Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.
In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.
The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC .
The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.
Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.
The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.
The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.
Unlike most of the watches you have seen featured here at TopSpeed, this new Nismo watch was not inspired by a car, but it was specially developed to for drivers of Nissan Nismo cars. Even though it is just a concept for now, the new watch will connect the driver to his car, and will provide drivers with real-time biometric data.
Thanks to the new watch, the driver will have real data on the car’s average speed and fuel consumption readings, and performance data while on track.
When put into production, the watch will be offered in black, white or the flagship black and red featured on the concept. The watch’s futuristic design was inspired by the Nismo ring, and it features a simple user interface that you can control by two buttons. To make life easier, it is secured onto the driver’s wrist via a simple snap-fit mechanism.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Juke Nismo.
With an estimated price tag of $370,000, the new Ferrari F12berlinetta is a supercar very few can afford. When you can’t buy the real car, why not opt for something inspired by the car.
Like this Veru Ti Ferrari Limited Edition Phone that was inspired by the sexy curves of the F12berlinetta . The phone is made from Alutex – a special lightweight composite weave used to stunning effect on Ferrari interiors. It also features two Red and Black Ferrari stripes made from the same leather used on the F12berlinetta’s seats.
There are a few other elements of the supercar that inspired the phone: the iconic taillights inspired the rounded camera housing, while even details as small as the tiny hexagonal screws holding the back plate are unmistakably Ferrari. As a final touch, the phone comes wrapped in Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) for an ultimate protection.
Now that we got your attention, here comes the bad news: the phone is priced at "only" $16,309, which is pretty much the base price for a compact family car.
The famed Halda Watch Company of Sweden is introducing a new convertible into the market for high-dollar racing watches. There’s a twist to this beauty’s black titanium frame: it accepts both a gorgeous mechanical movement as well as a high-tech digital chronometer for racing lap times and three-axis g-force readings.
The concept of two watches serving different purposes enhances the authenticity of the product for a realistic racing tie-in. The digital portion, or the Racing Module, is pre-loaded with full maps of the world’s 150 top racetracks, like Suzuka in Japan and Silverstone in England. The digital face is also perfectly useful in real life via reconfigurable display settings to deliver all the critical watch functions plus a few extra, like a super-loud alarm amplifier to be heard over racing engines.
Offered as a single watch or the pair of faces, the new Race Module also clips into Halda’s existing flagship watch, the Space Discovery.
Please click past the jump for the full gadget review of the Halda Race Pilot.
Shinola might not be known for being a quality timepiece maker, having made its name as a manufacturer of bikes, leather goods and other luxury items. But the company has expanded into building watches and one of the first limited-edition models on its portfolio pays homage to a fellow Detroit-based company.
In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang , Shinola is building a special-edition timepiece bearing the automaker’s exclusive 50 Years logo. Measuring 46 mm (1.81 inches) across and carrying the Mustang 50 Years logo on its face, the watch is, for a lack of a better word, impressive. It comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, a screw-down crown, a black leather band and waterproof capabilities of up to 5 atmospheres (roughly 170 feet, dependent on water temperature).
Only 1,000 units of this special edition watch will be built. No word yet on how much it’ll cost, but for the expected sum, you can be one of the few owners in the world of an officially licensed, special-edition watch that bears the automaker’s unique-in-its-own Mustang 50 Years logo.
The new 2014 LaFerrari is no doubt the most amazing car we have seen this year, as it combines a stunning design language with tons of horsepower under the hood. And when it comes to designing great watches inspired by Ferrari ’s design language, the folks over Hublot do an amazing job.
Its latest creation - the MP-05 "LaFerrari " is a wristwatch worthy of its name. Not only because it features a great look, but the new MP-05 watch also scored a new world record by way of a 50-day power reserve.
The watch was designed entirely in parallel with the car, alongside the Ferrari team. It features 637 components for the movement, a Tourbillon and 11 barrels arranged in a line just like a spinal column.
