The evolution of sports cars and motorbikes in the 20th century spurred the rise of automotive-inspired watches that continue today
SPORTY SHADES OF GRAY
Rado HyperChrome Si3N4
Rado is flexing its muscles this year and rolls out a pretty good-looking collection. Its most advanced HyperChrome creation is the Si3N4, named after a chemical formula for silicon nitride. This is the first time for the ceramic-oriented brand to present a watchcase and bracelet entirely made of this unique material. Ultra-light and super-scratchproof, the Si3N4 exudes a natural, charming gray shade that will not change over time. The dark gray dial, moreover, reveals a very dynamic and bold design, unlike any other Rado pieces. In between the dial center are cascading steel inserts, which subtly look like the vents on a supercar.
Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control
One of the most distinctive motoring watches is the Mille Miglia from Chopard. Starting from 1988, thanks to Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the brand’s co-president, the collection consistently echoes the luxurious designs of iconic sports cars.
The latest novelties introduced three distinct models. The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control stands out handsomely. The 43mm watch takes on a black-on-black approach, with a 1960s Dunlop tire-inspired rubber strap. The abbreviation “GTS” stands for Grand Turismo Sport, and the so-called “Power Control” refers to the 60-hour power reserve display at 9 o’clock. Its presentation resembles a 1950s petrol gauge.
By the way, the 2015 Mille Miglia are the first to use in-house movements.
THE RACE IS ON
Bernard Richards is no ordinary watchmaker.
His passion for watchmaking is equaled only by his need for speed—the Frenchman actually races every now and then. It is not a surprise that his creations under the BRM brand (which stands for Bernard Richards Manufacture) are akin to sporty wheels.
The SA line, especially, has the watches equipped with shock absorbers to keep the movement unscathed after major impacts. The V6-44-SA-gulf novelty exemplifies these great properties, from the obvious racecar inspiration to such innovative parts. The case design is quite uncanny, and so is the crown. Even more elaborate is the automatic movement rotor as seen from the transparent case-back.
Having seen all the salient details, it is hard to argue that BRM has some of the most original motoring-inspired
Tudor Fastrider Chrono
The partnership between Swiss watch brand Tudor and Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. In the spirit of the occasion, Tudor launched a new series of Fastrider Chrono that took after the design of the iconic Ducati Scrambler.
There are three models on offer, and they vary in dial and strap colors. These include olive green, retro red and vibrant yellow—all are inspired by the Scrambler bikes. The padded leather strap is unmistakably dynamic and youthful in style, yet the rubber strap might better suit active travelers and divers.
As a matter of fact, this motoring watch can go to a depth of 150 meters, which is very much in line with the adventure-ready DNA of a Tudor Fastrider.
This article first appeared in DA MAN Caliber 2015. Click here to get a copy of our back issues.