Chronographs, cars, classic cars and motorsports are in a symbiotic relationship. In competition the seconds, tenth of a second and hundreds of a second make the difference. The second place is the first loser …
I have chosen ten new chronographs for you that are new and linked to motorsports, cars and classic cars. They are as always presented in alphabetic order, so this is not a ranking!
After seeing them all, please let me know which one is your favorite …
Baume & Mercier „Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963“
Last year Baume & Mercier teamed up with the Ford Tuner Shelby based in Las Vegas. The cooperation is not only about the new Shelby tunes Ford cars, but also very much related to the glorious past … This new 44 mm steel chronograph is dedicated to the Cobra from 1963 and therefore a limited edition of 1963 pieces and powered by an ETA 7753. 4100 Euro including 19 % VAT.
Bell & Ross „BR 03-94 Aéro GT“
This is the brands second initiative to create a third main pillar beside the aviation watches. Last year we saw a chronograph linked to a motorbike, this year we see a chronograph linked to a virtual GT sports car designed by Bruno Belamich, the head of design of Bell & Ross. The 42 x 42 mm watch is powered by an ETA 7750 calibre. Price 7900 including 19 % VAT.
See the car here …
Breitling „Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon“
Breitling and Bentley are linked for years now and it´s a fruitful cooperation. This chronograph is brand new, was not presented in Basel. The 49 mm blackened steel case houses the Breitling B06 chronographs calibre. Its “30-second chronograph” system, inspired by a Breitling patent dating from 1926, is distinguished by its central hand performing a full sweep of the dial in half a minute – and thus ensuring extremely accurate 1/8th of a second time readings from the dial. 500 pieces. Price 11.500 Euro including 19 % VAT with rubber strap and 11.910 Euro including 19 % VAT with alligator leather strap.
Certina „DS Podium Big Size Chronograph WRC Limited Edition“
Certina is the official timekeeper of the WRC FIA World Rally Championship and also partner of the Citröen Racing team. This 44 mm steel chronograph, limited to 5000 pieces, is powered by an ultra-precise ETA “Precidrive” quartz calibre that measures the of hundreds of a second. In fact an attractive timepiece for also a very attractive pride. Price: 895 Euro including 20 % VAT
Chopard „Superfast Chrono Porsche Motorsport 919 Black Edition“
Porsche Motorsports and Chopard! Porsche Motorsports just won the 24 Hours of Le mans. I just featured this new chronograph here …
… please get all detailed information there … Price: 12.580 Euro including 20 % VAT
Oris „Williams Chronograph Carbon Fibre Extreme“
The 44 mm case made out of titanium and carbon fibre houses an ETA 7750 calibre. The technology to make such an extrem ultralight and still rigid case comes from the Williams Formula 1 team. Oris takes advantage of its partner´s knowhow and offers the good looking timepiece for a real attractive price. Price: 3950 Euro including 19 % VAT.
Rolex „Cosmograph Daytona“
The most sought after timepiece in steel in 2016 since it was launched in Basel in March. Since the Rolex Cosmograph got the name “Daytona” it became a ticking icon. Everybody wants to have one and the waiting lists get longer every day. That´s what I call a phenomenon and ingenious marketing! Besides this also a fantastic timepiece made in best Rolex quality. Price: 11.300 Euro including 19 % VAT.
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Check here for more information and pictures about the new Rolex Daytona in steel.
(TAG) Heuer „Monza Calibre 17“
This timepiece is being called Heuer Monza and not TAG Heuer Monza! Bravo! Since IMHO the today´s TAG Heuer chronographs have nothing in common with the iconic Heuer chronographs of the past. That´s a complete new generation of chronographs! No other brand was so linked to motorsports in the past than Heuer. This is a replica of the legendary Monza, a chronograph being part of the lives of legends like Niki Lauda, James Hunt & Co. The 42 mm blackened titanium case houses an ETA 2894-2 calibre. The watch is limited and sold for 4700 Euro including 19 % VAT.
Tissot „T-Race MotoGP Automatic Limited Edition 2016“
As the main sponsor of MotoGP Tissot every year launches several limited chronographs honoring this partnership. This 45 mm steel timepiece powered by an automatic ETA calibre looks like the huge brake-disc of a motorbike. It features a carbon effect dial, on top of which various anthracite details give it its rich design. Price 1250 Euro including 20 % VAT.
Zenith „El Primero 36’000 VpH Classic Cars“
Zenith meanwhile has taken over the partnership of almost all important classic car events in the world. This 42 mm steel chronograph is powered by an “El Primero” calibre. Its balance wheel oscillates with 36.000 A/h (= 5 Hz) and therefore enables the read of the 1/10th of a second from the dial. A little but essential difference to many other chronographs on the market, since the 1/8th of a second is nice to have but almost useless… Or can you name me one single sport event that is timed in 1/8th of a second? Price: 6900 Euro including 19 % VAT.