Hublot designed a complex-shaped sapphire crystal reminiscent of the Laferrari’s outline, as well as an open case-back made from black PVD titanium. What is very interesting on the new MP-05 "LaFerrari" watch is the original display: on the right side of the barrels you will see the hour and the minute, and on the left side the power reserve.
The new MP-05 "LaFerrari" will be limited to only 50 units. The price isn’t available online, but you can head to Hublot’s website to find a retailer near you.
Hit the jump to read full MP-05 "LaFerrari" technical details and a promo video for the watch.
While MG Cars is struggling to stay on the market, its classic models have been used as an inspiration for superb limited-edition watches developed by MeisterSinger. They have used the distinctive shape and structure of a 1950s MG TD radiator grille and developed a pretty expensive and awesome watch.
The watch features a stainless-steel case hiding top-quality Swiss movements and dials protected by hardened mineral glass. Each unit will be offered with Cordovan straps crafted from smooth horse leather and offered in three different face-and-strap combinations appropriately named: "Abingdon", "Cecil Kimber" and "Cream Cracker.” The names celebrate the MG factory, the company’s founder, and the most famous of the Works MGs, respectively.
If you are interested, then you should know the new MG watch by MeisterSinger is priced at £1405 (around $2,200 at the current exchange rates). Only 100 units a year will be produced.
Whenever you’re stumped looking for the perfect Christmas gift to buy somebody you love, it’s always a good idea to surf the Internet to find out what kind of items are out there that make for the perfect holiday present.
Well, if you happen to be reading this, may we suggest this pretty fancy but affordable mechanical timepiece from Subaru ?
It will only be limited to 300 units and priced at around $700 a piece, a figure that’s not that steep relative to what you’re going to get in the market for a timepiece with an automotive collaboration on it.
As for the watch itself, there are some touches done to it that pay homage to the automotive world, including a power-reserve counter that’s shaped like a fuel gauge at the six o’clock position and a window on both sides of the gears that show hints of a figure that appears to have been inspired by a boxer engine piston. And, and did we mention that the watch itself uses gears to measure the time while also showing local times of a number of international cities and even the Nurburgring race track.
The only caveat is that if you’re thinking of scooping this timepiece up as a Christmas present, you might have to wait past the holidays to get it. Subaru will actually bring the watch to the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon where they will have 30 units on hand ready to be sold.
Although you probably won’t get these products in time for the holidays - or maybe you can with expedited shipping - McLaren’s recently launched eStore has come out with a range of new products that make for some pretty sweet Christmas gifts.
There are a multitude of accessories, including carbon fiber luggages, a leather wallet and card holder that have been finished in carbon fibre weave-effect leather with McLaren orange stitching, and yes, even key chains, gloves, clothing, caps, and jackets.
But the unquestioned highlight of the new line is the Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph, a collaborative effort between long-standing partners McLaren and Tag Heuer. The special edition timepiece will be limited to only 1,000 pieces and takes direct inspiration from the high performance 12C sports car after which it is named.
The new Chronograph reflects the new sports car in colour, materials and design. The watch’s dials are made in carbon fiber and were inspired by the MP4-12C’s carbon fiber chassis, while the sapphire crystal inserts reveal the movement behind the watch face.
Of course this exclusive watch comes with a huge price: £8950 - or about $14,500 at the current exchange rates.
Christmas is coming faster than we expected and finding the right gift for your loved ones is sometimes a real challenge. Challenging moments get a little easier with help from companies like Ferrari , which has unveiled a sweet Granturismo Automatic Watch. It is priced at €940 — roughly $1,249 at the current exchange rates — and is available in either silver or black.
This handsome watch gets it inspirations from the elegance and the exclusivity of the GT vehicles produced in Maranello. It features an automatic ETA 2824 Swiss-made movement and is easily recognizable by its distinctive Ferrari details, including: a steel box with matte black PVD treatment, black dial in carbon fiber with Ferrari logo, anti-glare glass and the strap in 316L steel. The watch also carries a waterproof rating up to 5 atm. and weighs just 79 grams (0.17 pounds).
This would make an excellent gift for anyone looking for a fine watch this holiday season.