TRACK TIME

The best of auto-in­spired and rac­ing watches hits the open road with speed and style.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - 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 la-con­fi­den­tial-mag­a­zine .com/watches-and-jew­elry

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

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: Gi­rard Per­re­gaux’s Com­pe­tizione Cir­cuito Chrono­graph ($13,200) takes its name from the Ital­ian for “com­pe­ti­tion” and “track cir­cuit”— and has the look of a high-end au­to­mo­bile. The case is made of a feather-light ti­ta­nium and...

Rolex de­buted the first Cos­mo­graph Day­tona in 1963 to sat­isfy the de­mands of pro­fes­sional driv­ers. This Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona in 18-carat white gold ($28,800), in­tro­duced this year at Basel­world, con­tin­ues that tradition with its...

The RM 11-03 Au­to­matic Fly­back Chrono­graph by Richard Mille ($115,000) is in­spired by ma­te­ri­als used to build For­mula One cars. The grade 5 ti­ta­nium crown bor­rows the de­sign of com­pe­ti­tion wheel rims and tire treads, while the grooved push­ers, coated...

Cre­ated to cel­e­brate the new Con­ti­nen­tal Su­per­sports, the fastest Bent­leys ever built, the Bre­itling for Bent­ley Su­per­sports B55 ($7,785) made its de­but at this spring’s Basel­world in a lim­ited edi­tion of 500 pieces. The sporty chrono­graph fea­tures an...

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