As a very special limited edition tribute to IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan, Luminox debuted the new Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux Limited Edition A.1188 at Basel Fair 2013. For the 1st time, this series will feature a Valjoux 7750 movement and will be limited to only 311 pieces for the world, 11 of which (I believe) went to Kanaan and his team. Coincidentally, with the debut of this limited edition, Tony Kanaan won (his first) 1st place spot in the Indy 500 this year, making the watch even more of a collectors item.
This new model has a 44mm PVD coated stainless steel, asymmetrical , 3 layer design case. The unusual shape actually fits quite comfirtabley to the wrist and looks truly impressive. The bezel on this model is a stationary ceramic that has a nice gloss, and matches well to it domed and anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. The case sides also have carbon fiber inlay which goes great with the racing theme of the watch.
The dial is really striking, with a vertically embossed texture that adds tremendous detail. The dial displays the actual seconds, hours, minutes, chronograph hours, minutes and seconds, as well as day and date. The indexes for this model are in a unique shape, with the 11:00 displaying the actual number 11, which is Kanaan’s car number.
The color scheme for this piece is green and yellow, which are Kanaan’s colors, and contribute a lot of character to make the watch really pop. The black calf leather strap has dual contrast stitching in green and yellow with a 2 tang buckle design. The strap also has a green underside and is very soft and comfortable to wear.
The use of a Valjoux 7750 is a first for the TK series. The movement has established the reputation as a workhorse and is frequently used in many of the high-end Swiss brands today. The decoration is very well done using a high polish on most components with heavy perlage on the rotor. The sapphire crystal exposing the movement also features an image of Kanaan’s race car, autograph and the Luminox logo.
As with all Luminox watches, the ever popular tritium gas tubes are used on all of the indexes, as well as the hour and minute hand. These tubes are activated in the dark, and can provide continuous luminescence for 25 years.
The MSRP on the Luminox Tony Kanaan Valjoux Limited Edition A.1188 is $3,000. While it is in a higher price range compared to most Luminox, it still proves to be an outstanding value for a 7750 limited edition. If you wish to order the Tony Kanaan LE, you can order HERE. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 with any questions.
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On the third picture what is that on the seconds subdial (lint)?
There is a piece of lint on the dial. I didn’t notice it until after I already published the article. Sorry about that! -Joe