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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.


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 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.

Source: WatchTime

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.


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