The Monoposto Chronograph was Autodromo’s first venture into mechanical chronograph; an achievement that also marked their fifth anniversary as a brand. Taking the inspiration of the original Monoposto, which was time-only, the chronograph draws on an early era of Grand Prix racing. Think single-seat race cars, drivers strapped down for dear life, and gauges that predated modern electronics. Mix in some vintage chronograph style and you have the new Monoposto. The design seamlessly mixes these elements, while featuring some Autodromo flair, notably seen in the red-line printed on the back of the sapphire crystal. At 43mm with wire lugs, the watch truly feels like a vintage gauge that was removed from a dash and then converted into wrist wear.
The Monoposto Chronograph is powered by the Seiko NE88 automatic caliber. This Japanese-made movement is an exceptional example of a modern chronograph with some truly high-end details. It features 34-jewels, stopwatch functionality, 45-hour power reserve, a frequency of 28,800 bph (beats per hour) and hacking seconds (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out). Most notably, the NE88 also features column-wheel and vertical clutch systems, both of which create a smoother starting and stopping chronograph, and are typically found only on high-end luxury watches.
- Case: Polished steel
- Dial: Black
- Movement: Seiko NE88 Automatic column wheel chronograph movement
- Strap: Black Leather
- Water Res.: 20 ATM
- Diameter: 43mm
- Thickness: 14.8 mm
- Lug Width: 20 mm
Since their debut in 2011, Autodromo has created a tightly focused array of beautifully designed and engineered timepieces for the automotive-minded watch enthusiast. From the NY headquarters of founder and chief designer Bradley Price, Autodromo’s watches bleed mid-century motoring style, with an emphasis on the classic feel of European motorsports. Finishing is key to this stylish ethos, with Autodromo models often featuring engineering, design and finishing outshining watches costing several times as much. Standout models include the Stradale line, meant to capture the ethos of 1950s Italian sports cars; the Monoposto series, translating the forms of early Formula 1 racing gauges into a stylish and beautifully made work of art for the wrist; and the Group B, which takes the aggressive high-tech forms of the fire-breathing Group B off road rally cars of the 1980s and melds them into a razor-sharp modern sports watch.