Offi cine Autodromo timepieces
A new range of economical timepieces that celebrate the spirit of vintage Italian racing
By : Rohit (Rash) Paradkar
on : 04:24 pm, November 24, 2011
Most of the timepieces that we talk about in this section are more often than not, costlier than even a Hyundai Eon. But the timepieces that we are talking about today can be bought for the price of a smartphone. Produced by a new Italian watchmaker called Offi cine Autodromo, these timepieces celebrate the spirit of vintage Italian racing by borrowing its theme, instead of signing collaboration with any of the celebrated Italian carmakers. So what you have are watches that look very similar to the clocks on the Old Italian racecars!
Offi cine Autodromo has revealed three models in this lineup – the Veloce, the Brescia and the Valelunga. The word ‘Veloce’ means ‘speed’ in Italian language. This watch is inspired by a classic 1960s rev-counter and features distinctive redline markings on the dial face.
The Brescia timepiece is named after the Northern Italian town, which hosts the start and finish line for the Mille Miglia. Situated at the foothills of the alpine mountains, the town is synonymus with the 1,600 km long serpentine route of the legendary Italian race. The timepiece has an understated design and uses a black face and white typography.
The third watch in the Autodromo line-up is the Vallelunga that is inspired by the Vallelunga racetrack near Rome. Like the other two models, the Vallelunga timepiece too is inspired by the clocks of the Italian racecars of the 1960s and 70s.
All these timepieces come with sapphire coated scratch-resistant glass for the dials, while the body is made from brushed or PVD coated stainless steel. What we particularly like though is the strap, which is made from perforated leather that recalls the look and feel of vintage car upholstery. All the three timepieces have been designed by industrial designer Bradley Price and are priced equally at $425 (Rs. 22,000 approx.).