Christmas Shopping Hit List: Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph
The first legit multi-complication design from cult gearhead watchmaker Bradley Price.
Five years after launching, Autodromo has carved out its own niche in the realm of indie timepieces. That niche? It consists of us, the enthusiasts. After all, the company’s founder, Bradley Price, is a Brooklyn-based gearhead, a man who owns a Ferrari 208 GT4 and lists Stirling Moss alongside Gérald Genta as personal inspirations. Autodromo’s first big hit was the Monoposto, a simple and handsome mechanical piece styled after vintage rev counters. Now, Price is reissuing that modern cult classic, but with a twist.
This new Monoposto, released to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary, is a chronograph. It’s the first legit multi-complication watch Autodromo has ever created, and Price opted for a trusty mechanism. The new Monoposto uses a Seiko NE88 column wheel movement, ticking away inside a stainless steel case, sized at a modest 43mm. Three dials are available, all of which ape racecar gauges: there’s a silver, a black, and a striking luminescent hue, dubbed “Azzurro.”
Also note the red (or yellow, on the Azzurro model) marker between 10 and 11 o’clock. It’s not printed dial, but on the sapphire itself, and if you’re versed in motorsport history, that’s sure to pull a grin out of you. Yes, it’s an homage to the tape drivers laid over their tachometers in the pre-rev limiter era, when racers like Sir Stirling rotated through different vehicles and series weekly.
The new Monoposto Chronograph is available now, if you’re looking to do some early Christmas shopping. Just 500 examples are set to be made, 200 units each in black and silver, plus another 100 Azzurro versions. Good news is that prices start at a wholly reasonable $1,800. Check out the Monoposto Chronograph on Autodromo’s website here.