Nuvolari Legend – a new racing-inspired watch form Eberhard & Co.


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Twenty six years ago, Swiss watchmaker Eberhard & Co. launched the Tazio Nuvolari collection – a series dedicated to one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. Over the years, the brand has added numerous sport-oriented models to this range. Some of these watches have been inspired by great victories or enterprises realized by the legendary driver. The latest model in the collection is called the Nuvolari Legend. According to Eberhard & Co., this watch seeks to celebrate the essence of the man and of the sportsman, consecrating him among those who will never be forgotten. The new Nuvolari Legend is available at the authorized retailers and distributors. The price has not yet been announced.

Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953) was an Italian racing driver. Known as the “Il Mantovano Volante” (The Flying Mantuan), he first raced motorcycles and then switched to sports cars and single-seaters. Nuvolari dominated the decades between 1920 and the late forties. During his racing career he achieved a total of 150 wins, including five Coppa Cianos, two Mille Miglias, 24 Grands Prix, a Le Mans 24-hour race and many more. The great Ferdinand Porsche called him “the greatest driver of the past, the present, and the future”. Through its Tazio Nuvolari collection, Eberhard & Co. has helped has helped enormously in paying tribute to the “Il Mantovano Volante”, ensuring that the memory of him still lives today. In 1991, the watchmaker helped the revival of the historic Nuvolari Grand Prix race and has been its sponsor ever since.

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Ferdinand Porsche described Tazio Nuvolari as “the greatest driver of the past, the present, and the future”

 

Now let’s focus on the watch itself, shall we? The new Eberhard & Co. Nuvolari Legend comes in two sizes: 39.5 mm (ref. 31137) and 43 mm in the Grande Taille version (ref. 31138). Both models have stainless steel cases that are water resistant to 30 meters. Like on every Eberhard & Co. case, the crown is personalised with the signature “E”. On the back of each model there is a transparent sapphire case back which is secured by eight screws. Through it, the wearer can admire the beautifully finished movement. The latter is decorated with a “chessboard” pattern designed to look like the chequered flag and features an oscillating weight customized with stylised Alfa Romeo Type 12C in 18k gold. This historic Grand Prix car was the vehicle in which Tazio Nuvolari achieved many of its important victories.

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The oscillating weight is customized with stylised Alfa Romeo Type 12C

 

On the front of the watch we have a black dial with luminescent Arabic numerals and baton-type hands. The functions include: hours, minutes, seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 12 and 6 respectively, and a spiral tachometer scale in km/hr in the centre. Ticking inside the watch is a Valjoux 7750-based chronograph with automatic winding. Featuring 25 jewels, the movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Completing the latest Eberhard & Co. Nuvolari Legend models is a stylish vintage-looking antiqued leather strap. Each watch is also available with a sporty stainless steel bracelet.

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The center part of the dial features a spiral tachometer scale

 

 

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