Roland Iten, creator of purposely playful, mechanically sophisticated and aesthetically elegant accessories for gentlemen, is a main sponsor of this year’s Mille Miglia.
Roland Iten himself is racing in the 2014 edition of the Mille Miglia, which takes place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May. During the 1000 mile, 4 day rally, he is piloting a historic 1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupé 1500 with Dutch driver Joop de Hoogh. Their Porsche features a 70hp, air-cooled, 4 cylinder Boxer engine and can reach a top speed of 170 kmph (105mph).
As a tribute to this iconic Italian road race, the Swiss inventor has issued a limited edition of four high-precision R8 MKII buckles in honor of the Mille Miglia, launching a new collection called “The Driver.” Each of the four buckles is engraved with the name of one of the main cities on the Mille Miglia 2014 route – Brescia, Padova, Roma or Bologna – making each buckle a very exclusive and unique piece.
Crafted from solid gold, steel and titanium, and using the same state-of-the-art machinery as used in Swiss watchmaking, “The Driver” features a five-axel construction comprising over 110 components – more than many high-end mechanical wristwatch movements – including moveable roller bearings, plates, levers and hinges, as well as a patented “double ardillon” tang to ensure a super secure grip of the luxuriant leather belt strap.
Roland Iten’s mechanical luxuries go hand-in-hand with the legendary Mille Miglia race. Roland studied car design at the Swiss campus of the Californian Art Center College of Design and draws on his automotive knowledge when creating his high-end men’s accessories. The proportions and lines of Roland Iten’s belt buckles echo those found in sports cars.
The Mille Miglia commemorative “The Driver” is a limited edition of four unique pieces, each 100% made and hand-finished in Geneva, Switzerland.