Georges Eberhard was only 22 years old when he founded his watch manufacture in La-Chaux-de-Fonds back in 1887. Only 20 years later, the Manufacture d' Horlogerie Eberhard & Co. had already positioned itself as a world authority in chronometers and chronographs. In the 1930's, the most common timepiece on the wrist of Italian Navy Officers was Eberhard & Co. In 1992, the company introduces the Tazio Nuvolari chronograph to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the greatest racing champions of all times. This year at Baselworld 2013, a new model of the Tazio Nuvolari chronograph was unveiled, its name the 'Naked'.
In 1936 Tazio Nuvolari drove his 12-cylinder Alfa Romeo for 300 miles to an extraordinary triumph on the Roosevelt Raceway in New York State. Tazio and his Vanderbilt Cup made racing history. This year, the exclusive new addition to the Tazio Nuvolari Vanderbilt Cup collection by Eberhard & Co., is dedicated to one of the legendary driver’s most prestigious victories. The new watch bears for the first time a black dial with white Arabic numerals and like on the other chronographs of the collection, the stop button for the chronograph is coaxial to the winding crown. A feature that is reminiscent of the Eberhard & Co. coaxial chronographs of the 1930s.
Additionally, the watch case is lighter than in previous versions as there is no solid case back but a sapphire crystal display case back, thus the name 'Naked'. The new watch reference 31068 is fitted with an automatic ETA modified caliber with a 12-hour chronograph and stop push button coaxial to the crown at 3 o'clock.
In addition to the new Tazio Nuvolari Naked Chronograph, Eberhard & Co. presented four additional novelties—the Chrono 4 Colors in a limited edition of 600 pieces, the Champion V Time Only, the Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection Limited Edition of 500 pieces and the ladies watch Gilda. As part of their beautiful pavilion, Eberhard & Co. included a nice display of historical pieces that included the legendary Scafograf 200 diving watch and the beautiful Alfa Romeo racing car driven by Nuvolari on his legendary victory in New York.
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