The Halda Race Pilot allows you to swap between a stopwatch and a watch face. It also gives you key info on 150 of the world’s most famous race circuits.
Okay, I’ll start off by saying that – aside from a motorsport-ish name – the Halda Race Pilot is not steeped with as much motorsport influence as some of our earlier contributions. It hasn’t for instance received Formula 1-inspired technology such as the MP-05 LaFerrari. It hasn’t been made from an actual Ferrari like the Scalfaro GTO 1962 Bizzarrini. It isn’t even a tribute to motorsport legends, such as Jo Siffert, Stefan Johansson or even Jean Todt. It does though have something similar to the MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt, in that the Pilot has two faces.
Halda, a horologist name of refute since 1887 until going out of business in 1993, was revived in 2009 by Swede Mikael Sandstrom with an interesting concept model. The Race Pilot has two interchangeable faces (or modules I should say). One – the Race Module – is a stopwatch powered by circuit boards, into which key data of 150 of the world’s most famous circuits have been stored, including the Nurburgring and Silverstone (and which even includes a countdown to the next international race at these venues). The other – the Mechanical Module – is a traditional Zenith-powered watch face, available in Silver Geneva, Gun Metal Geneva, or Black Luminova, and boasts a 50-hour power reserve.
I know. Fascinating stuff, right? But bear with me, because you can swap the faces as you see fit. All yours for $18,471.
If however you’re just looking to the tell the time with Swedish accuracy, in which case the Race Pilot will still set you back $9895.
– Shots courtesy of Halda Watch Co.