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Need for Speed

In honor of our annual luxury motors issue, we present three timepieces inspired by—and built for—life in the fast lane.

By Jerry Perez

In the Spirit of Racing Traditions 

Chopard’s limited-edition Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition celebrates the 90th anniversary of the iconic 1,000-mile race and the Swiss watch brand’s 29th year as the event’s official timekeeper. Fittingly, the timepiece was designed to survive the physical challenges of the race through the Italian countryside. Inspired by Gran Turismo racers, the crown is adorned with a vintage steering wheel design, while the rubber strap features a distinctive tire-tread pattern. A 48-hour power reserve, an exclusive L.U.C movement and a caseback stamped with Mille Miglia’s official logo further blend refinement and ruggedness. Starting at $6,840;



An Upgraded Classic

No other watch embodies the spirit of high-stakes automotive competition like the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, the latest incarnation of which was launched at Baselworld 2017. Sporting a stunning monobloc Cerachrom bezel in high-tech ceramic, the timepiece’s cutting-edge materials and innovative Oysterflex elastomer bracelet render it virtually scratchproof and corrosion-resistant. The hermetically sealed casing is crafted from a solid block of 18-karat gold and is waterproof up to nearly 330 feet. Appropriately, the Daytona’s bezel can measure average speeds of up to 400 miles per hour. $28,290;



70 Years of the Prancing Horse

Watchmakers take pride in their state-of-the-art facilities, where complicated movements are crafted under the utmost scrutiny. Hublot took a slightly different approach with its Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. The lightweight skeleton of this timepiece, which was released in conjunction with the motor brand’s 70th anniversary, was born in Maranello, Italy, where its manufacturing was supervised by none other than Ferrari’s head of design, Flavio Manzoni. The single-button start-stop-reset function highlights the watch’s connection to the racing world, while sapphire glass encases its 253-jewel flying tourbillon. This limited-edition collaboration is available in PEEK carbon, titanium and gold, with just 70 pieces each. Starting at $127,000; 

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