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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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Omologato Launches Two Watches Inspired By The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Omologato Launches Two Watches Inspired By The 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Both watches are limited to 250 examples each and are priced around $360

Omologato, considered as one of the foremost authorities in motorsport-inspired timepieces, has launched a pair of special edition watches that pay homage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two watches are called the Le Mans Racing Black and the Le Mans Racing Blue and each of the two carry unique design elements that honor specific aspects of the iconic endurance race.

The Le Mans Racing Black, for instance, was created as a nod to the makeup of the endurance race, specifically portions of the race that are held at night. It’s got a black face and a plain blue stripe that runs just to the right of center. The two-tone face finish is complemented by orange arms to denote the headlights that are used during night racing.

Then there’s the Le Mans Racing Blue, which celebrates the most famous colors in Le Mans history. It has a white face, white arms, and a thick light blue and orange strip running down the same right of center location. While this looks to be the cleaner-looking design, it’s also the more detailed one as it features three dials in the middle of the face, one of which is used to display the number “24” in recognition of Le Mans’ 24-hour race.

Both models are made from stainless steel and measure close to 1.8 inches in diameter. They also share 0.86-inch black Italian grain leather straps with the Blue version featuring orange stitching and the Black version getting blue and orange stitching.

Omologato is only releasing 250 units of each version, with each timepiece priced at £249, or about $360 based on current exchange rates. Considering that the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours kicks off in a little over a week’s time, it seems that now would be a good time to get ahold of these limited edition timepieces.

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Bentley Launches Bentayga Apple Watch App

Bentley Launches Bentayga Apple Watch App

Control certain features of the Bentayga from the comfort of your wrist

The Bentley Bentayga is one of the more recent SUVs to hit the market, but it sure is making up for lost time by taking a deep dive into the world of app integration with the release of a new app dedicated to the Apple Watch. Needless to say, the app works only for those people who own a Bentayga and and Apple Watch.

People who do find themselves included in this particular group will have the benefit of pairing their smart watches to the Bentayga’s infotainment system. Simple enough, right? Once the pairing is successful, users can control certain features of the Bentayga, including on-board climate and entertainment systems. They can also adjust the heating, ventilation, and massage functions of their seats, while also monitor real-time information like vehicle speed, distance traveled, and outside temperature. Unfortunately, it can’t perform other tricks like remote starting the car if they don’t have an iPhone that’s paired to the same infotainment system.

Nevertheless, the app aims to provide an improved level of connectivity with the Bentayga. It’s a nice little feature that should come in handy in certain conditions, all in the name of enhancing customer service. That, in a nutshell, is what this app is for. It may not prove to be as useful when it’s the driver who’s wearing the watch – all the info he might need is staring at him in the face – but it could turn into a useful feature for passengers of the SUV, especially those at the back who may be less inclined to exert any kind of effort when they’re sitting comfortably in the luxurious and spacious rear section of the interior.

The app itself is pretty straightforward so those who end up downloading it should be able to learn all of its tricks in short order. Then again, those who are averse to the whims of technology are probably better off spending their money on something a little more to their liking. Care to interest anyone on a diamond-studded Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling mechanical clock that costs $220,000?

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Top 10 Coolest Motorsport-Inspired Watches

Top 10 Coolest Motorsport-Inspired Watches

When watchmaking and racing meet

The concept of the wristwatch goes back to the production of the very earliest watches in the 16th century. Now a common wearable, wristwatches weren’t as popular back in the day, when timepieces were widely worn in pockets. Wristwatches were first worn by military men towards the end of the 19th century, when the importance of synchronizing maneuvers during war was recognized. The popularity of the wristwatch increased in the 20th century, when it also became a professional instrument used in various fields, including motorsport.

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades. The world’s most important brands have supplied chronographs and sponsored major events since the 1960s. TAG Heuer is arguably the most recognizable name when it comes to motorsport, but not the only one. The relationship between watchmakers and motorsport also spawned fashion items and collectibles, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches. Classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera both turned 50 in 2013, an achievement that speaks volumes of the importance of watchmaking for motorsport.

Because we here at top speed love a good watch or chronograph inspired by important racing events and race cars alike, we decided to take a look at 10 currently available watches that pay tribute to the world of racing.

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Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch

Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Watch

It’s the most expensive - and most limited - version of the watchmaker’s MP-05 LaFerrari watches

A vast majority of the human population can only dream of owning a Ferrari LaFerrari. Only 499 units were made and all of them are accounted for. Even if by some miracle, a LaFerrari hits the second-hand market, it’s going to be scooped up quicker than it takes the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph. So, scratch the LaFerrari off of those bucket lists. Fortunately, there is a way to own a ridiculously expensive LaFerrari without owning the real deal. The only catch is that you can’t actually drive it.

But, you can wear it on your wrist, which is how Hublot wants you to do it if you buy its new MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition watch. This special edition timepiece is the latest iteration of the Hublot Ferrari timepiece line that was first unveiled in 2013 as a tribute to Ferrari’s venerable hypercar. Past versions of the MP-05 LaFerrari include an all-black edition, a titanium edition, and a gold edition.

