Monday, April 5, 2010

Titoni Race King ~ Vintage Chronograph

Titoni Race King Valjoux 7734


Finally a Race King in my hands..... Not that I am wearing it... simply touching and observing it, is enough to give me great satisfaction. I bought this through an ebay auction. After a much anticipated wait, the watch arrived 4 days later from Thailand. It is a stunning piece of art. The case, the dial, the movement is of original. The bracelet is also original Titoni, but I cannot confirm whether it is initially mean for this watch.



Influenced by the retro design of the 1970s, Titoni creates a man's watch with a stopwatch function and speedometer (Ref. 3000RK). Certain features of the watch's design recall the first robots produced in Japan in the 1950's. The looks of the "Race King" emphasise its technically complex inner workings in an authentic manner.




The dial of the race king employed a so-called styling in which it was a matter of either concealing or emphasizing the characteristic mechanical features of an article. Through the T-shaped arrangement of the dial suggestive of a sports car steering wheel, to evoke a sense of speed. (Abstract from Titoni of Switzerland 90th Anniversary: Passages of Time).

This Titoni Race King is powered by a 17 jewels Inclaboc Valjoux 7734 movement. It is a hand winding complicated watch with 5 hands. The chronograph 45 minutes register is at 3 o'clock position; 9 o'clock is the subsidiary second hand. Date at 6 o'clock is with red coloured numerals, adding contrast to the dial.




Despite the age of this watch; it is still a very fine sportive watch by today standard. It is truly a Titoni classic, a must have for all titoni collectors.



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