TRACK TIME

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

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY AL­DOUS TUCK

The best of 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 motor sports. Driv­ers would strap big, bulky pocket watches to their wrists to mea­sure tim­ing and speed while ma­neu­ver­ing new race tracks or hit­ting a straight­away on a dusty back road. But as car and time­piece tech­nolo­gies 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 au­tode­sign in­spi­ra­tion in­form­ing

1. Baume & Mercier un­veiled the Clifton Club Shelby Co­bra 1964 ($4,450) at this year’s SIHH in honor of Peter Brock, Ken Miles, Car­roll Shelby and the Shelby Rac­ing Team who de­signed and built the first Amer­i­can car to win its class at La Mans in 1964. The watch fea­tures an au­to­matic Val­i­joux 7750 move­ment, a pol­ished and satin-fin­ished stain­less steel case and a sun satin-fin­ished Day­tona blue dial en­graved with the piece’s num­ber in a lim­ited- edi­tion of 1,964 pieces.

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

Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 507 New Road, Somers Point, NJ, 609-9274848; baume-et-mercier.com

2. Rolex in­tro­duced the first Cos­mo­graph Day­ton 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 per­pet­ual, self­wind­ing me­chan­i­cal chrono­graph move­ment pow­ered by its 4130 Man­u­fac­ture Rolex cal­i­bre. The watch has a 72-hour power re­serve and is wa­ter­proof to 100 me­ters. Be­nari Jewel­ers, 299 Main St., Ex­ton, 610-363- 8450; rolex.com some of his­tory’s most highly en­gi­neered and iconic pieces. (In many in­stances, watchmakers teamed up 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 phillystylemag.com/ watches-and-jew­elry.

3. Among myr­iad rac­ing lau­rels, TAG Heuer holds the ti­tle of Of­fi­cial Time­keeper of the leg­endary Car­rera Panamer­i­cana, giv­ing this TAG Heuer

Car­rera Cal­i­bre 1887 ($7,500) part of its name. The watch’s Swiss made cal­i­bre 1887 au­to­matic move­ment pro­vides the rest. The black dial has a sun­ray ef­fect with three coun­ters: chrono­graph minute at 9 o’clock, chrono­graph hour at 3 o’clock, and run­ning sec­ond at 6 o’clock. This watch has a 50-hour power re­serve. Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 775 E. Lan­caster Ave., Vil­lanova, 610-9712446; tagheuer.com

Cre­ated to cel­e­brate the new Bentley Con­ti­nen­tal Su­per­sports, the fastest Bentley ever built, the

Bre­itling for Bentley Su­per­sports B55 ($7,785) made its de­but at this spring’s Basel­world. The sporty chrono­graph fea­tures an ul­tra-light ti­ta­nium case and car­bon fiber dial, a con­nected B55 move­ment that al­lows the wearer to ac­cess func­tions ded­i­cated to mo­tor­sports that con­nects to their smart­phone. Cre­ated in a lim­ited-edi­tion of 500 pieces.

Be­nari Jewel­ers, 3606 West Ch­ester Pike, New­town Square, 610-355-1800; bre­itling.com

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