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Luxury watches that combine speed and time

Luxury watches that combine speed and time

Like time, speed too is a subject of perpetual intrigue. When the two come together on a dial, there's an orchestrated chaos of sorts.

Richard Mille
Richard Mille's new aviation model isn't just a cool toy for flying enthusiasts. Inspired by the E6-B flight computer, the watch is nothing short of an engineering marvel. With its round slide rule and bidirectional bezel, pilots to calculate fuel burn, flight time, ground speed, density altitude, wind correction and conversion of units. The power reserve of 70 hours is displayed at 2 o'clock which gives a realtime computation of necessary flight date.

What Bulgari brought into watchmaking, Maserati lent to cars: the proverbial Italian grace. The two giants have now co-produced the Octo Maserati. The column-wheel chronograph watch has a tachometric scale on the bezel and the radiator grille of the speed monsters on its blue-lacquered dial. To make the collaboration even more apparent, Maserati's trident logo is embossed onto the case-back.

Tag Heuer
When Tag Heuer released its Mikrotimer last year and created a world record for being precise to 1/1000th of a second, it also established its supremacy in the Grand Prix universe and won the trust of F1 legends like Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. This F1 chronograph mimics the design of a speedometer with three counters on its anthracite sunray brushed dial. The lustrous bezel is set in diamond-tough black ceramic and highlights a silver tachymeter scale. It is water resistent to 200 metres.

Suspended in the Irish Sea, an independent British island called the Isle of Man turns into an action packed racing circuit whenever it conducts the world's most prestigious motorcycle race, the Tourist Trophy. The oversized Chronofighter comes with shock absorbers and a 30-minute stop watch counter styled like the 30-mph speed limits signs on the island. There's also a non-slip guard and a fast action actuator. The race is on.

Published on: Aug 29, 2012, 8:45 PM IST
Posted by: Surajit Dasgupta, Aug 29, 2012, 8:45 PM IST