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Boldr Venture Rally, Wells Junior Chrono

The latest from Boldr;

The Wells family has a brand new addition – both in our watch range AND in real life! While our Brand Ambassador Daniel Wells & his family anticipate the arrival of their firstborn child, we named our latest Venture Rally model after the little champion.

Seiko VK64 movement, sapphire crystal and beautiful lume make this one a winner for us at NWC mag.

Daniel and the Wells family continue to push the boundaries of achievement in Rally Racing in Australia, recently topping their category at the April 2021 Sunraysia Motor Sports Club desert dash!

Complete with a racing stripe NATO strap, The Rally Wells Junior is housed in a super-tough & lightweight titanium chronograph with a tachymeter for gearheads to play with. Just like it’s parents, the Wells 201 & Wells 008, it delivers the quintessential field watch experience that has made the Venture a global favorite.

This one retails at $299, plus import duty and VAT.

 

Rebellion Predator – Special Dakar Rally Edition

It’s almost time for the Dakar, the greatest off-road race event in the world. Back in the day when the race was called the Paris-Dakar some of the top riders used to travel to the middle east to practise their dune-tackling riding techniques in December as a prequel to the main event, so it’s kinda fitting that this edition sees the Rally shift location to Saudi Arabia. The challenge in terms of rider and vehicle endurance is immense – there’s no substitute for desert racing. What better way to show your love for this rally than buying a Rebellion watch?

Also, can brands stop using CAPITALS all the time? It’s boring.

REBELLION Timepieces offers a new and limited edition of 20 timepieces: The Predator Chronograph Dakar. With its 100% motor sport DNA, REBELLION renews its partnership as official timekeeper of the 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally taking place in January 2020 for the first time in the Middle East. The Rebellion brand will be involved in the race with the participation of its President, Alexandre Pesci.

This legendary race will take place from January 5 to 17 in Saudi Arabia. A major first for the Dakar Rally that was created in 1978 and had left Africa eleven years ago for America. This latest edition will now take place in the Middle East.

REBELLION Timepieces delighted by this partnership, has decided to develop a personalized version of its iconic Predator Chronograph watch. REBELLION fascinates with its powerful mechanical DNA as well as the diversity of its designs. Reminding the racing cars which participate in the Dakar Rally, and thus a strapping combination of angles, layers and curves, the Predator Chronograph DAKAR offers a perfect blend of watchmaking and automobile aesthetics.

Every detail of the design reminds of high-performance racing mechanics. From the black DLC honeycomb dial to the bezel held by its Rebellion screws colored in 5N, to the patented deployment buckle. Boasting a generous 48-hour power reserve and date indicator, this solid chronograph also stands out for its original seconds’ indicator at 9 o’clock. A short small hand runs from 0 to 30 while a larger hand takes over from 31 to 60 seconds. The Predator Chronograph DAKAR is a limited edition of only 20 pieces.

Alexandre Pesci, President of Rebellion Corporation and Dakar Rally Driver 2020:

“We are very pleased to participate in this second year of collaboration with the Dakar Rally, which is taking place this year in Saudi Arabia. I have the honor to take part myself in this great edition driving a Rebellion car to challenge the desert of the Middle East. Moreover, Rebellion Timepieces is proud to introduce our iconic watch, the Predator Chronograph in its “Dakar” personalized version, a true reflection of our Maison and faithful to our values ​​of performance and extreme. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Case : Black DLC-treated titanium

  • Left side of the case, screws’ bezel and pushers are treated in DLC 5N
  • The logo Dakar Rally, Saudi Arabia and “limited edition” are engraved on the left side of the watch

Crystal: nti-reflecting Sapphire crystal

Diameter: 48mm

Dial : Black DLC-treated honeycomb

  • Finishing: an original small-seconds dial at 9 o’clock, and two counters for the chronograph at 3 and 6 o’clock

Back: 5N transfer of the Dakar Rally 42nd edition race path and the logo of the Dakar Rally

Water resistance: 100 m/10atm

Movement: Three hands automatic swiss made Chronograph movement

  • Functions: Chronograph (counters of 12h and 30 min at respectively 6 o’clock and 3 o’clock), date, hours, minutes and sectorial seconds.

Components: 279

Jewels: 27

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 alt/h)

Power-reserve: 48 Hours

 

Frederique-Constant Expands Its Austin-Healey Range

Frederique Constant have sent us details on a new classic car inspired watch. The Vintage Rally “Healey” limited editions have worked their way into the affections of classic enthusiasts and were created as a result of a partnership between the Frederique Constant Manufacture and the Austin-Healey car brand.

The previous edition of the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic dates back to 2018 – and frankly we love these old school chronograph watches, which really take you back to the 60s.

2018 frederique constant healey blue chronograph

Now FC has added two new three-hand models, with date. Putting its tradition of sporty chronographs on hold, Frederique Constant has given the Vintage Rally Healey Automatic a more urban design. Each of the models features an automatic FC-303 calibre with a date window at 3 o’clock and a power reserve of 38 hours.

On the caseback is the individual serial number for each piece, strictly limited to 2,888 units, which comes in a collector’s gift set complete with miniature replica of the NOJ393 Healey 100S model, which went for $1.3 million at auction.

frederique constant healey 1

There are two new models; one is rose gold, while the other is a more traditional British Racing Green dial option. Kinda suits the car theme better we reckon. There’s no word on UK prices in the press kit, but given that the 2018 Healey chronograph is currently on Goldsmiths website at £2,500-ish, then we will take a guess at £1,800 for the three hand model.