Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch   watch releases

When Autodromo debuted earlier this year, they did so with an interesting and distinct line of watches that were exclusively quartz powered. Nine times out of ten, the average watch nerd would likely prefer a mechanically powered watch and this is just what Autodromo has announced with their newest model. The new Autodromo Monoposto is the brand’s first mechanical model and it is a beautiful one at that.

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch   watch releases

The Monoposto is built around a 43 x 10 mm stainless steel case with wire-style lugs and a distinctly vintage vibe (aside from the admittedly modern sizing). Exposed above the dial is a domed KL glass crystal which has a sapphire coating. “Monoposto” translates to “single seat” and the crystal on the Monoposto features a red strip that is meant to recall the days before race cars had rev limiters. Mechanics had to apply a red strip to the glass on a car’s tachometer so that the driver would have a way to quickly check if they were pushing the engine too hard. While I think that this may cause some confusion (at-a-glance) with the also-red seconds hand, the overall look is pretty cool and it certainly fits the aesthetic they have developed across the Autodromo line up.

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch   watch releases

The Monoposto is powered by a Miyota 821A Japanese automatic movement which offers a three-hand display with date and a power reserve of 42 hours. The 821A is a new revision of the 8215 auto we have used seen in many watches in the past. Like the 8215, the 821A does allow for hand winding but does not offer hacking (a stopping of the seconds hand when the crown is pulled out for time setting). With a quoted timekeeping of -20~+40 seconds a day, the 821A is certainly an entry level movement, but it should prove to be as dependable and cheap to service as its predecessor. Additionally, the Monoposto is fitted with a display case back which allows a view of the movement within.

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch   watch releases

Autodromo is making just 500 examples of the Monoposto, half with a black dial and half with silver. Selling directly through Autodromo’s website, the Monoposto costs $875 USD and includes a leather strap and a numbered presentation box. I think the Monoposto is beautiful and certainly Autodromo’s best looking watch to-date. The wire lugs, domed crystal and minimal dial design are perfect and nicely exhibits the care and attention to detail that Autodromo invested in the Monoposto design. Given the price point, it would have been nice to see a sapphire crystal or even an uprated Miyota 9015 ticking within. That said, the fairly lack-luster movement is made good my a beautiful design that should appeal to anyone who loves the idiosyncrasies and beauty of vintage automotive design. That’s all of us, right?

Autodromo Monoposto Limted Editon Watch   watch releases

9 comments
DG Cayse
DG Cayse

Nice looking watch. I like the design ethos. 

However....hate the red stripe. Hate the cheapo Japanese auto movement. At -20~+40 seconds a day, this is not something to put into a new watch and advertise. They would have done much better all around to use one of the excellent Seagulll or Hengzhou Chinese auto movements. PLUS it could incorporate hacking and manual winding into what is really a very attractive package.

I'll give them a pass on the crystal;this is not meant, really, to be a 'sporting' watch. More suited to wrist-candy for a sideline viewer.

Nice package, nice looking watch...but....it coulda been betta

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I 'get' what they are trying to with with a tachometer style, but I think it falls short by a wide margin. And the tiny date indication looks lonely in a sea of dial face.

If there is a specific tach gauge they are trying to draw an analogy to, they should include a shot of it. Otherwise, it does not look like any vintage tach that I can recall (outside of the badly placed redline wedge). 

The placement of the redline only makes sense numerically, it is not not usual placement on a tach which goes from zero to whatever from about 7 or 8 o'clock on the dial to 4 or 5 o'clock at the max indication. So the redline is on the wrong side of the dial. This is a basic metaphor mismatch which is going to look wrong either way they would have done it.

There are ways to do a tach watch, but this is not it IMO.

Sorry to sound so critical, I applaud them for trying, but I think this is a miss not a solid hit.

CG
CG

nice, I'll get one when their at the discount sites

Nadimmm
Nadimmm

I like it! All little expensive for the specs, but it's a clean and refined design. Cool packaging too!

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Could the hands be any thinner and less distinctive of each other?? I'm getting a headache trying to read the time.

The only way this watch works is as a photoshoot or a party novelty.

Oh well, maybe it's not a total waste, i might get myself some nice driving gloves!

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Enjoy the design ethos here, but this is maybe a $300 watch. Not something 3x that. 'Minty' examples will be showing up in the forums somewhwere around my number, I guarentee it.

Ariel Adams
Ariel Adams

Its funny what you say about the Japanese movements. My experience is that they really under represent their actual accuracy. Not sure why. I think it is for warranty purposes. At least this is the case with Seiko. The red stripe is really a mixed bag - you are right.

Ariel Adams
Ariel Adams

Don't worry about being critical. This is a fashion watch before anything else. It looks nice, but from an intellectual standpoint you are totally correct.

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