Cars and Watches: The Aventador SV
Cars and Watches is a Velocity Crew column where we take a look at a car and determine what watch we would wear while driving it, and why we think they’re a perfect match.
Coffee with cream. Fireworks on new years. Speeding tickets and traffic attorneys. Some things in life just compliment each other so well that when you pair them together, it’s just right. Cars and watches tend to run along those same lines. They can both be an expression of one’s self, both can be engineering marvels that showcase the highest level of craftsmanship and complexity, and of course they can both be cool to look at too.
As this is the first post in this new column, I wanted to pick something extra special. Enter the all-new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV, Italy’s latest monster V12 supercar:
SV, or super veloce stands for high speed in Italian; in English, it roughly translates to hold on to your butts. Now you know what the SV badging literally means, but what does it represent? Lamborghini gave the special edition SV title to most of its flagship cars starting with the Miura SV, then the Diablo SV, followed by the Murcielago SV. Earlier this year the Aventador finally got its SV wings, and it’s now for sale to the wealthiest 0.05% of the population. That’s right, the new SV starts at 485,900 USD which is a bargain if your pre-tax car budget is 486,000 USD. With it’s modest price tag, the SV somehow manages to improve on the already impressive standard Aventador in acceleration, handling, weight and of course exclusivity.
Naturally, straight line performance is still stellar: 60 MPH comes at just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. The SV also recently proved itself on the track by lapping the famous Nurburgring in under 7 minutes. 6:59 to be exact. For reference, the Porsche 918 Spyder did it in 6:57. Welcome to the fastest Lamborghini…in the world.
The SV can credit its newfound performance to a beefed up 6.5 liter V12 which produces 740 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque, and its materials R&D department who’s operating methodology probably consists of it’s now lighter than before, let’s go have lunch. Specifically, the SV has a carbon fiber monocoque, engine cover, rear spoiler, and side air inlets with aluminum front and rear frames, hood, front fenders and doors. All in all, this translates to the SV being 110 lbs lighter than the standard Aventador.
All in all, the Aventador SV essentially represents the pinnacle of automotive engineering, performance, design and it’s the Italian manufacturers latest pride and joy.
So how could I possibly find a watch that can keep up with an Aventador’s engineering accomplishments as well as pure cool factor? It was tough, but my choice could only be Audemars Piguet’s all new Royal Oak Concept Laptimer:
Just take a minute to absorb in the picture above. Although it’s called a concept, this is a production watch. What sets this watch apart from the rest lies more within the way it’s built and its mechanical abilities rather than pure looks. That said, it may look like there’s a lot going on but it’s a beautiful blend of design, functionality and practicality.
Considering that Audemars Piguet is regarded as one of the most highly-respected watch manufacturers in the world, it comes as no surprise that their latest piece drew the attention of the collective watch world. Without getting too into the details of the specifics, it’s main party trick is the fact that it takes the modern day chronograph (stopwatch) function and applies an additional movement that helps the wearer compare multiple consecutive lap times on the race track. Interestingly, the idea came about when 7 time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher reached out to AP and requested that they build a timepiece that mechanically kept track lap times, as some racing events forbid the use of any electronic devices. AP answered with the Laptimer, and also ensured that this watch was released as a special edition as a tribute to Schumacher. The end result, both in case design and the movement is just really a sight to behold.
The case of the Laptimer is comprised mostly of race-inspired forged carbon fiber, a titanium caseback, ceramic bezel and pink gold push buttons for the chronograph/lap timer functions, and measures just 44 millimeters wide. It will be limited to 221 pieces, and retails for 229,500 USD.
For a true technical deep dive into the AP Laptimer, take a look at this video from Hodinkee below:
So why are they the perfect pairing?
When you’re sitting in the cabin of the Aventador SV surrounded by all that carbon fiber, naturally, I think your timepiece should also be made of the same lightweight material. Wouldn’t it just be convenient if you had an easy way of keeping track of lap times, considering the car is an utter track monster? Enter the Royal Oak Laptimer. Sure, onboard computers and advanced telemetry can provide the most precise timing, but there’s just a different experience to be had by using a manual instrument.
Along the lines of craftsmanship, these two both leverage the latest developments in the world of carbon fiber and design, with many of the components being constructed by the light weight race material. Furthermore, the SV places an extra emphasis on advanced aerodynamics, where the Royal Oak Laptimer inserts one of the most complicated movements into a sport-themed watch.
That said, let me just clear the air on one topic: usage. The Aventador SV and the Royal Oak Laptimer are both undoubtably statement-makers. Yes, some of the people who will purchase either of the two will actually take them onto the track and use them for their intended purposes, but the probable truth is that the remaining majority will most likely never see any real track time. Some will be admired in garages, museums and elaborate watch boxes alike, while others will be driven and worn on special weekends or special occasions. Does this in any way take away from what each represents? Absolutely not. It simply highlights the various ways a potential buyer can enjoy them.
So, when it comes to the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV, we think that the perfect timepiece of choice would be the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Laptimer.
P.S. They also both have really really long names.
Photo Credit: Car and Driver, Hodinkee
Video Credit: Hodinkee
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