Eight Formula 1 Watches To Inspire Race Fans
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Eight Formula 1 Watches To Inspire Race Fans

Eight Formula 1 Watches To Inspire Race Fans



Hello, Timelords. As I’m sure you speed freaks already know, the first Grand Prix of the season took place in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is up next on Sunday March the 19th. With Max Verstappen sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard, we thought we should get you up to speed before Round 2 with our best Formula 1 inspired luxury watches you should buy today. 

The fact is, you don't need to own an F1 car or be buxom buddies with Sir Frank Williams to own a Formula 1 luxury watch.

We have been seeing gradual changes for a while now progressing past old school designs of time measurement to pioneering creations like The TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition with funky aesthetics that will make you as suave as James Bond in loafers. 

Admittedly, a lot of the functions that Formula 1 watches have are by their very nature pretty damn awesome. However, as we’ve seen with diving watches recently, there’s a huge trend for these sporty watches to be modified, suiting the casual wearer. Take for example the helium valve being removed from the Tudor Pelagos 39. Brands are trimming the horological fat to get to the meat. 

Just like you don't need to plunge 1000 metres to wear a Rolex Deepsea Challenger, you don't need to hare round a track at 200 mph plus to warrant wearing a Formula 1 inspired watch. 

Right then watch fans. Time to start your engines. Like Maverick in Top Gun, if you feel the need for speed, sit back as we roundup the best Formula 1 inspired luxury watches you should buy today. 


1. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix


The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix represents Haute Horlogerie at its finest linking with unadulterated speed. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grand Prix - Source - Audemars Piguet

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A close look at the watch would find inextricable links to the interior of an F1 car. The dial counters link to dashboard instruments through their sporty aesthetic of sharp yellow hues on top of grey backgrounds while the crown represents a gear and the bezel could be construed as a ventilated braking disc. 

For those who aren't as au fait in the vocabulary of cars and more suited to watch talk, the case is made from forged carbon as well as the bezel which similarly uses black ceramic. Crafted from titanium, the crown has been slightly blackened and the titanium push pieces feature the same black ceramic as found on the bezel. These are given added protection by titanium pushpiece guards. 

The dial's face distinctively changes colour from red to black, a strong contrast to the usual sunray finish that other Royal Oak models like the Tourbillon Extra-Thin has where the colour gets gently lighter towards the periphery.

Combined with a gold tachymeter base scale, the model is proud to show off its ultra sporty connection. A mega tapisserie pattern is present in the centre which follows a bulky cube design throughout the dial's face. 

The 44mm enticing exhibition case back is fitted with a sapphire crystal which allows a direct view into the intricacies of the self winding movement. The movement has a strong power reserve of 60 hours and steady pulse of 21,600VpH.

The movement powers the hours, minutes, seconds, date and a chronograph, resulting in a pulsating beast that's ready for action whatever the situation. I can see myself wearing this with my favourite black bomber jacket or camel overcoat if I’m feeling sophisticated. 

Made from hand stitched calf leather, the bracelet has alcantara inserts and features a platinum or 18K gold pin buckle. Refined like dining at a Michelin starred restaurant, it takes the edge off of the intense sportiness the rest of model imbues.

Limited to 1750 pieces, this particular model is an obscure complication from Audemars Piguet, failing to fit in with the rest of the models if not for its classic octagonal eight bolt design along the bezel. But isn’t everyone a tad obtuse now and then?

Its unorthodox build and colour scheme is what makes this watch so popular. It is not a watch that can be hidden under shirt sleeves due to its 44mm build and robust sizing so get those sleeves rolled up when wearing this bad boy. Alternatively, go with the sportiness and wear blue jeans with a white T-shirt and black bomber jacket to suit the blackened bezel and case. 

This model is very valuable due to its prestige of being a member of the Royal Oak family, its uniqueness due to its uncommon bold design and its rarity. 


2. TAG Heuer F1 Quartz Chronograph - Red


The TAG Heuer F1 watch originated from an acquisition which resulted in 37 years and counting of TAG Heuer F1 watches. 

When Techniques d’Avant Garde acquired Heuer in 1986, they brought along with them a phenomenal record of supplying components to the aviation and Formula 1 industries. As such, TAG Heuer has decided to closely associate themselves with F1 through their variety of racing inspired models, most notably, the F1 collection. 

The TAG Heuer F1 Quartz Chronograph in red symbolises the spirit of what TAG Heuer was aiming to capture with their F1 collection. Released in 2021, the watch is red throughout but this is no red herring. The dial is sunray finished, allowing the highly vivid red to beautifully reflect light and project the white indices forwards, offering top-notch legibility. 

The rubber strap features a pin buckle which is carefully crafted out of fine brushed steel. Whether you are a fan of rubber or not, this is one of the characteristics of a TAG Heuer F1 watch. As you can see, they take even the smallest elements of the watch seriously and finish them to a high standard.

For F1 fans the sporty aesthetic is captured perfectly in this terrific timepiece, meaning the watch should predominantly be worn when chilling out and catching a few rays. 

