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Singer Vehicle Design has built the ‘hypercar’ of watches dubbed the ‘Track 1’

Automobiles coming from Singer Vehicle Design don't come cheap... and for good reason. The So-Cal company is notable for modifying classic Porsche 911s, placing them among the most splendid and intricately detailed vehicles that have ever been made. While this marvelous vehicles demand an equally premium price, the company will release a far more "affordable" creation, in a sense.

The firm is now tackling a new design icon in the form of a classic sports watch that is called the Singer Reimagined Track 1 Chronograph. This exquisite timepiece will put the company's prodigious craftsmanship on one's wrist.

According to Hodinkee, the Track 1 wristwatch is the product of a collaboration between Singer head honcho Rob Dickinson, watch designer Marco Borraccino and watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. The original design had stemmed from a conversation between Dickinson and Borraccino, a notable watch designer whose resume includes a stint as design head for Panerai and establishing the Chair of Watch Design Program at the Geneva School for Art and Design.

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Rare Bertone Lancia Stratos watch has just been sold on eBay

Renowned Italian coachbuilder Bertone designed the surreal Lancia Stratos Zero Concept that was displayed at the Turin Motor Show. It showcased a different dimension with its futuristic concept, a deviation from the production model that bears the same name, but it was still as eye-catching as ever. Due to its one of a kind aesthetic, it even made a cameo appearance at the 1998 Michael Jackson movie titled Moonwalker.

The fully-functioning prototype was powered by a Lancia V4 engine that belts out a robust 115hp with 2 twin-choke Solex carburetors located under the crazy triangle-shaped engine cover in the center of the concept car. The futuristic design also flaunted a row of headlights across the front with 55 watt bulbs. Its turn signals were consecutive, going from the center to its edges.

Also, the back ribbon of lights has a strip of 84 mini bulbs. Inside, the seats had a near horizontal position, with its windshield extended overhead to provide a great view of the road and of the sky above. The revolutionary instrument panel, positioned to the left, displayed info in green acrylic glass. But the impressive bit that comes with this original concept is that it also generated a range of limited edition watches a few years later after it was displayed.

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Porsche’s titanium Monobloc Actuator watch is priced from $6,350, set for release this May

Typically, automotive brands tie up with reputable watchmakers in creating their line of watches. There is Richard Mille for McLaren as well as Hublot for Ferrari. But for Porsche, designing its own timepiece is part of defying the norm, just like what it does with its racecars.

Porsche Monoblock Actuator Chronotimer was introduced at the 2017 Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Expo in Switzerland. This event happens to be the largest watch and jewelry fair worldwide. During its launch, Porsche Design AG said it will be throwing in five different versions of the watch including the limited edition model.

While some of its versions give a nod to the early Porsche Design collection, the special edition Monobloc was inspired by the new Porsche 911 RSR. If anything, the new Monobloc Actuator in Titanium is a sophisticated piece of art by Porsche Design.

Read the entire article Porsche’s titanium Monobloc Actuator watch is priced from $6,350, set for release this May

$8700 special edition watch from Zenith is the perfect match to the 2018 Range Rover Velar

As Land Rover unfurled its new 2018 Range Rover Velar to the global public at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, a new special chronograph from Zenith is being displayed beside this newest member of the Range Rover family, also with the name Velar. It is not surprising though, since this special watch celebrates the launch of the new Range Rover Velar.

It is a small watch with a lengthy moniker -- “Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar Special Edition.” If you are planning to the purchase a new 2018 Range Rover Velar (which comes with a starting price of $50,895), then this special watch would be the perfect complement ($8,700). Actually, it is the first time that Land Rover and Zenith had collaborated. It can be remembered that Zenith also created a special chronograph to celebrate the launch of the Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic in September 2016.

Velar is not an entirely a new moniker for Land Rover. In 1969, Rover started a project that would lead to the creation of the Range Rover in 1970. Around 26 pre-production Range Rover prototypes were created but were needed to be concealed from others by the carmaker’s development engineers. To conceal its existence, these engineers referred to the prototypes as Velar, as derived from the Latin term ‘velare’ that means to veil or to cover.

Read the entire article $8700 special edition watch from Zenith is the perfect match to the 2018 Range Rover Velar

McLaren is back with its Formula One-theme chronographs! When McLaren divorced from long-time watch partner TAG Heuer, not a few were disappointed with the end of their partnership seeing how this could affect the carmaker’s prized F1 watches. Thankfully, McLaren found a new partner in the persona of high-end watchmaker Richard Mille.

