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Given the role played by precision mechanics in both watchmaking and automobiles, it’s often the case that watch collectors are car guys, too. Of course, the wild popularity of the mildly nauseating, direct-to-Instagram steering wheel wrist shot might make that clear enough, but it’s worth noting that this crossover of passions is rooted in the daring history of motorsport. Back when race cars weren’t crafted out of carbon fibre, and the average windshield was about the size of a loaf of bread, race teams and their drivers relied upon stopwatches and chronographs to shave seconds off their lap times. Among the most...

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