WatchTime New York, America’s largest luxury watch show, is just a few weeks away! As we continue our countdown to the long-awaited collectors’ event, taking place at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 26-27, we are highlighting notable new timepieces that guests will discover there. Today we showcase the Eberhard Nuvolari Legend, a vintage-look chronograph inspired by one of the icons of early 20th-century auto racing.
Eberhard & Co., which is making its first appearance at a WatchTime New York event, has long been popular in Italy, and the brand’s fondness for Italian design and culture has brought about about one of the most enduring relationships between a watch company and an auto racing icon. Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953), known as Montovano Volante, or the Flying Mantuan, was a motorcycle racer turned racecar driver who won 24 Grand Prix races and raced for Alfa Corse, Scuderia Ferrari, and Maserati. Once dubbed “the greatest driver of the past, present, and future” by none other than Ferdinand Porsche, he remains revered by fans of racing history, especially in his native Italy. Eberhard launched its first Tazio Nuvolari Chronograph in 1992, the centenary of the racing legend’s birth, and has since grown it into an entire collection.
The latest addition to the family of racing-inspired timepieces, the Nuvolari Legend, premiered at Baselworld 2018. The watch is a black-dialed chronograph with big, luminescent Arabic numerals and baton hands, and a vintage-look spiral tachymeter scale (measured in km/hr) in the center, overlapping the minutes counter at 12 o’clock and hour counter at 6 o’clock. It is available in two stainless steel case sizes, the “standard” 39.5 mm version and the “Grand Taille” 43-mm variation that has become a hallmark of Eberhard watches; both are water-resistant to 30 meters.
The screw-down exhibition caseback features a checkerboard pattern inspired by a race-start flag, framing a sapphire window that offers a view of the self-winding ETA Valjoux 7750 movement. Eberhard has enhanced this reliable integrated chronograph caliber specially for this model by adding an image of the historical Alfa Romeo Type 12C racecar in which Tazio Nuvolari won many victories. Also embellished with côtes de Genève, perlage, and 16 blued screws, the movement has a 28,800-vph frequency and a 42-hour power reserve. The Eberhard Nuvolari Legend completes its retro-racing look with the addition of an “antiquated” leather strap; it’s also available on a steel “Charmé” bracelet, as pictured above.
Interested in seeing and trying on the Nuvolari Legend for yourself? You can experience the newest collections from Eberhard and 30 other exhibiting watch brands at WatchTime New York. Tickets are going fast; order yours now!