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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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