As partners of automobile manufacturers, events or racing teams, watch brands outdo each other in seeking imaginative ways of bringing to the wrist the spirit of major competitions and the style of legendary cars.
Graham Silverstone RS GMT : CHF 9,200.–
Equipped with a 24-hour dual-time display appearing on the graduated ceramic bezel, this limited series is also the official watch of the highly regarded and typically Swiss Gurnigel hill-climb road race !
As Baume & Mercier’s signature semi-casual dress watch, the classically resourceful Clifton can play host to a fairly wide variety of complications — everything from easy GMT and moonphase screens, to perpetual calendars and this crazy minute-repeating pocket view. So it should come as little surprise that for 2017, as in years’ past, the entry Richmont manufacturer is leaning on the Clifton’s flexibility to showcase their most recent technology: an in-house made manual-winding movement equipped with a distinctive system meant to boost accuracy.The Baume & Mercier Clifton Manual 1830 is the first Richemont set watch to deploy this new technician, known as TwinSpir, which will be centered around a new kind of proprietary ion hairspring developed by the Richemont Research & Innovation team. This new spring is comprised of a unique, composite construction that unites two layers of silicon, alternatively oriented and jumped through a layer of carbon dioxide. The goal was to produce a hairspring that wasn’t only resistant to the usual effects — corrosion, magnetism, etc., but one which was also largely immune to fluctuations in temperature and infinitesimal variances in pressure while it oscillates.Now, phoning TwinSpir the foundation for a thermocompensated mechanical motion would be something of a gross oversimplification, but that is not far from the assumption, either. But, rather than consciously correct for changes in temperature, this system mutes them. By way of instance, where a normal hairspring might demonstrate varying levels of elasticity (and therefore subtly differing oscillation speeds) on the wrist to a warm day, vs. sitting on a bedside table, the fundamental premise of TwinSpir is to make a more consistently secure hairspring that is largely immune from these thermoelastic variances regardless of the view’s ambient temperatures. Additionally, as the hairspring contracts and expands through its typical oscillations, the layered arrangement is designed to create a perfectly and more constant oscillation, eliminating any subtle flaws in elasticity (or even “elastic anisotropies”) that would also adversely influence the chronometric speed — a known functionality trait exhibited by many traditional hairsprings.
Originally a tiny double-digit gathering of friends and family who ride and socialize together, it’s since become an yearly migration of motorcyclists and surfers to the amounts exceeding 10,000 attendees, entirely open to the public. The stateside version, on the other hand, was an invitation only event staged in Cayucos, California. It is a tired little wild wild west, Cowboys and Indians-like beach town comprising a skate park, two pubs, three cafes, plus a well-known taco shop serving up tasty smoked albacore tacos. Baume and Indian both referenced the long tradition and parallel of timepieces and motorsports; both embodying the DNA of engineering progress as well as the pursuit of performance. Baume et Mercier told a catalytic story of observing Lee Munro race a modified Indian Scout in the Bonneville Salt Flats to commemorate his uncle’s historic record breaking run 50 decades ago, and the way that it solidified their wanting to associate together.
Silverstone RS GMT © Graham
Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra : CHF 7,650.–
The latest creation from Baume & Mercier and Caroll Shelby evokes the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. This titanium and steel chronograph is making a noteworthy first incursion into the Clifton collection.
Clifton Club Shelby Cobra © Baume & Mercier
Bell & Ross BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary : CHF 3,900.–
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its partner Renault Sport’s first appearance in the world of Formula 1 motor racing, Bell & Ross has developed a model inspired by the 1977 single-seater R.S. 01, a steel chronograph with a resolutely vintage style.
BR126 Renault Sport 40th Anniversary © Bell & Ross
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport : CHF 11,900.–
The Octo Maserati 2017 models display jumping hours and retrograde minutes with all the clarity of a dashboard. For fans of the super-sporty brand with the trident emblem : a black DLC-treated GranSport model.
Octo Maserati GranSport © Bulgari
The tachymeter is stainless steel with amount engravings on a fixed bezel with one of those number engravings being “184,” the speed where Burt Munro broke the land speed record. Moving inwards, the dial is sandblasted in a silverish-white color to mimic the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and the amount indices are black rhodium plated. The feel of the pre-production bit was solid, from its own buckle, straps, instance, and complete. I truly liked the subject of this watch and the best part about it was that it looked vintage. Adding to this aesthetic pop and thickness to the overall appearance, Indian Motorcycle’s famous vermilion red is splashed and helpless about the chronograph hand, sub-dial palms, and USA-sourced leather strap with a pin buckle. Another great touch is that the chronograph hand counterweight, which is the Indian Motorcycle’s “I.” Finally, the caseback, although still not an exhibition caseback, is inscribed with the Indian Motorcycle’s headdress emblem with all the limited edition number engraving, one out of 1967.
Singer Reimagined Singer Track 1 : CHF 42,985.–
The young watch brand named Singer Reimagined, a subsidiary of Singer Vehicle Design, chose the Monterey Car Week 2017 for the first presentation in the United States of its revolutionary Track 1 chronograph.
Singer Track 1 © Singer Reimagined
Montblanc Time Walker Chronograph 117051 : CHF 19,900.–
At the Festival of Speed de Goodwood 2017, of which it has become official timekeeper, Montblanc presented a chic new pink gold model : the Time Walker Chronopraph Automatic.
Time Walker Chronograph 117051 © Montblanc
Bulgari Octo Maserati GranLusso : CHF 28,900.–
Parternsing Maserati since 2012, Bulgari has unveiled the latest fruits of their cooperation at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In this GranLusso version, the Octo Maserati appears clothed in pink gold.
Octo Maserati GranLusso © Bulgari
Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 130 : CHF 5,340.–
Timekeeper and Official Partner of the Gran Premio Nuvolari, Eberhard & Co. seized the opportunity of the opening cocktail to present its latest creations, notably including the Chrono4 130 introduced to mark its 130th anniversary.
Chrono 4 130 © Eberhard & Co.