L’Epée’s 1839 Time Fast II Is A Horological Work Of Art
The chrome-clad timepiece pays homage to the peerless elegance of 1960s racecars.
Automotive and horological worlds collide in the L’Epée 1839 Time Fast II. Founded in 1839 by clockmaker Auguste L’Epée, the Swiss manufacture has a well-deserved reputation in the horological industry, thanks to its industry leading platform escapements and unparalleled attention to detail. While L’Epée’s heritage is defined by carriage and alarm clocks, today, the manufacture is best known for its unique contemporary timepieces—think pistols, dinosaurs, rockets, and more than a few cars.
The manufacture’s latest release, the Time Fast II, is crafted from chrome and draws inspiration from the flowing lines and elegant forms of 1960s race cars. A throwback to the sinuous coupes of the time, the clock features a period-correct H-chassis, three-spoked steering wheel, and spoked stainless wheels fitted with rubber tires.
The time is displayed (in hours and minutes) on the dual air filter discs that sit on the V8 engine. The movement is equipped with an 8-day power reserve, and under the driver’s helmet sits a 2.5 Hz escapement.
The Time Fast II isn’t just a pretty dial (or disc, as the case may be); it’s loaded with interactive features. Turn the miniature engine key and the pistons of the V8 engine start to move realistically, while the gear stick (it’s a manual, duh) toggles between winding the time movement and winding the piston automation movement. Much like the toy cars of your childhood, the Time Fast II is wound by moving the tires backward (by dragging it across a table).
Limited to 99 examples, the Time Fast II is priced at approx. $72,380 and is available upon enquiry.
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