Top 5 Best Automotive & Motorsports Inspired Watches


Best Automotive & Motorsports Inspired Watches

Watchmaking and automobiles have had a strong connection for decades, with many watches taking their inspiration from the auto industry.

From million dollar race inspired watches to the ultimate in watches inspired by luxury automakers, the options for what watch you pair with your car are endless. While some watches have been crafted for exclusivity – at times requiring the purchase of a car before you can even have the option of buying one – others are available to anyone that can afford one. Here’s our list of the Top 5 watches inspired by luxury cars.

 


Hublot Big Bang Unico Ferrari Titanium Carbon

Hublot | Supercars | Amazon

  • Movement: HUB9005 Manufacture Manual-winding
  • Band: Black Rubber
  • Case Diameter: 45 mm
  • Case Material: Micro-blasted Black PVD Titanium
  • Window: Sapphire crystal
  • Price: $20,000

Achieving a world first with a 50-day power reserve, this piece lives up to both the Hublot as well as the Ferrari name. With 637 components – the most watchmaking components created to date by Hublot – this watch features a complex shaped sapphire crystal that is clearly reminiscent of the Ferrari’s outline. While the power reserve and intricate design make this watch unique, what really makes it stunning is the movement.
Reinforcing bars on either side of the watch made from anodised red aluminum bring to mind Ferrari’s signature red, with the hour and minutes displayed to the right of the barrels, also indicated by means of one anodised black aluminum cylinder each. On their left is the cylinder indicating the power reserve.
When it all comes together you have a stunning piece inspired by a stunning automobile.

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Richard Mille RM 50-03 Mclaren F1

Richard Mille | Supercars

  • Richard Mille RM 50-03 Mclaren F1
  • Richard Mille | Supercars
  • Movement: Manual winding tourbillon
  • Band: Rubber injected with graphene
  • Case Diameter: 44.5 mm
  • Case Material: Graph TPT
  • Window: Sapphire crystal
  • Price: $900,000

While this piece may be heavy on the wallet, it’s light on your wrist; record-breakingly light. Weighing just under 40 grams the Richard Mille RM 50-03 Mclaren F1 is made from the same materials you’d expect to see in a top performing F1 race car including carbon fiber, titanium and a proprietary material called Graph TPT, the result is touted as the lightest tourbillon split-second chronograph ever developed.
This shocking piece of horology magic is a technical masterpiece that offers – as you would expect for the price – mechanical superiority. If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford this masterpiece the only question will be do you put it on your wrist or on display?

Richard Mille RM 50-03 Mclaren F1


Bentley Flying B Chronograph by Breitling

Brietling | Supercars | Amazon

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Band: Leather
  • Case Diameter: 38.5 mm
  • Case Material: Gold
  • Window: Sapphire crystal
  • Price: $6,000

My favourite thing about this watch is the shape. The rectangular design features a guilloche centre that echoes the Bentley radiator grille and large roman numeral XII adorned with mother of pearl inlays. Breitling ads a nice touch by engraving the back of the watch with the iconic “Winged B” that has served as the Bentley mascot for years.
The Bentley and Breitling relationship has been a successful one for both brands, so while you’ll find a variety of different styles in their Bentley line of watches the Flying B is, in my opinion the most unique.

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Zenith El Primero – Range Rover

Zenith | Supercars | Amazon

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Band: Leather
  • Case Diameter: 42 mm
  • Case Material: Aluminium
  • Window: Sapphire crystal
  • Price: $8,500

This watch has a minimalist feel with a strap and case inspired by Range Rover’s design. The aluminum case mirrors the Range Rover’s aluminum frame and the band mirrors the design and leather of a Range Rover’s seats.
The unique placement of the date – at the six o’clock position instead of the traditional 3 o’clock position – coupled with the unique band and timeless design make this a watch I’d love to have in my collection.

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Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

Chopard | Supercars | Amazon

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Band: Leather
  • Case Diameter: 43 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Window: Sapphire crystal
  • Price: $6,300

Car aficionados will recognize the Mille Miglia as the world’s most famous regularity race for classic cars. This quirky and obscure race is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. As the official timekeeper Chopard has created the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph.
From the rubber strap paying homage to 1960s Dunlop tire treads to the silver dial inspired by vintage car bodies, this chronometer-certified watch offers a quaint elegance with race inspired design. Somehow the watch is enhanced by its connection to the Mille Miglia and will have you dreaming of entering a team to traverse the Italian countryside.

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