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Drive time: The best motor sport-inspired watches

Drive time: The best motor sport-inspired watches

You may have one of the best diving watches money can buy for time spent on your yacht but, should your thrill-seeking pursuits take you on shore, an entirely different instrument is called for. Whether you're investing in one of the best new supercars or driving the new yacht-friendly BAC Mono supercar, our edit of the best motor sport inspired watches won't let you down.

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition

The Geneva Motor Show 2018 saw the announcement of a new partnership between Tag Heuer and Aston Martin and in October the first timepiece of the collaboration was unveiled in the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition. Inspired by the geometrical shapes of an Aston Martin sports car, the 45mm steel timepiece features a hexagonally skeletonised dial in reference to detailing on the new Vantage while a black ceramic tachymeter bezel is engraved with markings to evoke race tracks and pistons. Powered by a Calibre Heuer 01 movement, the watch boasts sub dials for 30 minute and 12 hour counters as well as a date window and small seconds.

Case: Stainless steel, 45mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre Heuer 01 automatic
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £5,250, tagheuer.com

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S

Created in a limited edition of just 88 pieces, this version of Roger Dubuis' Excalibur timepiece created in collaboration with Lamborghini is crafted in the house's feather-light yet incredibly strong C-SMC carbon which is more commonly found on the bodies of high-performance cars. The fully skeletonised movement also features a number of design nods to Lamborghini's Aventador supercar, including a specially developed Duotor double-balance-wheel engine inspired by the Aventador's engine, which is placed at a similar sloping angle to enhance performance.

Case: C-SMC carbon, 45mm
Strap: Bi-material
Movement: Calibre RD103SQ skeleton
Waterproof: 50 metres
Limited edition: 88
Price: £212,000, rogerdubuis.com

Bvlgari Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC

Unveiled in May 2018 to mark the launch of a new partnership between Bulgari and the Supercar Owners Club, the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC features a completely skeletonised movement encased between two pieces of sapphire crystal and suspended in a DLC-titanium case rim. The time is displayed via yellow gold hour markers while a power reserve indicator is engraved with the SOC logo. Undoubtedly hugely desirable for watch collectors, the Octo Tourbillon Sapphire SOC is available for purchase only by members of the Supercar Owners Club so you'll have to be a collector of a different kind to get your hands on one.

Case: DLC-coated titanium
Strap: Alligator leather
Movement: Calibre BVL 206 manual-wound
Limited edition: Reserved for members of the SOC
Price: POA, bulgari.com

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition

To celebrate the launch of the new Range Rover Velar, the British car maker has teamed up with Swiss watch brand Zenith to create a special edition version of it popular Chronomaster El Primero timepiece. The watch has been co-designed by specialists from both Range Rover and Zenith and employs lightweight, high-performance materials that run parallel to those used in Range Rover's latest model as well as a 42mm ceramicised aluminium case, small seconds, 30-minute counter and central chronograph subdials, date window and tachymeter scale.

Case: Ceramicised aluminium, 42mm
Strap: Rubber
Movement: El Primero 400 B automatic
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: $8,700, Zenith

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG"

IWC celebrates this year’s 50th anniversary of AMG – the official tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz – with a special edition of its Ingenieur flyback chronograph, which will be available in just 250 examples worldwide. To protect the in-house automatic movement from magnetism, the 44mm watch features a titanium case with a soft iron inner core that can be seen through a brake caliper-shaped cut-out in the back.

Case: Titanium, 44.3mm
Strap: Calfskin
Movement: Calibre 89361 automatic self-winding
Waterproof: 120 metres
Limited edition: 250
Price: £10,750, iwc.com

Bremont Jaguar MKI

Bremont has paid tribute to the Jaguar E-Type with a small range of watches inspired by the dashboard instruments of the vehicle that Enzo Ferrari described as “the most beautiful car ever made”. The steel-cased MKI is a simple time and date watch with a rev counter-style dial, a “tyre tread” winding crown and a lovely, steering wheel-shaped rotor visible through the transparent back.

Case: Stainless steel, 43mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Bremont BWC/01-10 automatic
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £8,795, bremont.com

Singer Track 1

Porsche fans will be familiar with Los Angeles-based Singer, which specialises in expensively modifying 1990s 911s in order to combine modern-day “driveability” with old-school looks. The Track1, Singer’s first attempt at a watch, was designed by horological genius Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and features an innovative, central chronograph.

Case: Titanium, 43mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: Calibre Singer Reimagined 6361 automatic
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £32,105, singerreimagined.com

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

As the name suggests, the Cosmograph Daytona was designed to celebrate Rolex’s connection with the iconic car racing venue of Daytona Beach in Florida. Equipped with a tachymetric scale on the bezel to measure speed, along with a stylish steel, platinum or yellow or rose gold case and second, minute and hour subdials, this special timepiece has been the long-standing trophy of every winner of the Le Mans and Rolex 24 races held at Daytona.

Case: Steel and yellow gold, 40mm
Strap: Steel and yellow gold
Movement: Calibre 4130 self-winding
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: From £9,550, Rolex

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Magic Gold

The latest iteration of Hublot's ongoing collaboration with Ferrari sees the brand's popular Big Bang Unico timepiece presented in Magic Gold, a patented alloy which fuses boron carbide with 24 karat gold to create what is certified to be the world's hardest gold. Limited to 250 piece, the watch is powered by a HUB1241 movement which offers a 72 hour power reserve and chronograph function.

Case: Magic Gold, 45mm
Strap: Leather
Movement: HUB 1241
Limited edition: 250
Waterproof: 100 metres
Price: £30,400, hublot.com

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