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  1. The Motorists Guide

    Driving Watches

    A chronograph is not a typical luxury watch - It comes with an array of features and mechanisms like an added timer, and buttons to start and stop the second hand The original purpose of this additional functionality dates back to the time of French monarch Louis XVIII, who wanted to be able to time the duration of the laps in the horse races he watched. It was an easy function to transition to auto racing. Car and motorcycle-inspired chronographs have long been used to keep track of lap times for auto enthusiasts. These watches come with pushable buttons to stop and start the timer. Most racing watches also feature a tachymeter, which is a theodolite for the rapid measurement of distances, so one can get an accurate measurement of an object’s speed. The worlds of watchmaking and racing have been intertwined for years. Since the days in which race car drivers wore heavy duty wrist straps to track their paces, the racing chronographs have evolved greatly. This is a list of some of the best watches for car enthusiasts, most of them chronographs designed to be functional racing timepieces that pay homage to various figures and moments in automotive culture. DUCATI CORSE EVOLUTION CHRONOGRAPH Though it’s not technically inspired by a car, the Ducati Corse Evolution Chronograph certainly has a racing heritage. Ducati states that their Corse quartz chronograph is dedicated to all racers who desire to constantly improve their performance. The black and red trimmed look invokes a classic racing appeal to match Ducati’s dynastic motorcycle racing history.LEARN MORE: $230 SEIKO X GIUGIARO DESIGN SCED057 Like the Ducati Corse Evolution, the Seiko x Giugiaro Design SCED057 is another watch made for motorcycle riders. This watch was designed with motorcycle riding specifically in mind. The face of the watch has been given a 5-degree lean toward the rider and a 15-degree slant to the dial so that one doesn’t have to fully turn their wrist or remove their hands from the handlebars while riding to see the time.PURCHASE: $280 FORD GT ENDURANCE CHRONOGRAPH The Ford GT is Ford’s supercar that was developed to compete with the European titans like Ferrari and Lamborghini. It has a storied racing history, beginning in the mid-1960s when it toppled Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Endurance Race in historic fashion, shutting out the reigning champ from finishing in the top three. This Chronograph is created to honor the first Ford GT40 to win Le Mans in 1966, driven by Bruce McLaren, and painted in that black-and-white striped livery, which was also revived for the 2016 edition Ford GT Heritage car.PURCHASE: $700 TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 GULF EDITION The blue and orange Gulf Livery is one of the most iconic paint jobs in all of European racing history. The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Edition is a fitting chronograph tribute to some of the greatest moments in Formula 1 racing history. Driven by TAG Heuer quartz movement, which the company declares to be “one of the most reliable and accurate made in Switzerland,” the Formula 1 Gulf Edition celebrates legendary cars like the blue and orange Ford MKII that raced in the 1966 Le Mans and the Porsche 917 driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie Le Mans.PURCHASE: $1,600 REC-901 PORSCHE WATCH The REC-90 Porsche watch has the distinction of being the only chronograph on this list to be actually forged from the car to which it pays homage. The 901 is a mechanical timepiece, with a dial constructed from a piece of a salvaged, air-cooled Porsche 911. Each 901 watch is a one-of-a-kind timepiece. The “901” watch references the original intended title of the Porsche 911 when it was created in 1964. The watch’s movement is propelled by the Miyota caliber 9100 automatic movement. It comes with a Story Card that you can scan using your smartphone to learn the detailed history behind your watch.PURCHASE: $1,700 TONINO LAMBORGHINI CENTENARY ENGINE Created to honor the 100th birthday of Tonino Lamborghini’s father, Ferrucio Lamborghini, the founder of Lamborghini who was born in 1916. A glass with carbon fiber membrane protects the skeleton movement that drives the chronograph. The black cow leather strap is a fitting tribute to Lambo’s bovine ancestry.PURCHASE: $2,250 PORSCHE DESIGN 1919 DATETIMER 70Y LIMITED EDITION Porsche recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. In commemoration, they published a coffee table book, launched an awesome parade of legendary vehicles at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and released a tribute watch, in recognition of their seven decades of dominance. The sleek, black 1919 Datetimer 70Y Limited Edition is encased in titanium and coated in titanium carbide. It is inscribed with the number 1948, paying homage to Porsche’s DOB. The face also features the silhouette of a Porsche 356.PURCHASE: $3,500 BAUME AND MERCIER CLIFTON CLUB BERT MUNRO TRIBUTE Bert Munro is certainly a man worthy of a tribute (if not several). He has already been lionized in the feature film The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins. Now, luxury watchmaker Baume and Mercier