Take Pole Position with Our Motorsport Inspired Timepieces

Here at Fraser Hart, we're always adding to our collection of luxury watches that we know our clients will love. A big interest of many of our watch clients throughout the years has always been Formula 1, motorsports, and all things motoring. In a sport that is all about the split seconds between glory and defeat, watches have always been an important tool for the world's biggest car races.

From tracking lap times to creating watch dials that are legible to drivers at high speeds, the biggest watch brands have always developed innovative timepieces that give drivers an edge when they pull out on the track.

With the growing number of Formula 1 events each year and the success of series' like "Drive to Survive", more eyes are on the sport than ever before. This means that the watches that are worn by drivers themselves are garnering increased attention from established watch collectors or even first-time luxury watch buyers alike.

We're lucky to stock some of the latest motorsport inspired pieces in our showrooms and online. Here are just a few of our favourite pieces that will have you "racing" to try them on at your nearest Fraser Hart.

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TAG Heuer's Formula 1 Collection Worn by Champions

TAG Heuer is undoubtedly one of the biggest watch brands in the world. The collection is described as a "motor-racing inspired range for men and women who dare live life at full speed!" They include a diverse mix of timepieces that boast tachymeters (for lap counting), chronographs, straps, and dials that are all inspired by winning cars from the past and today.

Within this core collection, they also release Special Edition pieces like their Formula 1 Red Bull and Formula 1 Ayrton Senna models. You may spot some of their watches being worn by current World Champion Max Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez.

If you're a true fan of the sport in recent decades, then you'll love these watches for the stories they tell as well as their nods to the sport. 

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Where the OMEGA Speedmaster Got Its Name

Although the collection was a hit with motorsport and rally drivers for the performance of its chronograph and design, it would later become famous for a different reason. The dials on these watches were styled after the dashboards of beautiful classic Italian cars, which made them an instant hit with classic car fans.

Although they are better known today for their part in the first moon landing, before this, the collection was used by competitive racers. Recapture this racing heritage by adding either the white dial or black dial variation to your watch collection.

Form Follows Function with IWC

Over their 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially their chronographs. Perhaps it is no surprise then that the brand has a strong link to the motorsports world. Their motto of "form follows function" over decoration leads to ingenious creations that are simple to use.

They've been the "Official Engineering Partner" of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team since 2013. During this time, they've made special edition versions of their famous Big Pilot's Collection for drivers like Lewis Hamilton. They've since dedicated multiple limited edition pieces to commemorate Hamilton's unprecedented success over the last few years. As arguably the biggest star in Formula 1, there's no doubt the popularity of the Big Pilot Collection will continue to grow as Hamilton breaks even more records in his career.

Chopard Mille Miglia

The race originally took place from 1927 to 1957 before being revived in 1977. The event sees classic car owners compete over a 1600km loop through San Marino, Rome, Siena, and Florence.

Chopard has been the main partner and official timekeeper of the event since 1988. We're lucky that we have some of their limited edition Mille Miglia pieces available at Fraser Hart. These are beautifully classic in their looks and feature leather straps that are inspired by the tyres that take this journey each year. These watches ooze class and would be the perfect addition to the collection of someone with a love of classic Italian cars and ornately detailed watches.

Much like the cars that have inspired their design and features, these watches give those who are lucky enough to experience them a thrill that will not be forgotten. When you buy one with us, you'll also receive a free gift of a WOLF Watch Winder* to take your watches for a spin too.

You can also spread the cost of your luxury purchase with our Interest Free Credit Finance over up to 3 years.

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Racing watches, also known as chronograph watches, work by using a separate timing mechanism within the watch to measure elapsed time. The basic idea is to have a stopwatch built into the watch, which can be started, stopped, and reset at the push of a button. When the user presses the start button, the chronograph function is activated, and the central seconds hand starts to move around the dial, measuring elapsed time in seconds. The user can then use the subdials on the watch to track elapsed time in minutes and hours, as well as the running seconds.
A chronograph is a type of watch that can be used to measure time intervals with great accuracy. It can be very useful in racing, particularly for timing laps or other segments of a race. Here are the general steps for using a chronograph for racing: Set the watch to the correct time: Make sure that the watch is set to the correct time so that it is accurate when you start timing laps. Set the chronograph function: Most chronographs have a button on the side that starts and stops the timing function. Press this button to start the timer when you want to begin timing a lap. Record lap times: As each lap is completed, stop the timer and record the time. You can then reset the timer to start timing the next lap. Analyze lap times: After the race, you can analyze the lap times you recorded to see where you may have lost time or gained an advantage. This can help you improve your performance in future races. It's important to note that there are many different types of chronographs available, with different features and functions. Some chronographs may be specifically designed for racing and may have additional features such as lap memory or a tachymeter to measure speed. Be sure to read the instructions for your particular chronograph to understand its capabilities and how to use it effectively for racing.
The three dials on a chronograph watch are usually referred to as subdials or registers, and they typically serve the following functions: The 30-minute counter: This subdial displays the elapsed time in minutes for the first 30 minutes of the timing event. After 30 minutes, the timer resets and starts counting again from zero. The 12-hour counter: This subdial displays the elapsed time in hours for the first 12 hours of the timing event. It is typically used to track longer events, such as a full day of racing or a flight. The small seconds hand: This subdial displays the running seconds of the watch. It is used to keep track of the time while the chronograph function is not in use.
Reading chronograph dials can be a bit confusing at first, but with some practice, it becomes relatively straightforward. Here are the general steps to follow when reading chronograph dials: Start the timer: To start the timer, press the button on the side of the watch that activates the chronograph function. Read the seconds dial: The central seconds hand will start moving, indicating elapsed time in seconds. Read the seconds dial (usually the one in the center of the watch face) to determine the number of seconds that have elapsed. Read the minutes dial: The subdial located at 3 o'clock on the watch face displays elapsed time in minutes. The hand on this subdial will move in 1-minute increments for the first 30 minutes, and then reset to zero and start counting again. So, if the hand is pointing to 15, it means that 15 minutes have elapsed. Read the hours dial: The subdial located at 6 o'clock on the watch face displays elapsed time in hours. The hand on this subdial will move in 1-hour increments for the first 12 hours, and then reset to zero and start counting again. So, if the hand is pointing to 3, it means that 3 hours have elapsed. Stop and reset the timer: To stop the timer, press the button on the side of the watch again. To reset the timer, press the other button on the side of the watch.
Max Verstappen the Dutch Formula 1 driver who is currently sponsored by the luxury Swiss watch brand, TAG Heuer. He has been wearing TAG Heuer watches since he started his Formula 1 career and is often seen wearing the brand's watches on and off the track. One of the watches that Max is known to wear is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. View the TAG Heuer Collection here.
George Russell the British Formula 1 driver who is currently sponsored by the luxury Swiss watch brand, Bell & Ross. One of the watches that George Russell is known to wear is the Bell & Ross BR V3-94 Black Steel. Explore our Bell & Ross Watches here.
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