The car industry has a vastly different approach to new cars and how to introduce them to the public. It uses a wide variety of tactics with a single goal: to ensure that when the car is ready for ordering, it will be well received by both press and consumers alike. So why don’t watch brands use the same tactic?
While Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, was best known as an aviation pioneer, he also developed and manufactured the Breguet A2 electric car.
Ian and Nola spent three days with Jaeger-LeCoultre in St. Moritz at the Passione Engadina, a classic car rally filled with mountain passes and treacherous weather en route from St. Moritz across the Alps to Bormio, Italy and back. Find out how they fared in a 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider convertible with Jaeger-LeCoultre watches on their wrists.
The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus favors “top down,” so you can hear the engine much better, the engine perhaps even being the reason to purchase the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus in the first place: a roaring 5.2-liter V10.
Only very few manufacturers today are capable of conceiving, developing, and producing a genuine in-house movement, especially a chronograph, a task that requires several years and significant investment. Porsche Design’s timepiece division has mastered this challenge, and the brand’s first chronograph movement is now ticking within two timepieces destined for owners of exclusive Porsche 911 models.
Porsche’s latest addition to the 911 lineup – the GT2 RS – is not only the most powerful 911 of all time, but it’s also completely street legal! Which is strange because its light weight and speed (0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed of 340 km/h) put it squarely into supercar territory.
Porsche Design has came up with what I believe is one of the most interesting chronographs of recent decades: the Monobloc Actuator, whose claim to fame is its case and the operation of the start, stop, and reset functions. And now Porsche Design introduces its first in-house flyback chronograph movement – within a limited edition timepiece only available to future owners of Porsche’s 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
It’s a rare event when the stars align, rarer still when they align to create what may well become a truly iconic chronograph. In fact, the Singer Reimagined Track 1 may already be truly iconic: it certainly has both the pedigree and the style. And more importantly for a horological icon, the Track 1 looks like it’s been around since the 1970s.
A. Lange & Söhne once again sponsored the most luxurious vintage car event in the world: the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, which has taken place on gorgeous Lake Como in Italy since 1929. Winner of the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza was Italian collector Corrado Lopresto with a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS prototype.
I had the great honor to spend a special weekend at the Nürburgring in May 2017 with IWC and Mercedes-AMG to celebrate the car brand’s 50-year anniversary, in honor of which IWC presented a sporty new special-edition Ingenieur chronograph. A weekend of watches and racing at the Nürburgring 24 Hours: what could be better?!