Formula One 2018: Five Race-Inspired Watches To Rock

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What to wear to the paddock this weekend.

You’ve got a ticket to the hottest night race in the Formula One circuit but need a ticker to match the heart-stopping adrenaline on the track? We’ve got some suggestions for you.

Bell & Ross BR X1 Toubillon R.S.18

Bell & Ross BR X1 Toubillon R.S.18

The most badass (in our opinion, anyway) of the Bell & Ross Renault Sport Formula One Team watches (also known as R.S. 18 chronographs), this limited-edition timekeeper boasts a flying tourbillon at six o’clock, as well as chronograph totalisers in red and yellow. For a firmer hold while activating the pushers, there’s a yellow rubber thumb grip at nine o’clock. And no worries about keeping track of the race at night; the hands and indexes are all coated in Super-LumiNova.
Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

This updated version sees an increased case size of 40mm, up from 36mm in the 1968 model, giving it a sportier mandate and a more contemporary vibe. The beloved panda dial has remained—something vintage lovers will appreciate—but the power reserve has been bumped up to 60 hours. Also new this year: a date display for enhanced functionality.
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition

To celebrate the spirit of racing, Montblanc has unveiled a new TimeWalker ‘Cappuccino’ edition, christened for its mocha hues. A creamy beige dial is paired with brown sub-dials and flanges, while the perforated brown Sfumato aged calf leather strap completes the look nicely. Driving the watch is the Minerva Calibre MB 25.10 with column wheel and horizontal coupling so you can activate the chronograph more smoothly and precisely.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Blue

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Blue

When your partner is Lamborghini Squadra Corse, you can expect an electrifying collaboration like this striking blue Excalibur Aventador S. Powered by two balance wheels in the new Calibre RD103SQ, the movement takes inspiration from Lamborghini’s engine placement, situated longitudinally to enhance performance. Like the engines, the double balance wheel is placed at a similar angle and held in place by what looks like triangular wheel suspension assemblies. And to take the automotive theme further, the case is made from the same C-SMC carbon used on Lamborghinis.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin

You can’t go wrong with a watch that’s already got ‘Formula 1’ in its name. Inspired by Aston Martin Racing, this quartz chronograph is a handsome steel stallion that’s a very masculine 43mm, complete with notched steel bezel, tachymetre scale and striking lime accents. An Aston Martin logo in the same hue sits within the 1/10th second sub-dial, which displays accuracy to a tenth of a second—something a high-octane sport like motor racing will certainly require. Finishing the look is a dapper black leather strap—the first in TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 stable—with matching lime stitching for that pop of colour.
Melissa Kong

Online Editor

Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".