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Rado Coupole: Classic Auto, With Reserve Indicator

You know what? There’s something reassuringly old school, about a power reserve indicator on a watch dial. It goes all the way back to the 1940s bumper automatics from Omega and JLC we reckon, just knowing that your watch had some charge..or needed a shakedown.

So this Rado Coupole, despite its slightly pretentious name, wins an upvote from us at NWC mag. It has that classic car dashboard feel and the fume brown dial is arguably the best of the four different dial colourways.

Plus, it isn’t ceramic pottery, which is a bonus. Price of replacing those broken links, eh Rado fans?

At 41mm across it’s a nice compromise size, you get a sapphire crystal naturally and a big crown too. Inside you’ll find the same ETA derived automatic movement that powers other watches across the Swatch empire, so you have a reliable unit.

The only downside is the RRP of £1550 which is steep for something that shares a movement, give or take a few tweaks, with a Hamilton that retails for 1100 quid less.

More here.

Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chrono

Ball Watches has a new twist on their Engineer III, the Marvelight Chronometer. Now we love the bright lights of Vegas here, but the rainbow tubes dial just isn’t dinging our bell, and we are big fans of Saturday Night Fever. The power reserve feature is very cool though, we love it and you can choose a conventional gas tube lighting variant. Here’s the word from Ball;

Superior corrosion resistance, virtually indestructible strength and brilliant polish. The new Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer is forged from 904L stainless steel – a material unlike any other in watchmaking, resulting in the ultimate explorer’s watch built to withstand extreme conditions. Design ingenuity is the name of the game.

Not only have we employed a unique technique to set the micro gas tubes, the incomparable luminosity also comes in 2 different colorways: a classic glow or a rainbow motif. Inside, the C.O.S.C. certified movement with 42-hour power reserve has been expertly modified by our watchmakers, the power reserve hand is seamlessly integrated into the central pivot, while the indication scale is located at the six o’clock position. With patented protection guarantees flawless performance, the watch that once ran America’s railroads now empowers world explorers to live freely and fearlessly.

Encased in toughness, the movement and its precision ensure that exploration never stops. And thanks to testing by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (C.O.S.C.), the timepiece is a certified mechanical chronometer built to deliver perfect time keeping in the most imperfect conditions.

Featuring a 42-hour power reserve when the watch is unworn, the in-house modification of the movement allows all 4 watch hands originating from the center, creating a wider angle perspective and ensuring easy readability of the power reserve hours.

Available exclusively online, the latest addition to the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer series is limited to 1,000 pieces each.

It’s on pre-order until 21 April 2021 at an exclusive price.

Autodromo Ltd Edition Copperstate 1000

Autodromo are a dedicated motorsport watch brand, who produce well specced and highly detailed watches. The latest limited edition is the Copperstate 1000 and just 95 pieces are being made. Here’s the word;

We produced 95 pieces of this stunning “copper sunburst dial” limited watch expressly for the 30th running of the Copperstate 1000 rally in 2020. Copperstate is an event we have been proud to sponsor for 6 years now, and to have driven in 4 of those 6 years. We are pleased to announce that the organizers have made a small number of these pieces available to us for sale to our collectors.

There’s an ETA 7001 movement inside this one, which can trace its roots to the Pesaux mechanicals of the 1950s. Very basic movement in some ways, but reliable – and low speed at just over 21,000vph. That makes it capable of ticking away without a service for a decade or so, not that we recommend such casual behaviour of course.

This one is also blessed with a very eye-catching 3D style chapter ring, that sort of lifts the numbers off the dial a bit. Nice touch, plus you get a high quality handmade Italian leather strap.

If you want to add a rare and very special Autodromo watch to your collection, click here to order yours, as we have very few pieces available. Priced at $1500.