Every owner of an exotic car needs a nice watch to go along with their ride. From Armin Strom to Vortic, and everything in between, the 2016 duPont REGISTRY Watch Guide has a watch for every wrist. Whether you want something capable or going deep undersea or something to match you suit, it’s here. Be sure to check out the selection below to get a taste of what our guide has to offer. To see the entire guide, be sure to pick up a copy for yourself by clicking the button below.
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Armin Strom Tourbillon Skeleton Water
Deftly adhering to strict standards of skeletonization (after all, the brand’s founder, Armin Strom is a renowned master skeletonizer), the Tourbillon Skeleton Water watch — like its Tourbillon Skeleton siblings — features skeletonized tourbillon escapement (no easy feat), as well as animated double going barrel. The Manual Wind Armin Strom Caliber ATC-11S – with 184 individually finished parts — offers 10 days of power reserve and features small seconds and off-center time indications. The PVD coating on the mainplate is blue. The watch is sold with both an alligator horn-back strap and a rubber strap. Retail: $81,500.
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph
Easily one of the bolder, more vibrant dive watches on the market, the all-new Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chrono is created in a limited edition of 375 pieces. Water resistant to 300 meters, the watch features an inner rotating bezel with color-blocking dive scale. The chronograph portion of the watch offers 30-minute register and subsidiary seconds. The bold 42mm case is crafted in stainless steel and equipped with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal and caseback. Further ensuring water resistance, the timepiece features ceramic pushpieces and screw-locked crowns. Retail: $27,900.
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Ambrelus Dreadnought Camel
Easily one of the most valued accessories in the watch world today, programmable watch winders are a must-have. Ambrelus is a master in its field, deftly blending old-world craftsmanship with 21st century performance. The brand specializes in creating bespoke limited edition winders. The Ambrelus Dreadnought is a hand assembled, special-edition piece limited to just 150 winders. It offers clockwise, counterclockwise or bi-directional operation and can be set by the owner to anywhere from 500 to 1,800 turns per day. The Dreadnought also features over-winding protection and has a unique motorized transport and quiet low-gauss electronics. Retail: $9,995.
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Cuervo y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata GMT
A truly chic flagship timepiece, the Cuervo y Sobrinos Torpedo Pirata GMT blends the brand’s rich Caribbean island history with top-notch Swiss watchmaking prowess. The islands were renowned for the treasure hunters and pirates, as well as explorers, and this watch offers a rebellious yet romantic side that recalls that spirit. The round case shape is meant to emulate a cannon mouth and nautical navigation gauges; the curved lugs with screws recall the prow of a ship. The crown is globe shaped. Powered by an automatic movement, the Torpedo Pirata GMT offers second time zone using 24-hour indication. The 45mm case is crafted of bronze, titanium and brushed steel for a superb look, the sapphire crystal is antireflective and the sapphire caseback allows for viewing of the movement. The watch is finished with a substantial strap in either a black alligator or ostrich. Retail: $6,500.
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Denovo DN2040 Voyager
Representing the brand’s entry level, this orangedialed Voyager watch houses the same ISA Swiss quartz movement with chronograph functions as its larger sibling, the DN2020 Quantum. Even though it is entry price, the 46mm watch also offers interchangeable strap, deployant buckle, sapphire crystal and Super-LumiNova® hands. It is crafted of 316L brushed stainless steel with a black PVD bezel, crown and pushers. It features a non-chafing double gasket logo engraved crown with the signature “Open Crown” red warning ring. The open dial is multi-layered and an orange silicon ring under the bezel carries out the bold, colorful look of the watch. Retail: $925.
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Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire
A totally transparent sapphire case allows for unobstructed viewing of the record-breaking movement in this MP-05 “La Ferrari” Sapphire watch. The incredible carved sapphire case is a technical feat in itself, matched only by the technical prowess of the complex movement – designed and developed in house at Hublot. The movement was first unveiled in 2013 in a nontransparent MP-05. It offers an incredible 50 days of power reserve thanks to the 637 mechanical components. The sapphire case for this watch took more than 600 hours to complete and consists of seven individual parts machined from seven blocks of sapphire. Just 20 pieces will be made. Retail: $575,000.
