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 |  Oct 20 2010, 11:18 AM


We know you don’t want to think about it, but the holiday season is going to be here before you know it, so it’s time to start putting together a list for Santa. And may we suggest adding the Limited Edition Spyker Timepieces Collection – but only if you’ve been really good this year.

This collection of three timepieces celebrate the Dutch brand’s 24 Hours of Le Mans participation and are outfitted with the design details that echo the styling features of Spyker’s luxury supercars.

Designed and engineered by renowned watch and luxury goods expert, Thierry Chaunu of Expression D’Artistes International S.A., these chronographs are available in solid 18K gray or rose gold finishes (limited to a run of 250) or in polished steel or matte black titanium finishes (limited to a run of 1000 each). Hand-stitched using Royal Dutch Hulshof leather, the quilted leather bracelets come in Dutch Spyker Orange, Black Anthracite or Blanc de Blanc white – the same as Spyker’s supercar interiors.

Boasting meticulous and precise detailing, the bezel carries Spyker’s Latin motto: NULLA TENACI INVIA EST VIA – ‘For the tenacious no road is impassable’ – while the crown showcases the Dutch brand’s wire-spoke and propeller bonnet badge. Cool features include the watch’s pushbuttons, which look like Spyker exhaust pipes, and the steel “bouchonné” dial, which include hours, minutes, seconds, and 42-hour power reserve, replicates the turned aluminium finish of the supercar’s dashboard. Plus, its Valjoux caliber 7750 automatic mechanical movement sports a rotor that is inspired by the design of the Spyker C8 Aileron’s Rotorblade wheels.

You can order you favorite online at www.SpykerTime.com as well as selected watch retailers and Spyker-sponsored car owners’ events. The timepieces range in price from $9,750 to $23,500.

[Source: Zer Customs]

 |  Sep 01 2010, 2:30 PM

Paying special tribute to Alfa Romeo’s celebrated sport tradition, Florentine designer Giuliano Mazzuoli unveiled the new Contagiri 8C Competizione watch to great fanfair.

Some people like to have a party when they release a new product. Not Mazzuoli – he had a parade of Alfa Romeo 8Cs go through Florence in honor of the style, sports passion, tradition and technical performance of both the automotive brand and the timepiece.

The result of four years of effort, the Contagiri features a black or argente dial with Arabic numerals. Inspired by the tachometer of the 8C, it comes with a 13.30 mm thick case that measures 44 mm in diameter that comes finished in stainless steel and black diamond-like-carbon (DLC) or 18-karat rose gold and titanium. Relying on “Calibre GM Cambiosequenziale/01 alternance 10” mechanical self-winding movement, this watch boasts accurate precision, and the watch mechanism itself features 29 jewels and comprises 131 individual parts.

Running at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, the caliber rand also offers a 42-hour power reserve, and its central hour hand retrogrades after going through an arc of 270°. Water resistant up to 50 meters, the watch stays firmly on the wrist thanks to a smooth rubber strap and comes adorned with an Ardillon buckle in stainless steel or 18K rose gold. Even the box it comes in is decedent – it comes covered in smooth calfskin leather and reptile stamped by master Florentine artisan leather workers. The case back and the watch box come with the same personalization as the automobile with the same limited edition serial number.

There are only a limited run of 500 Giuliano Mazzuoli Contagiri 8C Competizione watches, so don’t wait too long to pick yours up.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Jul 20 2010, 8:35 PM

How do you celebrate a very special anniversary? Well, if you’re Chopard and Alfa Romeo, you commission a very special line of timepieces.

To mark their birthdays – 2010 sees Chopard celebrating 150 years and 100 years for Alfa Romeo – the two decided to join forces and to launch three new classic sport watches. And the two brands have an intertwined history together. For more than two decades, Chopard has had a strong presence in the World of Classic Racing, serving both as a sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the Mille Miglia race. It also turns out the Alfa Romeo’s cars have the honor of bringing in the most wins in this particular race, with a grand total of 11.

The anniversary line includes the GT XL Chrono Alfa Romeo and the Gran Turismo XL Alfa Romeo. The GT XL comes in stainless steel or black DLC-coated steel, while the Gran Turismo features a black dial with red hands and indexes as well as the logo of both brands. Both come equipped with COSC-certified in-house automatic movements, 46-hour power reserve, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 44mm cases and Chopard’s signature vintage Dunlop-inspired rubber straps. Like any special occasion, these timepieces won’t last long. Only 500 of each of the three watches will be offered, along with a table clock in PVD-coated steel and a black leather, red-stitched case, and an additional travel alarm clock.

[Source: TeamSpeed]