Most of the legendary watch brands have their name associated with famous racing tracks, for example Monaco (Tag Heuer), Daytona (Rolex), LeMans (Blancpain), Carrera (Tag Heuer) and Mille Miglia (Chopard).
The watch collections named after these auto racing tracks themselves became legends and have a huge fan following across the world. These racing-themed watches go back almost as far as auto racing itself, taking their colours and design cues straight off the track, these ultimate masterpieces evoke the speed, thrill and glamour of modern motorsport. However, these timepieces remain accessible to powerful and rich only, thanks to their staggering prices.
Now, Lew & Huey, a micro watch brand which had already made waves in industry by launching many affordable luxury watches funded by Kickstarter, announces an accessible mechanical wristwatch inspired by the legendary racing tracks.
The Legends Racer, sixth product from Lew & Huey is a racing-themed watch inspired by legendary designs and the competitive spirit of weekend racers. This affordable timepiece comes with all features that a racing inspires wristwatch can offer: bold colours, racing stripes, curved “windshield” display crystal and rally strap.
Aesthetically, the Legends Racer reminds us two legendary Swiss Made timepieces associated with auto racing: Tag Heuer Monaco & Tudor Heritage Chrono. Lew & Huey has drawn inspiration from these legends and incorporated their looks into their new watch.
The designer had combined the square case of the Monaco with the geometric dial pattern of another racing watch, the Tudor Heritage Chrono. The Legends is equipped with an automatic calibre 8217 movement from Miyota/Citizen with a 24-hr gauge at 9 o’clock for second time zone.
The applied hour indices and hands contain luminescent paint which glows a bright blue in the dark. The hands are “pinstriped” to color-coordinate with the dial and stitching of the strap. The case has vertical brushing on its face, sides and back, which resembles a wood-grain. The top and caseback both have a beveled edge which is polished.
The raised sapphire display crystal is arched from 9 to 3, just like a car’s windshield. The leather strap is a rally-style, complete with signed butterfly deployant clasp and color-coordinated straps.
The Legends has a screw-down caseback with custom-engraved design showing vintage race cars jockeying for position. The cars are numbered 12 and 6, echoing the dial design. The caseback was given a concave curve for comfort and a wrist-hugging fit .Additionally, the Legends is water resistant to 100 meters/330 feet/10 ATM – so you can go out and race around in the mud.
The Legends Racer will be available in three colour versions: Blue/Orange, Black/Orange, and Blue/Red (not the Black/Red), for a total of just 300 pieces, making this a true limited edition. These timepieces will make their debut through a crowd funding campaign at Kickstarter. Pre – order price is USD 350. Expected delivery of Legends Racer is planned in May 2015.
Project backers can choose their colour after the project has ended, by claiming pledge rewards through the Lew & Huey website.
In addition, Lew & Huey will make a special, limited edition British Racing Green & Gold Legends for a group of Lotus owners. This reward includes 33 pieces with the current caseback, or 25 pieces with a custom caseback design.
Miyota/Citizen cal. 8217, a hand-winding automatic movement with 21 jewels that beats 21,600 per hour, with 24 hour complication and a 40+ hour power reserve.
Surgical-grade 316L stainless steel with curved and engraved screw-down caseback, engraved crown,100 meter/330 feet/10 ATM water resistance, and a combination wood-grain brushed and polished finish.
Display Crystal: Windshield-arched sapphire.
Dimensions: 39mm x 39mm square with 49mm lug-to-lug length (case height) and 12.5mm thickness.
Four-color with applied geometric markers with blue luminescence.
Hands: Polished with blue luminescence and color-coordinated pinstripe.
22mm-widerally-style calfskin strap with signed butterfly deployant clasp and color-coordinated stitching.