Revved and Ready for Baselworld 2014
“Naked, in full motoring style” is the motto for a new limited edition series launching at Baselworld 2014 from Italian watchmaker Meccaniche Veloci – a brand celebrated for its motor-racing-themed watch collections. The Naked series is inspired by motorcycles from the 1990s, revered for simplicity rather than for fairings and accessories. In watch speak, this bareness or “naked” quality is expressed through skeletonizing, which is to open up areas of the dial in order to expose the movement beneath.
Watches in the Naked series are variations within three existing collections: Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph, Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes and Due Valvole. Each of the watches in the series is available in a limited edition of 250 pieces.
Meccaniche Veloci Naked Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph
The Naked Quattro Valvole 44 Chronograph is inspired, of course, by a four-valve cylinder typical of many high-power-output engines.
As the name suggests, the watches utilize 44 mm cases with screw-down crowns and screw-down chronograph pushers positioned off-center between 12 and 3 o’clock. The movement in these models is an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic with a 12-hour totalizer at 4 o’clock, 30-minute totalizer at 10 o’clock and running seconds at 8 o’clock. Since the chronograph only requires three sub-dials, a fourth sub-dial is positioned at 2 o’clock to complete the four-valve theme; it presents the brand’s signature, consisting of Meccaniche Veloci, its gear logo and the words “Swiss Made.” A date window appears at 3 o’clock. The watches are mounted on black rubber straps and feature sapphire crystals.
The model pictured has a black IPB-coated titanium case and red chapter ring. A taupe-colored engine-like bridge design connects the dial elements. Below the bridge is a carbon-fiber plate, except in the center of the dial where a partial view of the movement is exposed.
Meccaniche Veloci Naked Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes
The second watch in the series is the Naked Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes, an offshoot of the Quattro Valvole 48 Four Strokes watch design. The name refers to a four-stroke engine design, with dials that look strikingly similar to cylinder heads from four-valve engines.
These watches are housed in large 48 mm cases, and for good reason: each watch contains four modified ETA 2671 automatic movements, which means the watch can track four time zones independently – essentially, a triple GMT.
Three of the sub-dial clocks are skeletonized; the fourth has the brand’s signature printed on an overlay. The clock at 8 o’clock is the only to feature a seconds hand – the other three are hours-and-minutes only. The clock at 10 o’clock displays military time. A screw-down crown in each quadrant controls each clock sub-dial independently. The sporty finish includes a black rubber strap and sapphire crystal.
The model pictured features a natural titanium case and silver, carbon-fiber dial.
Meccaniche Veloci Naked Due Valvole
Third in the series is a Naked version of the Due Valvole collection. The Italian words mean “two valves” in English. In keeping with this name, the watches feature dual independent sub-dial clocks: one with a 24-hour reading and date, the other with hours and minutes.
The Naked Due Valvole uses two ETA 2671 small automatic movements, each with its own crown on opposite sides of the case. Both of the sub-dial clocks expose partial glimpses of the movement. The clock in the northeastern quadrant utilizes the full capability of the ETA 2671, i.e., hours, minutes, seconds and date. Curiously, the date wheel is almost fully exposed with no reference pointing to the current date. The user is left to choose the reference point, although using the number 15 on the hour ring is most logical. Like the others in the series, the Naked Due Valvole watches have decorative-bridge designs in taupe or gray and carbon-fiber backgrounds of silver or black. They feature sapphire crystals and are mounted on black rubber straps.
The model pictured is the version with a black carbon-fiber dial and natural titanium case.
Just as the Meccaniche Veloci brand was inspired by the world of motors and racing, so too is this new series of watches. The brand’s passion for industrial-themed design, combined with Italian creativity and high-quality components, results in the Naked series – revealing and revved-up creations from the masters of high-octane watch design.
Visit the Meccaniche Veloci booth at Baselworld 2014 to preview the Naked Watch Collection first-hand.
Gevril Group US Agent for Meccaniche Veloci Watches
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