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The Best F1 Drivers’ Watches for 2024 Season

Sergio Perez Max Verstappen Tag Heuer

A new season of F1 is just around the hairpin corner with the first Grand Prix set to take place in Bahrain February 29th – March 2nd. And with the new season comes all the drama and excitement of new cars, team changes and off-track shake-ups. For example, we know this will be Hamilton’s last season at Mercedes. However, as a watch fan, one of the most exciting things is discovering the latest watch collaborations, sponsorships and anticipating which watches we’ll spot at tracks around the world – perhaps the biggest piece of news being the fact Tudor are throwing their hat into the F1 ring. So, without further ado here are the best F1 drivers’ watches to look for in 2024.

Mercedes AMG: IWC

Mercedes AMG F1 Team

The biggest news hanging over the upcoming Mercedes 2024 season is the news that it’s already confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will be leaving the team in 2025 to head over to Ferrari. Hamilton managed to podium in the overall standings last year so hopefully he can achieve the same or better as a last hoorah with the team. IWC continue to be the team’s wristwatch partner and hopefully we’ll see more collaborations like the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Team Watch.

Lewis Hamilton: IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton Edition

IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton Edition
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

At this point Lewis Hamilton, has released several collaboration watches with IWC, the latest of which is the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton Edition. A vibrant teal timepiece with a platinum case and haute horological movement. Specifically the Calibre 89900 automatic with 68-hour power reserve.

George Russell: IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium IW371815

George Russell IWC Top Gun

With Hamilton confirmed to be leaving Mercedes next year, perhaps now is the time for Russell to step into the limelight and receive a much deserved collaboration with IWC. However, until that happens he’ll wear his trusted IW371815, the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium. It’s one of the most prestigious forms of chronograph, the rattrapante, which you can read about in our beginner’s guide to chronograph functions.

Oracle Red Bull Racing: Tag Heuer

Oracle Red Bull Racing F1

Red Bull are currently the back to back to back champions thanks to Max Verstappen’s aggressive driving style. Max is joined again by Sergio Perez, who ended up second overall last year. Their watch sponsor is Tag Heuer, who have a long history of producing racing watches. Indeed, the majority of their watches are named after the most famous races in the world such as the Monaco and Carrera.

Sergio Perez & Max Verstappen: Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Skeleton

Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen Tag Heuer

At the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix last year Verstappen was spotted wearing the Monaco Chronograph Skeleton, the first ever skeletonised member of the Monaco family. Every year Tag Heuer introduce a new Monaco collection ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix and typically you can see it on Verstappen’s wrist for the rest of the season.

Tag Heuer Monaco Skeleton Chronograph Turquoise Red

If proof of F1 drivers having watch commitments were necessary then look no further than the fact that Perez was also wearing the Monaco Chronograph Skeleton last year as well as Max. At least they each had different versions of the watch with Perez wearing the striking black DLC edition with turquoise subdials while Verstappen was in the blue.

Visa Cash App RB: Tudor

Visa Cash App RB F1

Replacing AlphaTauri is the Visa Cashapp RB Formula One team and alongside their new livery, they’re bringing in a big name watch sponsor, Tudor. This isn’t the first time Tudor has been involved in motorsport, having operated the Tudor Watch Racing Team in the 60s, however this is likely their most high profile project. The team’s drivers are Daniel Ricciardo and the former AlphaTauri (Visa Cash App RB replaces AT as Red Bull’s second team, hence the RB in the name) driver Yuki Tsunoda – both are likely to sport Tudors by the end of the season.

Daniel Ricciardo & Yuki Tsunoda: Tudor Black Bay Ceramic

Daniel Ricciardo Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
Yuki Tsunoda Tudor Black Bay Ceramic

In the press images accompanying the unveiling of the new car and racing livery, Yuki Tsunoda can be seen wearing the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic. It’s Tudor’s most cutting edge watch to date featuring a stealthy ceramic case and Tudor’s first master chronometer movement.

Just like Yuki, Daniel Ricciardo has been snapped wearing the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic. The super lightweight ceramic construction gives it a very sporty vibe that suits the high-tech world of Formula One. It measures 41mm in diameter and is water resistant to 200m, giving it solid tool watch specs. However, unlike Yuki’s watch, Ricciardo’s appears to have an as yet unreleased blue dial, suggesting that new watches and collaborations are likely on the way.

Aston Martin: Girard-Perregaux

Aston Martin F1

The Alonso renaissance continues over at Aston Martin, with the Italian racing veteran putting himself in contention in more than a few races across the season. Joining him once again is Lance Stroll. Their official timing partner is Girard-Perregaux, who produce some of the most interesting collab watches around with pieces like the Aston Martin Neo Bridges.

