by roberta naas | September 28, 2012 | Style & Beauty
Some watch brands coordinate with top car brands, building timepieces in honor of the world’s super-speedy cars. Bulgari recently joined forces with Maserati and now unveils the 45mm steel Octo Maserati ($32,100). It houses an automatic winding movement with jump hours, retrograde minute and date, and chronograph with retrograde hours and minute counters. 909 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-1313
From David Yurman, this new Revolution Shelby 1000 (TOP)($8,600) automatic chronograph is crafted in black PVD with rubber side insets and pays homage to Carroll Shelby and the car that is his namesake. With galvanic multilayer dial with vertical racing stripes and applied Shelby Cobra insignia, the watch is created in a limited edition of 150 numbered pieces. 40 E. Oak St., 312-787-7779.
This Breitling (LEFT) for Bentley Supersports Light Body Limited Edition watch ($10,380) features a dashboard-style dial. The rotating bezel on the 49mm watch activates the variable tachometer, which is adorned with Bentley’s knurled motif. The self-winding chronograph is a COSC-certified chronometer. Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Atalante flyback chronograph ($39,000) (RIGHT) houses the PF 335 automatic winding movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The 68-jewel caliber features two series-coupled barrels and a 22k gold oscillating weight. It offers hours, minutes, small seconds, and date under an open-work dial, in addition to chronograph functions. The 43mm case is crafted in 18k white gold and features a tachymeter bezel. Swiss Fine Timing, 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-4700
Elite watch brands affiliate themselves with the globe’s most magnificent racecar drivers to demonstrate their connection with speed, excellence, and top performance. From Ritmo Mundo, (TOP) this Indy Car 221 RG Carbon chronograph ($1,400) is the watch of choice for racecar driver Helio Castroneves. It is crafted in stainless steel with rose-gold IP and carbon fiber dial, with a sport tire-tread rubber strap and the Izod IndyCar logo engraved on the caseback. It houses a Swiss Ronda quartz movement and is water-resistant to 330 feet. Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700.
This 48mm Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (RIGHT)($525) is worn by professional racer (and Citizen brand ambassador) Matt Kenseth, who won the Daytona 500 for a second time in 2012. The watch offers 1/20 second chronograph and measures up to 60 minutes. It also features 12/24 hour time function and has an alarm function. Macy’s, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-7700.
IndyCar Series and Indy 500 champion driver Dario Franchitti is an ambassador for TW Steel and worked with the brand for the creation of the TW Steel Dario Frinchitti Edition (BOTTOM)($895, 48mm; $850, 45mm). The watch dial sports the colors of Franchitti’s helmet (blue, green, and red—in honor of his Scottish and Italian heritage) and its case is crafted of 316L steel. Saks Fifth Avenue (by special request), 717 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500
From F.P. Journe (TOP), this Octa Sport Indy 500 Limited Edition watch ($29,500) was made in honor of driver Jean Alesi’s participation in the Indy 500. It is created in a blackened high-tech aeronautic aluminum for the ultimate in lightweight performance. Even the movement base plate and bridges are crafted in aluminum. It’s built in a limited edition of 99 pieces (numbered from 501 to 599). Swiss Fine Timing (by appointment only), 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312- 337-4700
This Richard Mille (BOTTOM) RM 011 Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph Carbon watch ($135,000) is created in a limited edition of just 30 pieces to celebrate the return of the Formula 1 Grand Prix to a US track. The carbon-cased flyback chronograph is a collaboration between Mille and Massa, who is set to drive in the US for the first time in five years. The watch has a skeletonized automatic winding movement and offers time, chronograph functions, and calendar with oversize date and month. Swiss Fine Timing, 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312- 337-4700
Inspired by the sophisticated elegance of vintage automobile races or the adrenaline of high-speed championships, certain watchmakers gear their style to the defining automotive showdowns of our day. Cuervo y Sobrinos (LEFT) automatic Robusto Chronometa watch ($6,200) honors the brand’s classic car rally, Cuervo y Sobrinos Summer Marathon, which was initiated this past summer as a race through the Italian Alps and is one of the 10 ACICSAI 2012 Great Events. It features a “countdown” bezel, a system specially designed for classic car drivers. The watch is crafted in titanium and steel. cuervoysobrinos.com
Tag Heuer (RIGHT), official partner of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, releases this Swiss-made Monaco 39mm Automatic Chronograph Steve McQueen Chronograph ($8,100). Steve McQueen wore a Monaco (which was originally named for the LeMans race) in the 1971 film Le Mans. It features a sapphire crystal and caseback. Geneva Seal (special order only), 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100
This 18k rose-gold Chopard (LEFT) Mille Miglia GMT Chrono 2012 ($20,880) offers GMT 24-hour time indication and is a COSC-certified chronometer with 48 hours of power reserve. It pays homage to the annual vintage auto races in Europe, which Chopard participated in for decades. Limited edition of 250 pieces. Sidney Garber, 118 E. Delaware Pl., 312-944-5225.
A sponsor of Lamborghini racing, Blancpain unveils the L-Evolution Super Trofeo- Split-Seconds Flyback Chronograph Large Date (TOP-RIGHT) ($55,700) in 18k rose gold and carbon fiber with a flyback function and Grand Date. It houses 409 individual components and is finished with a carbon fiber dial and alcantara strap. Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100.
Rolex (BOTTOM) has been a participant in auto racing since it became involved with the Daytona International Speedway races in 1959. The luxury brand built this iconic and sought-after watch; the 40mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona ($28,800) is crafted in 18k Everose gold with waterproof push buttons. Tourneau, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-266-7600
Mechanical marvels never cease to excite and delight—especially when that marvel is a perfectly tuned engine in a fast-moving machine. While sports cars are an absolute fascination, so too are timepieces. Both are high-precision machines meant for ultimate use and pleasure. Now, these two high-tech worlds meld together wonderfully in an entirely new breed of winning wristwatches for the fast lane.
photography by antfarm; prop styling by terry lewis; TIRES, SEAT, AND WHEEL, ASTON MARTIN LONG ISLAND. 1060 NORTHERN BLVD., ROSLYN, NEW YORK, 11576
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