Epée 1839 continues its Time Fast legacy with the creation of two new limited editions in Chrome: the Silver Chrome Time Fast and the Gold Chrome Time Fast. The Time Fast is a vintage-inspired 1950’s F1 race car that is a kinetic sculpture and modern clock all in one. It is the result of a collaboration between Georg Foster, ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and L’Epée 1839.
The Time Fast features a number of eye-catching details from the 1950’s F1 era. They include the long protruding engine hood, the iconic radiator grill, the large spoked wheels, the rear driving seat positioning and the sloping tail section.
The hours and minutes are displayed on the side through an aperture resembling a typical competition number, H-shape chassis as in every racing car at the time and the F1 three spoke steering wheel works as the time setting key. Its overall sporty feel is reinforced by its elegant design, flawless finishes, fluid lines and these two newly created Body Chrome Colours.
For all generations, classic 50s cars are firmly ingrained in the collective subconscious and imagination. Single-seaters boasting a sleek design, fluid lines and assertive aerodynamics fuel many a dream.
The shaping and production of the Time Fast was entirely entrusted to the manufacture’s passionate teams, predominantly comprised of automotive enthusiasts. The name of the Time Fast clearly conveys its technical aspirations, incorporating a motor that has an 8 day power reserve— - or rather an in-house calibre with a 192-hour power reserve beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour.
In motor racing, it’s well known that although the driver is the only one to be first over the finish line, an entire team helps to make this victory possible. What applies to the track also applies to life as a whole. The teams of designers, engineers and watchmakers therefore embraced the challenge of producing an exceptional and unique clock incorporating all the elements of a race car. Every detail has been carefully considered to intimately interlink form and function to spark a renewed fascination for kinetic sculptures.
The hours and minutes are displayed on the side through an aperture resembling a typical competition number, via two engraved stainless steel disks. A figure sits in the cockpit, where a glass dome, or rather a driver’s helmet, highlights the thrumming escapement. In front of him is the steering wheel, which adopts the three-spoke design typically seen in race cars, serving to set the time.
On the other side of the chassis is the advertising spot, the characteristic circle on iconic race cars, which can be optionally customized to create a personalized car, by means of an engraving, for example (the L’Epée 1839 logo comes as standard).
In the cockpit, the car’s steering wheel, which has been specially designed to incorporate the time-setting wheel, can be used to adjust the time if the engine ever breaks down. Located in the driver’s seat, a counterclockwise adjustment adjusts the time, while clockwise adjustment can be used to reposition the steering wheel once the correct time is set.
Time Fast D8 needs to be filled up (with mechanical energy) once every week. The mechanical movement’s barrel is wound by moving the wheels in reverse just like our childhood pullback cars. Meanwhile drive mode is simply designed to provide unimpeded delight.
- 100 pieces per colour: Silver Chrome and Gold Chrome
- Hour and minutes display
- Freely move forwards
- Tiered mechanical movement L’Epée 1830 1855 MHD in-house calibre
- Incabloc protecting system
- 2.7 Hz
- 26 jewels
- Power Reserve: 8 days
Winding & Setting
- Time set via counterclock rotation of the steering wheel
- The clock is wound using the rear wheels carefully wind the movement like a pull-backcar
- 289 parts
- Weight: 4.7 kg
- Dimensions: 38.5 cm long x 16 cm wide x 12 cm high
- Palladium-plated brass, polished stainless steel, Chrome deposition
- Incabloc protection system
- Blown glass dome
- Front and rear bodywork in aluminum
- Spoked rims in stainless steel
- Tires in hard-wearing rubber
- Polished and sand-blasted movement (plates and wheels)
- Satin-finished struts (stringers)
- Polished and satin-finished rims
- Painted bodywork