This timepiece will fit better on your wrist than a Vantage.
We've seen a lot of luxury carmakers collaborate with watch manufacturers to create some truly special timepieces. McLaren recently partnered with Richard Mille to design a watch inspired by the McLaren Speedtail and Bugatti revealed a technologically advanced smartwatch developed by Vita last month.
Now, Aston Martin has revealed the first timepiece developed as part of a collaboration with Girard-Perregaux. Called the "Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges," the new watch is a modern take on the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century. Like Aston Martin's production cars, the design is crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
Inspired by classic Aston Martin race cars, the strap is trimmed in black calf leather and features Rubber Alloy, an innovative rubber insert injected with white gold. Made from Grade 5 titanium, which was chosen by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties, the 1.73-inch case is made from diamond-like carbon (a carbon material that has some qualities of diamonds like hardness, wear resistance, and slickness), giving the watch a sleek appearance.
A sapphire crystal is positioned at the front and rear, illuminating the case interior, while three bridges made of titanium span the dial as a throwback to the original Three Bridges pocket watch. Measuring 0.39 inches in diameter, the tourbillon cage is composed of 79 components, while the barrel, which is positioned at 12 o'clock, is openworked, providing partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor is positioned beneath the barrel. Aston Martin's name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor.
"The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design," said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin executive vice president and chief creative officer. "That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I'm delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty.
Only 18 of these timepieces will be made, each costing, wait for it, $146,000 - that's more expensive than a real Aston Martin Vantage supercar.