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