Every time we use a mechanical watch we have to come to terms with one thing: electronic timekeeping is better. In general, day-to-day terms, that’s fine and the cache of a mechanical timepiece eclipses the need for a couple extra milliseconds of accuracy. But in the world of professional sport it’s not.
Conversely, the lasers and barrages of digital timers used in sprinting, racing and countless other sports lack any kind of soul. Plus they’re not the most wearable of devices. Swedish watch brand Halda has found the perfect middle-ground. How? By not accepting one.
Halda began in 1887 as the first watch factory in Northern Europe and, since then, has produced timekeepers for the likes of NASA Astronauts and F1 drivers. Their watches have made it to the International Space Station seven times, in part down to their unique approach to horology.
Each Halda watch comes with two distinct modules: a traditional mechanical timepiece – albeit one with the kind of performance design you expect on a hypercar – and a digital module dedicated to split-second timing. Simply slot whichever you need into the impeccably made platform and you have the right tool for the job.
Previous models have all been about performance and performance only; yet with their latest edition, the Race Pilot Gold, Halda is adding a flash of luxury to proceedings, too. The platform of the new piece is made from 18K gold, while the striking mechanical dial is built from 20 individually manufactured pieces carefully applied on a base of carbon fibre.
There are other automotive touches too, such as the knurled crown that ensures grip no matter the conditions. Then there’s the 45mm case of the module itself, which is made from DLC-coated titanium for lightweight durability. This in turn surrounds a solid, reliable Zenith movement for utmost reliability, even when you’re not using the digital module.
The digital module itself is a true racing machine, and has been developed at the world-famous Nurburgring. It does more than just time your best lap. It can also measure top speed, lateral G-forces, sector times and a theoretical best time so you know what you’re aiming for. In short, it has everything a serious driver could want.
Between the gold and carbon, the mechanical timepiece and the digital information module, the new Race Pilot embodies that specific mix of high-tech and classical that has come to define contemporary luxury – whether that takes you to the track or the cocktail bar.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Race Pilot Gold
Case/Dial: 45mm diameter, black DLC coated titanium case, 18k gold and carbon fiber dial
Water Resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Zenith calibre H685-Z, automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 50h
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, sub-second, power reserve indicator
Strap: Black rubber
More details at Halda.