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Ferrari is celebrating its partnership with luxury Swiss watchermaker Hublot with, surprise, a limited-edition timepiece.
There will only be 20 of the Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari timepieces available, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the automaker’s presence in China. The watch features a single push-piece chrono movement with a flying toubillon, a 44mm dial and a sporty case made from carbon fiber.
“Ferrari is indeed one of the leading luxury brands on the Chinese market, and Hublot is very proud to become the exclusive strategic partner of Ferrari. The win-win agreement is a symbolic of a new beginning for our two brands, and will undoubtedly be a partnership filled with thrill and passion,” said Ricardo Guadalupe, managing director of Hublot.
The Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari also comes equipped with HUB 6300 movement with clutch tourbillon escapement, while its strap is made of hornback crocodile leather and adorned with PVD Titanium buckles. No word on the price yet, but with only 20 piece being made, we’re sure it’s going to be pricey.
[Source: Born Rich]
Luxury cars have gotten the watch treatment… now it’s time for a motorcycle to take its place on your wrist. The special edition watch from Tudor takes its inspiration from Ducati sports bikes. This new watch marks the partnership between the two, as Tudor is now the official timekeeper of Ducati.
Boasting the signature red and black colors of Ducati, Tudor Fastrider Chronograph measures in at 42mm in diameter, comes with an automatic chronograph with 46 hour power reserve, and has a cool quick-set date button at 9 o’clock coated in PVD. Engraved on the outer steel rim in a tachometric scale, details the speed of movement, while the main movement is powered by the self-winding mechanism, so you never get a time display lag. Adding to this watch’s stylish look is a dial that showcases sapphire crystal.
The Tudor Fastrider Chronograph isn’t a limited edition, however, it will only be made in lower numbers. You can choose a steel bracelet or leather strap and you can expect to shell out anywhere from $4,143 to $4,379. It’s worth noting that Tudor is making a re-entry into the North American market after years of playing second fiddle to big brother Rolex.
[Source: Born Rich]
If you’re a connoisseur of fine automobiles, you have to be conscious about how you present yourself. It’s not enough to drive the car – you need to embody the lifestyle. From the tips of your shoes, right down to the watch on your wrist, you’re a style plate for your ride of choice. And if your have a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, there’s a wrist watch made just for you.
OK, so you don’t actually have to have the car to wear one. Ralph Lauren does, and he crafted a watch to go along with his prized classic. The Ralph Lauren Automotive Watch sells for $13,400, making it more affordable than its inspiration. This timepiece boasts an elm burl ring that matches the dash, a galvanized matte black dial with white numbers inspired the gauges and visible screws that recall the car’s rivets.
If the price doesn’t faze you, head on over to the Ralph Lauren Watch online store and pick one up.
You can’t afford to buy a Porsche, so you buy the next best thing – Porsche merchandise. It’s cheaper, right? Not so much, especially when it comes to this Porsche watch.
For the ever-so-outrageous price of $270,000 (you’re not reading it wrong and we didn’t add a few extra zeros to mess with your head), you can pick up the limited edition Porsche Design Indicator timepiece. For sale right now at the Porsche Design store in Dubai Mall, this limited edition watch – there’s only 50 available – costs AED 990,000 (that’s about $270,000 with the current exchange rates).
A product of a partnership between Porsche and Swiss watchmaker Eterna, the Indicator is made with a mix of 18-carat rose gold, natural rubber and titanium. Held on your wrist by a rubber strap that looks like Porsche tires, the watch’s clasps and body are made of rose gold, and it features a titanium face. The watch’s face comes equipped with a stop watch and second timer, and a dial turns from green to red when the watch runs low on power.
For this price, you’d think that the Indicator gets its power from unicorn farts. Nope – it gets its juice from the movement of your wrist (which is still pretty cool).
There are so many amazing auto-inspired watches being launched, it’s hard to keep up. But here’s another we just had to share with you – Chopard’s Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Split Second timepiece.
