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The Lamborghini Aventador has inspired yet another flashy accessory that fans of the supercar will have to keep an eye out for – the Avenger Vertical Tourbillon Watch.
Designed by Marko Petrovic, this timepiece is still in the concept stage, but pictures of the Avenger Vertical Tourbillon promise great things from this luxury watch. Outfitted in black and orange, this watch takes style cues from the Aventador’s engine. Its face is styled after the Aventador’s engine cover and even features an engine roll bar. Holding it in place is a tire tread-like wrist band.
Since it’s still just a concept, there are no official specs, prices or a release date. But if it’s anything like its inspiration, it will be expensive and exclusive. We’ll keep you posted on updates and availability when they become available.
[Source: Top Speed]
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin have teamed up to create a special edition timepiece that will have fans of the iconic auto brand racing to pick one up.
Taking its inspirations from Aston Martin’s legendary racing program, the AMVOX5 LMP1 boasts all the precision and endurance standards racing drivers count on, while its mechanical and aesthetic features will appeal to racing enthusiasts. It features a 41-jewel Caliber 752 movement with chronograph and GMT functions, and comes with a date window and 65-hour power reserve. This timepiece is also self-winding and has a pink gold oscillating weight.
Its precision movement is encased in 44-milimeter ceramic-titanium, and it’s strapped to your wrist with a calfskin and Cordura strap that sports the Aston Martin team’s blue and orange livery. There will only be 250 AMVOX5 LMP1 being issued, and although there’s no word on a price, we’re sure that this watch will be sold out quickly.
Infiniti has teamed up with Swiss watchmaker Bell & Ross to design the Limited Edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatch.
It’s the second timepiece to be released by Infiniti – the first was the special edition BR03-92 Instrument Phantom to celebrate the launch of last year’s Infiniti FX Limited Edition performance crossover. The BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial Stylish takes its cues from both brands and the result is this exclusive timepiece.
Showcased on a matte black dial, the seconds pointer and eighth digit boast a photo-luminescent finish in the same distinct purple color favored by Infiniti. It’s interesting to note that the number eight is a symbol of luck in Asia and also symbolizes the mathematical sign of infinity – not to mention that when you turn it on it on its side, it is also happens to be the automaker’s logo. The glass front casing is made from anti-reflection sapphire crystal and it features automatic mechanical ETA 2982 movement. Turn this watch over to see the engraved Infiniti and Bell & Ross signature on its steel case back.
“The Limited Edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatch is a true celebration of our continued association with Bell & Ross, for which we are very proud,” said Andy Palmer, Infiniti’s Executive Vice President. “The new timepiece effortlessly embodies the unique qualities of both brands to offer discerning customers a rare and highly sought-after addition to their collection.”
There are only going to be 200 of the Limited Edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial watches available for sale worldwide. You can buy one from any of Infiniti Centres for £3,090 ($4,936).
Many watches take their inspiration from luxury cars. The newest one to take shape is Chopard’s “Engine One” for Only One charity watch, a one-off timepiece is designed to look like an engine block.
This limited edition timepiece, powered by a proprietary mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement “motor” called the L.U.C Calibre 1TRM, is set in an oval-shaped, ultra-light titanium case. Functioning the same way an engine block does, the Engine One’s movement is mounted on silent blocks (held by three lever arms) that absorb shocks. No detail is left to chance – every inch of this watch brings out its luxurious inspiration. From the lugs screwed onto the case that resemble car wings, to its hand-sewn black alligator leather strap, wearing this watch is the next best thing to driving an exotic car. It features 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve, and the side of the case is engraved with “Only Watch 2011.”
[Source: Born Rich]
A fitting remembrance to former racecar driver Luigi Macaluso, Girard-Perregaux has released a signature timepiece that was designed for racing enthusiasts – the R&D 01.
Macaluso served as president of both the Italian Motorsport Federation and the International Karting Federation and was the president of Girard-Perregaux until his passing last year. He also won the European Rally Championship in 1972 and served on the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council. Thanks to his ties with the auto community, Girard-Perregaux partnered with Ferrari and Pininfarina to bring about their own branded watches. With Macaluso at the helm, the company designed luxury signature timepieces for a range of world-class auto brands.
The R&D 01 isn’t tied to any automotive brand and is the effort of many years of research and development. This watch is the ultimate driver’s watch – it was created after consultation with Formula 1 racing drivers and what they needed in a timepiece.
The end result features inverted push-buttons and functions, which makes it easier to operate while driving. Its rotating internal bezel is resistant to being knocked out of place, its design is sporty and all of this chronograph’s movements are crafted in-house. The R&D 01′s dials are styled after a car’s dashboard gauges and the crown field after an F1 air intake.