NEED FOR SPEED: Timeless Bond of Car and Luxury Watch

“A sports car on wrist.” That phrase had became the up to date commercial notion of mechanical wristwatches. Think about it: an engine – the movement – suspended within a purpose-built chassis – the case – engineered and tuned to within incredibly narrow tolerances for maximum performance, allowing one to express one’s status, distinguished taste and – at a stretch – love of fine engineering. The fact that even the most basic automatic watches on the market have see-through case backs is down to the same reason Ferrari’s V8s and Lamborghini’s V10s are proudly visible just behind the cockpit.

The watch industry has long recognized the link between performance cars and mechanical watches and has tried to capitalize on it in some form or another. The watch industry and automobile industry have shared a strong bond for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, both of which recently celebrated their 50th birthdays. Now let look into some iconic timepieces which link to auto racing industry.

Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille may be relatively new to the timepiece scene, having only entered the game in 1999, but in the course of 18 years, Mille’s company has established a reputation as one of the most eponymous watch brands in the world. No more is that evident than in the brand’s latest creation, a collaborative piece with McLaren called the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1.

To begin with, the watch is a tourbillon, widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated timekeeping configurations whose main objective is to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage when the timepiece is stuck in a certain position. Besides, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is not only a tourbillon, but it’s also partly made from graphene, a nano-material that was only discovered in 2004 (13 years ago!). Turns out, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 became one of those applications as graphene was used, together with titanium and carbon fiber, in creating the physical look of the watch. In terms of exclusivity, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is as exclusive as it gets with only 75 units being made and each unit coming with a 1:5-scale model of the McLaren-Honda MP4-32, which cost the watch $1million and more expensive than McLaren’s entire range of models that are not named the P1.

A vast majority of the human population can only dream of owning a Ferrari LaFerrari. Only 499 units were made and all of them are accounted for. But, you can wear it on your wrist, which is how Hublot wants you to do it if you buy its new MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition watch.

This special edition timepiece is the latest iteration of the Hublot Ferrari timepiece line that was first unveiled in 2013 as a tribute to Ferrari’s venerable hyper car. This one, however, is on an entirely new level. As its name implies, the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition comes with a case that’s carved out of sapphire, considered as one of the most precious stones in the world. According to Hublot, the sapphire case is comprised of seven components machined from seven blocks of sapphire, and the entire process of manufacturing the case takes over 600 hours. In keeping with the exclusivity of the real Ferrari LaFerrari, Hublot is limiting the production of the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition to just 20 pieces. The company hasn’t announced how much each of these babies will sell for, but considering that a “regular” MP-05 LaFerrari watch retails for around $300,000, you can already get a pretty clear picture on how much each of these 20 watches is going to cost.

These two iconic timepieces seem to be fantasy for regular old folks, But for those who have the resources to get access to the clouds, there are items like luxury cars and limited edition timepieces to welcome them with open arms. In the case of Breitling and Bentley, it’s a combination of the two things, as the Swiss watchmaker recently showed with the introduction of the ultra limited Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch.

Let’s start with the case. Since this is Breitling we’re talking about, plastic, glass, or quartz won’t cut it with this watch. Instead, Breitling uses a Breitlight polymer, which by the way is proprietary, meaning that it’s Breitling’s own creation. According to the watchmaker, the material is both scratch and corrosion resistant, as well as non-magnetic and non-allergenic. In other words, it’s made from supreme quality, the kind that we can normally associate with a watch company that’s been around since 1884. That’s 133 years, ladies and gentlemen. Moving on, the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition also features a Dark Sapphire shade from which it gets its name. The exclusive color is similar to one that Bentley is offering for the Continental GT, making for another useful tie-in between watch and car. Even the trim around the watch’s dial comes in a diamond pattern, evoking the stitching we see in the interior of the Continental GT. Even the glare-proofed sapphire crystals that protect each side of the watch is another page off of Breitling’s luxury playbook.

Overall, we can see that luxury watch and luxury car emerged to be close linked industry and teamed up for exciting new timepieces. Both watch and car seem to go into parallel line in our daily life, which represent a personal status, taste and identity. If you were looking for a new luxury watch you can visit The Hour Glass and Swiss Watch around KL area for a glance at the watch. At the same time, if you were looking for a new car don’t hesitate to contact us YBG at 03-7931 6003.