Honda Racing Limited Edition - EQB-1000HRSIntroducing the second collaboration between EDIFICE, the high-performance metal chronograph timepiece, and Honda Racing.
Honda Racing, which supplies the power units for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 team, and EDIFICE are Japanese brands that are constantly meeting the challenges of motor sports on a global scale. Both brands are very much a part of the Formula 1 world-class racing scene, and these new collaboration models were developed in cooperation with the HRD Sakura R&D facility, which develops Honda automotive motorsports technology.
The bezel of the EQB-1000HRS is the first in the EDIFICE lineup to be made of titanium aluminide, which is the same material used for the engine valves that are vital components of the Honda Formula 1 power unit. The surface of the EQB-1000HRS bezel is done to the same type of finish as Honda Formula 1 power unit engine valves. The result is a chronograph that is literally equipped with Honda Racing equivalent parts.
Valves must be able to withstand the force of incessant explosions inside the combustion chambers of the engine. At the same time, they must balance the needs of heat resistance, hardness, and low inertia weight in order to achieve the reciprocating motion that at times can reach speeds of more than 100 times per second. Titanium aluminide not only makes this possible, its light weight and durability also make it optimal for a quality timepiece such as EDIFICE.
The same diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating that is applied to harden the interior of the combustion chamber of a Honda Formula 1 engine and protect it from wear is also used for the bezel of the EQB-1000HRS, providing it with a highly scratch-resistant finish. The nylon band of this model has Kevlar® inserts, and its red coloring matches that of the Honda Racing identity coloring*.
Both the EQB-1000HRS and EQB-1000HR feature red and black gradations on their faces to capture the image of the instant that a spark ignites the fuel inside an engine cylinder.
The base model of both of these new timepieces is the high-spec, slim EQB-1000 chronograph. Bluetooth® Smartphone Link, a Tough Solar power system that enables charging even by exposure to fluorescent light, and chronograph timekeeping all come packed into a configuration that is a mere 8.9 mm thin. The result is an amazingly powerful timepiece that is thinner and lighter, and that provides a more comfortable fit to the wrist.
Phone Linking enables a host of useful motorsports features and functions, including highly accurate timekeeping, simple selection from among 300 World Time cities, transfer of 200 lap time records from the watch to the phone, recording of times in units of 1/1000 of a second, and more.
Formula 1 races are conducted under strict rules of session punctuality while facing unpredictable conditions that include inclement weather, crashes, and more. Time is literally of the essence and needs to be managed with seconds-level precision, so teams are constantly fighting the clock to avoid penalties incurred if mechanics exceed the allotted time on the grid at the beginning of a race. World Time capabilities are also essential because Honda Racing Formula 1 engineers need to take part in 21 races around the globe while maintaining contact with their R&D team in Japan.
These new limited-edition models were developed through close cooperation between EDIFICE and Honda Racing.
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