Chicagoans are revving their engines for luxe timepieces that satisfy the need for both speed and style.
Summertime is ideal for hitting Chicago’s roads and embracing the ultimate in high-powered engineering. Whether you’re putting the top down on a hot new convertible, tearing up the Autobahn Country Club with a high-performance machine, or cruising Lake Shore Drive on a custom-built motorcycle, the finest Swiss watchmakers have timepieces ready to co-pilot. Several key watch brands have closely aligned themselves with the world of automobiles, such as Baume & Mercier, which has created a Shelby Cobra line in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cobra’s victory over Ferrari at the FIA International Championship, as well as Bovet’s partnership with internationally renowned car design company Pininfarina. Other brands tie in with specific races, while a select few are inspired by motorcycle makers and competitions. Whichever is your preferred mode of thrill-seeking, these stunning watches aim to get your pulse racing just as fast.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF CRAWFORD. STYLING BY TERRY LEWIS. KEY RING, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO ($160). 645 N. MICHIGAN AVE., 312-397-0464. P’9983 GRAPHITE SMARTPHONE FROM
BLACKBERRY, PORSCHE DESIGN ($1,950). 520 N. MICHIGAN AVE., 312-321-0911. DRIVING GLOVES, HERMÈS ($730). 25 E. OAK ST., 312-787-8175. CAFRON TRAY, RALPH LAUREN ($195). 750 N. MICHIGAN AVE., 312-280-1655