Every driver needs that perfect watch when out for a Sunday drive, but not any watch will cut it. Gentlemen drivers will go out of their way in search of a driver’s watch that fits the bill, and to help those in the process of this search, here are 5 incredible drivers watches handpicked by the duPont REGISTRY.
Meccaniche Veloci: Chrono Driver
The vertical or 3 o’clock-oriented dials became popular among drivers in the 1940s and 50s. Paying homage to these unique timepieces, the Chrono Driver features a swivel case surrounded by a curved shaft, a modern interpretation of the ‘drivers watch’. This unique design allows drives to easily view time while their hands are positioned right where they’re meant to be, the steering wheel. Available in titanium and carbon this timepiece is every bit as stylish as it is functional.
Model: Chrono Driver
Movement: Single, ETA calibre 7750 (Valjoux), mechanical automatic chronograph
Case: In titanium, also available with In-Plane-Bending (IPB) treatment, or in carbon
Diameter: 38 mm
Dial: Black dial, with luminous indexes and hands
Lens: Crystal Sapphire crystal
Strap: Calf Leather
BULGARI Octo Maserati
Bulgari and Maserati, two iconic Italian brands, collaborated to produce one of the most impressive timepieces to date. The styling of the face reflects that of the Maserati grill while the calf skin strap echoes the look and feel of their intricate driver’s seat. A tribute to their luxury partner can also be found on the back of this Bulgari timepiece, as the sapphire crystal caseback features the Trident emblem. As an added convenience to drivers, the bezels display a tachymeter. The Octo Maserati has a striking design that appeals to both the modern gentleman and auto enthusiasts alike, with features to suit both.
Model: Octo Maserati
Movement: Mechanical with automatic winding
Function: Chronograph with retrograde minutes, date and chrono counters.
Case: Stainless Steel
Lens: Scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal
Diameter: 45 mm stainless steel
Dial: Blue lacquered, champlevé
Strap: Blue leather
Where to Buy: Bulgari
Chopard Mille Miglia 2013
Luxury watch maker Chopard served as the official timekeeper for the Mille Miglia race. In honor of this unique partnership, Chopard produced the very limited edition, Mille Miglia 2013 timepiece. This driving watch played a pivotal role in this year’s race, as teams rely just as heavily on their driving skills as they do on their time measuring instrument. The seconds hand is vibrant red tipped in white for increased visibility while the entire face features red accent, making everything readable in just one glance. Every last detail was dedicated to increased readability, making these watches both safe and accurate for their esteemed drivers.
Model: Mille Miglia 2013 Edition
Movement: Self-winding mechanical movement
Function: Chronograph, GMT
Case: Stainless Steel
Lens: Glare proofed Sapphire Crystal
Diameter: 42.8 mm
Dial: Anthracite grey
Strap: Rubber Dunlop racing-tyre motif
Where to Buy: Chopard
This watch so closely mimics the engine block of it Ferrari inspiration that its hand wound tourbillion movement matches the power quotient of the car itself. Hours, seconds and minutes are displayed by the movements of three aluminum cylinders. Of the 637 components, 108 are jewels, making this Hublot masterpiece just as elegant as the LaFerrari, and just as intricate. To match the standard of engineering and perfection that goes into the making of a Ferrari each Hublot watch was assembled in house with only the best materials and parts. Perhaps the most desirable aspect of this timepiece is its true exclusivity, with only 50 ever produced. This watch takes drives just about as close to wearing one of these supercars on their wrist as they can get.
Movement: Manufacture Manual-winding Suspended Vertical tourbillon 11 Series-coupled Barrels
Case: Microblasted black PVD Titanium
Lens: Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal
Dial: Hour and Minute Indicated by Anodised Black Aluminium Cylinders on the Right Side with White Luminescent – Seconds Indicated by Anodised Black Aluminium Cylinders with White Luminescent Fastened on to the Suspended Tourbillon
Strap: Black Smooth Rubber Strap – Satin-finished Titanium and Microblasted Black PVD Titanium Deployant Buckle Clasp
Where to Buy: Hublot
B.R.M Limited Edition Caterham V12 Chronograph
Legendary watch maker B.R.M is known for their automotive inspired timepieces, but it’s their Caterham collaboration watch that reflects the true essence of racing. Boasting the Caterham colors, these yellow and green watches wear the same racing stipe as their iconic sports cars. The polished stainless steel case provides a clear contrast between the dial making timekeeping clear and simple. The dial proudly displays the Caterham logo, a reminder that this legendary sports car manufacturer had a hand in the making of this one of a kind racing inspired timepiece.
Model: B.R.M Limited Edition Caterham V12 Chronograph
Movement: Automatic chronograph
Case: Piston Shaped Steel
Lens: Sapphire Crystal
Diameter: 44 mm
Dial: Green with yellow racing stripe
Strap: Green leather with yellow holes and double stitching