Cruise Into 2019 With These Automobile-Inspired Timepieces
1/3Zenith x Range Rover
In conjunction with the recent release of the Range Rover Evoque, Zenith has fashioned the skeletonised Defy Classic with design cues from the new vehicle. Mimicking the sophisticated stylishness of the Evoque, the Defy Classic Range Rover Edition’s seconds hand and oscillating weight are in turquoise blue, a shade that also accents the steering wheel and seats, lending a pop of colour to the industrial mien.
The wheel rim design informs the look of the openworked dial while the diamond motif adorning the rubber strap is a direct reference to the quilted pattern on the upholstery. Limited to 200 pieces, its 41mm brushed titanium case houses the new skeletonised Elite 670 SK automatic movement.
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2/3Parmigiani Fleurier x Bugatti
Bugatti’s La Maison Pur Sang customisation programme allows its high net worth customers to create a sports car of their dream. Inspired by this spirit, Parmigiani Fleurier is also giving watch enthusiasts the chance to customise the Bugatti Type 390 watch.
One of Parmigiani’s most striking creations, Type 390 features a horizontal cylindrical movement that imitates the structure of a car engine. Customisation options include materials of the case and buckle, types of leather for the strap, dial structure, indexes and hands, decorations on the case sides, as well as colours for the sapphire crystal.
Alternatively, you may go for the ready-made version inspired by the Bugatti Chiron supercar. Boasting a white gold case with black ceramic parts, the dial features black nickel flange with red luminescent nunmerals and hands. A red strap with black stitching completes its robust appearance.
3/3Bremont x Jaguar
Working in close collaboration with the design team at Jaguar, Bremont’s MKI takes its design cues from the dashboard of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, which was hailed as the fastest production car when it was launched in 1961.
Design references include a central disc on the dial with a prominent red marker that recalls the rev counter of the E-Type. The seconds sub-dial at ‘9’ is clearly influenced by the car’s speedometer.
Accentuating its automative spirit is the oscillating weight, visible on the caseback, that has been designed to reflect the three-spoke steering wheel of the vintage speedster as well as the perforated leather strap. Below the date window is the word “London”, alluding to the British origin of both brands.
This article first appeared on my.asiatatler.com.