TRACK TIME

THIS SEA­SON, THE BEST OF AUTO-IN­SPIRED AND RAC­ING WATCHES HIT THE OPEN ROAD WITH SPEED AND STYLE.

Austin Way - - SCENE | STYLE | SPACE - BY ALDOUS TUCK

Au­to­mo­bile en­thu­si­asts’ tight bond with time­pieces dates to the ear­li­est days of mo­tor sports. Driv­ers would strap big, bulky pocket watches to their wrists to mea­sure tim­ing and speed, ei­ther while ma­neu­ver­ing new race tracks or hit­ting a straight­away on a dusty back road. But as car and time­piece tech­nolo­gies both ad­vanced, driv­ers be­gan look­ing to watchmakers for pieces that met their spe­cific needs. Watch brands not only re­sponded to this call but drew from it, with auto-de­sign in­spi­ra­tion in­form­ing some of his­tory’s most highly engi­neered and iconic pieces. (In many in­stances, watchmakers teamed up with spe­cific au­tomak­ers, rac­ing teams, or races to cre­ate tick­ing trib­utes to them.) Some of the world’s most il­lus­tri­ous brands have re­vis­ited this rac­ing tra­di­tion for sum­mer, de­but­ing ex­cep­tional time­pieces that dou­ble as copi­lots for when the need for speed strikes. For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age go to austin­way.com/ watches-and-jew­elry

AS TECH­NOLO­GIES AD­VANCED, DRIV­ERS BE­GAN LOOK­ING TO WATCHMAKERS FOR PIECES THAT MET THEIR NEEDS.

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Avail­able upon re­quest at Sam L. Ma­jors Jew­elry, 2727 Ex­po­si­tion Blvd., 512-473-0078; iwc.com

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