By Aldous Tuck | August 2, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
Swiss watchmakers and champion athletes team up for timepieces that combine split-second accuracy and winning style.
Omega has been an official Olympic timekeeper for nine decades. In honor of this summer’s games the brand has released the Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 ($9,600) with a blue leather strap that speaks to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo accented with yellow, green, red and black stitching reminiscent of the Olympic rings. A limited edition of 316 pieces were created. Horologio, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016. With deep connections to tennis, golf, polo, and Formula 1 racing, Richard Mille created the RM 011 Red TPT ($160,000) using TPT quartz, a rugged quartz mineral and carbon compound used in boating and racing. The stunning red skeletonized timepiece is a limited edition of 50. The Shops at Crystals, 702-588-7272. 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 5-grade titanium. The black skeleton bridges feature a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and chronograph hour counter at 9. Ca’d’Oro, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080. Aeronautics are in Breitling’s DNA. The brand is the official timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, sponsors several aviation teams, and collaborates with elite pilots. The Super Avenger Bandit II ($11,900) is COSC certified and features a quarter of a second, 30-minute, and 12-hour chronograph. The 48mm self-winding time- piece is black steel with a black-diamond bezel and a black mother-of-pearl dial. A limited edition of 25 pieces bearing “Las Vegas Edition” can be found exclusively at Horologio. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016.
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...
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