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Norwegian Origins

Von Doren, a micro-brand watchmaker from Norway established in 2016 by Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen, embraces a deep connection to fine timepieces. Øyvind's journey with watches began at the age of 12 when he inherited a cherished Swiss watch from his great-grandfather. As a former film director, Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen naturally finds inspiration in the stories told on the big screen. This inspiration manifests in the artistry and attention to detail evident in the Il Tempo Gigante Automatisk Kronograf. Chronographs, or stopwatches, are inextricably linked to motorsport. Many famous car brands have collaborated with equally famous watch brands. But that’s baby food, surely none of these cars are guaranteed to register 7.8 on the Richter scale?” says Øyvind Von Doren Asbjørnsen, the founder of Von Doren.

The Von Doren Il Tempo Gigante Automatisk Kronograf is more than just a watch; it's a tribute to Norwegian cinematic history and the ingenious creativity that brought the iconic "Flåklypa Grand Prix" (The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix) to life. The film, released in 1975, has etched itself into Norwegian culture. Selling 5.5 million tickets, it holds the title of the most widely seen Norwegian film, a record that persisted until 2003. The Il Tempo Gigante car from the movie, a homebuilt steampunk marvel with a colossal straight-12 engine, a jet engine, and a suite of whimsical gadgets, including a radar, roars onto the scene with a launch so powerful it registers on the Richter scale. Now, the essence of this cinematic wonder is encapsulated in the Von Doren Il Tempo Gigante watch. The second hand, inspired by a radar display, and the chronograph second hand with a crosshair (echoing the car's emblem) are nuanced details that connect the watch intimately with its cinematic muse. Even the piston-style pushers, reminiscent of exhaust pipes, add a touch of automotive flair.

Cartoon sketch of the Il Tempo Gigante from the film the Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

Flåklypa Grand Prix (The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix)

The village of Flåklypa, also known as Pinchcliffe, is the charming setting for the inventive tale of Reodor Felgen (Theodore Rimspoke) and his delightful animal companions, Ludvig (Lambert) and Solan Gundersen (Sonny Duckworth). Reodor, a bicycle repairman by trade, is better known for his eccentric inventiveness, creating quirky contraptions reminiscent of Rube Goldberg's imaginative machines. One fateful day, the trio stumbles upon a disheartening revelation: Reodor's former assistant, Rudolf Blodstrupmoen (Rudolph Gore-Slimey), has pilfered his design for a race car engine, propelling himself to the status of a world champion Formula One driver. Determined to reclaim both justice and glory, Solan secures funding from the vacationing Arab oil sheik Ben Redic Fy Fazan (Abdul Ben Bonanza).

In response to the racing challenge, the trio undertakes the audacious task of constructing a colossal racing car: Il Tempo Gigante. This fabulous creation boasts two immensely powerful engines, each weighing 2.8 tonnes. The seismic impact of its inaugural start in Bergen registers at a staggering 7.8 on the Richter scale, a testament to its sheer power.

Il Tempo Gigante's eccentricities extend beyond its raw power. Its body is crafted from copper, giving it a distinctive and stylish appearance. The inclusion of a spinning radar proves unexpectedly advantageous during the race, especially when Blodstrupmoen resorts to smoke warfare in an attempt at sabotage. Additionally, the car features a super-retrometric distributor and even its own blood bank, showcasing Reodor's flair for the unconventional. Despite Blodstrupmoen's efforts to undermine Il Tempo Gigante, Reodor emerges victorious in the race. The narrative, a whimsical blend of ingenuity, rivalry, and triumph, is a testament to the power of creativity and determination, echoing the spirit of the film's creators.

The film itself is a remarkable feat having been crafted over three and a half years by a team of around five individuals only. Ivo Caprino directed and animated, Bjarne Sandemose played a crucial role in building the main props, sets and cars, Gerd Alfsen made the costumes and props and Ingeborg Riiser designed puppets, all under the watchful eye of cameraman Charley Patey.

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Available Now

Available now in black, the Il Tempo Gigante Automatisk Kronograf comes in a custom oak wooden box, designed in the distinctive Theodore Rimspoke style. Discover the Il Tempo Gigante at MVS Watches, where it can be purchased in immaculate preowned condition with free UK shipping below:

Close up of the Von Doren Il Tempo Gigante on a black and yellow background matching its dial colours


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