For the past five years, Certina has asserted its ambitious trajectory on Formula 1 race circuits alongside the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Their partnership has highlighted the perfect match of two company philosophies based on similar core values, of dynamism, exacting demand and great know-how.
Certina wishes to mark this fruitful collaboration with the new DS Podium BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition model, a chronograph cast in exciting, official team colours. Issued in only 4000 units, each individually numbered and equipped with a top-of-the-line Valjoux automatic movement with a specially engraved oscillating self-winder, this exquisite timepiece is intended for dedicated motorsport enthusiasts, keen to show their signature passion with great class.
First double victory, first pole position in team history, eleven podium finishes and third spot in the Constructors’ Championship, the 2008 season still echoes with the high exploits of the BMW Sauber F1 Team! Certina, as Official Partner to the team, is justly proud to honour these excellent results. To mark the occasion, it now unveils its latest automatic chronograph, one that bears the team’s hallmark colours.
The new Certina DS Podium BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition affirms its character in full sport-classical style, with a brushed stainless steel case bigger than that of the previous DS Podium Valjoux. Designed along sober lines, it shows clear, highly-visible tachymeter markings over a brightly polished bezel, around a time display that is a statement of great dynamism and elegance. A raised rim of bright blue neatly surrounds a white dial surface that is cleanly punctuated by indexes treated with Superluminova.
Chronograph timing on the 12H and 30M counters is highly legible thanks to small red hands against a carbon- fiber-finish black background, for a truly high-tech atmosphere. The small-second counter, at 9 o’clock, features a bright blue hand against a white, finely snailed background texture. The new DS Podium sports a protected crown while the two function pushbuttons show contrasting extremities in black.
It is equipped with a high-end ETA 7750 Valjoux movement, and boasts a transparent mineral glass case back to show its specially-engraved oscillating self-winder, inscribed with “Certina Official Partner of BMW Sauber F1 Team”. It is produced in 4000 units, each marked with the mention “Limited Edition” on its dial, while a unique serial number is clearly engraved on the case back. The model is worn with a black leather watch strap, finished in a texture reminiscent of carbon fiber for an even sportier touch.
The DS Podium Chrono Automatic – BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition comes in a special case, complete with an official Certificate of Authenticity, and a replacement black crocodile-finish leather strap.
Model: DS Podium Chrono Automatic – BMW Sauber F1 Team Limited Edition
Swiss Made automatic chronograph, ETA Valjoux 7750, Hours, minutes, small second, day-date; Chronograph, 12-hour counter, 30-minute counter, 60-second central counter
Engraved oscillating self-winder with “Certina Official Partner of BMW Sauber F1 Team”
42.0 mm diam. / 316L stainless steel / tachymeter
Water resistance:100 meters
Crystal: Anti-reflecting sapphire crystal
Crown: Protected crown
Mineral glass case back
Individually numbered engraved case back
Black, carbon-fiber-textured leather strap with folding twin-push button buckle
Accessory second bracelet, in black croco-finish leather
Specificity: DS (Double Security)
Limited Edition of 4000 units
Complete with special case, certificate of authenticity and a second leather strap