At 43mm, the case is pretty oversized but it's all for a purpose. Made out of stainless steel, the watch boasts 200m of water resistance and the black fixed PVD racing bezel allows for accurate time calculations. Red is a bold colour to use throughout the model but it suits TAG Heuer’s mission with this watch.

Loud and proud, this watch will drive pulses racing on the wrist. Step into any busy office exec environment and chances are you will find someone wearing a TAG Heuer F1.


TAG Heuer F1 - Source - TAG Heuer 

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The dial features three chronograph sub-dials, a date display at 4 o'clock and large SuperLuminova hands and applied markers which can be seen under all conditions imaginable. Crafted with Quartz precision movement which powers the sub-dials and hands, the timepiece is ultimately an amalgamation of accuracy and style, two components which never get old. 

You can wear the TAG Heuer F1 in red and pair it with a black jacket to really accentuate the rich pastel colour. On the other hand, why not dress it down and wear it with an equally bold white jumper as a base colour to let the white baton indices on the watch resonate.

This is a good investment potential as it's linked to one of biggest sports on the planet. Their position in Formula 1 is so deep rooted through their excellent marketing campaigns that the TAG Heuer F1 watch will undoubtedly be snatched up when the conclusion of the Grand Prix comes around. 

Furthermore, its modern red accent is vastly different from the plain black or grey dials. Didnt you know that vibrant colours are in fashion? Come on, get with the times!

You can buy a TAG Heuer F1 at retail for £1,550 at the time of writing. 


3. TAG Heuer Red Bull Special Edition 


TAG Heuer loves F1 and F1 loves TAG Heuer. And the two have made a great couple for decades. Sure, living in each other’s pockets for all that time is one thing. Nevertheless, we think it's only right to give them another say in this list. 

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Red Bull - Source - TAG Heuer 

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This time on the collaboration front, TAG Heuer worked with Red Bull in order to create a brilliantly eye-catching model that many race freaks will drool over. The watch case is 43mm with fine brushed and polished steel as well as a fixed bezel. 

The brushed and polished steel, allows for the model to have a refined quality to it and not just a matt grey blob of steel. Specifically, the blue face has white rhodium-plated Arabic numbers, as do the hour and minute hands. As these are all coated in SuperLuminova, the dial is legible in all instances. It's also important to note that the second hand is yellow which is not only a sporting reference of Red Bull, it increases its visibility too. Hmm a yellow coated second hand…that sounds familiar. Although we think there won’t be as much hysteria compared to the latest Omega and Swatch Mission to Moonshine Gold launch

Below the 12 o’clock sits the brand name with “Formula 1” above it, referencing that this is a watch that is designed for the track. Get your eyes peeled on this one if you're looking to buy a TAG to wear for the rest of the F1 season. There are 3 sub-dials which display seconds, 30 minutes and the date across the dynamic dial, coloured in the iconic red blue and yellow which Red Bull adorns. And the racing references don't stop there.

If the watch is turned over, the back is engraved with a chequered race flag pattern and the words “Red Bull Racing '' and “TAG Heuer ''. Very apt that a finishing flag is on this model as you are definitely onto a winner if you buy a TAG like this!


The rubber strap reflects the sporty mood of this men’s watch, especially since there is a fine groove that races its way around the strap. Not only does it look really cool, but it also provides optimal durability as you show it off in the boardroom or race to the bar to meet up with your buddies. In our book, it’s a win win every time. The pin buckle is fine brushed steel, a nice add on to the dark rubber strap. 

It's definitely one to wear when out and about watching sports in a pub or experiencing a race live from the grandstand. It will no doubt prove to be very worthwhile as it links to one of the most popular brands in the world and it's a special edition meaning it will be more sought after. Have you ever seen a watch so faultlessly imbue a brand like this?

You can buy a TAG Heuer Formula 1 at retail for £1,750 at the time of writing. 


4. Richard Mille RM 50-03 Tourbillon Split Secs Chronograph Ultralight — Mclaren F1


Richard Mille loves their racing as seen through the Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari

Founded just in 2001, Richard Mille is the new kid on the block in terms of timekeeping. Nevertheless, they have already achieved incredible feats such as new watch complications like the Oracle in the RM 069 and the developments of the first baseplates in carbon nanofibres and titanium, as well as carbon TPT. 

Some of their most recent show stopping models include the Rock and Roll and The Richard Mille RM 50-04 Tourbillon Split-Seconds Chronograph Kimi Räikkönen

It's safe to say that their journey is only just beginning. 

They haven't stopped there. Now, the RM50-03 Tourbillon Split Secs Chronograph Ultralight has been released and it won't be needing any pit-stops. Crafted from titanium and carbon injected with graphene, this is the lightest split seconds chronograph ever made, actually weighing less than 40 grams. For context, that's about the same weight as an egg. 

Launched at SIHH in 2017 you can buy a Richard Mille for the obscene price of around £800,000. The RM 50-03 is by no means a watch you can get next day delivery on. The calibre is manual winding tourbillon movement which comes with hour, minutes, split seconds chronograph, 30 minute totaliser and power reserve as well as torque and function indicators.

