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BEAUTIFUL THINGS HAPPEN WHEN CAR BRANDS AND WATCHMAKERS COME TOGETHER

The world of horology and car making share many attributes.  They’re both rooted in engineering, performance, precision and design. For decades watches and cars have shared this synergy and in most cases both have produced well-engineered works of art that are highly-desirable and extremely coveted.

With so many shared similarities, car manufacturers and watchmakers are a natural fit, which is why we’ve seen several of them collaborating in recent years. Ahead of the London Motorshow happening this month, we’ve uncovered some examples that have bridged the gap in both worlds in successful, stunning fashion.

 

BEAUTIFUL THINGS HAPPEN WHEN CAR BRANDS AND WATCHMAKERS COME TOGETHER

The world of horology and car making share many attributes.  They’re both rooted in engineering, performance, precision and design. For decades watches and cars have shared this synergy and in most cases both have produced well-engineered works of art that are highly-desirable and extremely coveted.

With so many shared similarities, car manufacturers and watchmakers are a natural fit, which is why we’ve seen several of them collaborating in recent years. Ahead of the London Motorshow happening this month, we’ve uncovered some examples that have bridged the gap in both worlds in successful, stunning fashion.

 

Best of Britannia: Bremont & Jaguar

When two prominent British brands collaborate; the results are simply stunning. Both Bremont and Jaguar put their creative minds to the test in 2010 with the creation of the Jaguar C-X75 concept, which sported a custom made analogue dashboard clock. However both brands soon extended their fruitful partnership with a range of Bremont Jaguar timepieces, which were inspired by the legendary E-Type sports car. Three examples were made – the Bremont Jaguar Mk I, MkII and MkIII with all three 43mm models borrowing elements from the E-Type such as the iconic three-spoke steering wheel, Jaguar’s heritage emblem, as well as the ‘tyre thread’ winding crown. All three pieces come supplied with a striking blue perforated leather racing strap along with a strap in alligator leather.

Performance & Prestige: Breitling For Bentley

The Breitling and Bentley collaboration dates back 16 years when the Swiss watchmaker was invited to lend its expertise in designing the Continental GT’s technical instruments and the on board clock. The partnership would also see Breitling creating a timing instrument for the Bentley Bentayga and a new range of timepieces under the Breitling for Bentley banner. Over the years Breitling produced several timepieces that were inspired by Bentley models such as the Bentley B06, Bentley B05 Unitime and the Bentley GT3. Its most recent creation, the Continental GT Dark Sapphire edition, released last year paid homage to the new Continental GT and Bentley’s motorsport victories. Limited to 500 units, the Bentley GT3 Chronograph is designed with a black titanium case carbon with a carbon fibre dial and sports an original twin-counter system and chronometer-certified self-winding movement.

Speed & Style: Roger Dubuis & Lamborghini

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S shares a lot of traits with the Lamborghini Aventador S supercar, which it was modelled after. Sleek, stylish and sporty, the highly-limited timepiece comes with a 45mm case, which is made with the same carbon fibre materials used by Lamborghini for their cars. The Excalibur Aventador S is 100% skeletonised, allowing the wearer to admire the double sprung RD103SQ caliber that powers the timepiece. The layout of the movement is inspired by the engine bay of the Aventador S and it also features a Bi-material strap with black rubber base and alcantara, a material highly-favoured by Lamborghini for their interior. Roger Dubuis has limited the Excalibur Aventador S to just 88 pieces, which will be produced with accents of Neptune Blue, Giallo Orion Yellow and Orange, which are prominent Lambo colours.

Sporty Heritage: IWC & Mercedes-AMG

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance AMG division, IWC produced this highly-coveted timepiece. Limited to 250 pieces, the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition 50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG was designed with a 43mm titanium case, which houses the calibre 89361, IWC’s in-house chronograph. The design elements are undoubtedly racing inspired with a dial that borrows elements from a speedometer with a fun lightning-shaped constant seconds hand at six o’clock. The white, silver and red colour motif along with the black calf skin leather strap with white stitching as well as the rear case, modelled to look like a disc brake, certainly lends a classic motorsport aesthetic to this elegant timepiece.

Built For Racing: Aston Martin & TAG Heuer

The partnership between Aston Martin and TAG Heuer is new but it has already gained momentum. We’ve already seen the TAG Heuer Formula 1, a timepiece born from the partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing this year. There’s also a special Aston Martin edition of the TAG Heuer Carrera 01 available as well. Powered by the watch brand’s in-house, automatic chronograph movement, Caliber 1887, the latter comes with a 45mm steel case, with revised lugs and stunning silver on black colour combination. The iconic winged logo sits at nine o’ clock, with the Aston Martin branding prominently engraved on the watch’s bezel. The most significant design element though is the skeletonized honeycomb dial which is inspired by the grille of the new Aston Martin Vantage.