A couple of years ago, I went through a temporary phase of collecting Orient watches out of Japan. After five watches or so, I had to stop because the hobby can get quite expensive. I still appreciate a well designed watch but now I just look at them and nothing else. But that’s about to change ever since I stumbled upon Autodromo.
Although the Autodromo is not as elegant or expensive as some of my Orient watches, it is just as eye catching in its own way. What I like about the Autodromo watches is that the time pieces are inspired by instrument panel gauges of cars. If you are a car guy and have an appreciation for watches then this is one of those toys that you should own. Forget that crap about “wants versus needs”.
Autodromo is the creation of Bradley Price, a product designer, from Brooklyn, New York. He saw that there was a market for watches based gauge designs from the 1960’s and ‘70s and no other company was doing that for watches. Price designed the watch faces and casings but uses a third-party Swiss movement. The company currently offers five watches: Brescia (black dial), Vallelunga (black or white dial), and the Veloce which is inspired by his 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.5. The Veloce is available in a stainless case or a PVD black case.
All the watches are priced at $425 and can be purchased through Autodromo’s on-line shop.