Racing Inspired Watches | Five Of Our Favourites
Just in time for the British Grand Prix this weekend, we’ve picked out some of our favourite motorsport watches.
From vintage and retro styles to modern watches packed with the latest motorsport technology, the worlds of watches and cars have intertwined for decades, sharing mechanical expertise, high-powered spirit and the need for highly accurate timekeeping.
The very first driver’s watches began in the 1960s, allowing race professions to accurately monitor speed and lap times. Today, cars and watches still go hand in hand – with both of them being a way to show off your style and prestige. So, aside from being extremely good looking, the main functions of a motorsport watch include:
- A tachymeter scale to measure both speed based on travel time and distance based on speed.
- A chronograph feature. This separate stopwatch function, usually in the form of an extra subdial, means you can easily measure lap times.
From Formula 1 partnerships to silver-screen stars, here are some of our favourite motorsport watches.
TAG Heuer Monaco
Worn by Steve McQueen in the 1970s racing film Le Mans, the TAG Heuer Monaco is one of the most stylish and retro motorsport watches out there.
Boasting the title of the world’s first square automatic chronograph, the racing history and the recognisable style that this timepiece carries is pretty much unparalleled.
Omega Speedmaster Racing Co-Axial
First introduced in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster was highly favoured by motorsport and rally drivers for its chronograph performance and design aesthetics – with the dial inspired by the dashboards of Italian cars.
The Omega Speedmaster was the first chronograph whose tachymetric scale was repositioned from the dial to the bezel, making it far easier to read the elapsed time. This made the watch become an instant hit with competitive drivers.
The numerals on the inner track have been arranged horizontally to reflect the instrument panel of a Williams Formula 1 car and there are flashes of the Williams blue on both the central seconds hand as well as below the date window.
Bremont Jaguar MKII
British watch brand Bremont are primarily a pilot’s watch company, but in 2010 they began a partnership with Jaguar. The Bremont Jaguar collaboration now boasts a collection of six beautiful mechanical timepieces, complementing each of the six lightweight E-Type sports racing cars being built by Jaguar.
Beautiful and British, this Bremont Jaguar MKII instantly transports you back to the golden era of 1960s motor sports, with its black dial carrying the Jaguar heritage and the hour markings in the style of the numerals found on E-Type instruments. The subtle red line on the 60-minute chronograph counter also pays homage to the E-Type’s tachometer.
TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull
TAG Heuer boast a long association with the high-powered world of racing, and they are the Official Sponsor, Official Watch and Team Performance Partner of Red Bull Racing.
Celebrating this extraordinary partnership, TAG Heuer Red Bull watches are the ultimate representation of the extreme performance of Formula 1 cars.
This special edition TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull Automatic Chronograph showcases the Red Bull Racing Formula 1's team colours of red and blue, adorned across a striking skeletonised dial.
To discover more about Formula 1 and the watches of the F1 racetrack, head over to our site to explore ‘From Racetrack To Wrist’. Hint: you could win a TAG Heuer Formula 1 watch!