Split-Second Timing

The phrase “time flies” is quite apt when considering the unique automotive-inspired L’Epee Time Fast II desk timepiece.
Words by Bill Lindsey | October 26, 2023 | Luxury

At it’s heart, a timepiece is an intricate piece of machinery, with many moving parts in a concert of precision, not unlike an automobile. With that thought in mind, these two worlds combine to create the L’Epee Time Fast II, a clock closely resembling a Jaguar racecar of the 1960s. Time is displayed in the engine bay, where a 26-jewel mechanical movement with an 8-day power reserve drives two dials providing the current time. In the cockpit, seated behind the wheel, the “driver” features a crystal dome allowing the movement to be observed in action, along with intricate gears rotating underneath. Turning the key activates a second movement that drives the pistons of the V8 engine up and down. Rotating the steering wheel sets the time. The shift lever can be moved to wind the movement by rolling the car backward. The impressive attention to detail even extends to the realistic rolling rubber tires;