Luxury watches for men: Extreme power

Engineering, precision, innovation — cars and watches have a lot more in common than you can imagine. Here are six watches that personify how the two genres complement each other perfectly

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition

Price: Rs21.6 lakh (approximately)

The new Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition (Ref 81060-41-3071-1CX) is indeed an F1 car on your wrist. After announcing its partnership last year with British luxury car maker Aston Martin for the release of its Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges, for the year 2022, Girard-Perregaux teamed up with Aston Martin’s Aramco Cognizant Formula One (AMF1) team to create this 306-piece limited edition watch. It has a 44mm case crafted from titanium powder and carbon elements taken from two F1 race cars used during the 2021 season. Mixed with tinted resin, the resulting material is more ductile than steel. The watch comes with a sunray ‘Aston Martin Racing Green’ dial, with a cross-hatching motif that is inspired by the Aston Martin’s badge of 1921. The chronograph gets a date window at 4:30, hour sub-dial at 6 o’clock, minutes sub-dial at 9 o’clock, and a small seconds counter at 3 o’clock. Hour markers are bar shaped, with sword shaped hour and minutes hands, with the chronograph hands in lime green. Turning the watch reveals the sapphire crystal caseback with white Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula OneTM Team decal, a titanium oscillating weight, and black caseback guard with six visible screws, along with individual number of the watch out of 306. The watch is water resistant to 100 metres. Powering the watch is a self-winding Calibre GPO03300 movement with 46 hours of power reserve. Completing the watch is a  Girard-Perregaux Rubber Alloy in Aston Martin Racing Green with fabric texture and green stitches with a folding buckle with micro adjustment system in titanium with black PVD treatment.

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IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH 41 EDITION 

Price: Rs6 lakh (approximately)

Mercedes-Benz has been associated with Formula 1 since 1954, both as a team owner and manufacturer of engines. IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG have a long partnership since 2004 where both the brands share a mutual passion for performance and uncompromised engineering. For the 2022 Miami Grand Prix, IWC and Mercedes-AMG unveiled the Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Edition (Ref. IW388108) for Petronas Formula One Team. 

This timepiece would also honour the 18th year partnership between the two behemoth brands. During the race, the watch was sported by the team, including designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists, and mechanics. 

The 41mm, Grade 5 titanium watch features a black dial with Petronas green colour on hands, indexes, markers, and minutes tracks, along with featuring on the day, date, and on the 'IWC Schaffhausen' logo at 3 o’clock. The chronograph's is similar to other Pilot watches with 12 o'clock getting the 30- minute sub-dial, 9 o'clock getting the 12-hour sub-dial, and 6 o'clock getting the small seconds sub-dial. 

The chronograph's layout is similar to other Pilot watches with 12 o'clock getting the 30- minute sub-dial, 9 o'clock getting the 12-hour sub-dial, and 6 o'clock getting the small seconds along with a day and date window at 3 o’clock. The crown and the chronograph pushers are made of stainless steel. 

This lightweight sporty watch truly has the DNA of a roaring AMG engine both looks wise and with a 46-hour power reserve that it gets from an IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre through a bidirectional rotor. The titanium case gives this watch a 100m water resistance. The watch is completed on a black embossed calfskin strap with an additional Petronas green rubber strap. 

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Excalibur Spider Huracán ST EVO 2 Black SMC Carbon 

Price: On request

Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini have a lot in common — both are iconic brands, both have relatively smaller productions, have super high-tech engineering, and both belong to a major group (Volkswagen and Richemont). Joining hands last year, the two produced the 88-piece limited edition Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Huracán MB on a khaki green and with an orange accent on the 45mm case. Made from SMC carbon, the watch has a notched bezel, with three-set lugs made from black DLC titanium with lacquer markings. The honeycomb texture on part of the dial of this avant-garde timepiece reflects the dashboard of the Huracán. The hour and minute hands come in white gold with black PVD coating with orange outlined tips filled with SLN and orange coloured second hand. At 12 o'clock, the watch gets a balance wheel and a crown made of black DLC titanium with lacquer ring. Turning the watch reveals the skeleton caseback made in black DLC titanium, a metal Huracàn logo with 10 spike alloys that represent the wheels of the sports car. Powering the watch is a calibre RD630, automatic winding movement with 60 hours of power reserve. The watch has a water resistance of 50m.

