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Ask about the hub of watchmaking, and you’re bound to hear the usual suspects: Switzerland, Japan, and maybe Germany, Great Britain, or China for those in the know. But if you’re after a completely different take on horology, it certainly pays to broaden your geographical search. Nestled in the Caucasus, Georgia is located within the transcontinental region separating Europe and Asia — a perfect place to integrate the proud watchmaking traditions of both West and East. Based in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, Tsikolia is proud to present their newest series of watches in the motorsports-inspired Seven collection. The Seven Automatic leading the pack and is available in a range of colorways inspired by the liveries of British racing legends.

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The Seven Automatic is truly unique, with construction and aesthetics unlike anything else you’ll find in watchmaking. One look at the skeletonized dial with its massive 7 balanced by the Seven script sitting opposite, and it’s clear that the Seven Automatic is far from ordinary. On the periphery of the dial, exposed screws secure the skeletonized dial, the lattice-like structure combining with the exposed screws to create an architectural aesthetic that evokes the structural elements of a racing chassis. Look a bit deeper and you’ll find another nod to motorsports. Beneath the top layer of the dial sits a lower skeleton dial that features a slotted ring with radial brushing that echoes the design of alloy racing wheels. Together, these elements create a racing-inspired design that makes an instant statement.

The periphery of the dial, with its dual sevens and open-worked style, capture attention, but ultimately serve to draw your gaze to the center of the watch where the timekeeping is displayed. A pair of angular and color-matched paddle hands rotate above the exposed movement beating beneath, sweeping across a clean and legible minutes scale. Tsikolia also outfits the seconds hand with its logo as counterweight. Ensuring practicality, the Seven Automatic also features a date window at 3 o’clock in a circular aperture with a color-accented surround.

Though the dial of the Seven Automatic is the immediate attention-grabber, Tsikolia hasn’t overlooked the details on the case, ensuring a coherent design throughout. Crafted from 316-L stainless steel, the Seven Automatic measures in at 46mm in diameter, providing plenty of wrist presence and space for the evocative dial to shine. Despite its size, the Seven Automatic wears light on the wrist, thanks to racing-inspired cutouts along the mid-case. The details don’t stop there, as the crown is shaped as a turbo vane, resulting in a case that looks as fast as the cars that inspired it.

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If you’re going to create a skeletonized racing-inspired watch, the key is to ensure the engine powering the watch is as smooth and reliable as they come. By equipping the Seven Automatic with an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, Tsikolia had done just that. Few movements can boast the longevity and reliability of the ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made automatic movement, with its 25 jewels, smooth sweep at 28.8kbph, Etachron regulator, and power reserve of ~38 hours. In addition, the movement is decorated with perlage, detailed striping, brushing, and a custom signed rotor with the Tsikolia emblem.

Whether you opt for the Seven Automatic in classic British racing green with yellow accents, the aggressively styled black case with a red dial and white accents, or another colorway, each is available on either a color-matched rally strap or stainless steel bracelet.

If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind, motorsports-inspired watch, be sure to check out the Seven Automatic from Tsikolia. With a design born in the heart of the Caucasus, the Seven Automatic is a bold, brash racing-inspired watch that puts its motorsports inspiration on full display. Prices for the Seven Automatic start at USD 1,513. To learn more about Tsikolia and the Seven Automatic, please visit the brand’s website.

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