Now that the Chevrolet Corvette has made the jump to a mid-engine layout and closer to supercar status, we demand a watch that matches the car’s newfound ethos

Ask any car guy you know about the industry’s hottest topic of the year, and we’re willing to bet our lunch money that 99-percent will answer “the 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette, duh!” And for good reason. The new Corvette C8 is not only a massive shift in paradigm for Chevrolet as it adopts a mid-mounted V-8 for the first time in history but also a worthy adversary for its competitors. Again, we’re not talking just about performance here, which is on par with what’s expected from a car of this ilk. No, sir. We’re talking about the immense value-for-money the C8 Corvette will offer once it hits the market. Priced at just under $60,000, the new Vette looks on the brink of (hopefully) poaching customers from Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, and even Bentley, if we are to believe Chevy’s statement that the C8 has grand touring abilities. On that note, here’s our question: when are we going to see a Corvette C8-inspired watch?

The supercar-watch duo is a pair made in heaven

Hey, Chevrolet, Where's Our Corvette C8-Inspired Watch?
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OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here for a moment. We are yet to know whether the Corvette C8’s interior will actually rise up to the quality standards of a luxury supercar. On a personal note, we are the proud owners of a hunch that tells us this is where General Motors had to compromise to come out with a relatively low starting price for the new Vette. But let’s not drift away from the topic.

Yes, we expect the new Chevrolet Corvette to spawn, at some point, some sort of complimentary watch. Or, in other words, we expect a reputed watchmaker to come up with a piece that’s inspired by the C8.

So, you’re wondering what makes us say that. Well, fellas, simply put, history. The most recent such watch that comes into mind is the stunning Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracan, a one-off inspired by the Lamborghini Huracan. In developing the watch, the Swiss watchmaker worked with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, which is Sant’Agata Bolognese’s motorsport division, so there’s no wonder that some of its design cues involve titanium, honeycomb structures, Alcantara inlay, and a Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tire-like pattern for the strap as well as elements inspired by the strut bars holding the Huracan’s V-10 in place.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracan Specs
Case 45 mm
Thickness 7.78 mm
Diameter 16 mm
Movement RD630
Power reserve 60 hours
Water resistance 5 bar
Jewels 29
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)

And then there’s Porsche, which made a downright sacred ritual out of celebrating the 911 in all ints forms with a fancy watch created by Porsche Design. One such watch is the €9,450 Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT2 RS, which uses a carbon fiber dial - same as the GT2 RS shift paddles and a rotor that replicates a miniature 911 GT2 RS alloy wheel, including the center-locking system and the RS lettering.

Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT2 RS Specs
Case 42 mm diameter, 15 mm height
Material titanium
Movement Werk 01.200
Water resistance 5 bar
Jewels 25
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Price €9,950
Then there’s the €4,911 Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Timeless Machine piece, a watch created to celebrate the unveiling of the new Porsche 992 and limited to, well, 911 units.

You can tell that by looking at the dial, which is decorated with the stylized silhouette of the new 911, and the strap that’s made of the exact same leather found inside Porsche interiors.

Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Timeless Machine Specs
Case 42 mm diameter, 14.9 mm height
Glass sapphire crystal
Water resistance 100 meters
Jewels 25
Movement ETA Valjoux 7750
Production 911 units
Price €4,911

Moving on to more serious firepower watchpower, back in 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show Richard Mille unveiled the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph, a watch that was inspired by the carmaker’s current lineup and featured not only the manufacturer’s logo but also the iconic papaya orange seen on Woking’s supercars.

The RM 11-03 was limited to just 500 units globally and was made available to McLaren Ultimate Series customers.

Moreover, the Aston Martin DBS received a matching Jaereg-LeCoultre AMVOX2 watch that controlled the car’s locking mechanism, while Breitling created the Barnato timepiece to complement the Continental GT and at the same time honor the accomplishments of Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato and his three Le Mans wins from the 1920s — spotting a pattern here? Well, you should. The thing is, every respectable sports car/supercar manufacturer had, at some point, a collabo with a watchmaker. Obviously, the trend will not die out, but we’re simply wondering when Chevrolet will jump the bandwagon.

Final Thoughts

Hey, Chevrolet, Where's Our Corvette C8-Inspired Watch?
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Moreover, we believe this is a matter of when, not if. And the reasons why are pretty straightforward. I mean, you’re not really an exclusivist car brand without deep connections with the luxury lifestyle sphere. Sure, Chevy hasn’t made a career out of the said exclusivism, but consider this: the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is the most exotic-looking production Chevrolet to date, and it’s this new flair that will take the C8 into a territory that hasn’t yet been tapped into by GM. Perhaps Ford did a little exploring with the GT, but otherwise, this is pretty much-uncharted territory for an American carmaker. Not to mention that Chevrolet has been benchmarking the new Corvette against the Porsche 911 since it was just a test mule covered in camouflage. Maybe it’s time it did the same when it comes to complementing accessories. After all, when your rivals are trying to secure ties with the lavish fashion world, you’ve really got no other option but to listen to one saying: when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

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