The Limited Edition Time Fast D8 Is An Incredibly Cool Clock (And Race Car)
While watch and automotive collaborations are commonplace, these partnerships often result in technically fascinating innovations. This is the case with the Time Fast D8, a modern mechanical clock inspired by vintage race cars, and looks like one too. The brainchild of Georg Foster, a promising young English designer with dreams of becoming a race car driver, the limited‑edition creation is a collaboration between design school, Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne, and high‑end clock maker L’Epée 1839.
The kinetic sculpture is made up of 289 handcrafted mechanical components, including a “motor” or manual‑winding calibre that can last eight days with a single wind. It also boasts the signature design features of race cars from the 1950s such as large spoked wheels, a long engine hood that tapers towards an elongated open radiator grille, and a cockpit seat where the time‑setting steering wheel rests. Behind the steering wheel, a glass dome resembling a driver’s helmet showcases the intricacies of the calibre’s escapement.
Owners can easily read the time on one side of the clock, as the hours and minutes are clearly displayed on two engraved stainless steel disks viewed through an aperture. On the other side is a stainless steel disk engraved with the L’Epée 1839 logo. Alternatively, the owner can also request for his initials or personal emblem to be engraved. A creative reimagination to keep time, the Time Fast D8 beckons to both clock and classic car collectors alike.
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QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE TIME FAST D8
• US$30,000: The price of a Time Fast D8 timepiece
• 600: The number of Time Fast D8 clocks that will ever be produced. They are available in six colourways: grey, red, blue, green, blue with white stripes, and white with blue stripes
• 4.7kg: The weight of each creation. It also measures 38.5cm long, 16cm wide and 12cm high
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