The gleam of the chassis. Its sleek, sensual lines that make you want to run your fingers across its metallic surface. The purr of the engine as you coax it out of its torpor. We could be describing cars, or we could just as well be waxing lyrical about watches – the chassis being the watchcase, the engine being the movement. That much do cars and watches have in common, besides being hyper-masculine, highly desirable objects and status symbols, of course.
Both watch and car manufacturers know this very well, and routinely team up with one another to exploit the crossover appeal. Some are straightforward collaborations that toast both companies’ spirit and values; others celebrate particular milestones or iconic models. Then there are those that go beyond just a single marque, sponsoring entire motor racing events. Regardless of the scope, the resulting watches are always a draw for enthusiasts in both camps. Here are five of the latest and greatest.
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Titanium Carbon
The four-year collaboration between Hublot and Ferrari has spawned numerous wrist machines that match the high-octane universe that Ferrari inhabits. Hublot routinely endows these beasts with carbon fibre bezels or dials, as well as signature Ferrari red accents that appear on chronograph hands, flanges or the topstitching of leather straps. This 1,000-piece limited edition comes in a titanium chassis and boasts a striking bezel forged from carbon fibre and titanium. The skeleton dial – another recurrent feature of the Hublot-Ferrari marriage – showcases the in-house HUB1241, a column-wheel chronograph with flyback function. On the grey leather/black rubber strap, the red topstitch positively pops.
Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
The same year that Ferrari launched LaFerrari limited edition hybrid, was also the year that the first MP-05 made its debut. The watch – or should we say superwatch, since LaFerrari is a supercar – was designed in conjunction with the Ferrari team to resemble the engine bay of its auto namesake. While the original came in a black PVD titanium case, this year’s version is presented in a fully transparent sapphire chassis like a prized artwork in a glass showcase. Making it all the better to admire the incredible in-house engine with its 11 barrels coupled in series, which gives a whopping 50-day power reserve, the longest of any watch on the market.
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Aaron de Silva – Singapore
Aaron De Silva is a Singapore-based luxury lifestyle journalist with a penchant for shiny objects – mechanical watches being one of them.