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TAG Heuer And Max Verstappen Collaborate To Design A Special-Edition Wristwatch

TAG Heuer And Max Verstappen Collaborate To Design A Special-Edition Wristwatch

The watch sure looks sexy!!

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.

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Tag Heuer and Aston Martin Team up to Create Another Watch and It's Gorgeous

Tag Heuer and Aston Martin Team up to Create Another Watch and It’s Gorgeous

New TAG Heuer And Aston Martin Watch Worthy Of James Bond Himself

With the latest collaboration between Aston Martin and TagHeuer on their creation of the stunning new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition watch, one thing is for certain - beautiful cars and beautiful watches go hand to hand. Revealed only days ago, the fantastic Tag Heuer watch represents the second watch that the two iconic manufacturers have collaborated on. As always, the design has been heavily inspired by Aston Martin cars and motor racing in general, and this only adds to the exceptional exclusivity of the timepiece.

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Celebrate 70 Years of Porsche with a Porsche 356-Themed 1919 Datetimer Watch

Celebrate 70 Years of Porsche with a Porsche 356-Themed 1919 Datetimer Watch

If you’re a fan of the Stuttgart-based automaker, buying this watch is one way to show your devotion to the company

Porsche is throwing another wrinkle to its 70th-anniversary celebrations by creating a limited edition timepiece called the 1919 Daytimer 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition. The commemorative watch is limited to just 1,948 pieces, a nod to the year the German automaker was founded. Each watch costs €2,948, or close to $3,500 based on current exchange rates.

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Ducati and Locman have come out with a luxury watch

Ducati and Locman have come out with a luxury watch

Two Italian makers come together to create magic

Two Italians collaborating to meet technical and luxurious excellence is what Ducati-Locman is all about. The two brands which share a common passion for quality and manufacturing excellence has got them together to work and develop an exclusive line of watches which epitomises innovation and sterling designs with their Italian partnerships.

They were showcased at the 93rd edition of Pitti Uomo, the most important International event for men’s clothing and accessories collections and for the launch of new men fashion projects. Just like this one.

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Mustangs Heading to Scrap Get New Life as Luxury Wrist Watches

Mustangs Heading to Scrap Get New Life as Luxury Wrist Watches

I’d want one on my wrist

Christmas is just around the corner, so the holiday shopping craze is effectively in full swing. If you’re still looking for a gift for somebody who happens to love Ford Mustangs, these new timepieces from Rec Watches called the P-51 make for perfect gifts. It may not be a Hublot or a Panerai, but they are unique for one reason: they’re made from salvaged Ford Mustangs.

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Breitling's New Timepiece Is A Fitting Ode To The New Continental GT

Breitling’s New Timepiece Is A Fitting Ode To The New Continental GT

It’s incredible and assuredly expensive at the same time

For regular folks like us, the world of high-end luxury is nothing more than a fantasy. But for those who have the resources to get access to the clouds, there are items like luxury cars and limited edition timepieces to welcome them with open arms. In the case of Breitling and Bentley, it’s a combination of the two things, as the Swiss watchmaker recently showed with the introduction of the ultra limited Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition watch.

By itself, the “Dark Sapphire” name already screams luxury, and I haven’t even gotten into the actual timepiece. Breitling says that the watch takes inspiration from the new Continental GT, one of the few cars in the world that can legitimately lay claim to being one of the most luxurious ones, too. Name, inspiration, and design cues notwithstanding, the Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition is also limited to just 500 units so there’s no guarantee that everyone in the world who expresses interest in buying the watch will get their hands on one. Put all of these elements together and you can understand why this kind of watch is really reserved for the upper echelon of today’s society, exactly like the luxury sedan from which it’s inspired from. Maybe someday I’ll have enough disposable income to be able to afford a watch like this. Until then, I’ll reserve my seat with the rest of you and admire it from a distance.

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Exclusive Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph Is A Nice Add-On To The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Exclusive Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph Is A Nice Add-On To The Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The watch comes at an extra cost of $11,000 on top of the $300,000 sports car

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been tipped as the fastest and most powerful production 911 in history. It’s also the most expensive one with a starting price tag of $294,250. The good news is that those 1,000 customers who managed to reserve a slot for the 911 GT2 RS will also get the opportunity to score some fancy accessories along the way for their trouble. One of these accessories is the Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph, the first-ever watch from Porsche Design whose clock movement was developed in-house.

