Swiss watchmakers and champion athletes team up for timepieces that offer split-second accuracy as well as winning style.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In honor of the Olympics, Omega has released the Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016” ($9,600). A blue leather strap evokes the host city, with stitching in the colors of the Olympic rings. The watch features a chronograph seconds hand and 30-minute recorder. Only 316 pieces were created. Westime, 8569 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808.
As the official timer of Wimbledon, Rolex has a particularly deep connection to tennis, in addition to other sports. The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 ($12,700) is the new generation of a true classic, constructed of 904L steel and 18k yellow or Everose gold. The watch is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. Geary’s Beverly Hills, 351 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-4741.
Richard Mille, a brand with deep connections to tennis, golf, polo, and Formula 1 racing, created the RM 011 Red TPT ($160,000) using TPT quartz, a rugged quartz mineral and carbon compound used mainly in boating and racing. The stunning red skeletonized timepiece is part of a limited-edition collection of 50. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9888.
Worn by golf great Danny Willett at the green jacket ceremony when he won the 2016 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph ($36,900), a self-winding timepiece that features a 44mm stainless steel case with a black dial and strap, is a sporty, masculine take on a classic. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8181.
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...