Watches and sport are a match made in heaven. From long-standing partnerships to one-off collaborations, the two worlds seem destined to collide. Before you invest in your next timepiece, be sure to check out our must-read guide to the best sporting watches around
Chopard x Mille Miglia
As a watchmaker, Chopard has had a long association with car racing, but the Mille Miglia has a special place in its heart. In 1988 Chopard became the official timekeeper to the race Enzo Ferrari described as ‘the world’s most beautiful’. The latest Race Edition, limited to 1,000 pieces, honours the almost 30-year-long partnership between the classic watch brand and the vintage car race, which takes place over 1,000 miles from Brescia to Rome each spring.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition, €6,600
Hublot x UEFA Europa League
Hublot’s collaboration with the UEFA Europa League – which represents the ‘best of the best’ of football – is a celebration of excellence in watchmaking and sport. Hublot’s relationship with ‘the beautiful game’ began in 2006 when it became the sponsor of the Swiss national team, and it has since taken it on a journey as the official timekeeper for renowned clubs such as Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as four FIFA World Cups. The UEFA Classic Fusion Chronograph is a piece to treasure for any fan of European football.
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph UEFA Europa League, €11,800
Longines x Roland-Garros
Roland-Garros, otherwise known as the French Open, is one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the world. Founded in 1891, it is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments and attracts top tennis stars from across the globe. One such athlete is six-time champion and Longines ambassador Steffi Graf, who worked with the brand to develop the Conquest Roland-Garros ladies watch. With Longines acting as official timekeeper to the competition, it seemed a natural fit to create a model in celebration of the sport, supported by one of its greatest stars.
Longines Conquest Roland-Garros, €1,240
Omega x PyeongChang 2018
Ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Omega – the event’s official timekeeper – has launched a new Planet Ocean model. Limited to 2,018 pieces, the Seamaster Planet Ocean celebrates the colours of the South Korean flag and combines Omega’s watchmaking expertise with the love of sport. The watch is presented in a limited-edition display box and comes with an extra stainless-steel strap for a more formal look. The sapphire crystal caseback includes the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 logo, making it an ideal memento of this iconic sporting event.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Pyeongchang 2018, €6,560
Roger Dubuis x Pirelli
As the backbone of Formula One racing, Pirelli tyres are a feat of technical brilliance, allowing drivers to perform in ways that would have been unimaginable 30 years ago. Inspired by the tarmac that has been scorched by these iconic tyres, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli model features a black rubber strap with Pirelli tyre inlay. Not to be outdone by such pure racing pedigree, Roger Dubuis has highlighted the brilliance of its own watchmaking in the design; with an automatic skeleton movement and a sapphire crystal caseback, the technical excellence is clear to see.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli, €68,000
Tag Heuer x Muhammed Ali
In celebration of the greatest boxer, and possibly sportsman, of all time, Tag Heuer has launched a range of special-edition Carrera watches. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Tag Heuer, met the boxing legend in 2012 and was so inspired by his sheer presence that a partnership was born. The newly released models draw inspiration from the 1957 Ring-Master timepiece, which featured a stopwatch and seven interchangeable rings to allow different sports to be timed. Engraved with an image of Ali on the reverse and his signature on the face, the Carrera Muhammad Ali is a true tribute to the man and his legend.
Tag Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali, €2,850