Richard Mille RM 50-03 - Source - Ablogtowatch

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Yes, you heard that right. Richard Mille features a torque indicator to display the actual torque of the movement. This might just be the ultimate Formula 1 inspired watch. With the materials allowing the watch to be so lightweight, the science behind it is just as fascinating. 

Through blending carbon and the introduction of graphene, the nanomaterial is six times lighter and 200 times stronger than steel. We’ve only just stroked the surface of the science behind the materials but it goes to show how Richard Mille is so heavily inspired by Formula 1 cars and the super lightweight materials behind it like Bubba Watson’s Richard Mille RM038. 

The open worked and skeletonised dial allows the user to see the intricacies of the RM 50-03 calibre in action. The hollow chronograph pushers evoke air intake ducts on the Mclaren car and the crown was designed from the competition wheel rims used by Mcclaren. Oh yes, Timelords.

You are receiving the quintessential Formula 1 watch if you buy a Richard Mille RM 50-03.  Since this is so avant garde in its design, you don't have to wear anything else flashy to be the centre of attention. Take it easy with a black turtleneck jumper and chinos and make sure the watch is visible when you shake your father in law's hand at that classy family function!

This watch is limited to 75 pieces meaning it's extremely rare and will most likely increase in value.

Sadly, watch lovers, you can no longer buy a Richard Mille 50-03 at retail at the time of writing.


5. IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition ‘50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG’


Created to mark 50 years of Mercedes’ performance spec tuning house AMG, IWC released this flyback chronograph with a bolt load of cool features.

IWC Ingenieur 50th Anniversary Mercedes - Source - Ablogtowatch

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IWC has linked up with Mercedes-AMG after three years of them entering Formula 1 in 2010. They became their official watch sponsor and have even gone so far as to have their branding on the drivers racing gloves. As such, when the first person camera view comes on your TV screens and you see the drivers cockpit, you will also get a big eyeful of IWC branding. 

In a 44.3mm titanium case, the watch is lighter than its stainless steel compadres but more durable too due to the nature of the material. Featuring a screw in crown and a 120 metre water resistance rating, the see-through sapphire glass back gives a direct view into the very nifty Calibre 89361.

The watch houses the very competent Calibre 89361 which is part of the Calibre 89000 collection. This calibre is an IWC-manufactured movement and is automatic and self winding. Offering a very respectable 68 hours power reserve, the watch pulses along at 28,800VpH or 4Hz to you watch nerds. 

The intricacy that IWC has put into the watch is not forgotten, as they use the Cotes de Geneve finish which is present on the movement and it represents IWC’s history of proving fantastic Swiss watches. The calibre powers the chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds, the hour and minute counters in a totalizer at 12 o'clock and a flyback function.

IWC are certainly switched on when it comes to protecting the movement which is nice to know when you want to buy an IWC for big bucks. 

They house a soft-iron inner case shaped like the AMG carbon ceramic discs which is perfect for protection against magnetic fields when resting amongst all the buttons and dials in the cockpit.

The dial is fairly simple yet impactful in its design as it's silver-plated with luminescence. However, a closer look at the dial's face would reveal a lightning bolt small seconds hand and small date display at 3 o'clock. These small aspects are what make the dial clean and not too busy. 

The strap is black calfskin with white stitching to match the dial. This watch could easily be taken for a dress watch if close attention isn't given. This allows it to be worn while running to catch the train to the office or with a crisp white shirt to match the dial when you're getting a round of champagne cocktails. And we don’t mean the cheap stuff.

Limited to just 250 pieces, its association with such a classy car brand instantly gives this watch a good dose of second hand refinement. You cannot buy an IWC Ingenieur 50th Anniversary of Mercedes Benz at retail due to it being a past collection at the time of writing. 


6. Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS17 


Bell & Ross are notorious as the first brand to pump out a rather fetching square case. 

Founded in the 1990’s, Bell & Ross made their official headway into Formula 1 by joining Renaults team in 2016. Although times have changed and Renault are now named the ‘Alpine F1 team’, class stays forever and as such, Bell & Ross are still their sponsors. 

Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS17 - Source - Bell & Ross

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One of the models created while under the Renault team name was the very exciting BR-X1 RS17. As one of three releases in collaboration with Renault, they have combined a Carbone Forge case with a vibrant dial, taking its inspiration from a F1 steering wheel. 

To break this down, Carbon Forgé or Forged Carbon to us English speaking folk, is an extremely durable and lightweight material, especially when combined with ceramic and rubber inserts like Bell & Ross have done here. Featuring rocker push-buttons and a tinted sapphire caseback, the user can see into the engine room and all its glorious mystery. 

The calibre is the BR-CAL.313 and it's an automatic mechanical with an X-shaped bridge and a strong pulse of 28,800VpH. Meanwhile we like the skeletonised chronograph which allows the colours to be more pronounced which is perfect for those looking to buy a Bell & Ross with a little edge to it.  

At 45mm, the watch is not meant to be worn with discretion. I mean. why would you want to? Combined with a moulded carbon fibre honeycomb composite chassis, the dial is made out of carbon fibre which ties in with the steering wheel from Renaults racers. 