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Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti 

Price: Rs2 crore (approximately)

Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean was the brain behind the brand’s iconic duotone Type 50, the Type 41 Royale, and the Type 57SC Atlantic. Capturing the core of the vintage 1930s-era Type 57 Bugatti automobiles, the new watches pay tribute to the creations of Jean Bugatti in two versions: White and gold (blur dial) and rose gold (cream white), each limited to 57 pieces. The dial of these chronographs take inspiration from the speedometer of a vintage Bugatti car with near similar texture and feel. The 46mm watch has an unusual display for the chronograph, a retrograde one, with the shorter hand indicating elapsed seconds, and the larger hand indicating tenths of a second;  a jumping 30-minute counter rests at 6 o’clock, between two flying one-minute tourbillons placed at 5 o'clock and 7 o'clock, with a red Bugatti logo. Turning the watch reveals the full skeleton caseback in white or rose gold with eight visible screws and engraving of the individual watch number out of 50. Powering the watch is a hand-winding calibre JCFM09, with 48 hours of power reserve for the movement and two hours of power reserve for the chronograph with a 5Hz frequency. 

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Bovet Battista Tourbillon

Price: Rs2.3 lakh (approximately)

Started in 1930, the Pininfarina brand is renowned for its excellence in craftsmanship, creating not just cars but pieces of art on wheels. Celebrating the unveiling of the world’s first electric hyper GT,  the Battista, created by Automobili Pininfarina, Bovet created the Bovet Battista Tourbillon (Ref PINBA.001/XX/001), the second timepiece created between these brands. The watch is limited to 30 timepieces in polished titanium, 30 in red gold, and 30 in platinum. The 45.6mm watch features a two-tone blue skeleton dial with a tourbillon at 6 o’clock, a ‘Battista Pininfarina’ logo with a date window at 3 o’clock, and a blue needled sub-dial with two flags and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. 

There is a re-designed BOVET bow at the 12 o’clock, to ensure that the watch fits all wrists. Turning the watch reveals the skeleton caseback with six visible screws with a Pininfarina logo. Powering the watch is a calibre 16BM01TVGD, a hand wound, mechanical, tourbillon movement with a 10-day power reserve with a single barrel. 

With Bovet’s patented spherical winding system — the crown is at 12 o’clock — the movement is fully wound in half the number of turns normally needed. Completing the watch is a rubber bi-colour strap with a titanium pin buckle. 

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Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healy Chronograph Automatic

Price: Rs2.5 lakh (approximately)

In 1952, the Austin division of British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey Motor company established a joint venture, Austin-Healey, an automotive engineering and design firm. The very next year, the newly formed firm launched the prototype Austin-Healey 100S NOJ393. This was only one of the four ‘special test cars’ that was used by the factory testing team and one of the two that was later unveiled with  100S specifications. For two consecutive years, 1953 and 1954, the car dominated the 24 hours Le Mans race. Honouring Austin-Healey 100S prototype car, Frederique Constant’s Vintage Rally Healey Automatic (Ref FC-397HDGR5B6) is reeved in green with true vintage aesthetics with modern technology. Limited to 700 pieces, this 42mm stainless steel watch comes on a dark green matte finish dial with Arabic numbered 12 o’clock, sword shaped hour markers, silver coloured-sword shaped hours, minute hands with white luminous treatment, and a red chronograph seconds hand. The watch has a minutes sub-dial at 3 o’ clock with red hand and seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock with silver hand with a Healey 70th anniversary logo at 6 o’clock. The chronograph comes with stainless steel pushers and crown at 2 o’clock and 4’clock respectively. 

Powering this watch is an automatic C-397 caliber movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Turning the watch reveals the see-through caseback with a rose gold oscillating weight, engraving of ‘Limited Edition’ along with the number of the individual watch out of 700. The 3-part stainless steel case gives this watch a water resistance of 50m. Completing this limited edition timepiece is a black calf leather strap with an off-white stitching. 

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