Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tazio Nuvolari and the 336

I don't know if there was as much press on this one as maybe it deserved, so I thought I'd re-heat this one.  This was brought out by Eberhard earlier this year.

Courtesy of Eberhard

Tazio Nuvolari is generally something we simply connect with watches.  And that is fair enough but there was more to it, is more to it than that.

Born in 1892 in Italy, his life spanned some of the most important and defining moments of modern Italy.  2 world wars, the industrialization of Italy, a racing career that really started in many ways at the beginning of modern motorized racing.  He came from a family of bicycle racers, and on first a motorcycle, and later in an automobile he became a legend.

The father of 2 children neither of whom lived to the age of 20, he in many ways embodied the ups and downs that Italy experienced as she pulled herself up from the ashes and into the modern, industrialized Italy of today.

So, enough about the past, let's talk about the future and the present -

The Tazio Nuvolari is a wonderfully sporty piece with hours, minutes, seconds, date as well as a GMT and Power Reserve.  Based on the ETA 2824-2, you can count on this to be serviceable for some time to come.

Courtesy of Eberhard

45 mm of stainless steel, the movement boasts 42 hours of power reserve. The second time zone can be adjusted with a push-piece at approximately 10 o'clock.

Useful, functional and just sporty enough!

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