Some would say that since this is the age of the Smartphone, the need to own or wear a watch nowadays is gone – we’d say those people are wrong. In fact, according to data experts NPD, the wearing of fine, luxurious timepieces is on the increase, so we figured, why not wear one ‘Petrolhead’ related. Here are our top 5.
5 – Casio Edifice EQS-920TR-2A Scuderia Toro Rosso
Casio’s Edifice brand has been a supporter of F1’s Toro Rosso team that gave the world Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. There’s a range of designs, too, sure the colours are loud but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
4 – Tudor Heritage Chrono
This is a modern take on the highly collectable Tudor Monte Carlo from the 1970s. It is a handsome watch that is decidedly retro in execution. The orange second’s hand and orange details give the Heritage Chrono character, and the “home plate” markers and trapezoidal subdial backgrounds make it unmistakable for any other watch.
3 – Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition
Of course you know that this timepiece is celebrating the historic rally that takes place in Italy every year, but even without that, the Chopard Mille Miglia is a very handsome piece. Every detail is retro-inspired, from the one-piece case to the shape of the pushers. The machine turned dial is reminiscent of early racing dashboards, and simply put, it’s gorgeous.
2 – Rolex Daytona
can’t have a watch collection without a Rolex! Formula 1. The 24 Hours of Le Mans. And of course, the 24 Hours at Daytona. This is perhaps the racer’s watch. Arguably not the most beautiful, most technologically advanced or have the same history as other watches but the Rolex Daytona is one of the most sought-after watches by car lovers and racecar drivers alike. Plus Paul Newman had one so enough said.
1 – TAG HEUER MONACO (Gulf Special edition)
One our favorites (hence in #1 position). The Gulf brand’s iconic racing livery adorns this special edition. All the classic Monaco elements are in place: 39 mm case, left-side crown, sunray dial with pearl white counters at 3 and 9 o’clock, date window at 6, vintage HEUER logo at 12.