Summer. … Time to take the tops down on those convertibles, visit the local racetracks, and basically enjoy the mechanics of great automobiles. For those who love the fine tuning of a car, the precision of its engine and the sleek beauty of its profile — it may please you to know that these are also the defining factors of several key timepieces from watch brands that have closely aligned themselves with the world of automobiles.
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Sleek, sophisticated automotive design inspired this Bovet Pininfarina Sergio Split-Second Chronograph. It is powered by a self-winding mechanical moment and is crafted in shot-blasted stainless steel in the brand’s much-loved 45mm Amadeo® Convertible case (which can transform from wristwatch to pocket watch and table clock). Just 250 pieces will be made. $34,500.
Inspired by Ducati motorcycles, the Tudor Fastrider Chrono is crafted in stainless steel and is water-resistant to 50 meters. The watch features a rapid date-change function and is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement. $4,100.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the big win of a Shelby Cobra over a Ferrari in 1965 at the FIA International Championships, Baume & Mercier unveils the Capeland Cobra Chronograph. Crafted in stainless steel with a dial in Shelby guardsman Blue with subtle racing stripes, the watch also features a cobra on the seconds hand. Just 1965 pieces will be made to honor the year of the breakthrough victory that brought the Shelby Cobra to international prominence. $4,450.
From Chopard, this Mille Miglia GTS Power Control watch is crafted in steel and houses the brand’s self-winding Caliber 01.08-C, a COSC-certified chronometer. It has 60 hours of power reserve and offers an hour-, minute-, second- and stop-second function. $8,250
(This article was written by Roberta Naas and appeared first in Gotham Magazine. Photo by Jeff Crawford, Styling by Terry Lewis )