The good fortune of being able to live and tell our passion for watchmaking, often offers us the opportunity to meet and meet people who do not necessarily belong to the world of hands, but who share our passion. A year after our virtual chat we met Eugenio Amos, founder of Automobili Amos and father of the Lancia Delta Futurista, to talk about his first watch made in collaboration with Ressence and admire a part of his collection. Eugenio loves watches regardless of their value, they must be able to conquer it in shapes, in design and not "shout" their presence on the wrist. The result is a collection that is not taken for granted and that well reflects the personality of its owner.
Ressence x Automobili Amos Type 5X
We start from the first adventure as a protagonist in the watchmaking sector for Eugenio Amos, that is, the birth of the first timepiece Automobili Amos in collaboration with Ressence. the Type X5 in fact, it takes up some of the characteristics of the Lancia Delta Futurist, introducing a 'new' function dedicated to supercharged engines. Thanks to the ring mounted on the 46mm case, it is possible to measure the engine warm-up (15 minutes) — the S stands for Start, the D of course for Drive and the R for Race — while the second part is forthe turbo cooling(10 minutes). Dial and under dials are clearly inspired by the elemenfuturist charts, with touches of light gray, yellow, and red. Produced in only 40 pieces, all sold out, the Type 5x is also equipped with a rubber support that allows you to bring the watch to the side of the wrist, making it easy to read while at the turn.
Patek Philippe 'Nautilus' , ref. 5712GR retailed by "Tiffany & Co."
For those who do not know him personally, Eugenio is a very spontaneous person and his collection reflects in some way this peculiarity. There is nothing studied or aimed at mere investment. And this is the case with this splendid Patek Philippe Nautilus, reference 5712GR, which Eugenio decided to buy during his stay in the 'big apple' with his wife Margherita Missoni, in tiffany & co.'s historic store on 5th Avenue. The white gold case and rose gold bezel, dark brown ray dial embellished with the inscription "Tiffany & Co." at 5 o'm. In the auxiliary dials we find the power reserve, the moon phases and the datarius combined, as well as the small seconds. Initially this watch had been produced for the Hong Kong market in about 50 units, before being presented on a large scale in 2012 and released in 2016.
'Bamford' Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 X Eugenio Amos
This Daytona customized by Bamford Watch Department, is the "lucky charm" of Eugenio during his car competitions. PVD treatment of case and bracelet, 'Paul Newman' dial with red details and "EA" engraving on the caseback. A watch that accompanied him over the course of twoParis – DakarthreeAbu Dhabi Desert Challenge.. almost 35,000 km of races! The indication given by Eugene at Bamford was that he was of the same colouring as hisMcLaren P1which had been realized by the British manufacturer and which was the protagonist of one of the greatest heresies in the automotive sector: the car of the Woking house was spotted speeding along the Fiorano track, the historic track of the "Prancing Horse", with none other than Horacio Pagani on board!
Omega Speedmaster "Snoopy Award", ref. 145.00.31
Eugenio's favorite watch is the Omega Speedmaster "Snoopy Award", a gift from his mother on the occasion of the Baccalaureate diploma. The presence on the dial of the beloved Snoopy, at the small seconds, is the detail that makes the already iconic Omega Speedmaster even more fascinating. This edition, presented by Omega in 2003 in andlimited to 5441 copies, was created to commemorate the "Snoopy Award" awarded by Nasa since 1968 to institutions and individuals who have proven particularly valuable for space missions. Omega had been nasa's official timekeeper since the 1960s and played a truly crucial role in one of the most famous life or death situations in human history.
When Apollo 13 malfunctioned, causing the journey to the moon to stop, the astronauts on board first had to repair the aircraft – which had suffered an explosion – with material recovered on board, and then use the rockets to return to earth. Without advanced computing, they used their speedmaster chronographs, successfully returning to earth..
Rolex Explore II, ref. 16570 'Corn grains'
In the collection of each enthusiast there is always a watch that carves out a "special" place, where it is not the economic value or the complication that determines its specific weight, but the affective one. This is the case with Rolex Explorer II, ref. 16570, given to Eugene by his father Hermann, who died prematurely when Eugene was only 14 years old.
This reference to Rolex Explorer II was presented by Rolex in 1989, replacing the "freccione" with some notable updates: the Caliber 3185, the use of sapphire glass and a new configuration of the white dial with "glasses". The peculiarity of Eugenio's watch is the coloring of the "veal" tritium indices, which give the effect defined by the collectors "Corn grains".
Cartier Crash, ref. 4127
One of the watches that Eugenio is most enthusiastic about (how to blame him), is this splendid specimen of the Cartier maison, namely the Cartier Crash. Asymmetrical design that connects to Dali's work "Memory Persistence", is probably one of the most fascinating watches ever produced and 'hot reference' of the moment. Introduced in 1967 by Cartier London, Cartier's Crash has seen several reinterpretations over the years. The reference of eugenio's collection model is the 4127, presented by Cartier in 2019 in commemoration of the Cartier boutique on Bond Street in London. The manual-wound movement is the 8971MC, derivation of the famous caliber 846 by Jaeger LeCoultre. Who wouldn't want this 20th-century icon in his collection?
Richard Mille RM 67-02 'Wayde van Niekerk‘
Here we are at one of the coolest watches in Eugenio's collection. It is true, beyond the economic aspect, probably to get to this masterpiece of mechanics and technology you must have passed "various steps" in order to fully appreciate it. The RM 67-02 was designed to be worn by Olympic athletes, in this case for the South African Olympic sprinter Wayde van Niekerk, therefore the factors that characterize it are lightness, comfort and resistance and shocks. The green case is made of Carobonio TPT and Quartz TPT and is only 7.8 mm thick, you will hardly find more comfortable and ergonomic watches. It is not difficult to imagine that even thanks to its weight of only 32 grams, Eugenio decided to wear it in some car competitions..
You can admire these and other watches from the Eugenio Amos collection in the video uploaded on our Youtube channel .