Full throt­tle

On or off the track, driv­ing just got more ex­cit­ing with these fe­ro­cious au­to­mo­tive-in­spired watches, writes Char­lene Co

Hong Kong Tatler - - | Style Watches -

hile Hong Kong’s con­gested roads and speed lim­its shat­ter dreams of driv­ing like the wind with the top down, there’s no rea­son why you can’t dress the part—and there’s no short­age of au­to­mo­tivein­spired watches that will make you feel like you’re push­ing 100km/h in a 70km/h zone.

First up is the Bre­itling Bent­ley GMT B04 S Car­bon Body chrono­graph. The watch, ini­tially pro­duced in ti­ta­nium, now has an even lighter case and dial made in car­bon but stays true to its orig­i­nal Bent­ley-in­spired de­sign. Fo­cus­ing on another au­to­mo­tive clas­sic, Parmi­giani Fleurier this year in­tro­duced the ex­trav­a­gant Bu­gatti Su­per Sport Sap­phire. Its move­ment is made com­pletely in gold and is en­cased en­tirely in sap­phire, giv­ing an un­ob­structed view of its lux­u­ri­ous in­ner work­ings. The time is dis­played on the front at a 90-de­gree an­gle—great for check­ing the time with your hand on the steer­ing wheel.

The Mille Miglia GTS Au­to­matic Speed Black, mean­while, is the new­est mem­ber of Chopard’s Mille Miglia GTS col­lec­tion. The watch is rich in clas­sic rac­ing ref­er­ences, such as the red Rosso Corsa de­tail­ing, over­sized nu­mer­als echo­ing 1950s dash­boards, and a strap with a vin­tage Dun­lop rac­ing tyre tread.

Another homage to clas­sic rac­ing is the Tag Heuer Monza. First cre­ated in 1976 to cel­e­brate Niki Lauda’s first world cham­pi­onship ti­tle with Fer­rari, the watch was reis­sued ear­lier this year. Save for the new pul­some­ter and tachymeter scale fea­tures, its aes­thet­ics stay true to the orig­i­nal.

De­signed with the rac­ing car afi­cionado in mind, Zenith’s El Primero 36’000 VPH Clas­sic Cars watch is given a stylish dial with coun­ters in the orig­i­nal an­thracite, blue and light grey colours.

Last but cer­tainly not the least is a Gra­ham chrono­graph in­spired by Bri­tain’s his­toric Sil­verstone race­track. The Sil­verstone RS Rac­ing chrono­graph fea­tures a dial that looks like the dash­board of a rac­ing car and comes with tyre tread rub­ber straps. Take your pick and add oomph to your city driv­ing. From top: Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Au­to­matic Speed Black; Parmi­giani Bu­gatti Su­per Sport Sap­phire; Zenith El Primero 36’000 VPH Clas­sic Cars; Gra­ham Sil­verstone RS Rac­ing chrono­graph; Tag Heuer Monza; Bre­itling Bent­ley GMT B04 S Car­bon Body chrono­graph

Fast and Fu­ri­ous

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