TAG Heuer And Max Verstappen Collaborate To Design A Special-Edition Wristwatch
Tag Heuer and the Formula 1 prodigy, Max Verstappen, have partnered to create a special-edition watch that will make you go weak in the knees. It is based on the Swiss watchmaker’s signature Formula 1 wristwatch but gets a few tweaks here and there by the 21-year old Dutch racer.
The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.
We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.
Click past the jump to read about our gift ideas from the online stores of various automakers.
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin are celebrating eight years of partnership with the unveiling of the AMVOX7 - the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a power reserve display. As usual, exclusivity comes with a quite a big price: $26,000.
The watch features design elements seen on the latest Aston Martin models. For example, its dial was inspired by the radiator grille of the Vanquish. As a first for Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, the AMVOX introduces an intuitive display method that is in perfect accord with the sensation of immediacy conferred by a sporting outlook and the power reserve display. You will have to release the lever to unlock the glass, and then press at 12 o’clock to start or stop the timing function. Pressing at 6 o’clock will reset the time.
The watch is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 756 automatic mechanical caliber with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 65-hour power reserve. The comparison between the AMVOX’s "motor" to that of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is inevitable.
Jaeger LeCoultre had launched the AMVOX 5 World Chronograph in 2007 and since then we have seen lots of special editions based on it. And today is time for a new one: the new AMVOX 5 LMP1 - a chronograph designed as a tribute to the Aston Martin LMP1 racing car.
The new AMVOX LMP1 features dial colors in blue, gray and orange as with the LMP1 race car and the hours and minutes hands are made from rhodium with white Superluminova. The new AMVOX 5 comes with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752 which runs at 28,800 vph has a 65-hour power reserve, 279 parts, 41 jewels and a pink gold oscillating weight. The case is made from high-tech ceramic and titanium and measures 44 mm x 15.2 mm. The back is engraved with Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos.
Jaeger LeCoultre will create only 250 units of this beauty, as for the price we don’t know it just yet, but for sure with be more than we can imagine.
Anyone reading this right now has to be a true fan of the 007 franchise in order to truly appreciate the opportunity being presented. For the first time ever, EON Products and Aston Martin have approved the creation of a perfect GE Fabbri launch James Bond DB5. This scale model is an incredible representation of the Aston Martin driven by our favorite spy, and you get to build it yourself.
With the help of Aston Martin, the scale model for the DB5 will feature all kinds of gizmos and gadgets from the real car. Yep, you’ll get all the dials and controls from a real DB5 and James Bond’s hidden arsenal of Q-Branch gadgets, including a working ejector seat, working tail and headlights, extendable tire slashers, and a working horn. This model is so complete, you even get a set of machine guns popping out of the front lights, a bulletproof screen, and rotating number plates. Now, that’s cool.
Hit the jump for details on how to get this intricate and gorgeous scale model.
It was only a little over a year ago that we ran into Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, when he dazzled us with a demonstration of the Aston Martin transponder watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and now we have the third generation timepiece to come from the grand partnership of Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is the new AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece, a new limited edition watch priced at $24,400 and aimed at the distinguished owners of the Aston Martin DB9.
We’re going to skip over the specifics of the watch for a minute because the coolest part of this timepiece is the fact that it has the ability to "open" and "close" the doors of the vehicle, which basically means the driver can lock and unlock his doors with the press of a button. Press the two buttons at the same time and it kickstarts the "Find Me" feature of the timepiece/DB9 duo which enables the headlights of your DB9 to light up for a few seconds, allowing the owner to find his vehicle at a glance.
The rest of the timepiece is something to marvel at as well as it is in-cased in grade five titanium and features a black dial with a grille-type motif. The numbers on the piece are rhodium-plated metallic and are set against a luminescent black substance. Completing the look of the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder is the "floating" DB9 logo placed in the center of the window.
Dang, 007 would be so proud.
Press release after the jump.
Aston Martin has no doubt some of the coolest watches on the market. And the Reverso Vantage Watch is no exception. It was designed by Jaeger-LeCoultre to celebrate the launch of the dazzling and highly desirable V8 Vantage Roadster.
The origins of the new Reverso Vantage timepieces can be traced back to 1931 when César de Trey, a pioneering Swiss figure in the history of Jaeger-LeCoultre, commissioned Parisian engineer René-Alfred Chauvot to develop a watch especially for avid polo players. To protect its dial from hard knocks during matches, this exceptional creation featured a unique swivelling case.
