A wristwatch is no longer merely the gentleman’s timepiece. Nowadays, one is expected to have the correct chronograph for your car. Here are three new watches resulting from tie-ups with the motoring world.
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin
The latest product to emerge from the partnership between Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre is the AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT, of which just 300 examples will be made. The watch’s round ceramic case is a first, in that the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux has never before created a case from this material. In it sits the automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 988 tourbillon movement, driving two time-zone displays with more than a glimpse of the tourbillon mechanism. Most remarkable of all is the openworked dial, giving a full view of the ruthenium-coated bridges and baseplate.
EDOX and Koenigsegg
As the name suggests, the new Edox Koenigsegg Chronograph is the result of another strategic partnership between watchmaker and sportscar manufacturer. The outstanding visual feature of this timepiece is the pair of hinged ‘doors’ that protect the crown – imitating the gullwing design of the Koenigsegg CCR sportscar. Only 30 of these handmade Edox-Koenigseggs will be produced, priced at £13,500.
Hublot and the Automobile Club de France
Hublot, meanwhile, has formed an allegiance with the oldest automobile club in the world to create a limited-edition men’s and women’s watch, a ‘drive’ chronograph in the colours of the legendary ACF. The skeleton dial, which reveals a section of the movement, is surrounded by a black ceramic case and bezel. A contribution from each watch sold will be donated to the ICM (Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders).
We can expect more ‘auto-watches’ at January’s SIHH, and Baselworld in March.