Finally, the first fruit of the collaboration between the British carmaker and racing team and famed chronographer has been revealed – the all-new limited edition RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1. Yes, we admit that its name is a bit long, and perhaps it is the longest among high-end luxury watches. We will refer to the RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight McLaren F1 as RM 50-03 Tourbillon for the sake of brevity from here on.

Interestingly, while its name is quite long, the RM 50-03 Tourbillon is the lightest mechanical watch ever made, with a weight of less than 40 grams. Despite its lightweight nature, the RM 50-03 Tourbillon reportedly comes with a heavyweight price tag. According to reports, you could get one of the 75 examples of this F1-imspired high-end watch for around $1 million, and that price tag doesn’t include taxes. This pricing is quite logical considering the fact that the watches that Richard Mille has created cost $100,000 or more while its Tourbillon chronographs sells for around half a million dollars. Taking into account that this is an F1 timepiece with only 75 examples carefully crafted, the price of $1 million is not surprising.

Read the entire article McLaren and Richard Mille unveil new RM 50-03 Split-seconds chronograph priced at $1 million

We are all very familiar with the name Tesla; not just the American automaker but the inventor himself. The Serbian American inventor, Nikola Tesla was well known for his contribution in designing the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system and plenty of other inventions like the “Tesla coil” (which is still widely used in radio technology today). And obviously, he is one of the inspirations for Tesla Motors, Inc. because of his invention of the electric motor. Needless to say, it is only fitting for the automaker to create a constant reminder of how this man has changed the world in a lot of ways.

Now, Tesla Motors only produces cars but various apparels related to the manufacturer appeared... this time, a watch. It’s not just some ordinary wrist watch because it brings out the inner geek in us. Thecoolest watch you’ll ever see – the Tesla Watch. No, it does not shoot aliens and neither does it come with a time machine but it sort of looks like it time travelled because of its steampunk design.

For non-geeks who do not know what “steampunk” is, here’s a bit of a background for you. “Steampunk” is a science fiction sub-genre that is mainly depicted by gears and steam powered machinery inspired by the 19th century industrialized Western civilization. Now moving on with our discussion of the Tesla watch, it will surely captivate geeks and steampunk fashionistas alike because the watch features gears and switches that are very much steampunk.

Read the entire article Tesla-inspired steampunk watch is for sale at $60

Maserati and Bulgari, celebrating their 100th and 130th anniversary respectively, have joined hands to create a unique and exceptional sports watch -- the Octo Maserati chronograph. This celebratory sports watch epitomizes the collaboration between two different yet similar Italian brands. Maserati has become true symbol of Italian auto design and sports success, having achieved countless and priceless victories in the racing world throughout its century of existence.

The experience, expertise, technologies, disciplines and values acquired from the conceptualization and development of winning race cars were smoothly translated into remarkable and exceptional GT cars.

These cars are unlike typical that while fast but are restrictive. GT cars were developed and made not only with the ability to travel fast, but also transport its occupants comfortably and elegantly. Maserati makes cars that perform both for the road and for the customer.

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The Porsche Design Group and Eterna AG Uhrenfabrik are terminating their license agreement for the development, production and sale of high-quality watches. To continue offering Porsche Design Timepieces, the luxury brand would reposition itself in the luxury watch category by the middle of 2014. “We truly valued our partnership with watch manufacturer Eterna.

The combination of traditional craftsmanship with our design expertise worked perfectly with great success”, says Juergen Gessler, chief executive of the Porsche Design Group. “We plan to continue this tradition as part of our realignment strategy, as well as presenting new, exclusive watches to our customers.”

“Following our successful partnership with Porsche Design, we will continue to devote our attention to developing and manufacturing high-quality, innovative timepieces under the Eterna brand,” said Samir Merdanovic, Vice President of Eterna AG Uhrenfabrik. “In the future, we will also focus in particular on doing justice to our reputation as a brand that combines innovation and heritage – we plan to continue the further development of the revolutionary

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Mercedes-Benz has signed a strategic partnership with Pebble Technology as it gears up for the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. The partnership provides Mercedes access to some of Pebble's newest hardware as well as early releases of application programming interfaces (APIs). These technologies would allow the carmaker to develop integrated applications for future in-vehicle use cases.

