A Race Against Time

Whether swerving around the racetrack or zooming through treacherous outdoor terrain, masterful race car drivers share two things: a fearless attitude and a commitment to perfecting their skill. The world of racing is built on an uncompromising tradition of courage, challenge, and the sportsmanship spirit; so too is the world of high-calibre watchmaking. Just as in a tight race, the craft of horlogerie requires utmost precision and the stakes are high, with one minor mistake compromising the watch’s accuracy. Assembling a mechanism from hundreds of small parts necessitates control, pushing the limits of the master’s technique and prowess. In a partnership tested by time, these six sports watches are a nod to their powerful racing heritage.


 At Royal de Versailles Jewellers, (416) 967-7201, blancpain.com
At Royal de Versailles Jewellers, (416) 967-7201, blancpain.com

Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel Watch Ref.: 92322-34B39-55B

 

In 2009, Blancpain teamed up with supercar legend Lamborghini to create the sleek sports watch series L-Evolution. This year, Blancpain launches a new masterpiece for the collection. The case houses both a flying tourbillon and fly carrousel, which can resist the disturbance of gravity. Each has its own barrel to provide power for 168 hours, with simultaneous winding of the barrels through a single crown. The black dial reveals the complexity of the open worked movement and clearly shows four metal numerals. Power reserve display at the back of the case. Water resistance 100 metres. Limited edition: 50 pieces.


 At Boutique Bulgari, (416) 784-1448, bulgari.com
At Boutique Bulgari, (416) 784-1448, bulgari.com

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic Watch

 

Octo, Bulgari’s most iconic and masculine watch series, originated from the octagonal design popular in classic Italian aesthetic. In its pursuit of the ultimate craft, Bulgari continues to push boundaries. This year, it broke a world’s record for the fourth time, creating a watch with a case measuring 5.15mm and a movement 2.23mm thick. The seconds display aperture is at 8 o’clock. Power reserve 55 hours. Water resistance 30 metres.


 At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com
At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com

Patek Philippe Complications Watch Ref.: 5960/1A-010

 

Patek Philippe launched a new complication watch in 2017. The silver steel bracelet and bezel form a sharp contrast with the black dial for an energized, dynamic look. Day, date apertures at 10 and 2 o’clock resemble a race-car dashboard display. Chronograph with 60-minute and 12-hour monocounter and an aperture to display day and night at 6 o’clock. The big red seconds hand in the center is also a seconds hand for the chronograph. Power display hand at 12 o’clock. Power reserve 45-55 hours. Water resistance 30 metres.


 At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, chopard.com
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, chopard.com

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph WatchRef.: 168589-3001

 

Mille Miglia, the most famous race of the early 20th century, was known for its competitive spirit, evolving from an endurance course around Italy to a classic car race. As official timekeeper of the race since 1988, Chopard launches a brand new special watch edition every year. Inspired by the beauty of classic cars, the hour, minute, and seconds hands, date, counter hand, 30-minute chronograph, and 12-hour chronograph make a striking appearance in classic silver. The rubber strap is a nod to 1960s Dunlop tire treads. Water resistance 50 metres.


 At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com
At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com

Patek Philippe Complications Watch Ref.: 5960/1A-010

 

Patek Philippe launched a new complication watch in 2017. The silver steel bracelet and bezel form a sharp contrast with the black dial for an energized, dynamic look. Day, date apertures at 10 and 2 o’clock resemble a race-car dashboard display. Chronograph with 60-minute and 12-hour monocounter and an aperture to display day and night at 6 o’clock. The big red seconds hand in the center is also a seconds hand for the chronograph. Power display hand at 12 o’clock. Power reserve 45-55 hours. Water resistance 30 metres.


 At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, chopard.com
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, chopard.com

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Ceramic Watch Ref.: 205C571

 

Mille Miglia, the most famous race of the early 20th century, was known for its competitive spirit, evolving from an endurance course around Italy to a classic car race. As official timekeeper of the race since 1988, Chopard launches a brand new special watch edition every year. Inspired by the beauty of classic cars, the hour, minute, and seconds hands, date, counter hand, 30-minute chronograph, and 12-hour chronograph make a striking appearance in classic silver. The rubber strap is a nod to 1960s Dunlop tire treads. Water resistance 50 metres.

Produced by Rui Chen  English Text by Kate Missine

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