Back in January, I had the opportunity to review Autodromo’s newest line of watches. Inspired by the brutal Group B rally cars, Autodromo created a nimble, lightweight watch that mixed steel and titanium with sharp lines and bold colors. I was impressed by the ingenuity of the design, the uniqueness of the aesthetic and the overall quality of the execution. Now, about six months later, Autodromo has followed up on the design with the new Group B Evoluzione limited edition watches.
Part of what makes the Group B design so clever is actually invisible to the naked eye. The case consists of a central capsule of titanium that holds the movement, dial, etc… The mid-case is then a modular component than can be swapped out. The Evoluzione’s take this framework and replace the steel mid-case of the original with a CNC machined aerospace aluminum part. Not only has the material changed, but the shape as well, creating a larger diameter and effecting the overall aesthetic.
The original Group B measured 39 x 50mm while the new Evoluzione is 42 x 51mm. Rather than following the contour of the titanium capsule the aluminum mid-case surrounds it, creating a classic barrel shape with integral crown guard. This increases the amount of visible surface area, which is intentional as the tooling paths of the CNC used to cut the aluminum were left visible. In fact, they weren’t just left, they tool paths were actually designed by collaborator Discommon to create a unique aesthetic finish. To make things even cooler, the aluminum was machined in the US.