Mercedes will show how an intelligently networked vehicle can be a part of the "Internet of things" and its benefits for the customer. As a proof of concept, the developers at Mercedes reinvented the Digital DriveStyle app to allow it to communicate with Pebble smart watches, which could act as "second screens" for smartphone.

This wearable device unlocks some features for a connected car. For instance, Mercedes drivers can take a look at some important vehicle information like fuel level, door-lock status, and vehicle location using their Pebble smart watch, even when they are outside or away from the vehicle.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz likes smartwatches, inks strategic partnership with Pebble Technology

Nissan will be the first carmaker to create a smartwatch designed especially for drivers of Nissan Nismo cars. The Nissan Nismo Concept Watch will allow a driver to connect to the car, providing real-time biometric data. Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Nismo Concept Watch ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Nissan Nismo Concept Watch is seen as the carmaker’s first venture into wearable technology, typifying its ‘fan first' approach to performance. The Nissan Nismo Watch enables drivers to monitor their vehicle’s efficiency with average speed and fuel consumption readings.

It also enables drivers to access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track and capture biometric data through a heart rate monitor. The Nissan Nismo Watch likewise enables drivers to connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy as well as receive tailored car messages from Nissan.

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As you may know already, the Ferrari 250 GTO recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and as a result, Hublot decided to create a special watch to mark this event. According to the official press release, the new watch can be customized with the chassis number engraved on the movement and can be bought only by customers who also own a Ferrari 250 GTO.

Moreover, the watch features a 45 mm titanium case inspired by the Classic Fusion line, rounded out and redesigned in order to mimic the magnificent curves of the 250 GTO. The Tourbillon movement, one of Haute Horlogerie's grande complications in the world, was specially manufactured by Hublot in skeleton form to magnificent effect, with the barrel drum located at 12 o'clock featuring a design which evokes the shape of the 250 GTO's wheel rim.

The strap is made from barenia calfskin, inspired by the upholstery used in cars of the era. For those who don’t know, only 36 Ferrari 250 GTOs were ever produced and currently the vehicle is the most expensive in the world, with the latest selling for $35 million.

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Breitling and Bentley have developed a limited edition chronograph, combining Swiss tradition and British chic. To create this chronograph, they took inspiration from the world ice speed record set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. Bentley’s most potent and radically-styled convertible ever -- the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports "Ice Speed Record" convertible -- is a celebration of this world-breaking record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible. There will only be 100 ISR Supersports convertibles to be produced.

The Supersports Ice Speed Record commemorative timepiece takes inspiration from this convertible model and is the perfect personification of the shared passion of the two companies for performance and prestige. This combination of striking aesthetics and handcrafted technology is also limited to just 100 units.

It is only available without charge to those who purchase the vehicle. Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) while driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland. This is better than his ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in 2007 in the Continental GT.

Read the entire article Breitling and Bentley team up for Supersports Ice Speed Record chronograph

Japan-based luxury vehicle brand Infiniti has launched the Limited Edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatch, the second exclusive timepiece that the company has introduced.

This timepiece was engineered by Bell & Ross, a Swiss specialist time instrument manufacturer. The first watch that Infiniti has brought to the public was the special edition BR03-92 Instrument Phantom, which commemorates the arrival of the Infiniti FX Limited Edition performance crossover in 2010.

The latest timepiece was designed to celebrate the continued success of the collaboration between Bell & Ross and Infiniti, two brands known for modern luxury, exceptional performance, a unique ownership experience and technical perfection.

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MANSORY, the refining specialist for luxury vehicles, presents its GRAHAM Chronofighter Oversize MANSORY, which has a 47 mm steel case diameter and iconic left-hand fast-action start/stop trigger of all GRAHAM watches.

In the past, the company could only fulfill the luxury vehicle dreams of its fine clientele but now, it proves that its expertise goes beyond that. The instinctive device activated by the thumb ensures excellent precision with the most direct response of the chronograph functions.

According to CEO Kourosh Mansory of the MANSORY Holding & Design GmbH, the cooperation with GRAHAM-LONDON comes from his long-term friendship with Eric Loth, who is the founder and a board member of GRAHAM-LONDON. He added that his passion for high-quality chronographs combined with Loth’s enthusiasm for dynamic automobiles is perfect, resulting to the impressive GRAHAM MANSORY Chronofighter Oversize.