As with most premium watches, the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph strikes quite an impression. Design elements from the actual 911 GT2 RS were used to highlight the unique look of the watch, from the tungsten winding rotor that was inspired by the wheel patterns of the sports car to the carbon fiber clock face and the display the takes from the design of the tachometer. Functionally, the chronograph features a brand new Caliber Werk 01.200 movement by Porsche Design that includes a flyback function and a load-path-optimized movement bridge. Oh, and it also comes with a titanium case just in case the level of premium exclusivity isn’t evident enough. The Porsche Design 911 GT2 RS Chronograph is a nice ancillary add-on to a car that packs 700 horsepower and is limited to just 1,000 units, each priced at $11,000.

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How Much Would You Pay To Own Paul Newman's Own Rolex Chronograph Daytona?

How Much Would You Pay To Own Paul Newman’s Own Rolex Chronograph Daytona?

Whatever you’re thinking, it still might not be enough

Paul Newman may be best known for his status as Hollywood royalty, but here in our circles, we like to remember the man for his exploits as a race car driver. Newman took that part of his career seriously, even finishing second overall at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans on the back of winning his class race. Naturally, any memorabilia or keepsake associated with Newman will fetch a pretty price these days. But none of them could probably come close to drawing as much attention – and furious bidding – as his Rolex Chronograph Daytona watch. And in case anyone’s wondering, it’s going to be auctioned off later this year.

First of all, it’s a Rolex, which automatically means that it’s going to be worth a lot of money. Second, it’s one of the most iconic racing watches in history, making it sought-after by collectors. Third and most importantly, it was owned by Newman himself, who received it from his wife Joanne Woodward sometime around the filming of his 1969 movie Winning. Those who know Newman’s life history will tell you that Winning is the same movie that lit the racing fire in the actor and led him to have the racing career that he had. Now it’s in the possession of Phillips Watches, which will put the watch up for auction in New York this coming October. It has an “estimate” price of $1 million, but you better believe that it’s going to cost a lot more than that once bidding commences, all because it once set up residence on the wrist of no less than Cool Hand Luke himself.

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IWC Schaffhausen Pays Tribute To AMG's 50th Anniversary The Only Way It Knows How

IWC Schaffhausen Pays Tribute To AMG’s 50th Anniversary The Only Way It Knows How

Only 250 watches will be made and five of them come with the AMG GT3 racers

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating AMG’s 50th anniversary in style, and now that Swiss watchmaker IWC is involved, that statement can be taken quite literally. The Swiss-based premium timepiece company has served as the official timekeeper for Mercedes-AMG since 2004. IWC is marking the celebration with a special edition version of its Ingenieur watch.

The watch is low-key compared to what we’ve become used to when automakers collaborate with watchmakers. Often times, these collaborations result in outlandish-looking watches that are either decked in fancy trim, have elaborate straps, or are just look plain bonkers. But IWC opted for a subtle approach with its AMG anniversary watch, resisting the urge to be flamboyant and instead opt for class and sophistication. The result is a watch that showcases the style, grace, and all-around performance that AMG has been known to provide for the last five decades. Only 250 examples of the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph will be made. And while there’s still no price on these limited edition watches, we do know five of them came with the special edition AMG GT3 race cars Mercedes-AMG unveiled at the Nürburgring in May.

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McLaren and Richard Mille Want To Sell You A Watch That Costs As Much As The P1 Hypercar

McLaren and Richard Mille Want To Sell You A Watch That Costs As Much As The P1 Hypercar

Prepare to shell out more than you’ve ever have for a watch

Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille may be relatively new to the timepiece scene, having only entered the game in 1999, but in the course of 18 years, Mille’s company has established a reputation as one of the most eponymous watch brands in the world. No more is that evident than in the brand’s latest creation, a collaborative piece with McLaren called the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1.

If the name of the watch sounds fancy, it’s because the actual thing is the perfect example of luxury meeting state-of-the-art technology. Really, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 timepiece is something else, and that’s taking into account the obscenely high standards of the industry that Richard Mille is in. To begin with, the watch is a tourbillon, widely regarded as one of the most sophisticated timekeeping configurations whose main objective is to counter the effects of gravity by mounting the escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage when the timepiece is stuck in a certain position. In other words, it’s watchmaking at its most virtuosic.