This watch will be offered in two versions: Reverso Vantage GT and Reverso Vantage Grande Automatique. Both versions perfectly combine the dual personality of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic timepiece with the high performance and understated elegance of Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster. This watch can be your for 7500 GBP, or $12,000 at the current exchange rates.
Press release after the jump.
The third timepiece specially created by Jaeger-LeCoultre for Aston Martin is the AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT Watch, an exclusive watch limited to only 300 units. It embodies the power and style of an Aston Martin and the technical innovation, reliability and performance of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches. This superlative sports watch brings three exceptional features to the partnership for the first time: the accuracy of an automatic tourbillon movement, the advanced technology of a platinum–iridium/carbon-fiber oscillating weight and the durability of a stylish black ceramic case.
The AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT houses Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patented automatic Calibre 988 tourbillon movement. The tourbillon drives two time-zone displays as well as AM/PM and date indication. The main hour hand is adjustable in one-hour increments, backwards or forwards, by rotating the crown. Uniquely, the patented date indicator makes a larger jump between the 31st and the first day of each month to ensure that the tourbillon mechanism, set within the openwork dial, is in full view at all times.
Press release after the jump.
Here we go again. Another timepiece by yet another automaker. Remember the AMVOX2 Chronograph revealed in 2009? If you do and never had the chance to buy one (it was limited to only 24 units), you’ll be happy to known that Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre will reveal the AMVOX5 Chronograph at the Le Mans Series championship race on the Paul Ricard circuit. This new and exclusive chronograph is limited to 300 units in ceramic and titanium and 200 in ceramic and pink gold.
The chronograph features a winding mechanism on lubricant-free ceramic ball bearings, a large variable inertia balance and laser-welded balance spring, all of which ensure its reliability. This all-terrain caliber is inserted in a case made of high-tech ceramic combined with titanium and 18 carat pink gold. Made by compacting yttrium oxides mixed with a binder and a small proportion of zirconium oxide under high pressure, the compound is then subjected to a temperature of 2,000°C. After fluoroscopic testing for homogeneity, the ceramic block is then shaped using special diamond-tipped tools. The intensely black case weighs much less than steel, yet is twice as hard, giving the AMVOX5 World Chronograph its infallible resistance. Did you get all of that? Okay, keep reading.
Jaeger-LeCoultre will also offer two Racing models made in ceramic and titanium, with a black or white dial, each in a limited series of 100. Inspired by the performance of the meteoric LMP1 Aston Martin Racing prototype, these timepieces feature chronographic counters executed in carbon fiber, punctuated with a flash of orange on the world time disc, the chronographic second hand and the overstitching on the calfskin leather strap.
Press release after the jump.
The last time that we heard the words Jaeger-LeCoultre, Aston Martin’s director of design Marek Reichman was showing us his new timepiece. Just in time for Christmas the French watch manufacturer has just come up with the exclusive AMVOX2 Chronograph Racing Paris. Making the high end chronograph even more desirable is that there will only be 24 units produced. While the other Jaeger would unlock the doors of your new DBS Volante, this one merely pays tribute to Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour championship.
This exclusive edition timepiece features a black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium case with a black and white face decorated with black luminescent numerals. The layout is meant to mimic Aston’s characteristic gridwork motif found on the racing car’s radiator grill. The entire package is framed by a black flange and features movement bridges and plates coated with ruthenium, a very rare metal that is derived from platinum while the rest of the chronograph is decorated with ornate orange accents on the dial and color matching stitching on the band to ensure a more than memorable Christmas morning for any Aston MArtin enthusiast.
Press release after the jump.
Remember the watch we told you about from the party last night. The exclusive timepiece is officially known as the Aston Martin transponder watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre and is the perfect accompaniment to the new DBS Volante. Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, took time out of is busy schedule to give Top Speed a personal demonstration. The wrist watch can open and close the doors of the Aston as well as turn the lights on and off.
Did you know that James Bond originally wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre around his wrist? So it is only fitting that drop top DBS buyers can purchase an accessory that would make even Q jealous. Retailing for around $40,000 the wristwatch will easily make any new Volante owner feel just like 007.
Thank you Mr. Reichman.
Aston Martin promotional footage after the jump.