Given that they meld complicated engineering and exquisite design, a passion for both cars and horology usually burn together in the hearts of devotees. We highlights some of the beautiful results born of recent marriage between the worlds of motoring and horology
Maserati has based its reputation, particularly in recent years, on building luxurious sports cars that don’t sacrifice comfort for speed— automobiles as equally at home in a refined, leisurely setting as they are when pushed to the limits of their performance. It is this adaptable quality that Bulgari sought to replicate with the latest in its series of timepiece collaborations with the storied Italian carmaker: the Octo Retro Maserati GranSport and GrandLusso. The monochromatic, DLC-treated steel GranSport is available with either red or blue highlights, while the more formal GranLusso is presented in a sophisticated pink-gold case.
Roger Dubuis Lamborghini Excalibur Aventador S
On the heels of Roger Dubuis’ recent Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon (a timepiece affixed to the wrist with a strap made from the tyres of the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix winner), comes another race-bred collaboration, this time with Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Powered by a skeletonised, hand-wound movement in a 45mm rubber-overmoulded carbon/titanium case, the Excalibur Aventador S is available in two auspiciously numbered limited editions, with 88 pieces of the Giallo Orion yellow accented version, and just eight issued with Arancio Argos orange highlights.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG
This fabulously light 44.3mm titanium timepiece, which resembles IWC Ingenieurs of the mid-20th century, was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance AMG division. The 250-piece edition is powered by an automatic manufacture chronograph movement with flyback function protected by the range’s excellent anti-magnetic casing. With its luminescence and water resistance to 120 metres, it very nearly qualifies as a diver’s watch, too.
Richard Mille RM 50-03
It’s not often a watch made in collaboration with a carmaker is priced at more than the automobile whose badge it carries. But that’s the situation with Richard Mille’s multimillion-dollar RM 50-03. Produced in cooperation with the brand’s longtime Formula 1 partner, McLaren, the 40g watch is the lightest mechanical chronograph ever made, according to the maker, thanks to a carbon case hewn from cutting-edge nano-material, graphene, and weight savings courtesy of the hand-wound skeletonised tourbillon movement being constructed of titanium and carbon. Many of the 75 pieces were pre-sold to collectors at SIHH, making it an exceedingly exclusive, elusive collectible.
Ralph Lauren Automotive Tourbillon Watches
Menswear designer Ralph Lauren, one of America’s most discerning car collectors, continues to assert his horological bona fides with the release of two outstanding timepieces, one a single tourbillon and the other a double. The design is inspired by Lauren’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, which has
won multiple awards. The 45mm watches, which are both cased in shot-blasted stainless steel with a black finish reminiscent of the Bugatti, feature a bezel in amboyna burl, recalling the handsome finish of the Atlantic Coupe’s polished wood interior. Truly unique—and pure elegance in-car-nate.