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Baltic Present New Tricompax Baltic x Peter Auto Chronograph Limited Edition

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

French microbrand Baltic have collaborated with prominent classic car race organiser Peter Auto to create their first tricompax chronograph wristwatch, fittingly called the Tricompax Baltic x Peter Auto. It’s a watch designed for true classic car enthusiasts, with the limited edition collection tailored for use during actual races. For example, it’s the perfect watch to accompany drivers at Peter Auto’s Le Mans Classic, a hugely popular classic car race that takes place on the same circuit as what is arguably the most iconic race in motorsport, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

The Tricompax has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 39.5mm. It’s an understated design with slim vertical sides (the whole piece has a thickness of just 13.5mm) classy pushers and crown. The black aluminium bezel features a tachymeter, a scale commonly associated with motorsport as it allows you to calculate your speed over a fixed distance, when used in conjunction with the watch’s chronograph complication.

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

Since this is Baltic’s first tricompax timepiece, they’ve emphasised the three subdials of the tricompax chronograph layout by colour coding them. The 30-minute timer at 3 o’clock is orange, the 12-hour timer at 6 o’clock is yellow and the small seconds subdial is white, each set against a black guilloché backdrop. The main dial is beige with baton hour markers and a peripheral minutes scale, giving the watch a faint retro vibe that suits the Peter Auto classic car racing theme.

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph
Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

Housed inside the piece is the Sellita SW510-M movement. While the use of a Sellita movement is pretty unremarkable for most brands, it stands out here because Baltic typically source their movements from Japan, making the use of a Swiss piece notable. They’ve also opted for the manual wind version of the calibre, which feels apt considering the watch is themed around classic cars. Appreciating and engaging with the mechanisms of car and watch is arguably more important than the practicality of the finished product. Plus, with a 41-hour power reserve, the SW510-M is practical enough anyway.

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

While that about wraps it up for the Tricompax Baltic x Peter Auto Chronograph, the limited edition collection also comes with features several additional items. First and foremost, there are two analogue monopusher stopwatches that riff on the colours of the chronograph, with black, beige, orange and yellow dominating. There’s also a stopwatch holder that you can mount to the dashboard of your car so you can time your laps and splits in the traditional method. Lastly, there’s an alternative strap for the Tricompax made from taupe calf leather.

Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph
Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph

The collection is limited to 300 pieces and priced at €1,975 (approx. £1,660) without VAT. Considering the immense popularity of Baltic and the fact that this is a seriously cool collection means they’re likely to sell out within hours, if not minutes, if not seconds. If you want a chance to pick one up, be ready on August 26 at 4pm CEST at Baltic’s website.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Baltic x Peter Auto Tricompax Chronograph
  • Case/dial: 39.5mm diameter x 13.5mm thickness, stainless steel case, numbered from 1 to 300 with light beige matte finish dial
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW510-M, manual winding, 23 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 63h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
  • Strap: Brushed stainless steel adjustable flat link bracelet and taupe calf leather strap
  • Price/availability: €1,975 (approx. £1,660) excl. VAT, limited to 300 pieces, available to pre-order August 26th at 4pm CEST.

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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