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At last year’s Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer launched a special series of watches in partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team. Bearing the team’s colours – midnight blue and red – and adorned with a matte blue aluminium bezel, the watch is available in two versions – one on a red-stitched strap, and one on a steel bracelet.
The quartz chronograph is accurate to a tenth of a second – an indispensable feature in a motor racing watch – and the red hands and white counters complement the blue case back perfectly. The legendary chequered flag is engraved onto this back, as if the Red Bull Racing Team logo – showing just how ingrained into the fabric of motor racing TAG Heuer truly are.
The cornerstone of the new Bell & Ross BR-RS17 collection, this striking chronograph takes its inspiration from the vivid colours of the buttons and dials on the steering wheel of the Renault F1 single-seater.
Rarely used in high-end watches, these complementary primary colours allow functions to be identified and prioritised. Rubber – the same as the tyres – is used on the rim of the case and the push buttons. The strap is also rubber, but paired with carbon fibre for an added sportiness. And, finally, the flying tourbillon compensates for the detrimental effect the earth’s gravitational pull has on the mechanism and increases the accuracy of the watch – a key feature for the track.
Created in collaboration with Ferrari, this striking Hublot Tourbillon Chronograph is limited to 210 pieces. One has a case of titanium, one of gold, and one of carbon. Deeply-rooted in Ferrari’s DNA – combining strength, performance and agility – this is a top fusion of automotive and watchmaking worlds.
This watch was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high performance chassis. And, like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight. A true racing machine.
Created in partnership with McLaren Honda F1, this limited edition Richard Mille will run jut 75 pieces. The baseplate and bridges are cast from grade 5 titanium, which makes them hardy and remarkably rigid – just like McLaren’s automotive offerings.
To perpetuate the racetrack theme, the watch has a numeric torque indicator and the bezel and case back are crafted from Graph TPT, a material whose physical properties are hinged on the inclusion of graphene. And, if you’re unacquainted with graphene, it’s a nanomaterial six times light than steel, but 200 times more resistant. That’s one tough wristwatch.
EQB-501TRC-1A may be a mouthful, but this Chronograph is as sleek and elegant as the cars with which it partners. Smartphone-enabled, like many of the Casio subsidiary’s new offerings, this Edifice blends advanced technology with dynamic design – developed with the Formula 1 team’s globetrotting schedules in mind.
The band uses Cordura fabric for the outer surface and red team colour leather for the inner surface, with splashes of blue and red across the black dial. Both the back cover and band ring feature the team logo – and solar technology, a waterproof rating of 10 ATM and Dual Dial World Time function mean this timepiece is almost as tech-packed as the racing machines themselves.