This one, however, is on an entirely new level. As its name implies, the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition comes with a case that’s carved out of sapphire, considered as one of the most precious stones in the world. According to Hublot, the sapphire case is comprised of seven components machined from seven blocks of sapphire, and the entire process of manufacturing the case takes over 600 hours. That’s really all you need to know to understand how ridiculous - in a jaw-dropping way - this version of the MP-05 LaFerrari is.

In keeping with the exclusivity of the real Ferrari LaFerrari, Hublot is limiting the production of the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Edition to just 20 pieces. The company hasn’t announced how much each of these babies will sell for, but considering that a “regular” MP-05 LaFerrari watch retails for around $300,000, you can already get a pretty clear picture on how much each of these 20 watches is going to cost. It probably won’t approach the price of the LaFerrari hypercar, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes close to it.

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Tag Heuer Reveals Special Edition Carrera "NISMO" Watch

Tag Heuer Reveals Special Edition Carrera "NISMO" Watch

To commemorate Nissan’s return to top-flight racing at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, watchmaker Tag Heuer has released a new timepiece called the Carrera “NISMO” special edition, and while it might not be powered by a 1,250-horsepower hybrid drivetrain like the GT-R LM Nismo race car, it is a pretty slick watch. The watch will be worn during the race by the entire Nissan P1 driver lineup, as well as actor-turned-race-car-driver Patrick Dempsey and P2 drivers Ho-Pin Tung and Karun Chandhock.

The watch itself is similar to other Tag Heuer Carrera watches. It has a 43 mm titanium face in black that’s been micro-blasted with titanium carbide. I’m not exactly sure what that does but it sounds pretty cool. Grey and red stripes run vertically down the left side of the face, and as you know, stripes make everything faster. A scratch-proof ceramic bezel surrounds the face and houses a sapphire crystal. The back has a Nismo decal, and a matte-black alligator strap with red accents keeps it all attached to your wrist.

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Ayrton Senna Watch Collection By TAG Heuer

Ayrton Senna Watch Collection By TAG Heuer

Over 20 years after departing this mortal coil, Ayrton Senna’s legend continues to grow, and now Tag Heuer is honoring the three-time Formula 1 champion with the new Aryton Senna Special Collection — four timepieces in two distinct styles inspired by the Tag Heuer watches Senna wore throughout his career.

The first pair is the Senna Formula 1 collection. Available with red or yellow accents, both watches feature a stylized red Senna “S” on the watch face, bezel and case back. The steel links that comprise the band are also “S”-shaped and recall similar links on the Tag Heuers in Senna’s collection. Both watches have three counters, a quartz chronograph, tachymeter scale and a date function. The red-accented one has anthracite grey dial, while the yellow has a black dial.

The second pair is the Senna Carrera Collection, which, like the Formula 1 duo, sport the red Senna “S” and boast many of the same features, the main differences being the slightly thinner bezels and rearranged counters. The bare metal version uses the same metal band as the Formula 1 watches, while the black titanium model uses a tire-tread rubber strap.

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Volkswagen Launches Car-Net App For Apple Watch

Volkswagen Launches Car-Net App For Apple Watch

Volkswagen of America has just announced its new Car-Net app platform that enables Apple Watch users to control a variety of functions on several VW passenger cars. The free app is currently available for download at the iTunes App Store, and promises “enhanced connectivity on the go.”

Functionality includes controls for both safety and convenience. Users can remotely lock and unlock the doors, as well as view the status of the doors, windows and sun roof to see whether they are open or closed. There’s a locater function that enables users to pinpoint their cars in a crowded parking lot, with the app providing walking or driving directions if needed. The app also provides the ability to honk the horn or flash the headlights remotely for easier location. Alert notifications can be sent for excess speed or boundary crossing if certain parameters are set.

Owners of VW vehicles with either gas or diesel engines can check fuel levels, while those driving the all-electric 2015 e-Golf can check current battery charge, view estimated driving range, turn charging on or off, and adjust the climate control.

Car-Net is currently available for select trim levels of the 2014 and later Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan. All trim levels of the 2015 and later Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf are also supported.

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Ralph Lauren's Bugatti Watch

Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti Watch

Take one of the most handsome and interesting vehicles from history, combine it with the mind of a world-renowned fashion designer and garnish the whole package with a touch of Swiss horoligcal expertise. The result is a stunning timepiece that wouldn’t look out of place at any royal palace.

Ralph Lauren is infatuated with classic and luxury automobiles, and he owns one of the world’s finest specimens of the breed with his 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe. He has used this fine piece of automotive history as the inspiration for the design of a new wristwatch that has been dubbed the Ralph Lauren Sporting Automotive Skeleton. A black stainless steel case houses the caliber RL 98295 18-jewel mechanical movement that is topped with a bezel made from Amboyna burl wood. The face and the movement combine in a visual symphony of black, gold and white that makes it look incredibly luxurious, but also instantly classic. It really is a work of art.

