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Over the years, we’ve seen a number of collaborations between heavyweight automakers and their Swiss time piece counterparts. The list actually reads long and the announcement that Ball Watch Company and BMW are tying up for their own partnership will only add to that growing list.

As part of this exclusive agreement, Ball will be tasked to build the new BALL & BMW timepieces, which will incorporate various technical feats into it, highlighted by a revolutionary anti-shock system. Ball’s exclusive patented Amortiser system will also be part of the collection and serving as a means of protection for the watch against bumps, dings, and bruises.

Another unique feature of this watch, and one that owes its creation to Ball’s status as the official standard watch of the American railroads, is the use of micro-mechanical engineering, which features a shock-absorbing, anti-magnetic protection ring.

As far as aesthetic design of these watches are concerned, Ball will be paying homage to the unique and distinctive design language of BMW vehicles, reflecting dynamism and strength of character that BMW’s line up of models have come to be known for.

In early 2012, Ford unveiled the very cool Shelby 1000 , a special edition Mustang delivering an amazing 950 HP. Following that reveal, David Yurman released a series of limited edition timepieces to commemorate the unveiling of the Shelby 1000. Now both the car and the watch are featured in this new video released by Yurman.

This video was released to celebrate American Iconic designer, Carroll Shelby, as well as to introduce the fantastic timepiece that was created to coincide with the powerful machine Shelby built. The watch is limited to 300 units and features a 43.5mm stainless steel and rubber case, which houses the Swiss automatic chronograph Valjoux 7753 movement. A tachymeter is engraved on the bezel, allowing the wearer to log lap times with ease and the iconic Shelby Cobra insignia is hand-finished and applied to the multi-layer galvanic dial, which is accentuated by vertical, guilloche racing stripes.

The Ford Shelby Mustang 1000 is powered by a 5.4 liter V8 engine that has received new connecting rods, a new crank, and new pistons. The team also upgraded the cooling and exhaust, replaced the supercharger, and gas flowed the heads. These changes result in an impressive 950 HP in the road-legal version and an even more impressive 1,100 for the track version.

Whether you’re watching the video to take a look at the limited timepiece or to listen to the glorious sounds of the highly-modified V8, this video will definitely be worth your while.

We know, we know. It caught us by surprise too. British tuner Kahn Design has a new project, except that this one doesn’t have anything to do with wheels.

What it is though is something that a lot of watch enthusiasts will surely enjoy: the Kahn GMT Timepiece.

Yeah, it’s a watch. Designed in the UK by Azfal Kahn himself and manufactured in Switzerland, the Kahn GMT Timepiece is the epitome of a watch that comes with a classic, no-frills style that embodies the company’s tuning reputation. The white face is finished in white and matches really well with the full soft leather strap that exudes that classic look we’re talking about.

It’s ideally suited to be worn as a casual watch of informal set-ups and it also has time zone references of just about every major city in the world, allowing you to keep tabs on just about every time zone there is.

All told, the Kahn GMT Timepiece makes for a dandy watch on your wrist, proving that the British tuner has far more skills than we thought they had.

Ferrari has just added a new watch to their impressive line-up: the new Granturismo Automatic. This timepiece was inspired by the GT vehicles produced in Maranello, and just like those vehicles, the Granturismo Automatic comes with a hefty 940 euro price tag, which is about $1,150 at the current exchange rates.

The new Granturismo Automatic watch weighs only 79 grams and is characterized by an automatic ETA 2824 Swiss made movement. It comes with a steel box with matte black PVD treatment, a carbon fiber black dial with the Ferrari logo, an anti-glare glass, and a leather strap with black stitching that creates a cool visual effect. The Granturismo Automatic is also waterproof by 5 Atm, which means owners can splash around in style when at the beach or pool.

The Ferrari Granturismo Automatic can be ordered in two choices: 100% steel, or 50% steel, 50% leather.

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is, without question, the rarest and most sough-after Ferrari ever built. Hardly surprising, too, considering that only 36 models were ever built and it carried an iconic design and ahead-of-its-time mechanics.

This year, the 250 GTO is celebrating its 50th anniversary and Ferrari is preparing for a grand celebration that the car so fittingly deserves. One of the Ferrari’s partners, Hublot is lending its support with the production of the Ferrari 250 GTO Classic Fusion Watch, a time piece that pays homage to the iconic Ferrari.

Unveiled last week in an event at the home of Dom Pérignon Champagne at Abbaye de Hautvillers in France, the special edition timepiece is truly a watch for the books. In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 250 GTO, Hublot designed the Ferrari 250 GTO Classic Fusion Watch with the finest of details, highlighted by a 45mm encasement machined out of titanium and fitted with a skeletonized Tourbillion movement. The Swiss watchmaker also added GTO references on the watch, including the customized chassis numbers from the cars and the use of barenia calfskin on the watch’s strap. Finally, a unique barrel drum was also designed in the watch, which you can see at the 12 o’clock position. This is as unique and as intricate a detail as you can expect from a timepiece brand like Hublot.

Unfortunately for timepiece enthusiasts, getting your hands on one of these watches is next to impossible...unless of course you happen to own one of the remaining 250 GTOs still in existence today.

