Flash News: Raidillon Design Chronograph Collection

By Thierry Ané on August 18, 2014

Today I am glad to present three newcomers in the “Design” line of Belgian watchmaker Raidillon. Although the brand launched by Bernard Julémont has truly made a name for itself since the very first pieces presented in 2001, not all watch aficionados may be aware of the story behind the name. I will thus begin by a brief summary of what Raidillon is all about.

“Raidillon” is in fact the name of the most famous corner at Spa-Francorchamps, a motor racing circuit known, among other things, for being the venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. Born from a passion for racing and cars, this creative brand presents small limited series of just 55 pieces each as a nod to the maximum number of cars allowed to race at Spa-Francorchamps. Since the number “13” is banned from motor sports, no Raidillon watch bears this number and a number “0” is added to complete the series.

Despite being designed in Belgium, these reliable watches are driven by high-precision Swiss movements. In particular, the chronograph models are equipped with an ETA Valjoux 7750. This self-winding calibre is the most well-known and by far the most successful chronograph movement on the market. On the brand’s automatic chronograph, it can be observed through the exhibition back of the 42 mm stainless steel case with satin-brush finish. To enhance the racing theme, the oscillating weight has been cut in the shape of a steering wheel.

Although very different in terms of design, the new chronograph models share the same colour palette: black and silver with some touches of turquoise and yellow. They are mounted on a racing-inspired black calfskin leather strap with large holes secured by a folding buckle and boast a water resistance to a depth of 100 meters.

The first model of this selection showcases a nicely textured silver dial with three black counters for the small seconds and the chronograph featuring yellow hands and markers. The rest of the indications, including the “55” at 11 o’clock are turquoise just like the stiches of the strap.

The other two versions present yellow stitches on the strap. The first version is very graphic with the silver dial surrounded by a black circle and a yellow flange. Placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, the two black counters with yellow hands look like targets. The central chronograph hand is the only touch of turquoise for this model. The last iteration is also the less colourful: the dial is entirely black save from one of the three counters and the yellow and turquoise accents on the dial are scarce.

Whatever model you prefer, rest assured that with only 55 pieces produced, you won’t bump into someone wearing the same watch as you. In addition to exclusivity, with a price tag of just €2,850, they also represent an excellent value-for-money. If you did not know the brand before this article, I encourage you to visit their web site to discover how broad their offer is.

For more information please visit the Raidillon web site.

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