Formula One is regarded as the highest class of motor racing in the world. There are no other racing series on planet earth features faster machinery or drivers. It is consider as the creme de la creme of motor racing.
Last year (2008) F1 was not only a landmark race for Singapore, but also one for Forumula One history book as it is a night race - a first in it 59 years history of the championship.
Honestly, we do not understand why it is called a night race when the lighting setup stuck up almost all the power of our little "right" dot, and lit up the streets so bright that it is even brighter than the day... maybe it should be call sometime like "F1:Beyond the Day light race".
There was another first title for last year 2008 F1 race that not well know. It was also the first street race in Asia for Formula 1, as well as being one of the few held on a race track that runs anti-clockwise.
Many big boys in different industries, taking this opportunity to release their own version of "first". First on the line, we have our favour watches. Here is a flash back on all the Singapore Night Race watches.
On the top of the list we have Richard Mille who launched a friendship version of a watch to celebrated Mille's friendship with the Ferrari team driver Felipe Massa, and marked Massa's first Grand Prix in Singapore. It is a special timepiece for Ferrari's Felipe Massa, the RM 011 Felipe Massa Special Edition. The watch is limited to 50 peices. The cost of watch ... hold on to you chair ... S$300,000.00 (non-limited edition) ... can you guess the price tag for the RM011?
Next, we have Concord, released a C1 WorldTimer Night Race in a limited edition of 1000 pieces.
Cartier unveiled its Roadster Special Racing Edition that house the Cartier's caliber 8510 automatic chronograph movement with red seconds and chronograph hands, and water resistance to 100m. The yellow gold edition is limited to 15 pieces, and stainless steel version is limited to 100 pieces.
Tag Heuer tour de force for the Singapoer Grand Prix is a limited edition of its Grand Carrera Calibre 9 RS Grande Date GMT. It is limited to 150 pieces.
Local big brother, The Hour Glass, teamed up with Gerald Genta and Hulbot to launch their version of F1 limited edition.
Gerald Genta Fantasy Mickey Racing was launch first. It came in a black-and-white carbon fiber dial, our national symbol of Singpaore (red lion head) prominently display at the top of the dial. It is limited to 50 pieces. The price tag was 5 digits.
Next "bang" is Hublot Project F. The Hour Glass launched the watch to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hour Glass had committed 5% of the retail price of every Project F Bang chronograph sold at it boutique in Singapore and Malaysia.
Taking this opportunity to do it part for the charity is Chopard, who contributed 2 limited edition watches. The Chopard L.U.C. Tourbillion Tech Twist with innovative silicium escapement, and the Happy Sport. Both watches are up for auction at the "President's Challenge F1 Charity Luncheon". All the proceeds from the auction was donated to the President's Challenge.
Finally, our favour watch on the list. The AP (not to be mistaken with the luxury pen AP limited edition) Royal Oak Off Shore. It came in forged carbon case with red dial, complemented with steel bezel and eight black PVD-coated screws. It is limited to 250 pieces, with 125 pieces allocated to Singapore and the reminder to the rest of the world.
While there was no pen to mark the Singapore F1 Night Race last year, however, there was one pen that marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the legendary Brooklands moter racing track.
Bentley Motors and Tibaldi proudly introduced the Bentley at Brooklands Limited Edition Collection. Hand etched with a racing motif created especially by Bentley Interior Designer, Jonathan Punter.
These pens evoke the grand style and exhilarating moments of Bentley victories at the fabled oval track. Depicting two cars racing on the famous Brooklands banking, the composition is inspired by artwork produced for the actual historical races at Brooklands, with which Bentley is so strongly affiliated.
Presented in sumptuous veneered wooden cases, lined in genuine leather, only 550 each of the sterling fountain and rollerball pens have been crafted for worlwide acquisition.
Can you feel the rush yet? No! Here is another to drive up your blood pressure. A actual Bentley Brooklands Limited Edition car... Yes, a physicall car that you can drive on the road and feel the ERP(ain). It is limited to 550 cars in production. The estimated cost is USD$300,000 (excluding all taxes).
All the items mentioned are available here in Singaproe, except the Bentley LE car which need special order and have to be placed on a wait list.