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Revving towards the start of the motorsport season, we list several timepieces that have been specifically made for petrol heads and fans of racing

The 2020 motorsport season hasn’t quite got off the starting line yet, but rest assured, the fastest machines and racers on the planet are quite raring to go. The first automobile race can be traced back to 1895 in Paris involving a handful of cars racing from the French capital to Bordeaux. Although just travelling at 20kmh at the time, the love affair with racing took root in that historic moment.

Well over a century on and auto racing has taken on a life of its own. But more than just involving fast machines and drivers, the sport also represents precision at its very best. As such, timing has proven to be an essential part of the sport. The correlation between both is ever present and oftentimes it has also served as inspiration for watchmakers to celebrate their association with racing and those marvellous fast machines.

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390

The relationship between Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti dates back nearly 15 years with the creation of the Type 370 watch, which was inspired by the Bugatti Veyron. The Type 390 carries on that tradition with elements that tribute the Bugatti Chiron Sport, considered by many as the ultimate super sports car. A pure driver’s watch, the Type 390 is built to display time at an angle, to facilitate the telling of time more efficiently for the driver. The beauty of the timepiece though lies in its complex movement – a tubular calibre is housed in a cylinder boasting an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its two series-mounted barrels. Housed in a 42.2mm x 57.7mm 18ct white gold case, the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 is finished with an alligator strap.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

A tribute to the legendary racing car built by the great Carol Shelby in the early 60s, the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra, celebrates the achievements of this track conquering champion. The newest version of the chronograph is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case, which is accompanied with a black alligator strap with yellow, rubberised calfskin lining. The dial itself is directly inspired by the iconic roadster with asymmetrical chronograph subdials modelled after the car’s dashboard with the central chronograph seconds hand featuring the Cobra-head logo. Every performance machine needs a certifiable engine and in the case of the Capeland Shelby Cobra, those duties lay with the self-winding ETA Valjoux 7753, which is equipped with a 48-hour power reserve.

Reservoir Lady Longbridge

There aren’t many driver’s watches targeted at women but Reservoir changed that perception with the Lady Longbridge, named after the original plant where the iconic MINI first rolled off the assembly lines. The dial of the watch is inspired by the dash of the vintage motor, complete with light indicator motifs. Symbolic of the Reservoir brand, the dial layout features a power reserve and retrograde minute as well as the jumping hour at six o’clock. The 39mm stainless steel timepiece is powered by an automatic movement and presented with a pale-pink dial and mint-green calf leather strap.

Bremont MKII Black

Modelled after one of the most iconic cars ever built, the Bremont MKII Black tributes the Jaguar E-Type in impeccable form. The timepiece, presented in a 43mm polished and hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® case, exudes the golden era of sports car motoring of the 60s with a classic design featuring hour markings in style of the numerals found on the dashboard of the car. The timepiece also features a chronograph layout – featuring two subdials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions along with the Jaguar heritage logo at six o’ clock. A calibre 13 ¼”’ BE-50AE automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve works all functions of the watch.

TAG Heuer Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Special Edition 2020

Both TAG Heuer and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing have once again collaborated on a new timepiece that celebrates their Formula 1 partnership. The new model boasts a 43mm brushed steel face fitted with pump pushers, screw-down crown and fixed aluminium bezel featuring a blue tachymetric scale. Sitting beneath the blue sunray dial beats a Ronda 5040D movement, which operates all watch functions. The TAG Heuer Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Special Edition 2020 features a solid screw down caseback featuring an engraving of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. The timepiece is secured by a brushed steel bracelet with a double folding clasp.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport”

As the ‘official engineering partner’ of the multiple Formula 1 world champions, IWC has created a timepiece that truly exemplifies the qualities of the team. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” measures in at a hefty 46.5mm case made from black ceramic. The layout of the dial is based on the perpetual calendar module –featuring four separate counters – but presented in carbon fibre.  As a tribute to the team, the hands, the Arabic numerals, markers and all the inscriptions on the dial are finished in Petronas emerald green. Powering this limited-edition timepiece is a calibre 52615 automatic movement with Pellaton winding, which is rated with a seven-day power reserve.