The model is very intense, utilising Renaults colours of black and yellow as well as a variety of tones found on the steering wheel in the R.S.17. The colours below the tachymeter are blocks, so there is no seamlessness of the colours blending in.

This is a very intentional move by Bell & Ross as they seek to make the watch as legible and racing-like as possible. There's no space for frivolity here!

The corners of the case are built from ceramic which widens the watch. This in turn creates more wrist presence and offers more space for the colours to shine out of. The dial is skeletonised but the array of colour and various time measurement tools restricts you from getting a clear view at it.  

The watch is very masculine and rugged. It should be worn to be shown so get those cuffs popped back in the office and swap for a short sleeved shirt the instant you get back home. It is however quite sleek in its carbon fibre design. If it was in steel, well that's a different story. 

Limited to 250 pieces, expect this model to be a potentially solid investment piece due to the unusual square case design, daring colour choices and rarity of the model.

You cannot buy a Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS17 at retail anymore because they are sold out at the time of writing. 


7. Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico Carbon Chronograph


Ferrari enjoys good collaboration as much as Hublot

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico Carbon Chronograph - Source - Prestige Time

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Joining up with Richard Mille to create the Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari, Hublot have also been involved with the phenomenal car brand. The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico Carbon Chronograph is a celebration of their partnership and these two know how to party.

The case is a bulky 45mm and is made from carbon fibre. Amongst the sporting industry, carbon fibre is very popular due to its durability as well as its inherent lightness which allows the vehicles to be able to drive faster. Stick this on a watch and the wearer will feel like he’s wearing nothing at all. 

The case has a light brushed finish which allows it to be worn in more fashionable settings like a dinner date with your partner at a glitzy restaurant. Don't worry, you won't look like an uneducated watch wearer when you buy a Hublot Big Bang Ferrari and wear it around the town...

Similar to the design of the Nautilus and Royal Oak, the carbon fibre bezel is strapped onto the case with six screws which are given a slight design improvement due to them resting in sloping concaves around the bezel. Gerald Genta, eat your heart out!

There are two more screws which are situated on either side of the quick release button at 6 and 12 o'clock. These allow you to remove the strap from the lugs to quickly interchange with a band of your choice. 

The strap is black Alancatra with 4 rows of symmetrical stitching and has a black PVD coated titanium and matte carbon folding buckle. It also comes with another strap in black rubber if you feel the need to quickly change for a dive bomb into the sea or when you're about to step into that all important promotion meeting.  

Hublot references Ferrari throughout the case, the most obvious sign being on the opposite side to the crown where the word ‘Ferrari’ is recessed in and filled in red which contrasts superbly with the black case. The crown is bulbous, its purpose clearly to be a twist and lock mechanism and a proud red racing stripe runs down the side and along it. 

The dial is skeletonised and has the same appeal as casting your eyes over the sports car in real life. The applique index hour markers and numerals are red and luminous, instantly catching the eye when glancing a look at the dial. Furthemore, a sixty minute chronograph subdial at 3 o'clock represents the rev counter and speedometer on a Ferrari.

Hublot pulls no punches when it comes to showing off their design prowess. 

Did we mention the prancing horse logo sat at 6 o'clock? It's given a beautifully polished finish and it fits in well with the skeletonised aesthetic of the watch such as the cogs and wheels which are built to look like parts of a car. Doesn't Ferrari also utilise yellow? A close look at the date aperture would reveal a yellow backdrop which stunningly stands out against the rest of the dial. 

Powered by the Hublot UNICO HUB1241, this 38 jewel calibre pulses at a steady of 28,800VpH and has a power reserve of a brilliant 72 hours. This powers the chronograph which has a flyback function, allowing you to very quickly reset the stopwatch function without having to go through the motions of stopping, resetting and restarting the timer. 

This watch is ultimately very clean and isn't obsessively sporty for a 45mm watch. Its collaboration with Ferrari is one that they’ve respected and you should proudly wear it beneath your black jacket for a casual look or sports jacket if you want to really go with the racing aesthetic. 

You cannot buy a Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Unico Carbon Chronograph at retail at the time of writing. 


8. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum


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The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is so revered that most collectors would sell their house to even be considered to buy a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum.  

In the Formula 1 world, they are just as revered. As sponsors of the Australian Grand Prix, Rolex have more than their fair claim to fame in the Formula 1 industry. The ice blue dial Rolex Daytona was released in celebration of the Daytona’s 50th anniversary. Furthermore, it was matched with a perplexing brown ceramic bezel and the usual chronograph subdials. 

For two colours that people wouldn't consider to go together, it creates a spectacular contrast. Built out of platinum, it's not as if this is the first time Rolex has employed the use of a light blue dial. Take for example the Rolex Day-Date M228236 which similarly has a platinum dial. 

At 40mm, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum is fairly average in its size but its platinum build means it is quite heavy. Platinum is rare and gleans a really nice shine when polished meaning it's quite a popular choice for many people. It's also perfect to go with the glitz and glamour of the racing world. 

