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 |  Oct 18 2011, 12:45 PM

If you can’t afford the real thing, chances are you can’t afford the watch. Inspired by Lamborghini, a new watch designed by Adriao Valente will set you back a cool $35,100.

This magnificent timepiece, dubbed the AV-L001, is made from Karbonyte, an alloy that uses carbon fiber element. It comes in six bright colors: Nero Tartarus (Karbonyte color), Giallo Hyperion (yellow), Rosso Eos (red), Grigio Menoetius (slate gray), Bianco Ophian (white), and Green Icaria (green).

Taking its shape from the speedometer, AV-L001’s hours match the Arabic numerals on the black dials, with 3, 6, and 9 showing the hours. The movement of this watch is based on the mechanical Engine 001 movement. To protect your investment, it comes equipped with a sapphire crystal cover that is anti-reflective and scratch resistant. Strapping it to your wrist is rubberized strapping that features stitching to match the main casing of the timepiece.

The AV-L001 is a limited edition set with numbered models, so if you can afford the $35,100 price tag, put your order in now.

[Source: Oh Gizmo]

 |  Sep 12 2011, 5:15 PM

Ten years have gone by since Porsche Design created a watch that took its cues from the dashboard gauges of the 911. It’s about time for an update, and the luxury brand is ready to launch a new model, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch.

Crafted in Australia, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch measures in with a diameter of 44 millimetres and a height of 14.5 millimetres, and is made entirely of lightweight, non-allergenic titanium. Sporting a deep black color that’s produced by shot-blasting titanium and covering it with a layer of black PVD, this element of the chronograph is a nod to the original black watch that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed back in 1972. Its dial features Arabic numerals and its minutes and seconds hands are luminescent for easy reading in the dark. It also comes with two elongated push buttons next to the crown control the start/stop function and its case is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.

In terms of precision movement, the stop function can be used with the tachymeter scale to calculate average speeds of between 60 and 330 km/h.  With a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per minute, its hand and the date disc are driven by automatic ETA Valjoux 7753 movement. To ensure that its arm movement keeps winding up, the Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard is equipped with an optimised rotor in the shape of a sports car’s wheel rim.

The Porsche Design P’6620 Dashboard watch is available in 12 variations and comes with a white dial, a gold case, or with calf leather or caoutchouc (natural rubber) straps. You can pick up the base model for €3,950 – that’s about $6,300 US.

 |  Nov 09 2010, 9:45 PM

You can’t afford to get him a Porsche for Christmas. Then go with the next best thing – the Porsche Design P´6920 Rattrapante Limited Edition wrist watch.

Sleek, cool and uber-stylish (just like the car), this mechanical flyback chronograph lets you precisely measure and display intermediate times as often as you’d like. Patrick Schwarz, CEO of Eterna SA (the Swiss watchmaking company that makes and sells the Porsch Design line) says, “The P’6920 Rattrapante Limited Edition combines venerable Swiss watchmaking with the purist Porsche design in an exceptional way.”

Powered by ETA Valjoux 7750 precision movement, the P’6920 Rattrapante Limited Edition also features the AR2 Rattrapante module and comes with COSC certification. Its chronometer is equipped with an automatic, double-sided winding system, an energy-optimized Porsche Design rotor and a 48-hour power reserve.

The P’6920 Rattrapante Limited Edition only has a run of 200 pieces, and comes in a PVD [Physical Vapor Deposition]-coated titanium version, as well as 18-karat pink gold edition that’s limited to 50 pieces.

 |  Oct 20 2010, 5:50 PM

It’s one thing to sponsor a driver, but it’s only a few who are honored with their very own watch. Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has chosen to honor Italian F1 driver Jarno Trulli with his very own timepiece.

Trulli, a former Formula Three national champion, has been an F1 driver since 1997. Winner of a Formula One grand prix, he’s taken the  pole position four times, the podium 11 times and scored over 246 points in his career so far.

And although this year hasn’t been the best for him (driving for the best of the newcomers at Lotus Racing, he was unable to start one race, unable to finish another six, and of those he has finished, he’s hasn’t been able to score a single championship point), this commemorative special edition watch is sure to pick him up out of the slump.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli Chronograph is certainly as impressive as its name. It boasts a forged carbon-fiber case, a ceramic bezel, titanium fixtures, red luminous indices and hands. Making it tick is a 59-jewel automatic movement with 365 parts, a 60-hour power reserve and a 22-carat gold oscillating weight that’s been covered in anthracite – pretty impressive. Only 500 watches will be made, offered initially at the company’s boutique in Tokyo before it goes global.

 |  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 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]