Time Fast D8 Red
When 1950s race cars meet Swiss watchmaking.
L’Epée 1839 takes us behind the wheel of the Time Fast. This vintage-inspired race car and a modern clock in one is a kinetic sculpture that tells the time. It was designed by Georg Foster, a promising young newcomer and major contributor to this second collaboration between ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne) and the Swiss manufacture.
The engine consists of a tiered movement with an 8-day power reserve that was entirely developed to hug the curves of the bodywork.
The hours and minutes are displayed on the side through an aperture resembling a typical competition number, via two engraved stainless steel disks. On the other side of the chassis is the advertising spot, the characteristic circle on iconic race cars, which can be optionally customized to create a personalized car, by means of an engraving, for example (the L’Epée 1839 logo comes as standard).
In the cockpit, the car’s steering wheel, which has been specially designed to incorporate the time-setting wheel, can be used to adjust the time if the engine ever breaks down. Located in the driver’s seat, a counterclockwise adjustment adjusts the time, while clockwise adjustment can be used to reposition the steering wheel once the correct time is set.
Time Fast D8 needs to be filled up (with mechanical energy) once every week. The mechanical movement's barrel is wound by moving the wheels in reverse to provide the car with the power it requires to remain fully functional. Meanwhile drive mode is simply designed to provide unimpeded delight.
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Tiered mechanical movement
L’Epée 1839 1855 MHD in-house caliber
Power reserve 8 days
Hours and minutes display
Full bodywork in aluminum as in every racing car at the time, H-shape car frame
38.5 cm long x 16 cm wide x 12 cm high
Nickel and palladium-plated brass, stainless steel,
Blown glass dome
Front and rear bodywork in aluminum
Spoked rims in stainless steel
Tires in hard-wearing rubberPolishing and sand-blasting, satin-finished parts
Painted bodywork (Automotive paint)
Construction and materials inspired from the Automotive
Time set via counterclockwise rotation of the steering wheel
The clock is wound using the rear wheels, carefully wind the movement like a pull-back toy car