Somewhat under the radar, German watch maker Stowa as of late released two new models, the 24 H Racing Countdown and GMT Worldtime . Both models are based on the 2013 Flieger TO1 Testaf , sharing a 46mm titanium case and similar aggressive dial design, while serving as slightly more sporty options, with added complication and more dynamic aesthetic.
Originally uncovered at the 2013 Nürburgring 24-hour race on the few days of May 18th, the 24 H Racing Countdown watch should come as no surprise for any diehard Jörg Schauer fans, who may realize that Schauer’s personal watch brand really sponsors German racing driver Marc Basseng . Indeed, apparently the 24 H started possibly as just a coincidental passion project for Mr. Schauer. In a watchuseek post published on May 11th , Mr. Schauer said that he was bringing a prototype of the 24 H to the Nürburgring race for anybody interested to check it out, and suggested he would possibly create the watch in “small quantities if there is interest”. There must have been considerable interest from the occasion, as the 24 H Racing Countdown is as of now accessible online from Stowa, with a cost of roughly 1,480 euros ($1,900 USD) without VAT.
As referenced, the 24 H Racing Countdown uses the same titanium case as the Flieger TO1 Testaf model, measuring 46mm in diameter,15.5mm tall and 54.5mm carry to-drag, with a 24mm haul with. The bezel of the 24 H is also indistinguishable from that of the Testaf, except for the insert. Rather than displaying minute/second indicators, the bezel of the 24 H shows a 24-hour scale, displayed in descending request. This allows the wearer, presumably a vehicle driver or race fan, to countdown the hours of a 24-hour race. By setting the 24th hour marker, which on account of the 24 H is a checkered banner, to line up with the watches GMT hand toward the start of a race, you can easily monitor the leftover hours of the race without doing any math.
As you would envision, the 24 H Racing Countdown is fueled by an ETA A07.171 Valgranges development with GMT work, with the 24-hour GMT hand serving as the race countdown pointer. Of course you can use the GMT hand to read a clock in another time region when not measuring a race, however with no conventional 24-hour scale, perusing the second time may demonstrate a yet cumbersome. On the dial of the 24 H you will locate the contemporary Stowa logo at 12 o’clock, as well as the words 24 H Racing Countdown. Furthermore, the 24 H comes in two shading ways, with either bright green or red accents on the GMT hand, second hand, bezel and dial details.
Luckily, for any individual who is an enthusiast of the 24 H design yet not the racing specific bezel, Stowa has also released an unadulterated GMT model. The GMT Worldtime is indistinguishable from the 24 H except for the dial text and, of course, the bezel format. With the GMT you will locate a conventional GMT insert with the 24-hour scale imprinted in ascending request. The GMT Worldtime is estimated at around 1,420 euros ($1,820 USD).
Given that these two new models were released generally discreetly, it seems as though they will be made in small quantities and will probably require considerable delay times, which is regular for the Stowa brand. Regardless, it is interesting to see Stowa proceed with the use of their new case design first seen in the Testaf model, and we’re sure that these huge, sportier watches will offer strongly to a specific crowd. Each of the new models are accessible for purchase today, with an estimated conveyance of October or November. Tell us what you think of these new Stowa models in the comments below.
by Blake Malin
photos through www.stowa.de