May 27, 2019
Gentlemen, start your engines!
Technical excellence, a passion for first-class mechanisms and an unquenchable thirst for adventure play equally important roles in the realm of fast cars and the cosmos of fine watches. As typical products of the 20th century, cars and wristwatches embody the utmost in engineering competence, spark their fans’ enthusiasm and are emblematic of sophisticated design and superlative quality. The new motorsport watches of 2019 provide beautiful proof.
Rolex – Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex unveiled a precious, mysterious and sparkling 18 ct yellow gold version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, the iconic watch for those with a passion for driving and speed. This new version offers a unique take on the celebrated racing chronograph. The emblematic tachymetric scale is replaced with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds. On the paved black lacquer dial, champagne-colour chronograph counters are intertwined with black lacquer and diamonds. Completing the dial with elegance are hour markers in the form of eight diamonds in 18 ct yellow gold settings, and Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45, also in 18 ct yellow gold, set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. Like all Rolex watches, the new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Chopard – Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition
In 2018, Chopard celebrated its 30-year partnership with the legendary rally for classic cars, which fans laud as the world’s most beautiful rally. The Swiss brand annually unveils limited special editions of chronometer-certified chronographs for the 1,600-km Mille Miglia rally. In keeping with its context and history, they bring subtle vintage elegance and superior sportiness to the wrist. The 44-mm-diameter Mille Miglia 2019 Race Edition’s stainless steel case hosts an automatic chronograph that measures intervals to the nearest eighth of a second.
Hublot – Classic Fusion Ferrari GT
In an elegant nod to the world of GT racing, Hublot’s new warhorse was imagined and designed in partnership with Flavio Manzoni, Head of Design at Ferrari. This Classic Fusion timepiece features a watchmaking chassis that is both classic and contemporary, and perfectly in keeping with the stylistic codes of ‘Gran Turismo’ racing. This noble, high-tech watch is dressed in Carbon 3D fibre, highly resistant and providing unyielding protection for the Manufacture UNICO HUB 1280 movement with column-wheel flyback chronograph.
Carl F. Bucherer – Manero Flyback Chronograph
Historical models from the 1960s and ’70s were the inspiration for this luxurious chronograph. An understated but no less expressive elegance accordingly characterises the appearance of this new chronograph. This latest model debuts in a rose gold case boasting the Manero collection’s typical curves and mushroom-shaped push-pieces. The 43-mm-diameter case surrounds a black dial embellished with a fine sunburst finish. Technically, this newcomer continues to impress aficionados with its CFB 1970 chronograph calibre, which is equipped with a flyback function to measure several consecutive time intervals.
TAG Heuer – Autavia Isograph
The Autavia has carried the high-octane DNA of motorsport since the 1960s. Now TAG Heuer introduces a new version that combines the stylistic aesthetics of that golden era and the high-tech advantages of the present day. A blue ceramic bezel frames the smoke-blue dial, which was inspired by dashboard instruments and bears luminescent Arabic numerals. The new Autavia has a diameter of 42 mm and is water-resistant to 100 metres. The stainless steel case provides a cosy home for Calibre 5, which keeps time with even greater precision thanks to its new and recently premiered carbon composite isograph balance-spring.
Porsche Design – 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Black & Leather
Like the legendary 911, a benchmark for sports cars since 1963, the 1919 Chronotimer Flyback Black & Leather provokes with its minimalist design and uncompromising functionality. As is de rigeur at Porsche Design, the new timepiece is made entirely of titanium and focuses on functionality. It is powered by the Porsche Design’s C.O.S.C. certified automatic movement Werk 01.200 – equipped with a flyback complication. The movement’s exposed automatic bridge provides an unobstructed view of the flyback mechanism and the automatic gears, thereby systematically implementing Porsche’s approach to lightweight engineering. The energy-optimised Porsche Design rotor, visible through the sapphire crystal back, is PVD-coated and carries a tungsten weight. Thanks to its heft, the material helps provide the energy necessary for maximum winding power.
Jacob & Co. – Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti Edition
At Baselworld 2019, Jacob & Co. announced a long-term partnership with Bugatti to collaborate on a series of exclusive co-branded products. The partnership begins with a limited edition of the Jacob & Co. high-complication masterpiece, the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti Edition. The original Twin Turbo Furious electrified at Baselworld 2018, with its breathtaking twin triple-axis tourbillons, column-wheel chronograph and decimal repeater. Designed with high-performance sports cars in mind, the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti Edition pays homage to Bugatti’s 110-year anniversary Chiron, positions the Bugatti logo prominently in the centre of the dial and renames the power reserve indicator “fuel”. In addition, the colours of the French flag are displayed on the gauge. Only 39 timepieces will be made, each individually numbered: 18 in carbon fibre, 18 in rose gold, and three with diamonds.
Reservoir – Longbridge British Racing
The styling of the Longbridge model series refers to the homonymous English city, which has been known for automobile production since 1905. The instrumental, intuitively legible style of early 20th-century counters and dashboard instruments inspired the dial’s design. The minutes are indicated by a retrograde hand, while the hour is shown on a jumping display at “6 o’clock”. The remaining power reserve is displayed directly below the hour numeral. The 39-mm-diameter case made of 316L stainless steel surrounds the British racing green dial, which covers Eta’s Calibre 2824-2, here with a patented module.
Mühle-Glashütte – Teutonia Sport I
This bicompax chronograph combines sportiness and understatement. For example, an elegant clous de Paris pattern expressively accentuates the dial, which has a tachymeter scale along its flange. This newcomer is powered by automatic Calibre MU 9414, which is equipped with an uncommonly shock-resistant woodpecker’s neck fine adjustment mechanism and the brand’s own three-quarter plate. The transparent window in the back of the 42.6 mm stainless steel case reveals the movement, which, like all of this year’s new products, is equipped with a special blue anodized anniversary rotor.