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The Vitesse Racing Chronograph

Launch prices will be valid till the 31st of August and the RRP will start at $1499 for the regular dials. Prices include shipping via Fedex/DHL but not taxes or customs duties. Please expect shipping in around 3-4 weeks after your order is placed for the launch specials.

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The Vitesse Racer

Motorsports in the 60s involved intese competition between car manufacturers, across iconic raceways such as the Daytona and Le Mans. This also popularised the racing chronograph, which adorned the wrists of daredevil drivers who depended on these instruments for crucial lap times.

The Vitesse harkens back to this age of racing timepieces, with a bi-compax layout offerring excellent legibility. The stepped tachymeter ring allows for speed measurements while providing depth to the dial. The elegant stepped case design of the Vitesse hides the usual bulk of most automatic chronograph movements and wears beautifully even on smaller wrists. As a nod to the watches of the 60s, the Vitesse features a high domed sapphire crystal, much like the plexiglass crystals of the 60s but without the worry of scratching.

SPECIFICATIONS

Diameter: 40mm
Lug to Lug Length: 48mm
Thickness: 12.2mm without crystal
Case: 316L SS with brushed and polished surfaces, 1200HV Hardened Coating
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: La Joux Perret L100 Bi-compax with column wheel, Bi-directional winding with custom rotor
Water Resistance: 50m
Crystal: 'Box' Shaped Sapphire with Inner AR coating. Display Sapphire Caseback
Lume: Superluminova BGW9
Bracelet: 'Beads of Rice' Style Bracelet with quick adjust clasp. 1.4mm screw pins


PACKAGE INCLUDES

Solid Aluminum case
Steel Warranty Card

The La Joux Perret 'Engine'

Inside the heart of the Vitesse beats the L100 Automatic Chronograph movement. This movement is made by La Joux Perret, a prestigious Swiss watch movement company situated within La Chaux-de-Fonds. They are known for producing high end complications such as tourbillons used in the Mirage, split seconds, grande dates, and even jumping seconds hands complications.

The L100 movement is based off the venerable Valjoux 7750 with a few crucial updates. The most noticable upgrade is the blued column wheel which offers smoother activation of the pushers. The L100 also features a bi-directional winding system, which eliminates the loud spinning rotors of the 7750 movement. Finally, the power reserve has also been upgraded from 44 to 68 hours. We have also customised the rotor for the Vitesse, taking inspiration from vintage wheel designs.