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Luxury cars and auto racing have always been a source of inspiration for watches. In fact, with its built-in stopwatch, chronograph watches are often positioned as the go-to tool watch to keep track of race times. So, with that in mind, we check out six car inspired watches to get your engine revving.

 

Breitling for Bentley

No partnership between a car and watch manufacturer is as close as the one between Breitling and Bentley. The two luxury brands came together in 2003 to officially launch the Breitling for Bentley watch brand. The timepieces are expertly built by Breitling using inspiration from Bentley cars.

Car Inspired Watches: Breitling for Bentley
Car Inspired Watches: Breitling for Bentley 

One such example is the Breitling for Bentley 24 H Limited Edition from 2013. Limited to only 288 units, the chronograph marks the 10th anniversary of Bentley’s dominance at the 24-hour race at Le Mans in 2003. Housed within the large 49mm stainless steel case sits a black carbon fiber dial along with the trio of registers. The engine under the hood of the Breitling for Bentley 24H is the hand-wound chronograph B02 Caliber mechanical movement, built entirely in-house. Finishing off the look is a black rubber strap equipped with a steel deployant buckle.

 

Chopard Mille Miglia

Serving as the official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia since 1988, Chopard offers a collection of watches in honor of the legendary Italian car race. The Chopard Mille Miglia includes a wide range of luxury sports watches from gold to steel and from classic to ultra-modern.

Car Inspired Watch: Chopard Mille Miglia
Car Inspired Watches: Chopard Mille Miglia

 

The Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Power Control watch sports a 42mm stainless steel case with a dial reminiscent of a vintage car dashboard. Chopard cleverly designed the power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock to resemble a fuel gauge. In addition to the center hands and power reserve display, there’s also a date window. Flip the watch around and you’ll see the automatic movement working away via a transparent caseback. Further emphasizing the connection to motorsports, this Chopard Mille Miglia includes a black rubber strap fashioned to look like a car tire.

 

Hublot F1 King Power

In 2010, Hublot and Formula 1 announced a partnership. So, to honor the occasion, Hublot went on to release a series of F1 King Power timepieces. And in true Hublot fashion, these are large, bold, and sporty timepieces.

Car Inspired Watch: Hublot F1
Car Inspired Watches: Hublot F1

On the 48mm black ceramic case of Hublot F1 King Power Ceramic sits a bezel styled very much like a brake caliper. Illustrating the Formula 1 spirit, there are the chronograph pushers labeled with “Start” and “Reset” and a speedometer-like dial. The strap of the Hublot F1 King Power Ceramic is composed of an inner rubber layer paired with a Nomex synthetic fiber exterior. Securing the strap is a titanium and ceramic deployant buckle.

 

Panerai Ferrari Granturismo

While the Panerai and Ferrari relationship no longer exists (it’s now Hublot and Ferrari), the alliance between the two Italian luxury brands left behind some fantastic watches.

Car Inspired Watch: Panerai Ferrari Granturismo
Car Inspired Watch: Panerai Ferrari Granturismo

Take the Panerai Ferrari Granturismo Rattrapante for example. With its 45mm stainless steel cushion style case, the FER00005 is unmistakably Panerai—despite the brand not appearing on the dial. Rather, the dial shows off the iconic Prancing Horse coupled with Ferrari name. Also on the dial are the three subdials styled like a sports car dashboard. Plus, there’s the tachymeter running along the periphery. Finally, the exhibition caseback gives us a view of the Caliber OP XVIII automatic chronograph movement powering the watch.

 

TAG Heuer Carrera

First introduced in 1963 by Jack Heuer, the Carrera derives its name from Carrera Panamericana, an ultra-dangerous car race that ran in the early 1950s. From the days of Heuer to the modern TAG Heuer, the Carrera has remained as the signature chronograph of the brand.

Car Inspired Watches: Tag Heuer Calibre Carrera Heuer 01
Car Inspired Watches: Tag Heuer Calibre Carrera Heuer 01

One of the newest iterations of the models is the TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer 01. Presented in 2015, the watch features a 45mm stainless steel case. The black skeleton dial gives a glimpse of the automatic Caliber Heuer 01 inside, while the three subdials work in conjunction with the chronograph. Finally, the black titanium carbide coated steel bezel with the tachymeter scale and rally style perforated rubber strap adds to the sportiness of the watch.

 

Rolex Daytona

When Rolex launched their newest generation chronograph—the Cosmograph—in the 1960s, the company added the name “Daytona” to the model to emphasize the connection to the world’s car racing capital.

Car Inspired Watches: Rolex Daytona 1165519
Car Inspired Watches: Rolex Daytona 1165519

Today, Rolex Daytona are very popular motorsports watches available in an assortment of materials, colors, and styles. One particularly precious model is the Rolex Daytona ref. 1165519. Besides the 18k white gold 40mm Oyster case, there’s also the meteorite dial and black leather strap. Moreover, driving the Daytona ref 1165519 is the in-house Rolex Cal. 4130 automatic chronograph movement.

 

So if you have a need for speed, then look no further than a car inspired luxury watch. Whether you opt for Rolex, Chopard, Breitling, TAG, Hublot, or Panerai, these are some of the best around.

Written by

Celine Simon

Celine is a freelance luxury watch writer who has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland—the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal to Geneva to Dubai, Celine has lived all over the world but now calls Southern California home.