TRACK TIME

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

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY ALDOUS TUCK For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age go to ve­g­as­magazine.com/ watches-and-jew­elry.

This sea­son, the best of au­toin­spired and rac­ing watches hit the open road with speed and style.

AS TECH­NOLO­GIES AD­VANCED, DRIV­ERS BE­GAN LOOK­ING TO WATCHMAKERS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

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.

1. The RM 11-03 Au­to­matic Fly­back Chrono­graph by Richard Mille ($115,000) is in­spired by ma­te­ri­als used in For­mula One cars. The grade 5 ti­ta­nium crown uti­lizes the de­sign of com­pe­ti­tion wheel rims and tire treads, while the grooved push­ers, coated in NTPT car­bon, re­call ped­als. The watch fea­tures a new RMAC3 au­to­matic cal­i­bre with a fly­back chrono­graph move­ment and the dual bar­rels en­sure sta­ble cou­pling and pro­vide a 55-hour power re­serve. The Shops at Crys­tals, 702-588-7272; richard­mille.com

2. With a his­tory of be­ing in­spired by auto rac­ing Gi­rard Per­re­gaux’s Com­pe­tizione Cir­cuito Chrono­graph ($13,200) takes its name from the Ital­ian words for “com­pe­ti­tion” and “track cir­cuit” and has the look of a high-end au­to­mo­bile. The case is made of a feather light ti­ta­ni­um­car­bon com­pos­ite and the black dial fea­tures hon­ey­comb open­work that re­sem­bles a car’s grille. The black calf­skin strap fea­tures a car­bon ef­fect to con­tinue the sporty de­sign. Horolo­gio, The Grand Canal Shoppes at Vene­tian, 702-733-0016; gi­rard-per­re­gaux.com

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. Ca’d’oro, The Grand Canal Shoppes at Vene­tian, 702-696-0080; tagheuer.com

4. Cre­ated to cel­e­brate the new Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal Su­per­sports, the fastest Bent­leys 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. Tourneau,the Fo­rum Shops at Cae­sars, 702-732-8463; bre­itling.com

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