has created the Clifton Club watch to honor the man who set the world record for the fastest motorcycle on land. The beautiful watch comes with a vermilion calfskin strap, black tachymeter on the bezel, and a silver-colored dial on which a bright yellow “35” is emblazoned — for Munro’s lucky number. It took a lot of luck — and plenty of skill — for Munro to break the land speed record in 1967. Pay your respects with this nearly $4,000 timepiece.PURCHASE: $3,900 BREITLING BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT Breitling is one of the top luxury watch brands in the world. Few know that they have a longstanding relationship with luxury carmaker Bentley. The partnership between the Swiss watchmaker and British car manufacturer has produced innumerable high-end watches, most notably with the 2002 creation of the Bentley Continental watches to mark the release of Bentley’s fastest car ever, the Continental GT. Among those watches, the most vibrant and elegant is probably the “Dark Sapphire” Continental GT watch, a beautiful piece made from a cambered sapphire crystal that matches the Continental GT car model.PURCHASE: $4,000 NOMOS GLASHÜTTE AUTOBAHN The Nomos Glashütte watch is a beautiful model designed in the style of the German Bauhaus school, a design movement from the Weimar era in Germany that has remained timeless since its moment in the sun a century ago. The Autobahn ‘Neomatik Datum’ model is a sport chronometer that alludes to the legendary German highway for which it’s named. Like the highway, famous for its lack of a universal speed limit, the watch is designed to be high-octane and dynamic, with steep curves that create a motif of fast movement.PURCHASE: $4,800 OMEGA SPEEDMASTER RACING MASTER CHRONOGRAPH Omega has a rich history, a large part of which is inextricably tied to the history of racing. The Omega Speedmaster is a line of chronograph wristwatches that has been around since 1957. The Speedmaster’s most famous stint was on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin, as the astronaut walked on the moon in 1968. With a power reserve of 60 hours, the self-winding chronograph is the perfect watch for race car drivers participating in long distance endurance races.PURCHASE: $8,500 ICON 4×4 DUESEY WATCH ICON 4 x 4 takes classic overlanders and offroaders them and restores them to immaculate condition. Founder Jonathan Ward is motivated by a passion for vintage cars. But he’s also an avid collector of vintage watches, and he always wanted to design his own chronograph inspired by a classic car. That’s just what he’s done with the ICON 4×4 Duesey Watch, a chronograph modeled after a vintage Duesenberg SJ dashboard. With a case made from sandblasted titanium grade 2, water resistant up to 50 meters, and a bezel forged of titanium grade 5, the Duesey watch is built to endure over the years.PURCHASE: $11,500 ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was introduced in 1963. It was built to meet the rigorous demands of professional race car drivers who wanted to keep track of lap times and measure their average speeds in miles or kilometers per hour. Crafted from 18ct gold alloys along with silver, copper, platinum or palladium, the Daytona is a product of superior craftsmanship. The self-winding caliber 4130 movement is a simple mechanism, ensuring that the Cosmograph Daytona will always run smoothly.PURCHASE: $28,800 HUBLOT LAFERRARI APERTA The LaFerrari, also known as the as the Ferrari LaFerrari or Ferrari F70, is a hybrid sports car. Specifically, the Aperta model was created in 2016 and has been in production until this model year. The Hublot LaFerrari Aperta experienced a limited 210 unit run. To honor the limited-edition car, Hublot partnered with Ferrari to create a $300,000 MP-05 LaFerrari super watch. The watch, crafted from sapphire crystal, is designed to be reminiscent of the shape of the supercar. Incredibly complex, the 637 pieces is the most intricate construction that Hublot has ever produced.PURCHASE: $260,000 TOURBILLON MCLAREN F1 RM 50-03 The most expensive watch on the list, the Tourbillon McLaren F1 RM 50-03, also known as the Split Seconds Chronograph Ultralight — McLaren F1 is designed in collaboration by the famed McLaren Formula 1 team and watchmaker Richard Mille. The result is the lightest split-seconds tourbillon chronograph ever made, weighing in at just 38 grams. The ultra-light composition is meant to match the dynamic, feathery speed of McLaren Formula 1 vehicles. The RM 50-03’s tripartite case is forged of Graphene, a nanomaterial that six times lighter than steel but 200 times stronger.PURCHASE: $1,300,00020 BE Original article source: High Consumption https://hiconsumption.com/2018/09/best-mens-watches-for-car-enthusiasts/
  2. The Motorists Guide

    NextBase 512GW Dash Cam

