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By Aldous Tuck | July 18, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
Swiss watchmakers and champion athletes team up for timepieces that offer split-second accuracy as well as winning style.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: In honor of the Summer Olympics, Omega has released the Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016” ($9,600). A blue leather strap speaks to the host city, with contrast stitching in the colors of the Olympic rings. The watch features a central chronograph seconds hand and a 30-minute recorder. A limited edition, only 316 pieces were created. Royal Jewelers, 58 Main St., Andover, 978-475-3330; TAG Heuer is synonymous with auto racing, and the new Carrera Heuer 02T ($20,200) keeps the brand on track. The COSC-certified automatic chronograph with tourbillon escapement is made from Grade 5 titanium. The black skeleton bridges feature a minute counter at 3 o’clock and hour counter at 9 o’clock. The strap is matte black alligator on black rubber. Sidney Thomas Jewelers, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-0935; As the official timer at Wimbledon, Rolex has a deep connection to tennis, plus myriad partnerships in the sporting world. The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 ($12,700) is a new take on a classic, constructed of 904L steel and 18k yellow or Everose gold. The watch is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. Sidney Thomas Jewelers, The Shops at Chestnut Hill, 617-965-5300; Legend has it that the Patek Philippe Aquanaut collection was born in 1974 from then-president Henri Stern’s passion for sailing. The latest incarnation of this famed sailing watch, the Aquanaut 5167/1A (price upon request), features a mechanical self-winding movement, 40mm cushion-shaped case, and screw-down crown. It is water resistant to 120 meters. Lux, Bond & Green, 416 Boylston St., 617-266-4747
The origin of precision timing in sports is shrouded in lore, but we do know that in 1932 Omega sent 30 state-of-the-art chronographs to the Olympic games in Los Angeles, providing not only the first official timekeeping technology, but also the first record of tenth-of-a-second timing. Over the following eight decades, a number of brands proved their expertise across the sporting spectrum in the role of official timer and through longstanding partnerships. From sailing and equestrian competitions to world-class tennis, golf, motor racing, and beyond, Swiss makers have pushed their technical know-how to the limit, building reliable instruments that help competitors of all stripes attain excellence. And perhaps even that elusive gold medal.