The Laco Mission Manx Limited Edition celebrates vintage motorcycling and is perfect for those enthusiasts who own vintage motorbikes, and also dress the part, with bushy beards, soft caps, helmet and goggles, and aged leather gear. This piece is dedicated in particular to the Tourist Trophy race on the Isle of Man, and a German rider, Georg “Cast Iron” Meier who won the 264-mile race in 1939, the first time that a non-British rider had taken the trophy. He was riding a 500 cc BMW Kompressor.
The watch is a chronograph with an unusual appearance provided by the black and cream dial, a tribute to BMW speedometers. The case is 44 mm in diameter, with a unidirectional rotating bezel that bears indications of Georg Meier at the bottom and the Motor Circus logo at the top. Hour, minute and second hands are coated with SuperLuminova in a colour that fits the vintage look. It has a strap in Shell Cordovan with stainless steel buckle. The watch is supplied in a leather container reminiscent of a biker’s toolbag, complete with embossed Motor Circus logo. The limited edition number is engraved on the caseband.
The movement is the ETA 7750, with day/date indications at 3 o’clock. It runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and has a power reserve of about 42 hours. It can be viewed through the transparent caseback, displaying the rotor with Motor Circus logo.
Reference and price
The Laco Mission Manx Limited Edition is a limited edition of 49 watches, reference 861878. Each costs €2,998 inclusive of VAT. Available from the Laco online store at https://shop.laco.de
The video below by Laco gives an idea of what vintage motorcycling is all about today: