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The top 4 luxury driving watches

Updated September 28, 2013

There are few status symbols more recognized around the world than a luxury automobile: sleek, fast, and stylish, these enviable cars never fail to set out their owners as bold, successful individuals. An oft-overlooked component of this look, however, is a luxury driving watch. From the legendary Tag Heuer timepiece worn by Steve McQueen in the racecar movie Le Mans to today’s exquisite luxury timepieces, driving watches have always gone hand-in-hand with sleek, powerful sports cars.

Ferrari Granturismo

Without a doubt, one of the top 5 luxury driving watches ever made is the Ferrari Granturismo Chronograph. This coveted watch was created in partnership with Officine Panerai, one of the leading providers of fine luxury timepieces. Panerai has been creating watches since 1860, and first went into partnership with Ferrari in 2006, when a previous contract with another watchmaker expired. The watches were manufactured new through 2010, although the contract was not renewed, due to mixed reviews.

This is a limited edition treasure that is not to be missed, featuring an 18K rose gold case. The Panerai movement is automatic, complete with chronograph and tachymeter. The black watch face creates great visibility. A black alligator strap adds to the watch’s luxury appearance, and it looks good with virtually any outfit. It is a durable watch designed to handle all the demands of a luxury lifestyle. It’s water resistant to 100 meters, enough to satisfy even the most demanding sportsman.

 

Oyster Professional Daytona

Legendary Swiss watchmaker Rolex offers a driving watch that boasts all of the most popular features favored by luxury car drivers. The Oyster Professional Cosmograph Daytona is a favorite with NASCAR drivers in particular, thanks to its durable stainless steel construction and automatic chronometer movement. The case is crafted from 18K white gold, a lovely addition to any collection of fine watches. The sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant, for better, more effective movement. This watch is water-resistant to 30 meters, making it one of the best luxury options for active owners.

 

J12 Superleggera Diamond

One of the most sought-after luxury driving watches on Earth is the J12 Superleggera Diamond from Chanel. Exquisite 35k diamonds give this watch its absolutely stunning appearance. The white high-tech ceramic is designed to be resistant to scratches, and a generous battery reserve of 42 hours is included, with the watch being self-winding. Hour, minute and secomd functions are naturally included, all of which function with great accuracy. Chanel, with a history dating back the the early 1900’s, first entered the high-end watchmaking world in 2002 when their new watch and jewelry store opened on Madison Avenue.

 

Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS Automatic

The Grand Carrera Calibre 17 RS Automatic Chronograph 43 MM from TAG Heuer is designed after the GT engine. Dashboard-style functions are used in place of traditional hands, providing a sense of lighthearted automotive style. The crystal is scratch-resistant, and the chronograph movement is designed with great precision. The gold case with black face is very stylish, and looks good in any setting. This celebrated watch maker dates back to 1860. Their popular chronographs, including the Grand Carrera, have been increasingly popular since 2010.

These luxury driving watches are among some of the finest timepieces on the market. Any driver, whether professional or recreational, would be proud to wear one of his or her wrist.

 

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