The Belgian-based brand driven by a passion for motorsports has released a new automatic timepiece, the Chronograph 42-C10-160, which is inspired by the frenzy of the pit-stop.
How long does it take you to fill up your car with petrol and change all four tires? (Don’t answer, because the question is a trap!). The pros of motorsports have perfected the art of the pit-stop, which includes refueling and changing all four tires of a racecar.
In fact, the Red Bull Formula 1 team accomplishes all that in the time it probably takes you to say “Raidillon Chronograph 42-C10-160”. That’s right, in only 2.05 seconds! Check out the impressive maneuver in slow motion and high definition to get a better feel for the frenzy:
The pit-stop is the hive of activity where technical skill and speed intertwine. Perfect time synchronization and teamwork are the only things that guarantee its effectiveness. And the pros make it look like clockwork.
The Raidillon Chronograph 42-C10-160 is inspired by the frenzy of the pit-stop, the moment in time when races can be won or lost. The chronograph dial has two round counters, much like racing tires which are changed in a matter of seconds. Brushed chrome contrasts with the black, adding a modern reinterpretation of a checkered flag, which is tempered with the more casual green and turquoise tones on the dial.
The motor powering the new wristwatch is an automatic Valjoux 7750, which is visible form the back. Also visible is the Raidillon oscillating weight that is cut into a steering wheel shape. Beating at an impressive 28,800 vibrations per hour - the equivalent of 4hz – the movement has a higher beat rate than even the highest revving Formula 1 motors. 40 hours of power reserve ensure that you won’t be constantly worried about making a pit-stop to rewind.
Adding more flash to this sleek chronograph is the choice of boldly-coloured straps, available in either in anti-allergic eco veal leather skin, or nubuck buffalo leather skin, hand-sewn in Belgium.
As with all productions by Raidillon, the Chronograph 42-C10-160 is part of a limited edition of just 55 pieces - making its price about 2990€ - and is guaranteed for 5 years.