Unveiled earlier this month, the new Hanhart Pioneer Racemaster GTM automatic chronograph watch seems to be based on their older Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope self-winding chrono that was presented back in January, 2012. Powered by the same movement and coming in the same stainless steel case, the watch features a different bezel and sports a color scheme that just screams ’70s!
Although chronographs of that time were not particularly large, this beast comes in an oversized body 45 millimeters in diameter and whole 16 millimeters thick.
According to the German watchmaking brand, the body of the piece is crafted from their patented “HDSPro” stainless steel alloy, which is claimed to be 100 times more scratch-resistant than the alloys usually employed by watchmaking industry.
Beating inside this case is the same Caliber HAN4212 automatic movement that powers the aforementioned Monoscope. Outsourced from a third-party manufacturer, the caliber sports a set of modifications that not only convert it into a monopusher (which basically means that you can operate the chronograph using only one push-piece), but also increase the spacing between the setting crown and the push-piece thus making it more comfortable to operate.
Another nice thing about this movement is, of course, the skeletonized oscillating weight that features the brand’s logo.
Being inspired by racing cars of the ’60s and ’70s, the face of the Racemaster GTM features three main colors with the main portion of the dial painted black, the hands red and the chapter ring blue. The silver-toned chronograph and subsidiary seconds sub-dials are nicely matched by light-grey Superluminova on the hands and applied hour markers and strongly remind of German sports cars of the pre-WWII period with their signature unpainted, silver-colored bodies.
It is also nice to note that the red color of the hands is repeated not only on the single chronograph pusher, but also on the inner side of the perforated leather strap making the watch look especially handsome.
Price of this beautiful watch still remains unknown, but different online shops sell the Monoscope for some $7000, so the Racemaster GTM must be quite close to it.
Hanhart Pioneer Racemaster GTM Automatic Chronograph watch specification
Movement: Automatic, HAN4212, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 31
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight with skeletonized Hanhart logo
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel, HDSPro
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: 16.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black, with blue chapter ring and silver-toned sub-dials
Hour markers: Luminous, applied
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black perforated leather strap on stainless steel pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective on both sides
Case back: Screwed-down, engraved