    Nextbase has launched the 512GW, the newest addition to their range of Dash Cams and features new and improved technology to further enhance the video clarity Other new features include Quad HD 1440p resolution, recording at 30 frames-per-second, via 140-degree wide angle, six-element sharp lenses made up of six layers of glass, covered with a special anti-glare polarising filter to reduce glare from the dashboard reflecting off the windscreen. This provides amazingly clear images, capturing the important information such as number plate and road sign detail. Combined with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to capture more detail by taking multiple videos at different contrasts to provide the best image possible in all light conditions. The picture quality is better than ever with stronger colours and amazing clarity thanks to the upgraded Sony Exmor R Sensor.  This new sensor is exclusive to Nextbase Dash Cams and really helps to enhance the image at night and in bright conditions. The 512GW is equipped with a 3” LED screen with touch buttons for ease of access. In the event of an accident, the 512GW can be instantly accessed to capture all the evidence which could be vital in being used in the event of a claim. SOS Data Protection prevents any crucial events from being deleted, while the inbuilt GPS receiver provides essential data such as speed and accurate location, which may be required by Insurers or the Police in the event of an accident. Another new feature is the addition of built-in WiFi to review, download and share footage instantly to your mobile phone or tablet by using the Nextbase Cam Viewer app (available on IOS and Android). The app is your personal mobile storage for recorded footage that you may want to keep and share with friends and family and if required, to forward to an insurance company or even the Police. Using GPS receiver and G sensor to record location, speed and force data to help provide important vehicle impact information. One of the newest features include  Time Lapse  option for those on longer journeys and special drives, where one still image is taken every minute of the trip. Also, they have introduced  Auto Dimming  to darken the camera screen during times of low light and at night.  The powered ‘Click & Go’ screen mount is a great innovation which allows the camera to be permanently powered and easily removed if required. Utilising magnets and powered touch points, allowing the camera to be free from wires. The mount can be powered with either the supplied 12-volt, 4-metre power cable connected to an auxiliary power socket. Alternatively, the mount can be permanently hard-wired by using a Hardwire Kit (optional) specifically designed to be used with the comprehensive range of Nextbase Dash Cams. The user can choose from various options within the menu system, such as switching the Audio recording on/off, Video length (2, 3 or 5 minutes), Parking Mode, Resolution, Exposure and many other functions. Easy to use control buttons are flush to the screen and touch sensitive, with illumination for easy navigation in dark conditions. Road Test Summary When fitted in a Honda CR-V, the 512GW had to sit lower down on the screen with the suction mount due to the top middle section having a painted section. With the size of the Dash Cam and the lower position, it was found to be a bit too intrusive on the drivers’ visibility, but by using the self-adhesive mount provided it was able to be repositioned further up the screen behind the mirror. It’s worth bearing in mind that a Dash Cam should not be fitted in the swept area (Drivers’ windscreen wiper zone) to obstruct visibility. Overall, the 512GW performed incredibly well in all lighting conditions with easy to use controls and features. It really does seem to be a fit-and-forget driving aid, and hopefully, not one that will need to be used in anger. Features Updated Sony Exmor 2 sensor provides unbeatable image quality  1440p Quad HD recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps  Innovative polarising filter to remove windscreen glare  Wi-Fi to allow you to share your footage directly to your smartphone or tablet  140° ultra-wide viewing angle for greater road and pavement coverage  GPS location and speed data to pinpoint incidents on your journey  Click & Go Powered Magnetic GPS Car Mount  Intelligent Parking Mode automatically indicates motion for greater safety  High Dynamic Range improves the contrast in an image whilst maintaining clarity  Wide Dynamic Range image processing ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light  3” LCD screen 960 x 240  Time Lapse features for longer journeys  Auto Dimming for low light conditions                Technical Information Dimensions: 10.9 x 5 x 1.8 cm (W x H x D) (37mm incl. lens) Storage: Supports SDHC and SDXC Micro SD Cards up to 32GB (Class 10 recommended) to provide up to 4 hours of recorded footage before entering a new recording loop Battery Life: up to 30 minutes’ back-up in the event of an accident Recommended Retail Price: £149.00 Further related articles Hardwire Kit option   Read Review
  3. Steve Q

    Faraday Pouch

