With the Formula 1 2022 season and IndyCar series almost upon us, and the World Rally Championship recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, it’s shaping up to be an exciting time for motorsport fans. With racing on the brain, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to new watch collaboration – the DirtFish EnduraTimer Chronograph.
We partnered with DirtFish, the esteemed north American rally school and media company. Any off-road racing fans may recognise them for their coverage of rallying events such as the World Rally Championships. DirtFish’s motorsport teams even won two rallycross championships, and since their founding in 2010 have trained over 12,000 of driving enthusiasts on the skills required to drive a rally car at their HQ outside Seattle, Washington.
Together FORZO and DirtFish worked on the design of the DirtFish EnduraTimer, wanting to create an accurate timepiece, that pays homage to the history of rally racing, while remaining as tough as the rally cars tearing up the dirt roads and mountain passes of the WRC. Fans of classic B-Group rally cars may recognise the shade of blue with white detailing we used for the dial, taking inspiration from WRC legends like the MG Metro 6R4.
DirtFish CEO Justin Simpson said: “As the 2022 rally season gets underway we’re really excited about this partnership with FORZO. I believe it’s fair to say the sport of rallying would not exist without timing, so working with FORZO is something very natural for us in celebration of that importance and history in our sport. Celebrating all things rallying is a part of the DirtFish DNA and having worked on this project with Anthony for a while, it’s fantastic to see the first FORZO DirtFish watch released. This is just the start of what we’re sure will result in a long-term and very exciting partnership.”
When you’re behind the wheel of a rally car, timing is critical and manoeuvring has to be precise, which is why we wanted a design that’s incredibly accurate and instantly legible. Our three-register chronograph tracks and measures time precisely and the integrated tachymeter within the bezel allows you to measure speed using the seconds hand. The dial also benefits from a date display at 4:30 and superb legibility in any light condition, thanks to the Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9 applied hands and indices.
Just like the cars in the WRC we wanted this watch to be tough. We used solid 316L stainless-steel for the 40mm case and bracelet and a durable scratch-proof sapphire crystal. We also designed the watch to be waterproof to 100 metres, so that you can wear the DirtFish EnduraTimer practically anywhere. The caseback also features the DirtFish logo engraved over a topical map motif, which houses the mecha-quartz Seiko VK63 movement.
Check out our interview below with top WRC journalist David Evans from DirtFish, discussing the DirtFish EnduraTimer collaboration.