182 Timepieces For 6,000 Miles

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The 2009 Dakar Rally takes place in South America, January 3rd. A 6,000 mile grueling route (see the route) who’s winner won’t be determined until the finish. That means two things: we’re bound to see some incredible moments from the rally and we’re presented with an official watch. A fine watch it is.

Limited to 182 pieces, the Wyler Genève chronograph uses a unique shock-absorbing case with a movement sealed in a titanium container held in place within a carbon-fibre resin frame on sprung titanium screws. This results in a completely suspended movement, no easy feat. It also uses tantalum (a material rarer than gold) giving the blue-gray sheen you’re unlikely to find anywhere else

Diamond-like carbon coating, sand-colored detailing, Arabic numerals, black rubber strap, and PVD-treated foldover clasp all lend to its dessert ruggedness. [As seen on Professional Watches]