INTRODUCTION

KÄFER 38/06 EDITION

Edition of Mechanical Timepieces including Original Material of one of the oldest “Beetles”

In collaboration with the Grundmann Family – collectors and restorers of rare vintage Volkswagen – the Scalfaro Team created a unique edition of timepieces including original material from the iconic Käfer – VW38 (Chassis #38/06).

The Edition is limited to 630 pieces.

DESIGN

This extraordinary edition was inspired by the legendary “Brezelkäfer” VW38, with its characteristic split rear windows. The timepiece features numerous design elements from the Brezelkäfer such as the numerals from the tachymeter, the Veigel gearshift pattern at 6h, the Brezel-Window engraving on the caseback…

Each limited editon no. is hand-embossed into the caseback just like the chassis numbers in the days of 38/06.

ORIGINAL KÄFER 38/06 MATERIAL

Each edition timepiece includes original material of the iconic Käfer VW38 chassis no. 38/06. This special car is one of only three remaining VW38 prototypes in the world and thus one of the oldest Käfers. It is owned by the Grundmann Family – collectors and restorers of rare vintage Volkswagen and our partner for this edition. The original parts were supplied by the Grundmann Family and subsequently integrated into the watch cases of the edition, so that each of the numbered edition watches includes the DNA of the car.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

Edition Name: Käfer 38/06 Edition engineered by Scalfaro

Dial & Hands: Shiny black dial with matt-finish silver applications, black luminous Hands

Case: 42mm, stainless steel incl. Scalfaro Ceramic DNA Intarsia and original Käfer chassis 38/06 metal, 50m/160ft water-resistance

Movement: Mechanical Swiss Hunter movement with manual winding mechanism

Features: Hours, minutes, small seconds

Crystal: Sapphire crystal

Strap: Cordovan leather strap, folding buckle

Edition Limitation: 630 Pieces

Price: From Euro 2.138,-

TESTIMONIALS

Ivan McCutcheon, Editor of VolksWorld and Camper&Bus Magazines, UK:  “What an amazing timepiece. Congratulations on a stunning accomplishment.”

O.B., USA: “…This watch is a work of art. My colleagues are all intrigued by it and your brand. Thanks for your help on getting it!”

Bruce Simurda, Editor Hot VWs: “What an awesome piece!”

M.W., C&SC: “Love the 38/06 watch design. Very stylish which perfectly celebrates the classic Beetle design.”

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

KÄFER 38/06 EDITION ENGINEERED BY SCALFARO

SCALFARO Watch Co. & the Grundmann Family – collectors and restorers of rare Volkswagen – created a limited edition of mechanical watches using original material from the iconic Käfer VW38 (Chassis # 38/06). The DNA material originates from the original 1938 hand-built “Brezelkäfer” (Pretzel Beetle with rear split windows) – one of only three remaining VW38 prototypes in the world- recently discovered in Lithuania.

Each edition timepiece holds the DNA of Ferdinand Porsche’s early masterpiece “THE URKÄFER”.

The KÄFER 38/06 Edition is limited to 630 timepieces featuring a mechanical Swiss Hunter movement (hand-wound) incl. small second, a high-gloss polished black dial with design elements of the 38/06 speedometer, the 38/06 gearshift pattern and the split window, luminous hands, sapphire crystal, VW38/06 DNA watch case (ø 42mm), engraved caseback with split window and limited edition number, screwed lugs, black cordovan leather strap with folding buckle. Water-resistance 50m/165ft.

Each KÄFER 38/06 EDITION ENGINEERED BY SCALFARO watch is individually numbered.

Available from Euro 1.938,–

A WORK OF ART

Conceived with great attention to detail, radiating with quality in every aspect from the sophisticated construction of its watch case with its refined surface finishing and the elaborate mechanism of its Swiss hand-wound movement, each timepiece of this edition is made to last and reflects the passion that lead to the creation of the legendary Käfer.

Manufactured in a rare artisanal process combining traditional crafts as well as modern technology, each timepiece is a unique work of art preserving the DNA of the iconic Kaefer.

“IN NATURE, NOTHING IS CREATED, NOTHING IS DESTROYED, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED”

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, 18th Century

At Scalfaro we transform genuine material of iconic objects into technical masterpieces that carry emotions, bring pleasure to people and tell intriguing stories. By skillfully blending history with technological modernity we preserve the legends and achievements of the past and proudly carry their fascination into our modern age.

