Flash News: Raidillon Racing Chronograph 24 Hours

By Thierry Ané on October 29, 2014

It seems that we are going to have an extremely motorsport-oriented week on Watch Agora: after the brand new Mille Miglia Chronograph Porsche Club of AmericaFlash News: Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph Porsche Club of America from Chopard presented on Monday, here comes another chronograph dedicated to the world of car racing, this time unveiled by Belgian-born luxury watch brand Raidillon: the Racing Chronograph 24 Hours.

This interesting brand with innovative designs made in Belgium and high-quality Swiss movements usually draws its inspiration from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. As all Formula One enthusiasts will know, the brand’s name itself is a direct nod to the most famous part of this circuit namely the Eau Rouge/Raidillon combination. This time around, however, Raidillon turned its attention to another well-known circuit, La Sarthe, located in France and particularly famous for hosting the “24 Hours of Le Mans” endurance race.

To pay tribute to this exciting competition as trying for the pilots as it is demanding for the engines, the brand came up with a lovely chronograph with a central hours hand that makes its revolution in 24 hours instead of the usual 12 so that the aficionados wearing the watch can easily keep track of the past or remaining time of the race with a single glance at the dial.

For this purpose, the ETA Valjoux 7750 that animates the watch features a modified module and still offers 40 hours of power reserve. This reliable and robust self-winding movement with an oscillating weight cut in the shape of a steering wheel, another appealing motorsport reference, can be observed through the sapphire crystal used on the back of the watch.

The 42 mm stainless steel case features a grooved screw-down crown stamped with the figure “55” corresponding to the number of pieces for each of Raidillon’s limited editions as well as two beautifully designed round pushers with “Clou de Paris” decoration on their tip. It is secured to the wrist by a sporty black eco calfskin leather strap with perforated holes and red stitches handmade in Belgium. The folding clasp is engraved with the brand’s logo.

The dial of this Racing Chronograph 24 Hours is equally appealing thanks to its black quilted motif reminiscent of the quilted yokes of racing driver’s overalls or of the seats of the racing cars from the past. The small seconds sub-dial is located at 9 o’clock while the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph registers are respectively placed at the 3 and 6 o’clock positions. The hands of these sub-dials as well as the central chronograph seconds hand are red to not be mistaken for the central hours and minutes hands filled with white luminescent material.

The hour markers elegantly alternate small squares with luminescent material for odd numbers and contrasting red Arabic numerals for the even numbers on the 24-hour scale. Only the “22” has been replaced by the figure “55” characteristic of Raidillon’s watches. On the dial’s flange runs a tachymeter scale as is often the case for timepieces inspired by the automotive world.

At EUR 4,000, the Racing Chronograph 24 Hours is a fairly priced chronograph model with lots of clever references to the world of motorsport and the very limited run of 55 pieces should sell out very quickly.

For more information please visit the Raidillon web site.

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