So the exotic ride of your dreams is unlikely to be awaiting you in the new year? The ultra-elite stimulant of a six or even now seven-digit automobile is untouchable for many motorist taste buds to ever comprehend. While those in the possession of an extravagant automobile needs little assistance in advertising their status, automakers routinely license their brands to merchandisers in order to supply customers seeking an extension to their beloved premium vehicle.
Diecast, pens and clothing are common examples of lifestyle items with more tailored items such as jewelry or high-quality leather jackets available. Existing as the peak of automotive licensing, timepieces are a leading accessory that often mirrors the luxury and exoticness of its four wheel counterpart. From some of the most lavish car builders, a multitude of wrist watches can be found all by itself on the luxury scale.
Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Transponder Watches
With Aston Martin being so closely linked fiction superspy James Bond, it would only be appropriate for their official timekeeping piece incorporates some truly unique features. Being associated with the British luxury sports car builder, the high-quality mechanical watch offers keyless entry controls. Able to lock and unlock doors by a push of a watch button, the AMVOX2 Transponder watch is catered to the DBS, DB9 and the Rapide models. Each vehicle features a unique-looking Jaeger-Coultre AMVOX2 Transponder watch created with rich materials and visible movement.
Price: $9,750 to $30,500
Until recently, Spyker Cars has been one of the lesser known supercar producers in the world. Thanks to the high-profile acquisition of Saab, the Spyker name is starting to register as a noted figure within the auto industry. Gaining in reputation, Spyker has partnered with Thierry Chaunu of Expression D’Artistes International S.A to create some ultra-exclusive wrist watches to reflect their desired profile. Limited to a run of 1,000 examples each, a polished steel and a matt black titanium watch goes to extended lengths in duplicating the dash gauges of their C8 and C12 Supercar. Spyker Timepieces also sells a 18k Gold and Rose Gold finish model at a most premium price and in very limited release of 250 a piece.
Infiniti Bell and Ross BR03-92 Instrument Phantom Watch
Price: £2,809.97 ($4,331.35)
Designed with an ultra-modern look, a rare 100 examples of the Infiniti Bell and Ross BR03-92 Instrument Phantom watch went on sale June 1, 2010 in Europe. A black carbon powder finish coating the 42mm casing of the BR03-92 watch has drawn influence from the Limited Edition trim of the Infiniti FX crossover vehicle’s exterior. Each BR03-02 Instrument Phantom watch is individually-numbered.
Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph
Italian sports car builder Ferrari has always possessed a knack for stirring passion within their legion of fans. Benefiting form the wide population of Ferrari followers who own or want to own one of their superior supercars, merchandising the iconic badge has promoted a highly-visible presence. Among the collection of approved items is the Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph timepiece. Within the combined analog/digital face, a choice of three colours frames the printed numbers from digital display. Black and yellow will likely play a backseat to red for many true Ferrari fans. Functions for the Ferrari Lap Time Chronograph includes a timer, alarm and three time zone listing.
Breitling for Bentley GMT British Racing Chronograph
Price: Est. £7,500 ($11,560.66)
The Breitling for Bentley GMT British Racing Chronograph is created as a commemoration of the new Continental GT fittingly in a rare, unique sport-style. Encased in steel construction, this specific limited edition timepiece’s analog display is framed with British Racing Green and 38 jewels. Worn with either a black or British Racing Green wrist band, the Breitling for Bentley GMT British Racing Chronograph relates faithfully the high-class engineering that Bentley places in their famed vehicles. Featuring COSC certified Brietling Calibre 47B movement, this self-winding wrist watch features the simple large face with 3 totalizers indicating 6-hour, 15-minute and 30-second times. With only 1,000 examples of this Brietling for Bentley timepiece set to be issued worldwide, pure luxury will be kept to a select few individuals.
Mercedes-Benz Tourneau Black Wrist Watch
Very guarded with the proper usage of their circular-framed tri-star badge, Mercedes-Benz does maintain a steady and assorted lineup of approved products. A stainless steel timepiece, the Mercedes-Benz official wrist watch produced by jewelry and fine accessory company Tourneau Black sports a simple, classic design. A single face is accented by small representation of the Mercedes-Benz logo. Survivable of up to 10 atmospheres of pressure, the Mercedes-Benz Tourneau Black watch is water resistant to 100 meters.
Tag Heuer SLR Automatic Chronograph
Price: Est. $3,000-4,500
While the finely-crafted watch from Tourneau Black is an excellent personal accessory to advertise fondness of the Stuttgart automaker, Mercedes-Benz is also associated with Swiss timepiece maker Tag Heuer. Made possible by Tag Heuer being a partnered with the McLaren Formula 1 and street car companies, the SLR Automatic Chronograph pays tribute to the now-discontinued Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercar. An all-steel automatic chronograph, this watch has black, white and red details contained within the face shielded behind a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Instead of the typical circular counters, smaller dial semi-circular readouts resemble a vehicle’s dash panel.
Now, thanks to this recent listing of timepiece accessories relating to major premium automotive brands, I must apologize if I put the dream car a little further from your reality. However, there is always the promises for what riches the new year can bring.
Information and photo source: Mercedes Benz, Tag Heuer, Breitling for Bentley, Ferrari North America and Newspress UK