If there’s one British automotive brand that evokes cool to transcend the globe, it’s Aston Martin. Immortalised on the big screen thanks to James Bond, Aston Martin is renowned for its iconic shape, design, sound and elegance in the real world as well.
Aston Martin is also represented at the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, and has remained true to its heritage of style and luxury courtesy of its renowned watch partner, Girard-Perregaux.
Girard-Perregaux is a hallmark of the watchmaking industry: one of the oldest manufacturers operating in Switzerland today, which is known for producing sleek and stylish timepieces. Like Aston Martin, heritage is a key element of what defines Girard-Perregaux, so it’s easy to see why these two firms are aligned.
Of course, the partnership means more than just a simple sponsorship deal. A special chronograph has been created for the Formula 1 team, and its origins are very much in keeping with the fast-moving and engineering-focused world of motorsport.
With F1 cars designed to be the fastest, most efficient and lightest vehicles on four wheels, the Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition is derived from titanium powder and carbon elements taken directly from the 2021 Aston Martin F1 racing cars. Individual components are melded and mixed with a tinted resin, offering a distinct visual identity.
It comes in a hefty 44-millimetre case but thankfully seems to wear a bit smaller than that, feeling lightweight and resilient at the same time. Girard-Perregaux say that they have taken the same engineering-led approach to their watch as the Aston Martin team has to their car; although it’s been a tough start to the season for Aston Martin, despite benefitting from the services of four-time champion (and BBC Question Time star) Sebastian Vettel.
While the Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin F1 Edition doesn’t go any quicker than your regular timepiece – thankfully – the lightweight attributes of the watch make it a comfortable, easy-to-wear fit, with the sort of ingenuity and flair that’s regularly associated with Aston Martin.
We’ve seen a few watches inspired by Formula 1 before, but not so many that are literally made from an F1 car, driven by a multiple champion. It just goes to show how the links between cars and watches are closer than ever.