    Following on from our report on faraday pouches, Steve reviews whether or not they make a sensible purchase with a long-term test. Keyless entry and keyless ignitions have become a convenient edition to most vehicles in the last ten years, however, this has allowed the criminal fraternity to capitalise on this through theft of motor vehicles or theft from motor vehicles. Criminals have been able to obtain the key code for vehicles by using devices which can trick the car in thinking that the key is nearby and thus allowing the criminal access to the vehicle. Since March I have been using two different types of faraday pouches, one which was purchased from an internet auction site for 79p and the other pouch which is available through our website. I must also stress I have not written this review as a selling tool but rather as a crime prevention tool and as a comparison between two similar products. Both products have a plastic vinyl exterior and a soft woven mesh interior and it is the mesh that blocks the key signal. I used the 79p internet auction site pouch for March and April 2018 and then the pouch available from our website from May till June 2018. I have been using the pouches for various cars that I have had the fortune of road testing, but the two I have highlighted in this article is the Suzuki Swift Mk2 and the Ford Kuga Mk2 both of which have keyless technology. With both vehicles I have stood beside them or no more than 2 feet away and occasions the faraday pouches prevented the vehicle from being unlocked. Furthermore I tested the pouches by unlocking the car then placing the car keys in the pouches, and then trying to start the ignition. On both occasions the car could not detect a key present inside the car and thus would not start the engine. Another added benefit I found of both faraday pouches was that it prevented the keys from digging into my leg or scratching my mobile phone screen, as well as reducing the risk of me worrying about whether or not I had left my keys behind. I admit I do this a lot, and the extra space taken up inside my pocket with the faraday pouch helps prevent me from leaving my keys behind. Where these pouches differ is in their quality as can be seen in the picture below. The top pouch was the 79p item purchased from an internet auction site and as can be seen the plastic vinyl on where the flap folds over has split in various places, but I will admit this does not affect the pouch from working effectively. The second pouch is available from our website and as can be seen there is one crack present. The Motorists Guide View: After using the faraday pouch I have found it a cheap, yet effective way of preventing a car from being accidentally unlocked or the key signal cloned by a criminal which can help YOU prevent theft from or of your vehicle and I would strongly recommend the owners of keyless cars to purchase one as it is clearly an easy way of giving you peace of mind that YOU have taken added measures to protect both your keys and your car. If you would like further information on faraday pouches then please see our previous article here: Alternatively if you would like to purchase a faraday pouch from us then you can do so here:
  4. The Motorists Guide

    Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam Review

    The Nextbase 412GW is the latest offering in a new range of Dash Cams from Nextbase and features WiFi and a ‘Click & Go’ powered screen mount Other new features include Quad HD 1440p resolution, recording at 30 frames-per-second, via 140-degree wide angle, six-element sharp lenses made up of six layers of glass to provide amazingly clear images to capture the important information such as number plate and road sign detail. Combined with High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve the contrast of an image while maintaining superb clarity in both bright and dark lighting conditions. The 412GW is equipped with a 3” LED screen with touch buttons for ease of access. In the event of an accident, the 412GW can be instantly accessed to capture all the evidence which can be used in the event of a claim. SOS Data Protection prevents any crucial events from being deleted, while the inbuilt GPS receiver provides essential data such as speed and accurate location, which may be required by Insurers or the Police in the event of an accident. Another new feature is the addition of built-in WiFi to review, download and share footage instantly to your mobile phone or tablet by using the Nextbase Cam Viewer app (available on IOS and Android). The app is your personal mobile storage for recorded footage that you may want to keep and share with friends and family and if required, to forward to an insurance company or even the Police. Using GPS receiver and G sensor to record location, speed and force data to help provide important vehicle impact information. The powered ‘Click & Go’ screen mount is a new innovation which allows the camera to be permanently powered and easily removed if required. Utilising magnets and powered touch points, allowing the camera to be free from wires. The mount can be powered with either the supplied 12 volt, 4-metre power cable connected to an auxiliary power socket. Alternatively, the mount can be permanently hard-wired by using a Hardwire Kit (optional) specifically designed to be used with the comprehensive range of Nextbase Dash Cams. The user can choose from various options within the menu system, such as switching the Audio recording on/off, Video length (2, 3 or 5 minutes), Parking Mode, Resolution, Exposure and many other functions. Easy to use control buttons are flush to the screen and touch-sensitive, with illumination for easy navigation in dark conditions. As can be seen in the above photo, in daylight conditions the quality of the image is superb with massive amounts of detail, even the name of the hotel in the