Typically when we review watches, it is a fine timekeeping piece, like a Tag Heuer , but sometimes we just can’t pass up a cheap, yet amusing, watch. Enter in our latest example, the Max Speed Speedometer watch, and you hit all three qualities we look for in an inexpensive watch: neat, innovative, and car-centric. This watch takes the latter of our three key qualities to an extreme that we rarely see.

The face of this watch is set up to look similar to the dashboard of a car, as it has a speedometer that goes from 05 to 55 in increments of five and a tachometer that goes from 1 to 12. The Speedometer is what tells you what minute it is and the tachometer tells you the hour. To make sure there is no confusion on the minutes when the watch is between two increments, a gear position indicator below the speedometer has number 1 through 4 to tell you the precise minute.

In the top left hand corner you have two gauges, one looks like a fuel gauge and it tells you if it is a.m. or p.m., and the other looks like another tachometer that tells you the day of the week, with Saturday and Sunday being in the redline.

The idea of this watch is simply awesome, but the execution is pretty cheap. It would be much cooler and less cheap looking if the gauge needles actually moved, but instead just a blue LED light illuminates behind each numeral and the gauges remain fixed in one position. It screams “cheap” just like those watches that have 10 different faces on them but only the main watch face is actually operational. Also, a rubber watch band is just not something that you want to wear anywhere other than the gym or on a run.

Oh well, maybe someday someone will create this style of watch with actual moving components. Until then, we can at least be humored by this one.

Any true automotive enthusiast knows the name "Vallelunga," but for those that don’t, it is a challenging road circuit designed by Italian racing legend Piero Taruffi. It is located 20 miles outside of Rome and was the site of many thrilling races in the 1960s and 1970s, featuring all of the legendary Italian marques. Knowing that, it is no surprise that Autodromo has released a chronograph that carries this name.

The new Vallelunga is a beautifully minimalist watch inspired by racing tachometers used in many Italian Prototype and Grand Prix racing cars of late 1960s and early 1970s. It is powered by a robust Swiss Made Ronda Quartz 5020.B movement. It features a stopwatch, 30 minute counter, and big date calendar window. It will be offered in Black over Black or White over Stainless and will be priced at $550.

Carroll Shelby in cooperation with David Yurman have unveiled a very cool limited edition watch in order to commemorate the unveiling of the Shelby 1000 . The watch will be limited to only 300 units: 150 stainless steel and 150 black PVD versions.

The watch features a 43.5mm stainless steel and rubber case, which houses the Swiss automatic chronograph Valjoux 7753 movement. A tachymeter is engraved on the bezel, allowing the wearer to log lap times with ease and the iconic Shelby Cobra insignia is hand-finished and applied to the multi-layer galvanic dial, which is accentuated by vertical, guilloche racing stripes. The watch is also featuring a highly textured natural rubber strap inspired by the cobra snake.

"Shelby and David Yurman are among the most respected American brands in their industries," said Tracey Smith, president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. "Just like the cars that created the Shelby American legend, David Yurman creates handcrafted jewelry and timepieces that are equally valued by collectors and enthusiasts. The Yurman watch and eyewear perfectly complement the exclusive Shelby 1000 vehicle. It beautifully demonstrates the innovation of both brands that deliver unique and distinctive time-honored products."

The Nurburgring , considered by man as one of the most grueling and demanding race tracks in the world, is turning 85 years old.

To mark this special occasion Nordschleife is releasing a commemorative, 1927 24-hour timepiece that pays homage to the legendary race track. The stainless-steel timepieces will be made available in either 1.4" or 1.7" cases dressed in either black or white. A unique characteristic of this watch is the 24-hour set-up that takes the place of the 12-hour configuration you’d find in most timepieces today.

The 24-hour configuration was done particularly to honor the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race, regarded as the most famous race to be held in the iconic race track.

Pricing for the watch is pretty affordable, too. For the smaller version, you’re going to have to shell out a $110 while the larger version retails for $140.

Unlike some of the special edition timepieces that are being released these days, the Nordschleife 1927 24-hour timepiece sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

When Ferrari partners with another company to create a crossover product, they’ve got some pretty high standards to live up to. Which is precisely why their newest timepiece partner raised some eyebrows within the industry.

Despite its previous tie-up with Panerai, a company known for their high-end luxury timepieces, the Italian automaker took a different in choosing their next time piece partner. Enter the Movado Group.

For all intents and purposes, Movado also caters to the luxury watch market, but there’s no mistaking that they’re not on the level of Panerai. Nonetheless, the Ferrari-Movado tie-up should make consumers happy considering that they’re going to be a little more affordable than the ones Ferrari and Panerai used to make, including the Ferrari Officine Panerai Watch Collection , which retailed for a base price of £8,900 ($14,200) and went all the way up to £28,300 ($45,200).

Compare those prices to the timepieces Ferrari and Movado are preparing, which could retail at somewhere around $2,000 and really, it’s not even close. As part of their deal, Ferrari and Movado will be working through a multi-year deal to build a number of time-pieces, most of which will be available in Ferrari stores, its online shop, and select wholesale distribution outlets.

“This agreement is the perfect complement to our branded watch business in an innovative and highly competitive segment," said Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo. "We look forward to benefitting from Movado’s expertise in design, development and distribution in order to reach our fans around the world."

Expect the first of these watches to officially make its debut at the 2013 Annual Watch & Jewelry Fair in Basel, Switzerland.


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