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A limited edition Porsche Design watch is currently for sale at the Dubai Mall. But before you rush over there to acquire one for yourself, be warned that it has a price tag that’s up to four times the cost of a Porsche car. Swiss watchmaker Eterna designed and made the watch, which sells for only Dh990,000 or about $270,000.

Wael al Takhin, the general manager for Porsche Design in the UAE, said that this watch is those who want to be “unique” and would want to wear something that very few people could claim to have. If you buy this watch, it’s nearly impossible that you’re going to pass someone on the street who has the same ridiculously expensive watch.

Bornrich reports that only 50 limited edition Indicator watches have been produced. Of this number, 11 are offered with this specific design. In 2008, the Dubai Mall store made an order for two of the limited edition watches.

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Breitling will present special all-white “Ice” versions of the Bentley GT and Bentley GT Racing chronographs at Baselworld 2011. These chronographs can fit any wrist size as these are more compact than the other Breitling for Bentley models.

They also offer a more distinctive and instantly recognizable appearance. The Ice White dial (an exclusive Bentley livery color) is complemented with a rubber strap in the same shade. These dials, highlighted by rimmed counters, are reminiscent of the dashboards of Bentley Grand Tourers.

The bezel with its knurled motif is inspired by the marque’s control buttons, says WatchTime. The “chassis” of the Bentley GT Ice chronograph has a steel case with an all-polished finish. The Bentley GT Racing Ice version stands out with its finishes that alternate between satin-brushed upper surfaces and polished sides.

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Breitling’s latest creation – the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Light Body – will have its world public debut at the upcoming Baselworld 2011 Watch Show. The sport-themed watch is offered in a very limited edition.

The watch is likely to be about 45mm (1.77 inch) wide and will feature an automatic COSC Chronometer certified chronograph movement inside. Its sportiness comes from the red and black motif of the dial, as well as the black rubber strap.

This watch will also use a rotating slide rule bezel. Juha Kankkunen had the Breitling for Bentley Supersports Light Body chronograph wristwatch on when he recently set a new world speed record on ice with a version of the Bentley Continental GTC Supersports. Kankkunen drove the car at 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h), breaking the record that was set by Bentley with a Continental GT in 2007.

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At the TAG Heuer Mastering Speed Exhibition at Halle Secheron in Geneva, a limited edition chronograph watch is on display beside the McLaren MP4-12C. The TAG Heuer MP4-12C Chronograph is much awaited as 20 years have passed since McLaren launched the iconic McLaren F1 road car and it was 26 years ago that McLaren’s Formula 1 team joined forces with TAG Heuer.

The TAG Heuer MP4-12C Chronograph portrays the innovative, high-performance and precision manufacturing principles of the two companies.

The partnership between McLaren and TAG Heuer dates back to 1985, making it one of the longest-running sponsorship agreements between a racing team and a brand in the history of Formula 1.

Read the entire article TAG Heuer MP4-12C Chronograph launched at Mastering Speed Exhibition

Hublot has created a Special Tourbillon watch to commemorate racing legend, Ayrton Senna. Arguably the most famous F1 driver of all time, Senna has had a 10-year racing career starting in 1984 until his death at Imola in 1994. He is also known for his philanthropy. In his home country, he has given away millions to underprivileged children.

This watch, named The King Power Tourbillon Ayrton Senna, is made from several high-tech materials featured in Formula 1, such as the Nomex fibers that will be seen on a timepiece for the first time.

Its case is made entirely from carbon fiber – the first Hublot watch to be built like this. Ceramics were used for the bezel, which is designed to appear like a ventilated brake disc.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre, the official watch partner of Aston Martin Racing, is launching a new timepiece – the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder. Owners of DB9 models could pretend that they’re James Bond as they open the doors of the vehicle by pressing on the sapphire crystal of their watch.

According to the press release, the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder is encased in grade five titanium and its black dial is adorned with a grille-type motif and features rhodium-plated metallic numerals coated in the center with a luminescent black substance.

The DB9 logo, the hands and hour-markers are gilded. They seem to be floating in the center in a window showing the “ruthenium mainplate and bridges of the exquisitely refined movement.” The AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder is the third generation of watches released by the partnership.

Read the entire article Jaeger-LeCoultre launches Aston Martin AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece
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