Watches and cars: 4 of the best
The watch and the car: two examples of precision engineering and technology working hand in hand.
Long has the engineering precision of the automotive and aeronautical industry influenced the designs and techniques used in making timepieces. It seems, then, to be a relationship made in heaven, combining the most advanced/powerful cars with a time-keeping counterpart, here are what we believe to be the best you can buy.
AUDI RS 3 SPORTBACK
When launched in June, it’ll be the most powerful executive car Audi’s ever rolled out. It has a 2.5-litre TFSI turbocharged engine, which is “regulated with millisecond accuracy at extremely high pressure” ensuring the right amount of power is delivered to each combustion chamber when you need it. In other words: this car has a lot of grunt, and hits 62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
AUDI RS 6 CHRONOGRAPH
Despite Audi’s German origins, this automatic chronograph benefits from a Swiss ETA Valjoux 775 O movement, precise to under a second. The black anodised frame matches the punched cowhide leather of the strap and the watch is accented with racy splashes of “RS red” on the dial arms and the stopwatch’s start/stop button.
Link: Audi Merchandise
LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP 560 4 SPYDER
A ten-cylinder, 5.2-litre, 560bhp, 8,000rpm engine with a top speed of 201mph; in the wrong hands the convertible Gallardo Spyder could be a death-trap. It also only musters a not very George-Monbiot-pleasing 13 miles to the gallon. That said, its lightweight aluminium frame is one of the most beautiful ever to grace the roads.
A stainless steel and carbon fi bre watch with the same triangular-shaped bezel as the Lamborghini’s badge. The Tonino is an official licensee of the Italian supercar brand, which is why this sapphire-coated chronograph has much the same air of mad-yet beautifully-angular design. Note: it weighs a wrist-bending 210 grams.
Link: Lamborghini Watch
BMW M3 SALOON
One of the world’s most iconic sports saloons, BMW’s M3 is the king of the office car park. It’ll do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and the petrol engine is capable of pushing 420bhp. Inside the M3 is all leather and intelligent tech, including BMW’s M Drive function which reverts the car to your chosen settings at the touch of a button – handy if your chauffeur is fatter than you. Price: £53,075
A brushed stainless steel casing with carbon details and a dependable Swiss movement combine to form this official BMW racing watch. As well as a scratch-resistant fi nish and separate displays for the chronograph, a stopwatch and date function, the genuine leather strap is designed to resemble the tread on the tyres of your German super saloon. Oh ja.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT
The Continental GT is a true luxury car that marries interior comforts such as fine leather, wood and chrome trims with thoroughbred sports engineering and an engine that tops out at 567bhp and 197mph. Zero-60mph? 4.6 seconds, since you ask. As the icing on top, Breitling has just signed another ten-year deal to provide bespoke clocks for Bentley’s dashboards. Price: £110,000
BREITLING BENTLEY GMT MIDNIGHT LIMITED EDITION
Only 1,000 of these carbon-treated black steel pieces exist. The exclusive knurled casing is designed to resemble the dials inside Bentley’s cars and it’s got a self-winding Calibre 47B movement that powers a second hour hand displaying the time in every major time zone, as represented by the city names wrapped around the bezel.