Philadelphians from the time of Benjamin Franklin to the present have loved mechanical marvels and have frequently gathered to celebrate the wonders of technological innovation. Since its premiere in 1902, the Philadelphia International Auto Show (February 8–16) has exhilarated admirers of finely tuned engines and fast-moving machines. Equally fascinating are today’s elite timepieces—high-precision instruments designed for practicality and pleasure. Some brands coordinate with top automakers to build watches that honor the world’s most luxurious cars. Others affiliate with the globe’s most admired drivers and races to highlight their connection with speed, excellence, and peak performance. In either case, these two high-tech, high-mech worlds are melding in a new breed of winning wristwatches for the fast lane.
1. This Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Carbon Red Magic ($32,100) has a carbon-fiber case, a carbon-fiber and black PVD titanium bezel, and the brand’s UNICO self-winding flyback chronograph movement. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505
2. Now partnered with IMSA , Tudor has produced this Grantour Chrono Fly-Back ($4,400), which has a 42mm stainless steel case with a black-lacquered bezel and a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. Govberg Jewelers, 65 St. James Pl., Ardmore, 610-664-1715
3. This Breitling for Bentley 24-H watch ($10,920) is a hand-wound chronograph (as well as a COS C-certified chronometer) with more than 70 hours of power reserve and a unique 24-hour display. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505
4. From Rolex, this Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch ($28,800) is crafted in 18k Everose gold, with a fixed engraved black ceramic bezel and an Oysterlock bracelet. Bernie Robbins, 2123 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, 215-579-8224