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CHOTOVELLI GAUGE WATCH / JTS 8000-3 (REVIEW)

Chotovelli 8000-3 Gauge Watch

Today we are looking at the Chotovelli Gauge watch and the specific reference is Jts 8000-3. The dial is inspired by the Alfa Romeos gauge design, I don’t know from which particular model, but you really can tell from looking at the pictures online, that they have similarities. Although the Chotovelli Gauge watch is basically a homage to Manometro by Giuliano Mazzuoli, it looks the same, but Manometro costs 3000 dollars. The dial is matte black with red outer line and white minute markers. The numbers ar written in this fat font that you usually see in sports car gauges. There is no lume, but as Chotovelli said: “Luminous elements are unnecessary, a distraction, nothing superfluous detracts from the functions it performs.” 

Jts 8000-3 Gauge Watch

Took the watch out of the box and immediately you are blinded by the polishing, it just reflects every light that it almost looks black. The polishing is definitely good. The case is made from stainless steel, 45 mm in diameter and 13.10 mm thick. The case is lugless so the 45mm size feels like 43mm. On the sides of the watch you will find carbon fiber, so it definitely screams automotive design. The crown is on 4 o’clock. It is big and easy to grab, and I really like that position, because it is easier to set time when it is on the wrist. The glass is flat sapphire crystal.

Chotovelli Leather strap

Full Review , 8000 Series 

Measuring time with the Chotovelli Gauge - Watch Review

Chotovelli Jts 8000-1

While I have been on a bit of a GMT kick as of late (in terms of watches I have been reviewing), I also am now, apparently, on a bit of an Italian kick.  Not that long ago, I reviewed the TCM Orienteering, and now we’re back into the world of Italian watch brands, this time with Chotovelli. When they first approached me about a review, I was struck by some similarities from their Gauge series to the Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri.  So, while we will certainly review the Chotovelli Gauge for it’s own merits, it’s also worth considering it as a budget alternative to that Contagiri.

Chotovelli 8800 Gauge Watch

The Chotovelli Gauge (we’re reviewing both the 8000-1 and 8800-2), which are basically identical, other than dial color and case finishing.  The brand lays claim to inspiration from Alfa Romeo gauges and speedometers; while I’m not familiar with those cars’ dashboards, I can see the influence present, at least in general terms.

Watch Review: Chotovelli & Figli Petrol head

Chotovelli Petrol Head 747-01

Sometimes a watch comes along that is just fun and that’s what the Petrol Head from Chotovelli is all about. An auto themed watch that is definitely geared towards car enthusiasts. From first glance you will notice is the large case size which comes in at 50.2mm by 17.1mm thick. It definitely will get noticed on the wrist. The large 8mm signed crown is quite impressive and operates as a standard push/pull style. The brushed stainless steel case features an engraved CHOTOVELLI on the non crown side.

Thankfully the lugs are quite short so the watch doesn’t wear larger than its dimensions. I have 7 1/2″ wrists and the wears comfortably. The drilled lugs have decorative screw heads and standard spring bars that hold the straps on . 

Big Pilot Watch 747-01

Full review , Big Pilot Series , Petrol Head 

Aviation Chronograph Watch Jts 3300/11 - Watch Review

Chotovelli & Figli is a watch brand that I was not aware of until recently.  The company was started in the late 1920’s, and is based in Torino, Italy.  The business was revived in 2005 by the third generation of the family and concentrates today on producing watches inspired by gauges (or instruments) and speedometers from the automotive and aviation industries.  Their emphasis is primarily on design, quality and value.

Specs and Images , Full Watch Review 

Watch Review | Chotovelli Pilot Aviator 5200-11

Most of the watch collectors, which I consider close friends, tend to heavily concentrate on dive watches as far as their collections are concerned. However, some of those in the group enjoy having at least one pilot style watch in their collection just to provide that change of pace on any given day. Like myself, those that prefer having at least one pilot style watch in their collection look for models that have an appealing overall design and offer some quality specifications. Today I would like to discuss what I consider a relatively obscure watch brand, Chotovelli & Figli (sons)

Full Video Review , Specification and Photos , Full Airbase 5200 Collection 

 

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