These Le Mans-inspired watches are available for preorder on Kickstarter

Ambitious, but gorgeous timepieces
by Jason Tulio | Mar 21, 2020
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most grueling motorsports events on earth, and if you’ve ever seen Ford v Ferrari, then you can understand just how big a deal it is. 

As an homage to the legendary racing event, watchmaker Ferro & Company began a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to fund its Distinct 3 series inspired by Le Mans. Within 16 hours, the project met its funding goal, so now the company is currently taking preorders for these gorgeous timepieces.

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First, some specs. Each watch’s stainless-steel case measures 42mm in diameter with a 42mm lug width, and combined with the 8mm onion-style crown, resembles an old racing stopwatch. It comes with either a domed or flat sapphire crystal for the quartz version, and the package includes a standard Italian leather racing strap and optional NATO straps. The watch is water resistant up to 100m. And like a fine race car with a well-tuned performance engine, the watch is available with four movements: a Swiss ETA 2824, a Swiss STP1-11, a Japanese Miyota 9015, and a Swiss quartz. Each movement is limited to 1,000 units each. 

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A unique feature of these watches is that it only features one hand—an orange-tipped one at that, which reminds you of a car’s tachometer. The outer edge features 144 markers, each representing five minutes, so the time is told using a combination of the hour markers and the five-minute indicators. Worth highlighting, too, is the Super Luminova C3 lume on these bad boys, which Ferro & Company proudly displays on its Kickstarter page. 

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Now, onto the designs. There are three distinct dial options available. The first pays tribute to Steve McQueen’s on-screen car in the movie Le Mans, which was a Porsche 917 in Gulf Oil livery.


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The Grand Prix model, meanwhile, features the same white outer edge as the Gulf edition, but with a black, white, and orange theme in the middle.


Lastly, the Petrol model retains the black and orange of the Grand Prix, but removes the white outer edge to give you an almost all-black dial. 

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As mentioned, Ferro & Company is currently taking preorders for these unique pieces through pledges, available at a variety of prices depending on the movement. As of this writing, the quartz is available for a $262 (around P13,400) pledge, while the Japanese Miyota goes for $418 (roughly P31,300). The Swiss STP-11 goes for $529 (around P27,000), and lastly, the Swiss ETA series starts at $652 (roughly 33,000). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in August 2020. 

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