timepieces AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI65 & tide In every aspect of life, time is a precious luxury; taking one's time being the ultimate indulgence. So we invite you to do just that now - to set aside a few precious minutes and give the world's latest and finest watches the attention they deserve. We think you'll agree it is time well spent byMiriam Cain Courtesy of Blancpain watches Time
Darren Turner ( racing driver) Jaeger LeCoultre Jaeger LeCoultre has been partnering with Aston Martin Racing since 2004. This year it presented Darren Turner with the limited series AMVOX Racing Chronograph that Turner sported when he raced in the 2009 edition of Le Mans 24 Hours. 66Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Rolex Submariner Rolesor It was at the Basel watch fair back in 1954 that Rolex unveiled what many people regard to be the quintessential underwater timepiece in the form of the now legendary Submariner, which arrived just as Scuba was being perfected. Guaranteed to be waterproof to 216m ( 660'), it remains the absolute reference for professional mechanical dive watches, and the look of the latest version remains remarkably similar to that of the original despite regular, subtle upgrades. Two new steel and gold models - known as Rolesor ( top) in Rolex- speak - are offered this year with improved bezels to match the choice of blue or black dials. www. rolex. com Blancpain500 Fathoms Blancpain's original 50 Fathoms preceded the Rolex Submariner by almost a year when it was introduced in 1953 for issue to French and American military frogmen - but it soon caught on with sport and professional divers; Jacques Cousteau even wore one while shooting his cult underwater film The Silent World, released in 1956. The model remains one of Blancpain's best- loved products, and now the tougher version ( which is waterproof to 500 fathoms/ 1,000 metres - below), gets a new 48mm titanium case. www. blancpain. com Upto date This year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and Baselworld watch shows were replete with ocean- going timepieces. Simon de Burtonselects eleven that are inspired by the sea but still look great on terra firma, whilstwatch ambassadors and collectors take time out to tell us about their favourite timepieces Charley Boorman ( actor & travel writer) Bremont " Having had this incredible ability to destroy watches in the past, it has been a real pleasure to be able to find a watch that fascinates me mechanically, is British, and also withstands the knocks, vibration and water that I continually throw at it," says Boorman. " Well done, Bremont."