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MTM Black True DLC
Known for cutting-edge military and tactical timepieces, MTM unveils its first automatic movement watch line of fully customizable and collectible watches. Each timepiece has 8 variable elements that can be fully customized with 4 finishes; Black True DLC, Gray Sandblast, Brushed Silver and Gold Micron Plated to make a one-of-a-kind watch. Each link of the artistically engineered ball-bearing bracelet is CNC machined from solid titanium to provide silky smooth movement, unparalleled comfort and extreme durability. The 3-GER is water resistant to 200 meters. Retail: $10,000.
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Orbita Milano 12
Inspired by the Alfa Romeo 75, sold in North America as the Milano and produced by the Italian automaker between 1985 and 1992, this Milano 12 Watch winder features a smoked 10mm thick tempered glass case (20”H x 19.5”W x 9”L) that is securely anchored on four resin pedestals. The highly modern watch winder weighs about 60 pounds and houses 12 automatic (A/C powered only) watch-winding modules. The sleek new winder utilizes Orbita’s patented Rotorwind™ technology, and features 6mm thick tempered glass doors, brushed nickel hinges and lock, and a customizable faceplate (white leather shown). Retail: $14,995.
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Perrelet Turbine Pilot
Known for its pioneering spirit, Perrelet unveils a new breed of aviation watch in the Turbine Pilot. The intriguing watch offers the brand’s signature Turbine concept (of 12 fast-spinning titanium turbine blades that open and close to reveal the motif below the dial) with the circular aviation slide rule. Powered by the mechanical automatic P-331 caliber, developed and produced in-house, the Turbine Pilot is offered in four different 48mm models. This version is crafted in stainless steel black PVD with bi-directional rotating dial ring that is activated via the crown at 3:00. The time is set with an integrated crown at 9:00. The watch features luminescent hour-markers and four Arabic numerals meticulously applied on the sapphire dial, above the Turbine. Beneath the dial, the yellow and black background is reminiscent of the runway lines. Retail: $5,790.
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Scheyden True Aviator Steam Gauge
A truly unusual timepiece and pilot’s instrument, the Scheyden True Aviator Steam Gauge watch was more than two years in the making. A limited edition timepiece, it brings together form, function and fine precision engineering for pilots and world travelers. The distinctive timepiece houses a Swiss ISA movement and delivers a host of functions.
Offered on a wing-root design bracelet with locking tri-fold clasp, the watch features three dials to convey all of its information. The main portion of the watch- the 47 mm center dial — offers the time indication: analog hours and minutes, as well as a digital indication of UTC/World Time zones, day and date. The watch also offers global airport identifiers/time zones and chronograph functions. Additionally, the notched bezel of the watch is the first ever Aide Memoire bi-directional ATIS bezel (Automated Terminal Information Service).
On the bracelet of the True Aviator Steam Gauge watch, above and below the watch dial, sit additional dials that are actually stand-alone instruments. The one above the watch dial at 12:00 offers a liquid-filled magnetic wet compass, while the one situated below 6:00 offers digital IFR timer.
The True Aviator Steam Gauge watch is equipped with sapphire crystal, white Super-LumiNova® (glows green) hands and markers, and is water resistant to10 ATM (330 feet). The instruments are water resistant to 3 atm (66 feet). Three versions of the Steam Gauge are being built, including Stainless Steel, Stealth Black PVD and Swiss Gold PVD. Retail: $2,992.
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Vortic Railroad Edition
A relatively new name in watches, Vortic is also incredibly unique in its approach. The watches—each one is unique—are American made and are powered by restored pocket watch movements. Making them even more intriguing is the fact that the cases are 3D printed titanium. The 51mm RailRoad Edition is part of Vortic’s American Artisan series and each watch houses an original manual wind, lever-set movement from a vintage 1880’s-1950’s RailRoad grade pocket watch made by one of the various great American watch companies of the time (Ball, Elgin, Hamilton, Illinois, Waltham). Because the movements are original and refurbished/restored, each is a one-of-a-kind piece. The titanium case, with see-through caseback, and lugs are 3D printed and hand finished. The coinedge bezel is machined from solid 316 stainless steel. Just ten pieces will be made in 2016. Retail: $3,000 – $7,000.
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