Well, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is not only a tourbillon, but it’s also partly made from graphene, a nano-material that was only discovered in 2004 (13 years ago!) and whose discoverers, Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov from the University of Manchester, earned a Nobel Peace Prize in physics. Unbeknownst to a lot of people, McLaren’s own Applied Technologies division has already been working with the university’s National Graphene Institute on possible real-world applications of graphene. Turns out, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 became one of those applications as graphene was used, together with titanium and carbon fiber, in creating the physical look of the watch.

The result is this absurd-looking watch that looks just about as intricate as any timepiece we’ve seen in recent years from all these automaker-watchmaker collaborations. And in terms of exclusivity, the RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is as exclusive as it gets with only 75 units being made and each unit coming with a 1:5-scale model of the McLaren-Honda MP4-32, the Formula One race car that Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will drive in the 2017 Formula One season. For what it’s worth, the actual race car has yet to be unveiled so that also tells you how much time and effort was put into this watch to enhance its outright exclusivity.

And certainly, last but not least is the RM 50-03 McLaren F1’s price tag. Are you ready for this? The watch costs $1 million, which would make it more expensive than McLaren’s entire range of models that are not named the P1.

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This Swiss Watch Maker Is Getting Into The Electric Car Business

This Swiss Watch Maker Is Getting Into The Electric Car Business

Now this is a "timely" development

The partnership between car brands and their timepiece counterparts extends longer than you and I can even imagine. We’ve seen these partnerships manifest themselves in one form or another, with some even taking the form of obscenely expensive, limited edition watches. If there ever was a new frontier for the partnership between these two industries, Swiss watchmaker Swatch may have opened that door. A report from watch-dedicated website TwentyTwoTen revealed that the company is looking into developing new batteries that will be used for electric vehicles.

The same report indicates that the project is actually being spearheaded by Belenos Clean Power, a company that was formed in 2008 by Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek. Currently, Swatch is the majority owner of BCP with a 51 percent stake in the company.

A peek into the company’s website reveals that BCP’s mission is to “concentrate, convert, store and deliver solar and other renewable energies for clean mobility and other applications” while also being a “driving force accelerating the clean energy revolution.”

As far as the battery tech that’s being developed for potential use of electric cars, the TwentyTwoTen report says that BCP is working in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to develop batteries that make use of vanadium, a naturally occurring element that’s commonly used in producing specialty steel alloys. Apparently, the potential of vanadium-powered battery packs is so great that it can not only reduce the weight of the battery pack themselves, but also cut charging times.

That’s about the extent of the details that were revealed, but the expectation is that if the battery’s development goes smoothly, Hayek expects Swatch to be selling as much as $15 billion worth of batteries by 2020.

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New Limited-Edition Watch from Omologato Pays Tribute to Porsche 917

New Limited-Edition Watch from Omologato Pays Tribute to Porsche 917

Limited to only 200 examples and quite affordable

A while back I did a piece about what I consider to be the 10 coolest motorsport-inspired watches you can buy. The list included some fine timekeepers, but it looks like I might have to update it to include Omologato’s new, limited-edition timepiece, which pays tribute to the iconic Porsche 917 race car.

Although Omologato isn’t the first company to build a 917-inspired watch — BRM’s BT-12 46 Gulf is pretty neat (and expensive) — this new release pays tribute to the what is arguably the most iconic example of the race car. Not including the Gulf-painted mock-up featured in Steve McQueen’s "Le Mans" movie, that is. Specifically, Omologato’s timepiece takes inspiration from the No. 23 Porsche Salzburg version that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1970.

This is visible in the red, while, and black color scheme based on the livery of the actual car, as well as the three small dials. The one on the left is red, the center dial is finish in red with white stripes, just like the car’s front hood, while the one on the right is white and features the famous number 23. The 22mm black Italian leather strap has Guards Red stitching, while the 43mm face comes in a matte-finished frame with chrome accents, and a "917" insignia at the bottom.

The watch is powered by a Japanese Quartz movement of which Omologato says it delivers the "desirable level of precision, reliability and accuracy that only comes with the very best watches." The 917-inspired timepiece is limited to only 200 examples and each will be sold with an ownership certificate, together with a bespoke case. Those who pre-order can choose the number of their watch. Speaking of orders, the timekeeper costs only £339, an affordable sticker given the specifications (also due to the fact that Omologato is a new brand, being established in 2015. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2017.

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