Sport cars – either early XX-century wheezing cars or the late XX-century hypertechnological single-seat cars – are destined to run, and time is their main target. Leaving track marks on the road pave and light wake in the dark, drivers running after time can’t do anything but getting some relaxing times.
In 1937 Bernd Rosemeyer, driving a Union type C, set a new record of 406 km/h and Tazio Nuvolari won on the Milanese circuit driving Alfa Romeo 12-C-36 .The same year Gruen Watch Company launched Ristside driver’s watch, a revolutionary model dedicated to the racing drivers of that time. Featuring a curved dial that allowed the face of the watch to be worn on the inside of the wrist, this watch let you to glance down and check the time with no need to remove one or both hands from the jittering wheel. In the 1940s and the 1950s the most demanding racing drivers chose “driver’s watch” models featuring a vertical re-oriented dial or noon shifted to the three o’clock position, while in the 1970s there followed watches featuring a digital display showing hours and minutes.
To keep the first drivers’ futuristic energy, Meccaniche Veloci realised Chrono Driver Evo. It is a model halfway between a recollection of a roaring past and a reinterpretation of the time concept: not necessarily linear, but exclusively skewed. Featuring a balancing case protected by a curved-profiles brancard, Chrono Driver Evo represents the natural and exclusive evolution of driver’s watches realised by many watchmaking maisons in the last century. They share indeed a dynamic style and a pursuit for exclusivity.
Made of titanium, steel, gold and diamonds, Chrono Driver Evo by Meccaniche Veloci is a concentrate of design, mechanics and precision inspired by the past while conjuring the future. The perfectly polished and satin-finish surfaces of the case and brancard exalt the elegance and cleanliness of the shapes; the dial is protected by convex sapphire glass. The pushbuttons in the upper part of the case activate the start, stop and zeroing functions of the chronograph. When the two side pins of the brancard are moved, the case slopes a little, becoming an innovative and iconic instrument for measuring time.
Tip case, in satin-finish titanium (also available in steel, pink gold, or pink gold with diamonds). Brancard in satinfinish titanium (also available in steel or pink gold), diameter 42 mm, thickness 12 mm (together with the brancard it measures a total of 62 mm x 53 mm)
Bezel: In polished titanium (also available in steel, pink gold, or pink gold with diamonds)
Winding crown:In titanium, pushdown
Glass: Convex sapphire glass
Water resistance: Waterproof up to 50 metres
White and silver (available also in black or grey colour), with sexagesimal scale for the minutes, graded every five, glowing hands, chronometer minute counter at number 9, total hour counter at number 3, continuous seconds at number 6
ETA 7750 calibre, self-winding, with chronograph functions controlled by two pushbuttons
In grey alligator leather from Louisiana, hand stitched (also available in black alligator leather)
Buckle: In titanium deployante, customized