Timing is everything in the world of racing, and in a sport where victory can be determined by milliseconds, precision is key. It’s no surprise then that the universes of watchmaking and motoring have been so closely associated for decades. 

Unlike diving or aviation watches, these race-inspired watches can veer towards the flashier side, though more conservative car enthusiasts are also enjoying a surge in less jazzy options today. The rugged yet stylish aesthetics — often inspired by a particular car — are now applied to classic designs, giving old favourites a new lease of life. 

In the spirit of speed, racing, and a rambunctious amount of noise and fumes, here are the best race-inspired watches to celebrate Singapore’s iconic Formula One night race with.