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The best timepieces aren’t those that merely look and feel good on your wrist, but suit your (many) needs, as well as withstand the many elements in style. From the greens to galas, the following timepieces are set to change the game when it comes to the luxury sports category.
1. Chronograph 1000
A new TimeWalker collection draws from the immense history of the venerable Minerva manufacture – now part of Montblanc’s watchmaking operations – and results in a powerful new range of luxury sports timepieces. The cream of the TimeWalker crop is the 46.4mm Chronograph 1000 (EUR175,000) with three patents. Its ability to measure a 1,000th of a second is expressed through clever engineering on the MB M66.26 movement. A separate chronograph balance, beating at 360,000 semi-oscillations per hour, captures the fractions of a second and indicates it on the aperture below the 12 o’clock. The satinated black DLC titanium version has a run of just 18 pieces.
2. Bugatti Aerolithe Performance
Inspired by the enigma of the 1936 Bugatti Aerolithe – “the car which fell from the sky” – the consumate watchmaking genius of Michel Parmigiani debuted its Bugatti Aerolithe Performance (CHF22,900). Composed of a laser-engraved titanium case, this piece also features lugs that recall the dorsal seam of its mythic automobile inspiration which was latterly recognised as the most advanced car of its time, but had seemingly disappeared before the Second World War. Its timepiece tribute draws additional motifs from last year’s Bugatti Chiron through a special tachymeter showing the automobile’s ability to hit speeds from 100km/h (2.4 seconds) up to 400km/h (33.5 seconds). A flyback chronograph movement with 50 hours of power reserve provides additional adrenaline on the wrist for its owners.
A scientific stunner, the RM50-03/01 rewrites the record books as the world’s lightest chronograph, weighing only 40 grams (with strap included), and blessed with a ludicrous resistance of 5000Gs. The secret of this is graphene, a material which was researched and discovered in 2004; hundreds of times stronger than steel and unfathomably light despite its atomic-scaled thickness. This timepiece (CHF980,000 excluding taxes), limited to 75 pieces, is inspired by the McLaren Formula One car layout, and may be traced to 1966 when a young Richard Mille attended the Monaco Grand Prix with his father to witness the debut of the McLaren racing team.
4. Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon
Here’s your chance to own a piece of the winning tyres from Monaco’s Formula One Grand Prix. Roger Dubuis, through its new partnership with Pirelli – the sole supplier of tyres to the Formula One – serves up the scintillating Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Double Flying Tourbillon, a world premiere courtesy of its new partnership. Enriched with wet blue accents to recall a specific Pirelli tyre, this timepiece is limited to eight pieces, each of which is priced at SFr280,000, and includes a special two-day VIP programme organised by Pirelli.