintage yet timeless designs.

Even better is the fact that the watch offers a tachymeter scale and a pulsometer scale – so you know how fast your heart is beating while you are racing at top speeds. The watches retail for a winning $625.

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