Meccaniche Veloci : Turbo and four time zones

QuattroValvole MoneyMaker

Case : polished and brushed grade 5 titanium, piston-shaped, sapphire back, water-resistant to 100m Diameter : 44.3mm Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber MV88-01 on ETA base movement, 38h power reserve), circular graining, Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating Functions : 2 GMT displays with hours and minutes, 1 GMT with hours, minutes and date at 9 o’clock, 1 GMT with hours, minutes and seconds Dial : rhodiumed brass and structured with four counters Strap : rubber with leather inserts, pin buckle of folding clasp

Ten years after the creation of the brand, Meccaniche Veloce is exhibiting an all-new ‘engine’ and ‘bodywork’ at Baselworld 2016, with a new tandem at the wheel. Since last year’s take-over by businessman and collector Cesare Cerrito (President) and watchmaking professional Ricardo Monfardino (CEO), an in-depth makeover has been undertaken, of which the most clearly visible aspects are an exclusive new caliber and production centralized around the new loft-style headquarters in Geneva. The strategy elaborated there gives priority to quality and to the original values of Meccaniche Veloci. Less references, more attention to details, a powerful and original personality, technical substance presented in a simple manner : such are the leitmotifs applied to the eight models presented at Baselworld and powered by the exclusively developed MV88-01 quadruple timezone movement visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Its oscillating weight shaped like a car wheel further reinforces the ties with the automotive-motorbike world, also evidenced in the piston-shaped case featuring four valves housing the counters indicating as many different timezones, product partnerships with the Brembo and Suomy motorsport equipment manufacturers, as well as  a dashboard-inspired design. This QuattroValvole collection is interpreted in bold and ironic versions dedicated to various high-profile themes such as the graphic MoneyMaker model, which should appeal to the world of finance.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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