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BACKGROUND INFO, EDITION PARTNERS & DISCLAIMER

BELOW YOU FIND EXTENSIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE PARTNERS & ELEMENTS OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY EDITION:

– KÄFER CHASSIS #38/06

– THE GRUNDMANN FAMILY

– SCALFARO – WATCHES FOR ENTHUSIASTS

– DISCLAIMER

SHORT BIO OF KÄFER CHASSIS #38/06:

Originally developed by Ferdinand Porsche and designed by Erwin Komenda the VW38 was hand-built in 1938 at Porsche as one of three prototypes of the first generation of the car later to be known and loved as “Käfer” (= beetle, bug).

Chassis 38/06 is one of the three oldest Käfer prototypes in existance. The story of its re-discovery and rescue reads like a cold-war thriller. It was lost in Eastern Europe and finally re-discovered in 2008 in Lithuania. the Grundmann family brought the car back to Germany in a – let’s say – adventurous operation and afterwards meticulously restored the car to its original state. The discovery and restoration of chassis 38/06 are beautifully re-told in the book “Der erste Brezelkäfer” by Christian Grundmann, Axel Struwe and Clauspeter Becker.

For many people the Käfer stands for countless positive memories: for many families it was their first car ever, it enabled the first holiday excursions, it was driven by Flower Power,… It is not just a car, but it represented a major step for many families giving them mobility and freedom thus making it one of the most legendary and most loved vehicles of our time.

THE GRUNDMANN FAMILY:

The Grundmann family is deeply devoted to preserving the history and legend of the early Volkswagen cars. they are very active in the vintage VW scene and have assembled an impressive collection of over 70 rare and amiable VW cars which they display in their museum in Hessisch Oldendorf (near Hanover).

But, the Grundmann’s biggest coup to date is the discovery and rescue of one of the rarest Volkswagen of them all – the VW 38/06 – one of only three remaining Käfer prototypes. The discovery of the car in Lithuania and the subsequent search for original parts and the restoration process was closely followed and assisted by Käfer Enthusiasts around the world via the online forum Thesamba.com (the forum discussion started in 2009 with a post showing a few pictures and asking the simple question “Could this be a VW38?”). A truly fascinating story…

We had the pleasure of collaborating with Traugott and Christian Grundmann (father & son) to realize this extraordinary edition. Apart from supplying us with original material of chassis 38/06 (original metal sheet from the roof section) for integration into the watch cases, they gave us ivaluable design input and feedback which lead to the creation of this edition of timepieces which perfectly celebrates the classic Käfer design.

SCALFARO – MECHANICAL SWISS WATCHES FOR ENTHUSIASTS:

Brothers Alexander and Dominik Kuhnle founded the watch brand SCALFARO in 2001. Their uncompromising focus on quality, individuality and precision, combined with their creativity and dedication have shaped “SCALFARO” into a strong brand with a unique character. Its remarkable and authentic designs have assisted to establish “SCALFARO” as one of the rare family-owned manufacturers of fine mechanical timepieces. In its Swiss Ateliers the company manufactures mechanical masterpieces by combining traditional artisan techniques, innovative materials and the latest modern-day technology. SCALFARO’s extraordinary design language and powerful shapes are complemented by flawless workmanship, keen attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. A SCALFARO timepiece always forms a harmonious unit radiating with clear lines, sporty elegance, refined functionality and impressive solidity. Furthermore, SCALFARO is a specialist in the field of exclusive high-end editions due to proprietary innovations such as its SCALFARO Ceramic Intarsia Technology.

“IN NATURE, NOTHING IS CREATED, NOTHING IS DESTROYED, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED”

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, 18th Century

At Scalfaro we transform genuine material of iconic objects into technical masterpieces that carry emotions, bring pleasure to people and tell intriguing stories. By skillfully blending history with technological modernity we preserve the legends and achievements of the past and proudly carry their fascination into our modern age.

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DISCLAIMER:

Scalfaro Watches is not in any way affiliated with Volkswagen AG. The references to “Volkswagen”, “VW38”, “Porsche”, “Käfer” and “Beetle” are used for historic reference purposes only. Each Edition timepiece is manufactured in an artisanal process and represents a unique piece of art.