With India’s first Formula One race just around the corner, we look at three luxury watchmakers that are launching special edition chronographs in conjunction with the race.
F1 King Power India
The Swiss luxury watchmaker is coming out with a limited edition of 200 pieces, sporting the F1 logo and the colours of the Indian flag on the dial and bracelet. The watch has several aspects made from an array of high-tech materials directly inspired by Formula One, some of which have never before been used in watchmaking. These include a ceramic bezel with a circular-grained satin finish adorned with multiple holes to represent a high performance brake disc, and a strap made from rubber and Nomex, a synthetic fibre developed by Dupont De Nemours and used to make the suits worn by F1 drivers.
Price: Rs 20.24 lakh
Available at: Select stores in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
RM 011 Felipe Massa
This Flyback chronograph, with its oversize date, annual calendar, totalizer and 60-minute countdown timer, is made of 18-carat red gold and limited to 10 pieces. It reflects the colours of the Indian flag on the dial, rounded off with a deep saffron Alcryn grip on a grade-5 titanium crown. Each watch has a special serial number engraved on the back with the words ‘‘Felipe Massa First Indian Race’’. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, runner-up in the 2008 Formula One championship, has been ‘‘testdriving” Richard Mille watches since 2006.
Price: Rs 82.03 lakh
Available at: Select stores in New Delhi and Mumbai
India Racing Limited Edition
TAG Heuer has had a long involvement with Formula One, dating back to 1963 when Jack W. Heuer, the son of Charles- Edouard Heuer, started work on a new chronograph specifically designed for drivers and motor racing enthusiasts. For the Indian Grand Prix, the Carrera Tachymeter Chronograph has been chosen for a special edition of 200 pieces, adorned with the logo ‘‘Mastering Speed for 150 Years’’ in saffron and green on the dial as well as on the sapphire crystal caseback, along with a car-shaped logo on the dial. The chronograph hand and the thread stitching on the leather strap are coloured saffron.
Price: Rs 1.99 lakh
Available at: Select TAG Heuer stores across India