4 Watches That You Need to Add to Your Collection

By Roberta Naas | July 24, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry

Hamptonites are racing to add top-of-the line timepieces built for speed and style to their well-curated collections.

<p>Clockwise from top: <br>   This     <a href="http://ralphlaurenwatches.com" target="_blank">Ralph Lauren</a> Sporting   Automotive 45mm   chronometer ($4,970) is   crafted in stainless steel   with a black alligator strap.   The elm burl wood dial   takes its inspiration from   vintage dashboards and   has a black matte galvanic   center dial. 33 Main St.,   East Hampton, 324-1222 </p> <p> Celebrating the Shelby   Cobra’s big victory at the FIA   International Championship   in 1965, <a href="http://baume-et-mercier.com" target="_blank">Baume & Mercier</a> unveils the Capeland Cobra   Chronograph ($4,450),   crafted in stainless steel   with a dial in Shelby   Guardsman Blue racing   colors with barely visible   racing stripes. The subdials   of the automatic watch recall   the 427 Cobra’s dashboard   instruments. Just 1,965   pieces will be made of this   watch to honor the year   of Shelby’s great triumph.   Betteridge, 2 Jobs Lane.,   Southampton, 283-6653</p> <p> Inspired by the Ducati   motorcycle, the <a href="http://tudorwatch.com" target="_blank">Tudor</a> Fastrider Chrono ($4,100)   is crafted in stainless   steel with a monobloc   middle case, screw-down   caseback and crown,   and is water-resistant   to 50 meters. The watch   features a rapid date   change function and is   powered by a self-winding   mechanical movement.   London Jewelers, 2 Main   St., East Hampton, 329-   3939</p> <p> From <a href="http://us.chopard.com" target="_blank">Chopard</a>, this Mille   Miglia GTS Power Control   watch ($8,250) is crafted   in steel and houses the   brand’s in-house, selfwinding   Caliber 01.08-C,   which is a COSC-certified   chronometer. It has   60 hours of power   reserve and offers hours,   minutes, seconds, and   stop-seconds function.   London Jewelers,   Americana Manhasset,   2060 Northern Blvd.,   516-627-7475</p> <p> Key ring ($160) and   sunglasses ($325),   <a href="http://ferragamo.com" target="_blank">Salvatore Ferragamo</a>.   Americana Manhasset,   2060 Northern Blvd.,   516-395-9765. Driving gloves, <a href="http://hermes.com" target="_blank">Hermès</a> ($730). Americana   Manhasset, 516-869-6660. Cafron tray, <a href="http://ralphlaurenhome.com" target="_blank">Ralph Lauren</a> ($195).   31-33 Main St., East   Hampton, 324-1222</p>

Summer on the East End means taking to the open road. Whether you are tooling on the highway in the hottest new convertible, tearing up the track in a high-performance sports car, or cruising the back roads on a custom-built motorbike, there’s a fine Swiss timepiece well-suited to being your traveling companion. Several key brands have aligned themselves with the world of automobiles, including Baume & Mercier, which created a Shelby Cobra line in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cobra’s victory at the 1965 FIA International Championship. Others brands have fostered relationships with specific races around the world, while a select few are inspired by motorcycle makers and competitions. Whichever mode of transport you prefer, there is a watch to take you across the finish line in high style.

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photography by jeff crawford. styling by terry lewis

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