A quick recap on the top luxury watches with automotive inspiration.
As the luxury watch market and automotive industry grow closer, we notice a number of partnerships and collaboration pieces releasing to highlight the similarities. This week’s special focuses on The Top Automotive-Inspired Watches featuring world-renowned watchmakers and supercar/hypercar manufacturers. Learn more about any of the timepieces presented in this special by clicking the links below.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Countach
The Excalibur Spider Countach DT/X is the latest creation to emerge from Roger Dubuis x Lamborghini Squadra Corse, a partnership defined by radical performance and razor-sharp aesthetics. Strengthening the link between the motoring and horological world, and built from scratch directly on the main attributes of its namesake car, this one-of-a-kind hyper watch is inspired by all elements of the legendary Lamborghini Countach legacy, while being fuelled by the innovation, sophisticated mechanical engineering and iconic aesthetics Roger Dubuis is known for.
Richard Mille 40-01 Speedtail
It took Richard Mille’s casing department, led by Technical Director Julien Boillat, an unprecedented 2,800 hours spread over 18 months to perfect the lines. Like the Speedtail on which its based, the watch’s lines mimic the form of a water droplet while bezel indentations evoke the bonnet openings, and pushers that recall the air outlets behind the front wheels.
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
Hublot takes its relationship with LaFerrari to new heights with the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire – a totally transparent sapphire cased watch that pays tribute to the 1200HP hybrid supercar, FXX K. The incredible engine-inspired case is made from seven blocks of sapphire and it takes more than 600 hours of work to produce a single ultra-light case.
BOVET 1822 x Rolls-Royce Boattail
Born in the mind and heart of a Rolls-Royce and BOVET 1822 collector, the concept was to design and produce a bespoke Rolls-Royce and two unique BOVET 1822 timepieces, one for himself and one for his wife, that go hand in glove. Three years in development, BOVET 1822 and Rolls-Royce accomplished something never realized before in either industry.
Girard Perregaux Tourbillon Three Flying Bridges Aston Martin Edition
The 44mm case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC, bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. Interestingly, titanium ore was discovered in Great Britain, the home of Aston Martin, back in 1791 by an English clergyman, William Gregor, in the same year Girard-Perregaux was founded.
Richard Mille RM 11-03 ‘McLaren’
Richard Mille and McLaren Automotive released their first jointly-commissioned timepiece, the RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph McLaren, at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, McLaren customers have the opportunity to match their edition number of 1 to 500 of their McLaren Ultimate Series to the caseback number of their RM 11-03 McLaren.
Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron
It started with an idea conceived by Jacob & Co. together with Bugatti – how to reproduce the visceral sensation of the iconic Bugatti 16-cylinder engine in a timepiece. After almost a full year of development, the answer is in the form of the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon. Everything is designed to honor the Chiron in a timepiece. The case is inspired by the flowing lines of the Chiron and the movement, or “engine block,” intended to duplicate the Bugatti engine, is placed under a massive sapphire crystal, on display for all.
Porsche Design GT3 Chronograph
The Porsche 911 GT3 embodies everything that makes a true sports car: the hunt for every hundredth of a second, the knowledge that every gram counts, and the push to smash lap records. In short: that unparalleled rush of pure adrenaline. Discover the same thrill of motorsport on your wrist – with the new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3. Like its motorized counterpart, this timepiece captivates not just with its sleek, sporty design, but with its high-powered performance and premium craftsmanship. And what sets this already highly special timepiece apart from the rest? It is reserved exclusively for Porsche 911 GT3 owners.
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”
Since 2004, the two brands have been collaborating in multiple ways and it’s watches like this one that makes the partnership so exciting. As for the watch, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition AMG carries multiple “firsts.” It’s the first Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with a case made of titanium, as well as the first Pilot’s Watch Chronograph to feature the 69385 caliber. The grade 5 titanium finish for the case was inspired by AMG’s Selenite Grey Magno paint finish, and it proves to be a perfect choice.