Currently one of the watches up for nomination in the chronograph category for the GPHG Awards in Geneva in just a couple of weeks, the Louis Moinet Time To Race watch is the epitome of customization for those who love mechanics and racing. Each Time To Race watch is a one-of-a-kind creation, with collectors able to personalize their model by selecting a one or two-digit “lucky number” that will appear on the front of the timepiece.
The watch is available in three exciting colorways that recall the grand days of gentlemen’s races: Rosso Corsa, Racing Green, and Bleu de France, but each Time To Race chronograph will be unique, as clients get to choose a one or two digit “lucky” number. That number is then prominently displayed on the time dial at six o’clock.
In addition to a true racing aesthetic, the Time To Race watches boast a number of original and daring technical solutions to a few important challenges. The star of the show? The stunning dial-side chronograph mechanism of the Time To Race is one of the most interactive complications the watch industry has ever seen.
Upon activation of the chronograph mechanism, almost 150 components come to life — working in harmony beneath the anti-reflective panoramic sapphire crystal. Visible from all angles beneath the highly technical panoramic sapphire, the chronograph is never more at home than on the dial of a motor-racing inspired timepiece. This ingenious and original design has given rise to a new type of inner bezel ring, dissociated from the crystal. It also makes it possible to combine two different readings of short-time measurements: a tachymeter scale and a 60-second display.
The polished and satin-brushed grade 5 titanium case weighs just 18 grams. It mirrors the quest for minimum weight in motor racing and results in excellent wearing comfort. This ergonomic feel is further enhanced by a rubber strap specially designed to be the perfect extension of the case and featuring a “racing stripe” design inspired by motor racing. The lugs are open-worked and feature a subtle satin-brushed camber that highlights the integration of the bracelet. The Louis Moinet Time to Race watches retail for $36,000.