Celebrating the Iconic Lines of 1960’s racing cars
The Chrome, renowned in the automotive industry for its ability to elevate car parts, finds new expression in the skilled hands of L’Epée 1839, as it adorns the full bodywork, reminiscing the iconic lines of 1960’s race car models.
The 1960s was a golden age for sports car performance and sleek sensual design.
And it was probably in 1960s when the most beautiful cars were ever made.
Sports car racing features cars that have two seats and enclosed wheels, and they usually run over relatively large distances so there is an emphasis on reliability and efficiency.
Sports car racing in the 1960s was responsible for the now mythical reputations of racetracks like Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona. And it cemented the reputations of the most prestigious car manufacturers like Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa-Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW…
Automotive & Art
The captivating fusion of art and engineering found in the automotive industry resonates within numerous artists and designers, who perceive the car as a symbol of speed, grace and freedom. The link between artists and the automotive has been found in some of the greatest artistic pieces such as sculptures and photographs.
The remarkable combination of aesthetics and mechanical engineering not only captivates artists but also attracts passionate collectors, as cars hold a multitude of meanings for different individuals — passion, nostalgia, cherished memories, and more. Cars become objects of personal expression, evoking deep emotions and connecting people to their unique stories.
Time Fast II in short
Time Fast II is built on a H-chassis in aluminum as the racing cars were then. A three-spoke steering wheel (that sets the time) is made just like those of the real sport cars. Likewise, the spoked stainless wheels are meticulously crafted just like the originals, and their soft compound rubber tires are filled with special foam to replicate the pressure of tires on their full-sized racing counterparts.
And in a nod to the ultimate in authenticity, the tires on Time Fast II rest slightly flat on the bottom, just as they are in reality.
The time displays (hours and minutes) of the manufacture 8-day movement are on the dual air filters feeding the V8’s two banks of carburetors.
Under the driver’s helmet sits the perpetually animated 2.5 Hz escapement and turning the ignition key starts the pistons of the V8 engine moving realistically up and down. You can almost smell the high-octane fuel in the air as those pistons fire up!
And naturally, Time Fast II sports a functional manual gear stick that selects between winding the time movement, winding the piston automaton movement, and neutral. Winding is done by turning the rear wheels. Pushing Time Fast II backwards along a table to wind the two movements brings back childhood memories of playing with those toy cars that you pulled along to charge the spring before letting them fly across the room under their own steam.
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