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Since being introduced to the world by Louis Moinet over 200 years ago, the chronograph complication with its simple and elegant timing function has been used to time everything from horse races to sporting events to the famous correction burn on Apollo 13. Throughout the twentieth century, however, the chronograph function has become nearly synonymous with motorsports, with plenty of long-standing models named for iconic racetracks, like Daytona and Monaco. With the Seven Gents, Georgia-based Tsikolia offers an inspired take on the timeless complication, mixing classic British race car design with avant-garde styling and construction.

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Based in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, the eponymous brand was founded by Zviad Tsikolia. With a background in industrial design and a passion for motorsports, Tsikolia has garnered multiple awards throughout his prolific career. Having worked with a multitude of automotive brands, it was only natural for Tsikolia to produce a chronograph watch that would pair his twin passions of auto racing and horology.

The Seven Gents is anything but subtle. Measuring 46mm in diameter, the Seven Gents pairs futuristic styling with classic racing colorways to create something altogether new and striking. The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the Seven Gents is the distinctive bezel and case shape that disrupts our common perception of how a wristwatch should appear. The bezel extends well onto the crystal, creating a triangular display that echoes the hood of a race car — a design element that carries on throughout the center links of the bracelet, resulting in a coherent and unified design.

The smooth curves of the stainless-steel case feature prominent piston-style chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. A turbine-shaped crown then completes the design, tying together all the motorsports-inspired elements and ensuring that no detail was overlooked. The case and bracelet may be striking, but they all serve to showcase the dial itself, which is executed in a range of colorways, like British Racing Green, complete with yellow and white racing stripes and the sky blue and orange of the Gulf-JW Automotive team. The large case and dial ensure that there’s plenty of space for timekeeping and chronograph functionality at the center of the dial, while still showcasing the racing stripes and vertical grooves that add ample visual interest to the outer dial.

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The ever-accurate and reliable Ronda 5040.B Swiss Made chronograph movement powers the 1/10 seconds stopwatch functionality, including chronograph central seconds, 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, 10-hour counter 6 o’clock, and “big date” display at 12 o’clock. Plus, with an ample 54-month battery life, you’ll never miss any of the action. And, given that this is Tsikolia, you don’t have to worry about having a bit of luck on your wrist, with an oversized lucky number “7” numeral at seven o’clock and Seven script on the bezel opposite.

The Tsikolia Seven Gents is available in a wide array of racing-inspired dial colors, but the options don’t end there, as Tsikolia also offers the Seven Gents in both black and gold-coated case and bracelets. And, for those that are looking for a sportier look that harkens back to the golden age of racing, Tsikolia also offers the Seven Gents on a color-matched rally strap.

For those who live and breathe racing and are looking for a watch that complements their love of the sport, Tsikolia has produced a new and distinctive design that emanates passion for the track. With an utterly unique and aggressive case, bold racing-inspired colors, and racing’s hallmark chronograph complication, the Seven Gents was built for the motorsports enthusiast. Prices for the Seven Gents start at 688 USD on strap and 753 USD on bracelet. For more information on Tsikolia and the Seven Gents, please visit the brand’s website.

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