Like the car on which it’s based, if you have to ask how much this timepiece costs, you can’t afford it. MSRP sits at the $35,000 mark.

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Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition Watch

Bulgari Octo Maserati Limited Edition Watch

Maserati is winding down its 100th anniversary celebration in the most Maserati way possible: collaborating with jeweler Bulgari, a fellow Italian brand that is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2014, to develop a limited-edition timepiece. The two eponymous Italian brands have launched a last hurrah of sorts to celebrate their momentous anniversaries and the fruit of this collaboration is the limited-edition Octo Maserati Chronograph by Bulgari. Oh, yes. It’s another luxury watch with ties to the auto industry, as if we haven’t seen enough of these this year already.

All joking aside, Maserati and Bulgari are concluding their respective milestones with a new and exclusive timepiece that serves as a suitable successor to the Octo Quadri-Retro Chronograph that the two brands launched in 2012. The Octo Maserati Chronograph, though, is extra special. The depths of technological know-how the two companies poured into creating this exclusive watch already makes it a must-have for any self-respecting watch connoisseur.

The watch itself is nicknamed “Velocissimo,” which in Italian means “the fastest.” That’s all you need to know about how unique this self-winding chronograph is. In fact, Bulgari’s only building 1,914 pieces of the Octo Maserati Chronograph, a direct tribute to 1914, the year the Maserati brothers founded the brand. Each of these beautiful watches has a price of €10,150, which is about $12,365 as of 12/23/2014.

We know Christmas is a few days away, but is it too late to be asking a certain Mr. Claus to put some of these watches in our Christmas stockings?

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Big Bang Ferrari 305 By Hublot

Big Bang Ferrari 305 By Hublot

As if Ferrari and Swiss luxury watch make Hublot don’t have enough limited-edition timepieces out on the market, the two luxury brands are at it again with the unveiling of the Big Bang Ferrari 305, the latest and potentially greatest exclusive timepiece created by Hublot and Ferrari specifically for the former’s Miami boutique in Bal Harbour.

The Big Bang Ferrari 305 will come in two different variants, King Gold and Titanium, and will feature, among other things, a 45-mm case with red, white, and blue embellishments prominently featured in the straps, counters, hands, and minute tracks of the watch.

Look a little closer and you’ll also notice a chronograph pusher at 4 o’clock that carries Ferrari’s logo. On the other end, right beside 9 o’clock, the unmistakable Prancing Horse logo can also be clearly seen. Meanwhile, the case-back of the Big Bang Ferrari 305 comes with an engraving that depicts the specific number of each of the watches. The numbers run from 0 to 25 for the King Gold version and from 26 to 50 for the Titanium version.

All 50 Big Bang 305 watches have a power reserve of 72 hours and are water resistant of up to 100 meters. Likewise, Hublot is adding interchangeable blue and black leather on rubber straps for each of the 50 limited-edition pieces.

The Big Bang Ferrari 305 will make for a great Christmas gift, that much I can tell you. The only problem is Hublot hasn’t announced how much each of these extravagant timepieces will sell for. If you want to know, you’ll have to request the price from Hublot itself. That or you can safely assume that it’s going to cost you more than a pretty penny.

Remember, the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari USA 60th Anniversary watch Hublot unveiled in October 2014 to commemorate Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in the U.S. came with a price tag of $43,600 per piece. Logic dictates that we should all expect a similar price for the Big Bang Ferrari 305s.

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Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers' Online Stores

Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers’ Online Stores

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.

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1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph by Ralph Lauren

1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph by Ralph Lauren

American fashion mogul Ralph Lauren is coming back for seconds with a new luxury watch inspired by the iconic Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. Back in 2010, Lauren and Bugatti collaborated to develop the Bugatti Sporting watch, an elegant timepiece that cost $13,200.

Recently, the man famous for having one of the most celebrated auto collections in the world is again paying tribute to one of his favorite vehicles with the launch of the Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph.

The interface of the two models bear a striking similarity to each other, specifically the elm burl wood that Lauren used to pay homage to his own Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. The material is present in both watches, but the recently unveiled 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph also features a tachymeter scale on the edge of the watch face and a black matte galvanic center that was also inspired by the classic Bugatti. The center of the Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph is also busier than the Bugatti Sporting Watch.

Three small counters are located side by side with all three hands receiving shiny white varnish. The hands create a nice contrast to the large Arabic numbers that have been treated with beige SuperLuminova, which is responsible for illuminating an “afterglow," making it the numbers clearly visible in the dark. Notice also how the date stamp was smartly inserted inside one of the counters and located at 6 o’clock.

Underneath all that’s going on in the watch face is an "engine" developed exclusively by Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. This engine comes with a mechanical self-winding motor that creates 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Take your eyes away from the face and check out the polished, round stainless steel case with the six exposed screws on the bezel and the black alligator strap that holds the whole thing together.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe Chronograph By Ralph Lauren.

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