On the underside of the Rolex Platinum Daytona , the caseback is solid and is similarly made out of platinum. This is the same with the bezel but this features a brown Cerachrom insert. This is highly corrosion resistant and is otherworldly in comparison to aluminium or even normal ceramic. 

The Cerachrom bezel carries the usual Daytona charm with its tachymetric scale with the numerals and graduations carved in. These are then laced with platinum, creating a wonderful contrast with the brown Carachrom insert. 

The pushers and crown are made from platinum too, complementing the entire piece and completed with the same polished finish that's awarded to the rest of the model. The crown is embossed with Rolex’s crown logo and is equipped with a Triplock waterproof mechanism, ensuring that the watches 100m of water resistance is retained. 

The dial is expertly done, the sunray finish complements the ice-blue dial like a sunrise over an arctic pole. A shimmering effect is achieved wherein it gleams at different angles when the watch is turned or brought into the light. 

The dial has applique hour indices with platinum sword hands which are coated with the extremely luminescent in-house chromalight. Shining a neon blue in the dark, the Rolex Daytona is readable in all circumstances. 

Even the sub dials are finished to perfection. The centre is filled with the same ice-blue the rest of the dial has, but this time the outline is chestnut brown to match the bezel. As is a staple of most Rolex watches, there is a sapphire crystal that protects the dial and it is highly scratch and abrasion resistant. There’s nothing that can harm this dial!

The Oyster Bracelet is used here and is made out of platinum. This time, it has both a polished and a satin finish which allows the watch to stand out aesthetically from its counterparts due to it being both matte and shiny in its appearance. Secured with the platinum folding clasp which houses Rolex’s Oysterlock mechanism, the watch is firmly attached to your wrist. 

Rolex has a lot of in-house production and this shows the level of craftsmanship that goes into each watch. By controlling their materials and output, they can consistently create fantastic models. Look at the in-house calibre 4130 that is self winding and beats at 28,800VpH. Its strong power reserve of 72 hours and protection of a Parachrom hairspring means the watch is built for the long haul. 

You can wear this while watching the Grand Prix at your local meetup with friends or you can wear this to show off your taste in front of your colleagues at work. All we ask is that you wear something that matches this beautiful dial like a light blue suit shirt or a denim jacket in blue. 

You must request a price if you wish to buy a Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Platinum. 


Rest Of The Best Formula 1 Watches For The Racing Enthusiast









Power Reserve


Water Resistance

200 metres



One of the most kitschy releases to grace your wrist of recent times, the TAG Heuer KITH is a design that’s been silent for a while, but has recently been revitalised. Kinda like the instant mash of luxury watches, though have they missed a beat when they peer over their shoulder as to how the Moonswatch collab exploded?

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Inspired by the classic 1986 TAG Heuer Formula 1 Series 1 models which flew off the shelves like horological hot cakes, the timepieces have been modernised with a fresh sandblasted black PVD 35mm steel case. Capable of 200 metres of water resistance, the TAG Heuer KITH are given a highly contrasting blue Arnite bezel, complete with 60-minute scale. 

As for the dials, they use silver dot and triangular hour markers, alongside classic Mercedes hands. Accompanied by a date aperture residing at 3 o’clock, the brand logo below 12 o’clock references KITH and TAG Heuer, celebrating the relationship between the luxury watch and fashion brand. 

KITH is a fashion and lifestyle brand owned by Ronnie Fieg. The story goes that his first ever timepiece was the TAG Heuer Formula 1, granted to him as a gift from his mother. Later becoming a watch collector, he then managed to collab with TAG Heuer to produce these vibrant timepieces. 

An entry-level watch this may be but you really have to be a hardcore old school nerd to add this to your watch roll.

- Capped at 825 pieces, you can buy a TAG Heuer Formula 1 KITH at retail for £1,350 as of May 2024. 


TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph 







Power Reserve

65 hours

Water Resistance

30 metres



With an ode to the original model from 1969, The TAG Heuer Monaco became the first automatic chronograph to be housed within a squared case. Flash forwards to 2024, and the TAG Heuer Monaco is now fully skeletonised yielding some truly fabulous features!

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Built into a 41mm, grade 5 case, made from titanium, the Monaco boasts the split-seconds function for the very first time. Chapeau bas! 

Extremely light as a fluffy cloud, the openworked dial with blackened plates and subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock delivers flashes of colours which can be seen on the red hour markers, split seconds hand and counter hands. Within the timepieces is the high powered in-house TH81-00, offering a 36,000VpH and strong 65 hour power reserve. 

The TAG Heuer Monaco Split Seconds Chronograph is a phenomenal piece of engineering that capably measures separate time intervals simultaneously. This is a direct link to the racing background of the timepieces, and demonstrates the skill of the craftsmen. 

Full of racing spirit and one of the best TAG Heuer watches from their collection, the Monaco is still going as strong as ever, nearly six decades on.

- You can buy a TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph at retail for £121,000 as of May 2024. 


Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Green Ceramic Aston Martin







Power Reserve


Water Resistance

100 metres



Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux first collaborated in 2021, blending the high powered racing brand with the watchmaker who has been ticking along since 1856 . In 2024, the Laureato 42mm Green Ceramic Aston Martin was released, representing the first time a Laureato has utilised a green ceramic case and bracelet. 

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Using green ceramic, around seven times harder than steel, the sleek timepiece is 42mm and features classic Laureato elements like an octagonal bezel and sloped lugs. There are Aston Martin influences spotted through the cross-hatch dial background that showcases the grey hour markers and black hands. All are coated with a generous dose of lume for optimal legibility. 

Capable of resisting 100 metres of water, the timepieces are very durable, especially since they are built into the classic and secure barrel shaped casing. Its ceramic casing is hypoallergenic, meaning you can wear the watches with no discomfort, especially since the timepieces are so light.

The bracelet is crafted out of green ceramic and is integrated, allowing it to seamlessly fit into the green casing. It;’s brushed and polished design is an attractive aesthetic and it’s secured to the wrist firmly via a steel folding clasp. 

Within the timepieces is the rapid GP01800 that offers a 54 hour power reserve and phenomenal finishing like snailing, bevelling and mirror-polishing. 

- Capped at 388 pieces, you can buy a Girard-Perregaux Laureato 42mm Green Ceramic Aston Martin at retail for £21,900 as of May 2024. 


Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari






Carbon TPT

Power Reserve

45 hours

Water Resistance

10 metres


RM UP-01

In 2021, Richard Mille and Ferrari collaborated to create the perfect timepiece for racing. The final outcome? The RM UP-01 Ferrari. Exceptionally flat at a miniscule 1.75mm thick, the watches required 6,000 hours of development time and are made into a grade 5 titanium casing. 

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Built into a tonneau shape, time is read via a small dial at 12 o’clock, and the other apertures relate to navigating the various functions, including winding the hours and a tourbillon at 1 o’clock. The 1.18mm thick RMUP-01 movement offers a 45 hour power reserve. 

- Capped at 150 pieces, the Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari at retail was around £1.49 million. However, you’d be hard pressed to find one without asking the price on the secondary market which will be considerably more!) 


Omega Speedmaster Super Racing







Power Reserve

60 hours

Water Resistance

50 metres



The Omega Speedmaster Super Racing became the first timepiece to feature the brand new Spirate System in 2023. 

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Built into a 44.25mm steel case and with a thickness of 14.9mm, the watches utilise a black sandwich dial with honeycomb pattern and black bezel. This showcases the visibility of the magnificent Grand Feu yellow enamel tachymetric scale and yellow lume on the hour markers and hands.

Ok, this may be busy as a bee for some wearers (we would recommend a simple IWC Chronograph Top Gun Lake Tahoe) but this is a sweet number if you want to buy one of the best Formula 1 watches. 

Functional and ergonomic, there are two sub-counters situated at 3 and 9 o’clock. Powering all of this is the Master Chronometer 9920 that offers an impeccable 0/+2 seconds per day accuracy, 60 hour power reserve and 4Hz. Look the part in and out of the office, or rock this at your best friend’s wedding, you’ll no doubt be the star of the show. 

- You can buy an Omega Speedmaster Super Racing at retail for £11,000 as of May 2024. 


IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton







Power Reserve

68 Hours

Water Resistance

30 metres



Let’s turn back the clock for a minute. 

Representing the third limited edition piece between IWC and Lewis Hamilton, the titanium Ingenieur Chronograph Edition Lewis Hamilton was released in 2014 and has since evolved in 2023 to become a highly complex timepiece. Mind you, it doesn’t come close to the 2024 Vacheron Constantin Berkeley Grand Complication with a ridiculous 59 complications. 

Made from 950 platinum and measuring 43.5 x 15.9mm, this IWC features a gorgeous teal coloured dial that will look sleek against any Lambo or Aston Martin. 

Source - IWC

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Its 30 metre water resistance offers not much protection, but it is splash proof. The precious metal casing and exhibition caseback all point to this being a fashionable timepiece as opposed to a rugged sports watch. However, there are a few luxurious elements that really send this beauty flying around the track!

The hour markers consist of 12 small diamonds as well as Lewis Hamilton’s iconic panther logo, whilst there is a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock and an elapsed hours and minutes in a totaliser at 12. Within the timepiece is the Calibre 89900, offering a 4Hz and a 68 hour power reserve.

Be it watching the latest Formula 1 race from the stands while quaffing champagne and smoked salmon or flexing this with a sharp off blue three piece suit, this is a head turner for luxury  enthusiasts. 

- You can buy an IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton at retail upon requesting a price as of May 2024. 


H. Moser & Cie Streamliner x Alpine







Power Reserve

74 hours

Water Resistance

120 metres



The H.Moser & Cie Streamliner x Alpine is the second variation of the legendary collaboration between the watch brand and Alpine Motorsports, in progress since February 2024. 

Source - H.Moser & Cie

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Inspired by the colours of the Alpine BWT F1 team, it is emblematic, powerful and impactful on and off the racing track. 