distance can be read clearly Images captured in poor lighting conditions are still incredibly crisp and clear with superb clarity of stationary objects When fitted in a Honda CR-V, the 412GW had to sit lower down on the screen with the suction mount due to the top middle section having a painted section. With the size of the Dash Cam and the lower position, it was found to be a bit too intrusive on the drivers’ visibility, but by using the self-adhesive mount provided it was able to be repositioned further up the screen behind the mirror. It’s worth bearing in mind that a Dash Cam should not be fitted in the swept area (Drivers’ windscreen wiper zone) to obstruct visibility. Overall, the 412GW performed incredibly well in all lighting conditions with easy to use controls and features. It really does seem to be a fit-and-forget driving aid, and hopefully, not one that will need to be used in anger. Technical Information Dimensions: 10.9 x 5 x 1.8 cm (W x H x D) (37mm incl. lens) Storage: Supports SDHC and SDXC Micro SD Cards up to 32GB (Class 10 recommended) to provide up to 4 hours of recorded footage before entering a new recording loop Battery Life: up to 30 minutes’ back-up in the event of an accident Recommended Retail Price: £129.00 Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam More Information
  5. XCP have a range of Maintenance Fluids in the automotive and DIY market and have product placement with some major players in the automotive arena. The XCP range is quite unique, and this is mainly because of the properties of their products being vastly different to that of their competitors, making it safer to use with its higher flash point when using it on hot engine parts, very useful when spraying onto a hot exhaust manifold bolt in order to loosen it. We carried out a review for the products on an Alfa Romeo, which like most cars, is stored outside without cover all year round. Therefore, the resulting corrosion is quite minimal due to air being constantly circulated around the exposed parts. However, there are some linkages that are tighter than they should be, hinges and joints that aren’t as loose as they should be and general surface corrosion to take care of. So which product to use first? We opted for the Multi-Purpose spray to start with and then apply the Rust Protection on those parts that require a rust inhibitor. Finally, the Lubricate and Protect Maintenance Spray was used to seal in the newly freed-off and cleaned parts. How did we test the products? The test vehicle used for the lubricants was a 2006 Alfa Romeo GT with over 100k miles of British road use. It goes without saying that this is an ideal vehicle for any test evaluation, especially as it was used to dismantle original front suspension components. So how did the XCP Multi-Purpose Maintenance Spray perform? Prior to freeing off the seized components that were earlier identified, it is necessary to ensure that the fluid can enter between the two surfaces. The spray was of a high enough pressure to penetrate, and it would seem to have quite an effective capillary action necessary to find its way deep enough into the surface areas. After giving the components some time for the fluid to penetrate, the fasteners were undone with very little effort and noticeable traces of the fluid having travelled down through the threads. Prior to reassembling the components and fasteners that did not require any thread locking application, a liberal spraying of the Rust Protection spray was applied to any areas that you do not wish any corrosion setting in. Time will tell how effective this treatment is. You can buy this product here Lubricate & Protect Maintenance Spray Anyone who has ever owned an Alfa Romeo will know how irritating the suspension creaking noises can be. Dry bushes are usually to blame and because of this, the suspension components were spayed with this spray prior to refitting. Once again, time will tell how effective this has been. You can buy this product here Rust Protection Maintenance Spray To finish off any repair work and whilst you’re in the area it’s handy to liberally spray the Rust Blocker in the general area to ensure that no corrosion sets in with the salt deposits during the Winter months. Again, time will tell as to how efficient this spray is at preventing any corrosion. You can buy this product here Summary Overall, it is most definitely a very impressive pack of Maintenance Sprays that seem to cover all eventualities that you would encounter when working on vehicles. Would we have some in the toolbox for the vehicles that come through for repair….Yes, most definitely! Product & Company Overview XCP produce a range of products to provide the highest standards in maintenance, lubrication and rust protection. They have a noteworthy list of credentials including Edd China, the AA (who in 2012 selected XCP™ ONE™ as their preferred multipurpose spray) and the Honda Racing British Super Bike Team. XCP products beat market leaders including WD40, ACF50 and PlusGas when it comes to performance (loosening & lubricating) and are safer to use as the liquids themselves are non-volatile and non-flammable. VIDEO CLIP XCP advert starring Edd China VIDEO CLIP Product flammability tests
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