Roue, the brainchild of Brazilian designer Alex Iervolino, has returned with their sophomore collection (we covered their inaugural release here), known as the TPS. Short for “Tachymeter and Pulsometer,” the new chronographs in this small series are deeply indebted to automotive inspired design from the 1960s, but if you’re familiar with Iervolino’s prior watches, these unmistakably bear his signature.
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: Black (One), Silver (Two), Blue (Three)
- Dimensions: 40 x 13.4 x 48mm
- Crystal: Mineral
- Water Resistance: 50 meters
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: Seiko VK-63
- Strap/bracelet: Driver style leather/sports silicone
- Price: $290
- Reference Number: n/a
- Expected Release: November
Sports chronographs are nothing new, and sports chronographs with a distinctly automotive flavor are fairly common, so Iervolino had his work cut out for him to set himself apart in a crowded market. I think he’ll find his audience for the TPS series because he seems to have done his homework and has a good understanding of what people want in a watch like this. The TPS has a classic case shape with proportions that will make modern consumers happy – there’s nothing new under the sun here. But the dials have a funk to them that’s sporty, fun, and anything but conservative. If you’ve been looking for vintage inspired chrono that’s still somehow design forward and quite expressive, you may have found your home here.