The 2020 motorsport season hasn’t quite got off the starting line yet, but rest assured, the fastest machines and racers on the planet are quite raring to go. The first automobile race can be traced back to 1895 in Paris involving a handful of cars racing from the French capital to Bordeaux. Although just travelling at 20kmh at the time, the love affair with racing took root in that historic moment.

Well over a century on and auto racing has taken on a life of its own. But more than just involving fast machines and drivers, the sport also represents precision at its very best. As such, timing has proven to be an essential part of the sport. The correlation between both is ever present and oftentimes it has also served as inspiration for watchmakers to celebrate their association with racing and those marvellous fast machines.

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390

The relationship between Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti dates back nearly 15 years with the creation of the Type 370 watch, which was inspired by the Bugatti Veyron. The Type 390 carries on that tradition with elements that tribute the Bugatti Chiron Sport, considered by many as the ultimate super sports car. A pure driver’s watch, the Type 390 is built to display time at an angle, to facilitate the telling of time more efficiently for the driver. The beauty of the timepiece though lies in its complex movement – a tubular calibre is housed in a cylinder boasting an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its two series-mounted barrels. Housed in a 42.2mm x 57.7mm 18ct white gold case, the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 is finished with an alligator strap.

Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra

A tribute to the legendary racing car built by the great Carol Shelby in the early 60s, the Baume & Mercier Capeland Shelby Cobra, celebrates the achievements of this track conquering champion. The newest version of the chronograph is presented in a 44mm stainless steel case, which is accompanied with a black alligator strap with yellow, rubberised calfskin lining. The dial itself is directly inspired by the iconic roadster with asymmetrical chronograph subdials modelled after the car’s dashboard with the central chronograph seconds hand featuring the Cobra-head logo. Every performance machine needs a certifiable engine and in the case of the Capeland Shelby Cobra, those duties lay with the self-winding ETA Valjoux 7753, which is equipped with a 48-hour power reserve.

Reservoir Lady Longbridge

There aren’t many driver’s watches targeted at women but Reservoir changed that perception with the Lady Longbridge, named after the original plant where the iconic MINI first rolled off the assembly lines. The dial of the watch is inspired by the dash of the vintage motor, complete with light indicator motifs. Symbolic of the Reservoir brand, the dial layout features a power reserve and retrograde minute as well as the jumping hour at six o’clock. The 39mm stainless steel timepiece is powered by an automatic movement and presented with a pale-pink dial and mint-green calf leather strap.

Bremont MKII Black

Modelled after one of the most iconic cars ever built, the Bremont MKII Black tributes the Jaguar E-Type in impeccable form. The timepiece, presented in a 43mm polished and hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® case, exudes the golden era of sports car motoring of the 60s with a classic design featuring hour markings in style of the numerals found on the dashboard of the car. The timepiece also features a chronograph layout – featuring two subdials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions along with the Jaguar heritage logo at six o’ clock. A calibre 13 ¼”’ BE-50AE automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve works all functions of the watch.

TAG Heuer Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Special Edition 2020

Both TAG Heuer and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing have once again collaborated on a new timepiece that celebrates their Formula 1 partnership. The new model boasts a 43mm brushed steel face fitted with pump pushers, screw-down crown and fixed aluminium bezel featuring a blue tachymetric scale. Sitting beneath the blue sunray dial beats a Ronda 5040D movement, which operates all watch functions. The TAG Heuer Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Special Edition 2020 features a solid screw down caseback featuring an engraving of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing. The timepiece is secured by a brushed steel bracelet with a double folding clasp.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport”

As the ‘official engineering partner’ of the multiple Formula 1 world champions, IWC has created a timepiece that truly exemplifies the qualities of the team. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” measures in at a hefty 46.5mm case made from black ceramic. The layout of the dial is based on the perpetual calendar module –featuring four separate counters – but presented in carbon fibre.  As a tribute to the team, the hands, the Arabic numerals, markers and all the inscriptions on the dial are finished in Petronas emerald green. Powering this limited-edition timepiece is a calibre 52615 automatic movement with Pellaton winding, which is rated with a seven-day power reserve.