With a case diameter of 42.3mm, these super steely watches feature a skeletonised dial that boasts a pink synthetic corundum at 12 o’clock and matching cerise pink rubber strap. The pink synthetic gem is home to general timekeeping functions with a one minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock, manufactured by the brand’s sister company Precision Engineering AG. 

Fun yet uncomplicated to wear, the Streamliner x Alpine enjoys lumed indices and a cylindrical hairspring. The latter was often used on marine chronometers back in the day, but when affixed to a tourbillon, enhances synchronisation and decreases friction.

The HMC 811 calibre is completely skeletonised and given 3D elements, including dark main plates and anthracite finished bridges. Expect a fantastic 74 hour power reserve and 120 metre water resistance that should cover the majority of water sports activities. 

With a rugged look coming from the rubber strap, top engineering prowess, you are ready to go with this strapped on. If you feel the need for speed, this Formula 1 watch certainly looks great behind any wheel. This definitely gets the green light from us.

- Limited to a very rare supply of 20 timepieces, you can buy a H.Moser & Cie Streamliner x Alpine at retail for around £77,300 as of May 2024. This is 70 models less than the blue Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton Alpine Limited Edition.


Frequently Asked Questions


What Watches Do Formula 1 Drivers Wear?

Formula 1 Drivers wear a plethora of different watches, depending on their brand sponsorships, personal affiliations, or simply because they have a personal connection to the company.

Almost all teams are associated with a horological brand. Below is a quick run down of the top F1 brands and their respective associations:

  • Ferrari - Richard Mille
  • Red Bull - TAG Heuer
  • McLaren - Richard Mille
  • Aston Martin - Girard-Perregaux
  • Alpine - H.Moser & Cie
  • Racing Bulls - Tudor
  • Mercedes - IWC


What Watch Does Max Verstappen Use?

Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team are sponsored by TAG Heuer, meaning he typically has to adorn watches by the brand as per his contractual agreement. However, we don’t think he’ll be too upset about it!

Max Verstappen’s choice of watch is the truly spectacular TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph in 18K 3N Gold. Inspired by the classic 1960s models that first took the Glassbox TAG Heuer to its legendary status, the timepieces use a panda style dial, including two black sub counters that visibly contrast alongside the gold case and dial. 

This piece is a direct descendant of the classic 1158 CHN that was adorned by racing legends like Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni. To buy a TAG Heuer that Max Verstappen wears, you’ll be dropping around £18,750


What Watches Does Lewis Hamilton Wear?

Mercedes are sponsored by IWC, which in turn means Lewis Hamilton is limited to the Swiss horological brand for his wristwear. However, IWC have made sure he is well catered for, including wearing a fabulous Portugieser Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton.

Representing the third instalment of collaboration between Hamilton and IWC, Lewis Hamilton was said to have a huge involvement on these Formula 1 inspired timepieces, including the design codes and choosing the beautiful teal colour. 

Crafted out of platinum, the watches are 43.5mm in diameter and boast a range of luxurious features, including a matching teal textile strap, 12 diamonds for the hour markers and a functional tourbillon at 6 o’clock. 

You can buy an IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton upon requesting a price. Its platinum build and unique logo that Lewis Hamilton selected is inspired by Panthers eyes. 


What Is The F1 Drivers Most Expensive Watch?

This one is easy! Daniel Ricciardo, the smiling chappy who's always having a good time, is a driver for Mclaren. By default, he is linked to Richard Mille, the very same brand that produced the world's first rubber strap on a timepiece in the 1980s, and the world's thinnest timepiece, the RM UP-01 Ferrari.

Out of all the best luxury watches he could choose, which one takes his fancy? The Richard Mille RM 67-02 is his go-to timepiece. Crafted out of Quartz TPT, it has earned a reputation as one of the lightest watches of all time due to its minimal 32 gram weight. 

Designed to suit those in various sporting disciplines, the watch is worn by Olympic stars like Alexis Pinturault, Wayde Van Niekerk and Mutaz Essa Barshim. Suffice to say, it’s currently valued at just under £2 million. Got any spare coins, Ricciardo?


Do F1 Drivers Get A Rolex?

While Rolex do not officially sponsor any racing team, they do still play an integral role. 

Partnering with the event since 2013, Rolex is the Global Partner and Official Timepiece of Formula 1. Plus, they took on racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart as a Rolex Testimonee way back in 1968!

While drivers cannot wear jewellery while racing (as per the racing rules), generally, throughout events like Formula One, racers will receive a Rolex when they take the chequered flag. 


What Watch Does Carlos Sainz Wear?

Partnering with Ferrari, Carlos Sainz had the unfortunate incident of having his watch stolen. Ferrari partners with Richard Mille. To be precise, he owned the Richard Mille RM67-02 Alexander Zverev Edition. Crafted out of titanium and TPT, the miniscule, 32 gram timepieces are extremely desirable, especially since they were priced at around £400,000 at retail. 

Luckily, these F1 drivers are not made of weak stuff. They are used to the fast lane, you might say! He actually chased down the thieves, detained them, and subsequently got his watch back. 