Another model added to the Swiss watchmaker’s long history of paying tribute to the world of historic cars, the Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Split Second timepiece does them justice. Fastened on the wrist by a strap that sports the famous 1960s Dunlop Racing tire tread (made from natural rubber and comes fitted with a folding clasp), this watch features a split-second chronograph movement that measures “split” times. Its self-winding movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC and on the back, you’ll find the inscription “Superfast Split Second.”
Taking you back to a time of vintage automobile, the dial’s markers on the flange will remind you of the numbers found on rev counters and speedometers. Other features of note include a tiny racing steering-wheel in DLC blackened steel on the crown, the grooves on lugs’ sides, the cooling vents and the Allen screws on the bezel.
There’s only going to be 1,000 copies of the Classic Racing Superfast Chrono Split Second watch being made, so pick yours up soon.
[Source: Born Rich]
There’s no better way to celebrate an ice speed record then by launching a new watch. And that’s exactly what Bentley has done, in honor of the new record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen, which was done in a Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.
Partnering with the automaker’s timepiece partner Breitling, the Bentley Supersports Light Body limited edition timepiece sports a sporty titanium light body watch. A perfect complement to the Supersports convertible, the watch boasts a light and sturdy titanium chassis, as well as a dashboard-style dial adorned by three ringed counters and a bezel with a Bentley-style raised knurled motif. Keeping time is its exclusive double-counter system that features a central minute hand and a twin-handed totalizer.
The ice speed record was set a few weeks ago, when Juha Kankkunen reached a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h). This new time broke his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h), which was set in 2007 when he was behind the wheel of the Continental GT.
Only 1,000 of the Bentley Supersports Light Body limited edition watches will be available for purchase.
Designed by Jaeger-LeCoultre, the official watch partner of Aston Martin Racing, the DB9 Transponder is striking, as it’s encased in grade five titanium. Its black dial is adorned with a grille-type motif and its rhodium-plated metallic numerals found in the center of the watch are coated with black luminescent.
The coolest function of this watch has to be the fact that is comes an integrated transponder circuit. This allows you to unlock or lock your Aston Martin DB9 by pressing the watch’s sapphire crystal. Owners can also use the Open and Close zones to activate a Find Me function. This illuminates the car’s headlamps for several seconds so you can find your car easily.
Also featured on the timepiece are the DB9 logo, the hands and hour-markers, all which are gilded. It almost looks like the float in the center, while its window shows the “ruthenium mainplate and bridges of the exquisitely refined movement.”
The DB9 is the third generation of watches released by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin. The DBS Transponder was the first to hit the market globally, about two years ago, and was also the first mechanical watch that could control access to a luxury sports car.
The AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder watch is available to order now from the Aston Martin and costs $24,400 U.S. You can purchase it at your Aston Martin dealership.
To coincide with the historic unveiling of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, a new timepiece has been unveiled to go along with it. Swiss luxury watchmaker Parmigiani released its new Bugatti Super Sport timepiece created to complement the supercar.
Touted by Parmigiani as “The Fastest Watch in the World” (the 16.4 Super Sport is billed as the fastest car in the world), this watch embodies the luxury brand perfectly. The Bugatti Super Sport watch’s case mirrors the standard Parmigiani curved tear drop lug, and features a set of bending lugs in traditional form. You’ll also find a partially carbon fiber dial, which has been placed perpendicular to the axis. This was accomplished by integrating a system of double pinions with bevel gearing.
The manually wound Calibre Parmigiani 372 (complete with a power reserve of 10 days) was designed in two planes in order to match the contours of the new Bugatti watch. Six sapphire crystals reveal the fabulous movement made up of 372 parts. The bridges struts its stuff with gold black, côtes de Genève and satin finishes. Hermes Paris designed the strap and the Bugatti logo is showcased on the dial while the Parmigiani name is on the side.
There aren’t many of these gems available, with a limited run of 30 pieces. The Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport watch is packaged in an 18k white gold case and is priced at $259,000.
[Source: Born Rich]