This season, the best auto-inspired and racing watches hit the open road with speed and style.
Automobile enthusiasts’ tight bond with timepieces dates to the earliest days of motorsports. Drivers would strap bulky pocket watches to their wrists to measure their timing and calculate their speed, whether on a racetrack or a dusty back road. But as car and timepiece technologies both advanced, drivers began looking to watchmakers for pieces to meet their specific needs. Watch brands not only responded to this call but drew from it, with automotive design inspiration informing some of history’s most iconic and highly engineered pieces. (In many instances, watchmakers joined forces with 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 when the need for speed strikes. For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to
THIS SEASON, THE BEST AUTO-INSPIRED AND RACING WATCHES HIT THE OPEN ROAD WITH SPEED AND STYLE. BY ALDOUS TUCK WHEN YOU’RE RACING OUT TO THE EAST END THIS SUMMER, BRING ALONG AN ELITE COPILOT.