Have you ever considered what type of watch would go with which type of car? Watch manufactures have certainly spent a great deal of time pondering this same meaty question, and as a result there are several, probably too many, car and watch tie-ins. Judging by the ever-popular Let’s See Your Hands On The Steering Wheel series which has run for almost as long as the model T Ford, there is indeed much speculation about which watch looks cools with which car. So let us ponder this conundrum a little further. But if you’re looking for the right answers, you will look in vain, it’s all purely subjective, selective and speculative.


THE CAR: TOYOTA COROLLA


In Britain they call the Corolla the Toyota Auris, who knows why. It’s probably some EU directive, but it is apparently more or less the same car albeit these days it is built on the E180 platform as opposed to Corolla’s E150.  Beloved around the world for it’s practicality, its unfailing reliability and its generous helpings of driver comfort, originally launched in 1966, it remains the world’s most popular car with well over 40 million sales worldwide.

 

THE WATCH: GRAND SEIKO GMT       


For around the same price as a Corolla you can buy the beautiful Grand Seiko GMT. Some of the most popular Grand Seiko models are the various GMT models, which add a useful complication to the always appealing Grand Seiko aesthetic. The GMT hand came somewhat late to Grand Seiko, with the first model launching in 2002, but they've been extremely successful ever since. Like the Corolla, these watches are painstakingly assembled to last and last.

THE CAR: AUDI S5 CABRIOLET


This is one of the speedy sedans you can reliably expect to cut you up on British motorways and drive way too fast in wet and foggy conditions, but usually nimble enough to avoid motorway pile-ups because those that choose these vehicles are aggressive, assertive and competent drivers. Rarely seen with the hood down in these grey climes, the Cabriolet version has been around since 2009.

THE WATCH: BREITLING GALACTIC 44 DAY DATE


An equally sporty and assertive watch from Breitling. This version was introduced in 2014, and boasts a polished 44mm Stainless steel case that has a screw-down crown protected by two elongated crown-guards. The crown is of the type used for the Chronomat. The Galactic 44 is powered by a COSC-certified self-winding chronometer movement. A watch as technically accomplished as the Audi. Around $5,000.00

 

THE CAR: FORD EXPEDITION 2018


One of these behemoths wouldn’t fit on most British roads, and would take up to average parking spaces. The 2018 version has been upgrade from top to bottom. The 2018 Expedition has switched to an aluminum-intensive architecture for weight reduction. With its aluminum body panels attached to a redesigned steel frame, the new vehicle is said to be up to 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. And yet the Expedition is bigger—the 2018 short-wheelbase version is four inches longer than before.

THE WATCH: G-SHOCK RANGEMAN


We featured the new go anywhere Rangeman only yesterday, and the 2018 version comes out in the Spring. It’s solar-powered with a Triple Sensor (alti/barometer, compass, thermometer), but now with a GPS Navigator function with app-based map display, and Bluetooth connectivity.  The watch can display your current location on a route or bearing to a destination in real-time. The perfect watch for expeditions. $800.00

THE CAR: CADILLAC CTS-V SEDAN


Cadillac’s attempt to compete with the BMW M series and Mercedes AMG. It’s hailed as the most powerful Cadillac ever built. The 2018 Cadillac CTS-V achieves the perfect balance of track-readiness and driving refinement. With supercharged power, aerodynamic design and sophisticated technology, all it needs is a good all-American chronograph watch to time it.

 

THE WATCH: KOBOLD POLAR SURVEYOR


This chronograph was created originally with the help of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and master watchmaker Gerd-R. Lang, it has been in production since 2003. It took no fewer than two years to create the final prototype before the two men gave their respective nods of approval. The watch is powered by a modified 7750 chronograph movement and features a day/night indicator, a 24-hour hand as well as the date and chronograph functions. Price: $4,850.00

 

THE CAR: MERCEDES S CLASS


Everything that Mercedes knows about open-top motoring (which is quite a lot) is squeezed into this luxury top of the range vehicle. The car has semi-autonomous driving functions: it will now steer for you more intelligently in cruise control and flick between lanes when you indicate (like Tesla’s system) and adapt the car’s speed itself, by syncing with map data and anticipating corners or speed limits ahead.

 

THE WATCH: PATEK PHILIPPE 5738P GOLDEN ELLIPSE


From the last word in automotive refinement, to the last word in chronological finesse. The Patek Philippe Ellipse is simplicity itself, first introduced in 1968 and said to be derived from the ‘golden section’ discovered by ancient Greek mathematicians. Like the Mercedes S Class, it’s just a joy to look at for its fine lines, and the platinum 5738P is the top of the range. Around $50,500.00

 

THE CAR: BMW M5 SERIES


Packed with power normally reserved for the track, the BMW M generates performance unlike anything else. And after four decades of delivering thrills, it’s still pushing the limits. The M series was first introduced in 1986 and has since become a boy racer’s dream car. There are many that simply keep it practically all year round in a heated climate controlled garage just to sit behind the wheel and marvel at it.

THE WATCH: ZENITH EL PRIMERO STRIKING TENTH


Conceived in 1962 and introduced in 1969, the El Primero was the first of its kind and over 40 years on, El Primero is still the most precise series-made chronograph, capable of measuring short times to the nearest 10th of a second. This El Primero is a Striking Tenth, it’s not about tracking hours but tracking fractions of a second. Born for the wrist of those who love to put the pedal to the metal. Around $13,200.00

 

THE CAR: SMART FOURTWO ELECTRIC PRIME COUPE


Politicians excepted, if the British government had its way we would all be driving electric cars of about this size. The car doesn’t run on gas, but purely on batteries and can cover up to 124 miles in inner city driving. It comes complete with a panoramic sun roof and a funky black leather interior.

THE WATCH: TAG HEUER CONNECTED MODULAR 45


If Jean-Claude Biver had his way, we would all be wearing a TAG Heuer Connected. The watch was launched November 2015 complete with the usual cheese from Jean-Claude’s dairy farm. At 45 mm in diameter, the design of the TAG Heuer Connected is essentially that of a true chronograph, with a case, back and lugs made from grade 2 titanium, a contemporary lightweight material resistant to impacts, more so than steel or gold. Like the Smart FourTwo car, the TAG Heuer Connected is perhaps the most expensive way to enjoy smart technology. Around $1,300.00