Editor’s Note: This year, instead of making out wish lists, the Revolution editorial team played secret Santa to one another. Here’s what Deputy Global Editorial Director, Tracey Llewellyn dreamt up for Mexico & Latin America Editor-in-Chief, Carlos Matamoros when she picked his name out of the hat.
When I drew our editor for Mexico and Latin America in Revolution’s Secret Santa, I was delighted for two reasons. Firstly, I get a kick out of buying presents for people I love — and I absolutely adore Carlos. Secondly, because fantasy watch shopping for a petrol-head is, to mix my metaphors, like shooting fish in a barrel, as easy as ABC. So, with monopoly money in hand, I sifted through this year’s top car-watch mashups:
When three of the world’s coolest guys joined forces to make a new chronograph this year, the result was the spectacular Singer Reimagined Track 1. Created through the collective design prowess and mechanical wizardry of Singer Vehicle Design’s founder Rob Dickinson, professor, consultant and ex-head of Panerai’s design department Marco Borraccino, and master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, the Track 1 is a motor enthusiast’s dream machine.
A retro-futuristic timepiece, the project was born from a mutual love of automotive design of the 1960s and 1970s, but thanks to Wiederrecht’s AgenGraph movement (the same caliber that powers the Fabergé Visionnaire) the chronograph readings become the heart of the watch with elapsed seconds, minutes and hours all read from three hands at the center of the dial. The time itself is indicated at the bottom of the dial at six o’clock. A gorgeous watch that, with just 50 examples of the first edition, is as rare as a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, this is definitely one to go under the tree.
Introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Genta/Roth-inspired Bulgari Octo Maseratis are the third generation of timepieces created between the two Italian super-brands during their five-year partnership. The 41mm GranSport and GranLusso both feature retrograde minutes and jumping hours against a dial that bears both the Bulgari legend and the Maserati trident emblem, and are modeled on the rev counter of a Maserati car.
In recognition of the bespoke engines created by the Bologna-based car manufacturer, the watch is powered by the in-house Retro BVL 262 caliber with 42-hour power reserve.
The new Octo comes in two versions — the super-sleek GranSport model with black DLC-treated steel case and black dial with hands, numerals and counters in silver and blue, and the GranLusso in pink gold with black dial and pink gold indications. But the version I would choose for Carlos is the exclusive special-edition Octo GranTurismo in black DLC-treated steel. For this one I need to track down one of the 30 clients who purchased the new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio cars unveiled in early July as they are the only people fortunate to own one of the exclusive Bulgaris.
One of my personal favorite new watches this year was the TAG Heuer Autavia. The brainchild of race-loving Jack Heuer, and a regular in the pits and paddocks during the golden age of racing, the Autavia was worn by Mario Andretti and Jochen Rindt in the 1960s, and Derek Bell, Steve McQueen, Clay Regazzoni, Jo Siffert and Gilles Villeneuve in the 1970s.
In 2015, TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver issued a challenge to members of the vintage community to choose their top Autavia from the past that he would then reproduce in 2017.
The competition, named the “Autavia Cup”, focused on 16 models from the 1960s, with enthusiasts around the world voting on their best-loved one. The winner was a three-register Autavia with screw-back case from 1966 — the model worn by Formula 1 world champion Jochen Rindt. Sturdy, reliable and with a touch of vintage class, this is my choice of an everyday “beater” watch for Carlos.