As the watch he wore on the Monza podium after the Italian Grand Prix, we can see why he is so attached to it. 


What Watch Does Fernando Alonso Wear?

Debuting at the tender age of 20, Fernando Alonso would win the Grand Prix at 22 and become the F1 world champion at aged 24. Now linked with Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso is a bit of a rule breaker in the horological world. 

Instead of wearing Girard-Perregaux, the champ decides to wear Richard Mille instead. To be specific, this racing legend adorns the RM 67-02. Defined as the lightest automatic watch made from the brand, its 32 gram weight still allows for a satin finished dial with bevelled hands and is crafted from a sheet of titanium…just four tenths of a millimetre thick!


What Watch Do The Ferrari F1 Drivers Wear?

Ferrari is associated with Richard Mille. Collaborating in 2021, they both formed a partnership that sought to link the effervescent horological brand with the technical skill of the Italian giant. This resulted in the prompt release of the ultra-flat RM-UP at just 1.75mm thick. 

Richard Mille therefore supports Ferrari through every competition they face, including WEC Endurance Championships, Competizioni GT, Ferrari Driver Academy races and even the exciting Richard Mille Cup which sees restored classic superyachts race against each other. 


What Watch Does Lando Wear?

Lando Norris is another high-flying racer. On his way to becoming the fifth driver in history to reach the 100-race figure for McLaren, he earned his stripes as the youngest karting world champion at age 14. For his timepiece, his association with Mclaren means he is a firm believer in the world of, you guessed…Richard Mille. 

His timepiece, as you can probably guess, is the Richard Mille 67-02. Remember, this is the lightest automatic watch from the brand. Most notably he has been seen out and about flexing 

the "Mclaren Edition," limited to 14 pieces.

The timepieces are secured onto a rubber strap and have a case made from titanium and quartz. Not just any quartz either! This TPT version is known for its ability to counter high temperatures and is extremely durable. Furthermore it features orange accents in support of the racing team's colours.


What Watch Does Charles Leclerc Wear?

Charles Leclerc has a phenomenal career. Winning the Junior Monaco Kart Cup in 2010 and subsequently triumphing the GP3 Series championship in 2016 and the Formula 2 Championship in 2017, he debuted in Formula 1 in 2018. Joining Ferrari in 2019, he was runner up in the 2022 World Championship. 

For his timepiece, his links with Ferrari means he is another proud owner of a Richard Mille. He adorns the RM 67-02. Designed in the classic tonneau case shape RM is famed for, the watches were tested in a range of conditions, including on the wrists of athletes like skier Alexis Pinturault and high-jump Mutaz Essa Barshim.


What Watch Does Toto Wolff Wear?

Toto Wolff is the Team Principal and CEO of Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1. The Austrian billionaire is known as one of the most successful team principals in Formula 1 history and a strong force in continuing Mercedes winning ways. 

Due to his associations with the brilliant racing brand, IWC have treat him to his very own timepiece, the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Edition “Toto Wolff X Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team

Crafted out of Ceratanium, IWC’s patented play on ceramic, they measure 46.2mm x 15.4mm. Despite being quite large on the wrist, this is to ensure the quality of the perpetual calendar, including displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and a perpetual moon-phase. The latter has the ability to display both the northern and southern hemispheres. 

Oh yes, don’t forget the hardy 7 day power reserve! 


What Watch Does Nico Rosberg Wear?

Nico Rosberg is a former racing driver who competed over a decade in Formula 1 from 2006 to 2016. His illustrious career saw him win the World Drivers’ Championship in 2016 alongside Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. 

Spending hours as a Sustainability Entrepreneur, Nico Rosberg wears a very tantalising IWC Mercedes timepiece. IWC released the Chronograph Edition “Tribute To Nico Rosberg” with the express intention of making a novelty that boasted the golden quality of the gentleman. 

Crafted out of 18K 5N gold, the watches are around 14.9mm thick and yield a 120 metre water resistance. Limited to 23 pieces, they showcase chronograph functionality at its best for racing fiends, a date display and an easy to read grey dial with maximum luminescence. 



We’ve reached the last sprint and turned the final chicane. Suffice to say that there are many Formula 1 watches out there that are highly revered amongst the watch community. Motorsports and timekeeping do in fact have many similarities and as such, these partnerships such as Bell & Ross with Alpine or Richard Mille with McClaren will keep on happening. 

It's nice to see that when these collabs do drop, the end results are usually very unique, continuing to push the boundaries of watchmaking. The designs are becoming more and more tailored to the everyday user but it's still amazing to see some brands like Richard Mille go all out on creating a very motorsport focused model. 

If you’re looking to buy a TAG to get your engine purring or intend to buy an IWC with its nod to motorsports, it may be worth having a chat with Chrono Hunter today. By simply checking our Trustpilot reviews, you can see why we are so desired by those looking to buy a watch or sell a watch. We’ve established relationships with some of the finest luxury watch retailers around who are more than suited to get you the price you are looking for. Contact us anytime or download our dedicated app from either the Apple or Android marketplace.


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Further Reading: 

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