With over a hundred new launches and world premieres, the Geneva Motor Show promises plenty of surprises for petrol heads. WorldTempus is partial to a finely tuned machine, whether horological or automotive, so we decided to have some fun choosing the perfect car/watch pairings. The aim was not to find the most sensible match, or to reflect sponsorship agreements between watch brands and car builders, just to provide a different view.
Aston Martin Vanquish S & Richard Mille RM 07-01
Both British car maker Aston Martin and watchmaker Richard Mille pair the iconic designs of their luxury products with cutting-edge technologies and futuristic materials. After making this a signature feature of his men’s ranges, the extreme watchmaker recently unveiled two new women’s models, the RM 07-01 and the RM 037, in diamond-set NTPT carbon, a material originally developed for racing yachts because of its superior strength and lightness. It was very quickly adopted by Formula 1 builders for their cars’ chassis, and is now being used in aviation. The external design of the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish S follows the company’s celebrated aesthetic codes, with plenty of sleek curves that give it its unmistakeable elegance. But it also has a new carbon fibre front splitter, revised inlet manifolds and rear diffuser with quad-exhaust tailpipes to go with its 600 bhp V12 engine! Both machines have a unique aesthetic, and plenty of power under the bonnet.
And needless to say, the highlight of this watch needs to be the domed sapphire crystal. The crystal itself is 8mm thick, and the general depth of this watch is a huge 18.5mm. The large domed crystal gives the watch substantial wrist presence, but more importantly, also creates distortion to give the watch a unique look that changes and shifts (distortion) determined by the angle which you have a look at the dial. Ironically, the crazily domed crystal additionally affects legibility marginally, but I would assert that skeletonized dials are not the most legible to start with. What’s more, Corum also aims to address the legibility issue with oversized leaf-shaped hands.The motion within is your calibre CO 082, which is predicated on Eterna’s grade 39. Eterna can also be beneath the Citychamp group, and you can learn all about the calibre 39 in detail here. Corum does not disclose what sort of treatment and finishing has been achieved into the motion except that the plates and bridges have been color-treated. As I mentioned previously, there are 3 colorways in total. The ref. L082/031612 comes in a stainless steel case, with white Super-Luminova palms, and a motion completed with blue plates and bridges. The ref. L082/03165 comes at a black PVD stainless steel case, with green Super-Luminova palms, and a movement finished with matching green plates and bridges. And finally, we have the ref. All three colorways will come with a blue coloured rubber strap with a pin buckle.Corum Bubble watches are entertaining and frequently use a cartoonish design element, and the new Bubble 47 Squelette watches we have here are among the wackiest yet. They are not for everyone, but if you’ve got deep pockets and a sense of humor, they could be right for you.
Ford Fiesta et Tiffany & Co. East West® Mini
The Ford Fiesta, a classic city car, is back this year with a new look, in not just one but several new models. WorldTempus particularly likes the top-of-the-range Vignale, whose chrome trim and v-patterned radiator grille give it a discreet touch of refinement. And we’re going to pair it with Tiffany & Co’s bold East West® Mini. With its elongated rectangular case and a dial rotated 90° to the right (which is ideal for checking the time when your hands are on the wheel), this striking design is perfect for the modern, contemporary woman who is comfortable enough in her own skin to wear a quirky watch, while still making elegance a priority. Like the new Ford Fiesta, the Tiffany & Co. East West® Mini comes in several flavours (a range of materials, colours, dials and straps) to suit a variety of tastes.
Smart Electric Drive & de Grisogono Tondo by Night
Since its launch in 1998, the Smart has become something of a cult object. The little German car is a modern urban classic and, love it or hate it, it’s certainly unique. Like the Smart, de Grisogono watches also have their own inimitable aesthetic. The original and contemporary Tondo by Night is a collection designed exclusively for women, featuring brightly coloured watches in white, yellow, pink, green, purple and orange, with a diamond-set rotor visible on the dial side. Eye-catching by day, these jewellery watches also sparkle at night, thanks to their “pearly photoluminescent composite fibreglass” (PLF) enhanced with tiny pieces of glittering mother-of-pearl.
Mini Countryman & Panerai Luminor Due
The Countryman is a versatile workhorse, and it’s also the biggest Mini to leave the production line since the model was first introduced 57 years ago. The new generation continues the trend, growing by an additional 20 cm to reach a total of 4.3 metres. The Countryman nevertheless retains the stylistic features that have made it so successful: the big oval “eyes”, elongated radiator grille, two-tone livery and rounded nose. The immediately identifiable Panerai Luminor Due shares the Countryman’s bold styling. With a reduced depth of 10.5 mm, the new Luminor Due watches are the thinnest Luminors ever made. But the diameter and design of the Panerai case needed no revision – they are what define the house style. Two versions are available: a 42 mm model with the hand-wound P.1000 movement, and a 45 mm automatic driven by the P.4000 calibre with micro-rotor.
Toyota Yaris & Bubble de Corum
This year the Toyota Yaris is back with a new, updated look. This urban warrior has freshly rounded curves and revised cabin styling. Reflecting a relatively modern trend, two-tone livery is now possible by pairing a black roof with a grey, white, red or blue body. The iconic Bubble by Corum is a logical companion for the Yaris. Like the car, it’s all about curves. The feature that differentiates this piece from other watches – and from the brand’s other collections – is its boldly domed sapphire crystal.