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.
Two heavyweights from their respective industries are collaborating on a special edition time piece that should have auto enthusiasts and watch collectors stand up and take notice.
Italian automaker Maserati and Italian luxury goods retailer Bulgari have joined forces to build the rather flashy and extravagant Octo Maserati timepiece.
The Octo name of the timepiece lends itself to its octagonal shape, which has been enclosed in a steel case that measures 45mm in diameter. Among the striking features of the watch include a scratchproof sapphire crystal, a transparent caseback with the famous Maserati Trident logo, a brushed steel feel with a tachometric scale, a hand-applied octagonal inner bezel ring, a blue-lacquered dial, and a mechanical Calibre GG780 Haute Horlogerie movement.
There’s no word yet on how much the Octo Maserati timepiece will cost, but you only need to look at the two companies - Maserati and Bulgari - that are responsible for this watch to determine that it’s going to cost you a lot more than just a pretty penny.
British luxury automaker, Bentley , and Swiss timepiece maker, Breitling, have been partners-in-crime far longer than any of us can remember. So it only seemed appropriate that the latter would commemorate the launch of the new Continental V8 with a limited edition timepiece.
The Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 is a limited piece luxury watch that pays homage to the newest model in the Bentley line-up. Among the features of the Breitling for Bentley GMT V8 include a metallic red inner city bezel that plays a nice contrast with the watch’s black dial and the Royal Ebony dial. There are also cambered sapphire crystal that have been glare proofed on both sides with 38 additional jewels. There’s also a red triangle-tipped hour hand that completes one rotation every 24 hours, a multiple timezone display, an automatic COSC-chronometer-certified chronograph with a Breitling exclusive “30-second chronograph,” 6-hour, 15-minute, and 30-second totalizers, a screw-locked crown, and a sweep seconds hand that makes one full turn of the dial in half-a-minute, allowing readings that are accurate to an amazing 1/8th of a second.
For all of its unique characteristics - and the fact that it’s a Breitling - the 250-piece limited edition watch costs $10,590 a pop. It’s expensive for a watch, but it’s a bargain compared to actually buying the car itself, which by the way, costs 20 times as much.
Casio Computer Ltd in cooperation with Red Bull Racing have previously announced the Edifice range of exclusive, limited edition watches. And the second in the series is the A1000. The watch has been launched as a celebration of the the final race of the season - a season of course dominated by Red Bull. The new A1000 watch is limited to only 100 units.
The watch has been built under the supervision of the Red Bull Racing team and features blue highlights on the dial and the lower layer of the bezel to match the team colors. These items have been combined with a red second and red dial marks. And as this is a watch inspired by the automotive world carbon fiber couldn’t miss. It has been used to build the watch face and bezel.
The A1000 has been equipped with an electronic crown switch and Casio’s unique "Smart Access" system. It also uses five motors to independently operate hour, minute and second hands. The watch is water resistant by 100 meters and comes with a 1/20-second stopwatch. And the best part is that is uses a solar battery so you won’t have to worry about changing batteries.
The new Lamborghini Aventador is following in the footsteps of all the other supercars in the world by receiving a watch inspired by its personal look. The new timepiece is called the Avenger Vertical Tourbillon Watch and was designed by Marko Petrovic. Unfortunately, this masterpiece is only in its concept stage at this point.
When it is finished, the Avenger watch will transfer the same ultramodern aesthetic, signature black and orange look of the Aventador, featuring some of the most incredible design lines. While designing the Avenger watch, Marko Petrovic took his inspiration from the supercar’s engine. The face of the watch has been designed to mimic the engine cover of the Aventador and just like with the supercar, it comes complete with an engine roll bar.
Since this is just a concept, there aren’t any other specifications available just yet and no price has been thrown out either. With the Aventador as inspiration, we expect the Avenger watch to be scintillating, and expensive!
It’s a little hard to imagine that Ferrari has been a presence in China for 20 years now. But the Prancing Horse has, in fact, been around the country for two decades and as we expected, Ferrari isn’t wasting the opportunity to release something to mark the occasion.
The Italian automaker has tied-up with Swiss luxury watch builder Hublot to present a limited edition timepiece called the Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari.
The 20-piece watch was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in China. It carries a number of unique styling cues that certainly fit into a luxury watch. The leather straps were made from horn back crocodile leather and adorned with PVD Titanium buckles. More to that, the watch also comes with HUB 6300 movement with clutch tourbillon escapement has while also boasting of a single push-piece chrono movement with a flying toubillon, a 44mm dial, and a carbon fiber case.
“Ferrari is indeed one of the leading luxury brands on the Chinese market, and Hublot is very proud to become the exclusive strategic partner of Ferrari," said Ricardo Guadalupe, managing director of Hublot.
"The win-win agreement is a symbolic of a new beginning for our two brands, and will undoubtedly be a partnership filled with thrill and passion.”
Breitling and Bentley have teamed up once again to create a limited edition chronograph that marks Bentley’ recent world-record breaking exploits on the ice. This watch joins the current Supersports "Ice Speed Record" convertible edition that will be limited to only 100 units.
The Breitling Bentley ISR has borrowed many of its design cues from the special edition Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible. It gets a carbon fiber fascia with dashboard-style dial, a classically knurled finish on the control buttons, distinctive red dialing, and a carbon fiber presentation box.
Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, said: "Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports "Ice Speed Record" is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect."
The number of licensing agreements between watchmakers and automakers have grown rapidly in the past few years, so much so that the market is already inundated with plenty of choices.
That’s why this new collection from Officine Autodromo is very different. Not only is it a stand-alone company that specializes on auto-inspired timepieces, but it also has a new collection that offers plenty of choices for the auto-obsessed customer.
As the work of industrial designer Bradley Price, the Officine Autodromo launch collection will feature three models that are sure to pique the interest of customers. The first one is called the "Veloce," which means ’speed’ in Italian. Then there’s the "Brescia," which is actually a Northern Italian town that, incidentally, also serves as the start/finish line of the Mille Miglia rally. Finally, there’s the "Valelunga," which, if you know your auto racing, is the name of the race track just outside of Rome.
As you may have noticed by now, the three watches carry plenty of Italian racing heritage. More than just their names, the watches also feature retro-inspired Italian race car themes, as well as a 42-milimeter case that can be had in either brushed stainless steel or its PVD-coated counterpart, a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement, and perforated black leather wrist straps mounted directly into the round case.
The price for any one of these Officine Autodromo watches is $425. They’re by no means cheap, but if you’re interested in something that not a lot of people have in their collection, these watches are as good a purchase as you can have.