The watch industry is riddled with partnerships, some more sensible than others. One of the strongest and most fitting themes is the world of motorsports, allowing for all sorts of collaborations with racing teams, legendary events, drivers, championships etc. Timekeeping has played a decisive role in all forms of racing from the early days up until now. And even though timekeeping is completely digitalised these days, there’s still something very alluring about a well-executed racing-inspired watch. One of the latest offerings on the affordable side of the spectrum is the new Depancel Series-P Pista 24 MOTUL Edition.
Depancel is a young French brand entirely focused on automotive-inspired watches. The name is derived from three prestigious French car manufacturers: Delage, Panhard, and Facel-Vega. Working with MOTUL, a French lubrication specialist long intertwined with all sorts of racing from classic cars to Le Mans and everything in between, the result is the Depancel Series-P Pista 24 MOTUL Edition. Its name leaves little to the imagination, as it is all about endurance racing (24 referring to hours, Pista referring to the race track, etc.).
The cushion-shaped stainless steel case measures 42mm across and 12.5mm in height, including the sapphire crystal. It is topped with a bidirectional black PVD-coated rotatable bezel with an engraved minute scale with white and red details. On the right-hand side is a screwed-in crown guard section, also finished in black. We see another black insert with the watch’s identification on the opposite side. The crown has a red ring and a knurled profile for extra grip. Flip the watch over and a transparent caseback reveals the movement.
The dial for the Depancel Series-P Pista 24 MOTUL Edition is finished in black, with a hobnail-like texture. Surrounding the dial is a sloped flange with a white timing track and a red section between 10 and 12. The large applied indices and numerals are filled with luminous material. The hour and minute hands have an open section at the base with a luminous insert towards the tip. The central seconds hand is finished in red. Spread around the dial are the power reserve indicator (styled like a fuel gauge), an elongated date window, the 24H time display (with lights on/off “indication” and the MOTUL logo.
Depancel has outfitted the Series-P Pista 24 MOTUL Edition with the automatic Miyota 9132, a reliable mechanical movement keeping the watch’s price in check. We’ve seen it in other watches as well, and it seems to do a good job overall. It uses 26 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and provides 40 hours of running time when fully wound.
The Depancel Series-P Pista 24 MOTUL Edition comes on a perforated black leather strap with a red lining and either a pin buckle or folding clasp. As with all Depancel watches, it comes with a lifetime warranty and will be sold through pre-orders. During this pre-order phase, the watch is priced at EUR 695 instead of the regular EUR 795. The pre-order phase starts on July 26th at 10 AM (UTC +2).
For more information and orders, please visit Depancel.com.