The Canadian brand continues on its merry way by unveiling its latest model, named Race Masteron the famous American crowdfunding platform. Since its birth in 2014, this is the ninth time that Ferro & Company on Kickstarter, knowing that the target has already been reached. Let’s take a closer look at this colorful new collection inspired by mid-century motor racing.
A genesis on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit
Following on from the Disctinct 3, with its large, curved case, wired lugs and onion-shaped crown, Ferro & Company continues to draw inspiration from the automotive worldbut this time with a more traditional approach. The dials in the Race Master collection are as vintage as everbut the case is more in keeping with the current trend: 39mm diameter. It’s a logical choice that fits in even better with this colorful series, which will rekindle the nostalgia of the 1960s-1970s racing. Whether Ferrari, Ford GT, McLaren, Porsche or Aston Martin, each model pays tribute to the prowess of the classic cars that burned rubber on the asphalt of the Circuit de la Sarthe.
An automatic series with 24-hour indicator
This is undoubtedly the model we’re most interested in, given our love of rolling (watchmaking) machines. With its unchanged proportions of 39mm in diameter and 42.50mm horn-to-horn length, as well as a thickness of 13.15mmthis series of 5 watches ticks all the right boxes. To confer a truly vintage look to the Race Master, Ferro & Company has logically opted for a ultra-curved Hésalite glass made in Germany, which also does not reflect light. Beneath this are highly coloured dials with a 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock and a date window positioned in an original way at 4-5 o’clock. Not surprisingly, and fortunately so, the caseback is transparent in order to reveal the workings of a Japanese automatic movementthe Miyota 8217, a cousin of the highly durable 8215. Its oscillating weight has also been color-treated in shades of orange and black. And for those who like to change bracelets like they change shirts, its 20mm lugs will please you, as this is the most standard size on the market. Deliveries come with perforated Italian leather straps mounted on a thick pin buckle. Prices range from $405 to $420, with a future catalog price of $575.
Bi-compax quartz chronographs
For many, racing rhymes with chronograph, so it was impossible for Ferro & Company not to offer this complication. In keeping with its affordable brandthese models from the Race Master collection are equipped with a quartz movement also by Miyota, more precisely the calibre 0S21, offering a 5-year autonomy. In particular, it enables watches to display a tachometric scale positioned on an attractive curved white bezel, entirely photoluminescent, but above all a bi-compax layout with counters dedicated to totalizing the 60-minute time as well as a 24-hour counter. Gone is the jumping second hand, and the focus is on what’s most appealing. The only notable difference from the automatic model is its solid background adorned with a stamped illustration. Pre-order prices are $310-$325, with a future retail price of $485. All will of course carry a 2-year warranty from the date of shipment next year.