MINOR

Minor

Hodinky série MINOR jsou naší poctou závodníkům a legendárnímu českému automobilu Aero Minor Sport, který v roce 1949 vyhrál legendární závod 24 hodin Le Mans. Hodinky jsou v mnoha detailech vizuálně spjaty s tímto velmi úspěšným závodním vozem. Mají originálně tvarované lehké titanové pouzdro s ergonomickým tvarem nožek a otočnou lunetu. Grafika číselníku a tvar ruček připomínají přístroje palubní desky, v korunce a tlačítkách pro řízení mechanického chronografu ožívá ozubení převodovky, rotor automatického nátahu cituje geometrii disku kola. Pohled do soukolí manufakturního strojku umožňuje nejen víko s průhledem, ale i perforovaný plech číselníku. Dva reliéfní subčíselníky a minutová stupnice jsou ručně vsazeny, třetí subčíselník je vyznačen luminiscenčními indexy v rastru perforace. Komplikace kalibru byly voleny s respektem k hlavním atributům této sportovní série, kterými jsou rychlost a vytrvalost. Precizním detailem číselníku je i skeletovaný datumový věnec. Ručně šitý kožený pásek s velkými otvory doplňuje celý emotivní zážitek z tohoto modelu.

The MINOR watch pays tribute to racing car drivers and the legendary Czech Aero Minor Sport car, winner of its class in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1949. Numerous details link the watch visually to this hugely successful racing vehicle. The watch features a lightweight titanium case with an original design, together with ergonomically shaped lugs and a rotating bezel. The dial, graphics and shape of the hands are reminiscent of dashboard instruments; gear cog motifs liven up the crown and control buttons of the chronograph, and the geometry of a wheel is echoed in the rotor. Both an aperture in the watch back and the perforated dial afford a glimpse into the movement of the watch. Manually set into the dial are two sub-dials, with embossed features, and the minute scale. The third sub-dial is displayed by means of luminescent numbers in a grid of perforations. The watch complications were chosen in accordance with the key attributes of this sports series, i.e. speed and endurance. Another precise detail of the dial is the skeletonized date disc wheel. Adding the finishing touch to this model is the hand-sewn leather strap, with large holes.

Na zkráceném podvozku modelu Aero Minor II vznikl v roce 1949 zavodní vůz s označením Sport. V Letově vyrobili dva prototypy přímo určené pro legendární závod v Le Mans, kterého se oba speciály ve třídě do 750 cm3 fenomenálně zúčastnily.

Duralový doutníkový vůz poháněný dvouválcovým motorem, osazeným karburátory Amal, o objemu 744 cm3 se pyšní výkonem 28 k při 4500 otáčkách. S deseti litry paliva váží 415 kilogramů, nádrž na 50 litrů paliva je přemístěna za sedadlo řidiče.

Jezdci Otto Krattner a František Sutnar, kteří ve 24. hodinovce závodili s číslem 58, se umístili podle tzv. koeficientu výkonnosti na celkovém 2. místě za dvanáctiválcovým vozem Ferrari. 2391 ujetých kilometrů a průměrná rychlost 99,664 km/hodinu byly absolutně nejlepším výkonem v jejich třídě.

V roce 2018 byl založen spolek Le Mans Redux, který se snaží propagovat československý průmysl a design. Spoluzakladateli jsou Josef Zajíček, Michal Froněk a Jan Němeček. Spolek se stal vlastníkem legendárního závoďáku Aero Minor Sport, který zrenovoval a vrátil zpět na závodní okruhy. Vrcholným okamžikem bude účast v závodech Le Mans Classic v roce 2020.

A racing car named Sport was created in 1949, on the shortened chassis of the Aero Minor II model. In Letov, two prototypes were produced, designed specifically for the legendary Le Mans race. There, both specials in the 750-cc class participated, with spectacular results.

Powered by a twin cylinder 744-cc engine with Amal carburettors, the duralumin cigar-shaped car boasts 28 hp at 4,500 rpm. Equipped with 10 litres of fuel, it weighs 415 kilograms, and the 50-litre tank is moved to behind the driver's seat.

Drivers Otto Krattner and František Sutnar raced under the number 58 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. They came second, after the 12-cylinder Ferrari, according to the performance co-efficient. The 2,391 kilometres they covered and the average speed of 99.664 km per hour were the absolute best performance in their class.

In 2018, the Le Mans Redux association was founded, which seeks to promote Czechoslovak industry and design. The co-founders are Josef Zajíček, Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček. The club became the owner of a legendary Aero Minor Sport, which was renovated and has returned to the racing circuit. The vehicle’s participation in the Le Mans Classic races in 2020 will be a highlight.

Usage and CARE

BOHEMATIC
Your BOHEMATIC timepiece requires some care and attention.

It is therefore very useful to have some basic information about it. If you have any questions or need any advice, we would be happy to help you. Just call us on +420 702 293 509 or send an e-mail to servis(at)bohematic.cz.

Wind-up

Use the crown, which is attached to the case. Wind up your watching by turning the crown outwards and stopping when you feel resistance.

Setting the date and time

Pull out the crown to the second position and turn it so that the hands rotate clockwise until the date changes. At this point, the hands should be in the 12 o’clock (midnight) position. Next, turn the crown to set the hour and minute hands until you set the current time. Push the crown back in.

Pull out the crown to the first position and flip it to the date. Turn the crown inwards so that the date disc wheel starts to rotate. Then, set the current date.

Do not set the date if the hands are between 10 pm and 2 am. Doing so may damage the mechanism. First set the time and then the date.

Push the crown back in. Your watch is now ready to use.

Water resistance

Special sealing and the design of the case help protect your watch against water. Thus, you can wash your hands, get wet, or even go for a swim without damaging your watch. However, be careful if you are diving under water because you risk incurring damage that is not covered by the warranty. The leather strap is not resistant to water, which damages it. Water resistance is temporary and can be impaired by improper handling of your watch. If it is in frequent contact with water, we recommend carrying out regular resealing and pressure testing.

Caring for your watch

The watch does not have any special care requirements. A soft cloth is sufficient for cleaning. To ensure that your watch functions properly, do not expose it to magnetic fields or large temperature differences. Mechanical damage, for example caused by a fall, can damage the mechanism, and the case surface and strap, or impair water resistance. The warranty does not cover defects caused by mechanical damage.

Servicing

From time to time, your timepiece should be adjusted and inspected. Once every two years, entrust your watch to our experts, who will check the water resistance and the workings of the movement.

Warranty

Manufacturing or hidden defects are covered by a 24-month warranty that runs from the date of purchase. We can extend it to 48 months, subject to servicing, carried out by our specialists before the end of the 24th month from the date of purchase. The review is free, and we will contact you about it at the appropriate time.