A new Autodromo is always exciting news. Over the last 5 years, Autodromo has really shown what can be achieved by a microbrand with a vision. Each release is more interesting than the last and all featuring designs and finishing that surpass big-brand Swiss watches at the same price points. Apart from design and build, they are also one of the very few brands that tells a story with each watch. They all draw inspiration from automotive and horological sources, and have aesthetics and collateral that bring life to something specific, making each watch richer than just a physical object.
For their fifth anniversary, Autodromo released a watch that fans of the brand have been eagerly awaiting; their first mechanical chronograph. Powered by Seiko’s NE88 automatic chronograph movement, the Monoposto Chronograph revives a limited edition from 2012 (which not-so-coincidentally was their first mechanical watch). A divisive watch, the original Monoposto featured a design based on tachometers from early 20th Italian race cars, with a gorgeous case, distinct dial and signature red line printed on the sapphire itself. With the chronograph, Autodromo brought back the feeling of that watch, but made a few changes to the overall design, and of course, added stop watch functionality. With a price tag of $1,800, this is the costliest Autodromo to date, but one that impresses with overall design and build quality.