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Serie-A Stradale: a meca-quartz movement in a neo-vintage inspired chronograph

Actually, this product does not fit into our digital TOURBILLON platform TICK-TALK. Being a child of the fifties, I naturally love fifties design. For example, a neo-vintage style timepiece like Depancel

Depancel launch the Serie-A Stradale: a timepiece with neo-vintage style and a hybrid meca-quartz movement. For a watchmaking brand inspired by the automotive world, this elegant and sporty new watch is a seamless addition to the Serie-A line designed for gentlemen drivers. Read on for more details about a collection that will take you back in time.

With this new product, Depancel is offering its community of enthusiasts a watch they can wear every day, with a neo-retro look that reminds the timepieces that marked watchmaking in the 1950s.

Serie-A Stradale thus features the large display and the glassbox of old chronographs, which allow you to admire the dial’s many details: a gradient effect recreating the patina of classic bodywork that’s stood the test of time, two large counters characteristic of retro watches that provide maximum readability and a combination of ultra-thin metallic numbers & hour markers for the utmost refinement.

Nero, Verde and Azzurro: each of the three versions is associated with a combination of retro measurement scales, while adding a sporty touch with its telemeter and central red, yellow or orange hand. Use the tachymeter to measure your speed and the telemeter to calculate the distance to a phenomenon you see and then hear.

Depancel designed Serie-A Stradale as an essential watch for fine mechanics lovers , so it retains the codes of the Serie-A range with its recognizable crown inspired by a radiator cap and its ultra-vintage, ergonomic mushroom pushers.

Technical characteristics

MOVEMENT Mechanism SEIKO VK64 meca-quartz chronograph movement

CASE Material: 316L stainless steel

Crystal: composite

Diameter: 39mm

Thickness: 11.5mm

Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100m

Alternate finishes: brushed / polished

Caseback: decorated with a wheel pattern

Dial: 3 scales (tachymeter, telemeter, minutes)

FUNCTIONS Hours, minutes, Chrono seconds (1/5s), chrono minutes, 24H function

STRAP Black or brown microperforated racing leather strap, Folding clasp or pin buckle

Lug: 20mm

PRICE €395 in pre-orders


Depancel is a French brand that offers automatic watches at excellent value for money thanks to a co-creation and pre-order model. His mission is to put beautiful watchmaking on the maximum number of wrists, by offering timepieces made in Switzerland or France that come with a lifetime warranty.

Each of the Depancel collections (whose name is the contraction of Delage, Panhard et Facel Vega, three prestigious French car manufacturers), pays tribute to a specific territory of the automotive world and aims to inspire fine mechanics enthusiasts.

In 2021, Depancel invited its community to co-create the collection’s very first chronograph. The widely distributed questionnaire showed the team that there was an interest in a meca-quartz chronograph, a hybrid movement that combines the precision of quartz with the beauty of traditional watchmaking in the form of an automatic chronograph module.

The Serie-A Stradale has a Seiko VK64 movement, perfect for a watch that is both elegant and easy to wear. The combination of a quartz movement and an automatic module means the case is thinner (39mm for 11.5mm thickness) and very light.

Serie-A Stradale: an affordable watch to add to your collection with confidence! Just as for all other Depancel collections, it comes with a lifetime guarantee and pre-orders will be available for €395. This collection goes on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 on the brand’s website:

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About Karl Heinz Nuber

Nuber ist langjähriger unabhängiger Uhren Journalist und begann seine Karriere in den frühen 80er Jahren. Durch das Sammeln kam er zum Schreiben. Er ist Gründer des vierteljährlich regelmässig bilingual – Deutsch und English - erscheinenden TOURBILLON Magazin’s, der digitalen TOURBILLON Plattform TICK-Talk, der Ausstellungs- und Event Plattform Art of TOURBILLON und TOURBILLON TV. Er tritt regelmässig als Kenner der Branche in Erscheinung.

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