Cars and watches go hand in hand, and we love both, so we’ve taken our favourite cars and paired them up with the ideal watch to wear while driving!
Dream pair 1: Starring the Aston Martin Vanquish and theAudemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a wondrous car that offers the best of performance, design and craftsmanship, with its 6-liter 573-horsepower V12, fully sheathed in carbon-fiber bodywork and a stunning interior.
The watch equivalent of an Aston Martin must be the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual which features the 2120/2802 caliber in a 39mm slim and trim case (less than 10mm thick). The automatic movement AP caliber 2120/2802 was first introduced in 1967 and was the world’s thinnest mechanical self winding movement with central rotor.
Given its diminutive size (2.45mm thickness), the caliber 2120 was the natural choice for several models over the years: the original Royal Oak in 1972 with the date display, and in 1978 with the world’s thinnest self-winding perpetual calendar with central rotor, but also in several complex models, such as the ones created by Jules Audemars with the equation of time with the sunrise and sunset indicators. The dial displays the perpetual calendar with day, date, moon phases, months, leap years, hours, and minutes. Even with its svelte dimensions, this watch never goes unnoticed!
Dream pair 2: Starring the Lamborghini Aventador Roadsterand the Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph (Ref. 5980)
One of Lamborghini’s most outrageous creations in its 50-year history, this is a car Batman would approve of. The beautiful reptilian-like skin wraps all if its 1,625kg and it can sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 3 seconds, thanks its four-wheel drive system and the 691bhp.
A classic among sport watches, Patek Philippe introduced the first Nautilus in 1976 and released over the years several versions with various complications. The 5980 model made its debut in 2006 (in celebration of Nautilus’s 30th anniversary) and became instantly a legend among modern timepieces.
The overall appearance of the 5980 exudes quality and finesse. The iconic semi-octagonal case, part of the Nautilus identity, has been moulded together with a satin-finished H-link bracelet with polished central links. It has a single, but larger sub-dial above 6 o’clock (this sub-dial is also a co-axial chrono counter) and the blue dial features a gradation from dark blue to black, a key characteristic of the original Nautilus line.
As for the movement, the 5980 features the new caliber CH 28-520, entirely crafted in-house by Patek, with a giant 21k gold central rotor, a Breguet balance spring, and a four-arm Gyromax balance that beats at 28,800 oscillations per hour. Quite simply, it is one of the most refined and sophisticated sports chronographs on the market!
As published in Esquire Middle East Weekend Magazine