Fernando Alonso: Girard Perregaux Laureato Gloves

Fernando Alonso Girard Perregaux Laureato Gloves

Throughout the 2023 season Alonso wasn’t much for actually wearing a watch – sponsorship deals no doubt preventing him from wearing his beloved Richard Milles. However, if you take a look at his racing suit and more specifically his gloves, you can see that a picture of a Laureato has been integrated onto his wrist guard, making it look like he’s wearing the watch, a smart piece of design.

Lance Stroll: Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin

Lance Stroll Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin
Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin

When it comes to watches themed around F1, they don’t get any more thematic than the Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Chronograph Aston Martin, which contains actual parts of Aston Martin’s F1 car. A fitting watch for returning driver Lance Stroll.

McLaren: Richard Mille

McLaren F1

McLaren continue to methodically work their way up from the mid-tables to sit right below the scoreboard leaders, well positioned to break out onto the podium in 2024. Something they will hopefully able to do with the promising talent of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at the helm. Their watch partner is Richard Mille, who are perhaps the most iconic F1 watch sponsor around with multiple teams in partnerships with them. Although, the extraordinary value of their sporty watches isn’t always a boon to their drivers…

Lando Norris & Oscar Piastri: Richard Mille RM 67-02 McLaren

Lando Norris Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Extra Flat
Oscar Piastri Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat Alexander Zverev

In 2021 Lando Norris had his RM 67-02 ‘Automatic Extra Flat’ stolen from him during a mugging that took place after he had attended a football match at Wembley. The watch has a value of around £120,000. It has a carbon TPT and titanium case and the calibre CRMA7 also features carbon composite components. Now he has another one back on his wrist, with a light blue, almost slate strap to match McLaren colours. Lando’s team mate, Oscar Piastri also rocks an RM 67-02, although his hasn’t been stolen.

Ferrari: Richard Mille

Ferrari F1 2024

Ferrari is another team that has a partnership with Richard Mille. Together, the two brands push the boundaries of what is capable in timekeeping, having produced the world’s thinnest automatic wristwatch in the form of the RM UP-01 Ferrari. On the racing front, they’re hoping for another top five finish for LeClerc – as well as anticipating the onboarding of Hamilton next year.

Charles LeClerc: Richard Mille RM72-01 Flyback Chronograph

Charles LeClerc Richard Mille RM72-01 Flyback Chronograph
Richard Mille RM72-01 Flyback Chronograph

In another upsetting sequence of events, Charles LeClerc had his RM67-02 ‘Charles LeClerc’ stolen in a similar set of circumstances to Lando. Although, instead of attending a football game, LeClerc was signing some autographs for fans. Evidently F1 stars are a target for watch thieves and RMs are particularly prized. Hopefully nothing like it happens again. In more recent watchspotting news he was seen wearing the RM72-01 Flyback Chronograph during a round of golf.

Carlos Sainz: Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat ‘Alexander Zverev’

Carlos Sainz Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat Alexander Zverev
Richard Mille RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat Alexander Zverev

The ‘Alexander Zverev’ seems to be one of the most popular editions of the RM 67-02 Automatic Winding Extra Flat, with Sainz rocking one as well as Piastri. It makes a certain amount of sense for Sainz as the black and red colours of the watch really suit the Ferrari aesthetic.

Alpine: H. Moser & Cie.

Alpine F1

After a stint with Bell & Ross Alpine have completely changed the direction of their wristwatch partner going from the urban instrument watches of B&R to the haute horology of H. Moser & Cie. H. Moser have become Alpine’s first ever “Global Partner”, united across every branch of Alpine’s racing projects including F1. Alongside news of the partnership, they have teased that they plan to “develop common products” so perhaps a Streamliner Alpine is in the works?

Esteban Ocon & Pierre Gasly: H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph

Esteban Ocon Pierre Gasly H. Moser and Cie Streamliner Chronograph

So far all we have is the initial press images that accompanied the announcement of the new partnership and unveiling of the new race suit and car, which has both Ocon and Gasly wearing the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Chronograph. The watch is inspired by American trains from the mid 1900s and combine a certain level of industrial design with a cool Art Deco quality.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph

There are several types of Streamliner that H. Moser produce, but it’s no surprise that the model being rocked by Ocon and Gasly is the chronograph edition. It features the classic Streamliner case paired with a blue fume dial and a chequered minute track that looks like a finishing line.

Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber: None

Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber

While the Sauber team has been a mainstay of F1 since 1993, they have often undergone changes of branding. Previously they have been the BMW team, last year they were Alfa Romeo, and in the future they will be Audi. For now, they are Stake F1 Kick Sauber. Previously their wristwatch partner was Rebellion Timepieces however it has been announced that Rebellion is stopping its wristwatch productions to focus on automotive endeavours – so while it may continue to be associated with the team in some capacity, it’s no longer technically a watch sponsor.

Valtteri Bottas: Rebellion Predator S / Zhou Guanyu: Rebellion Re-Volt

Valtteri Bottas Rebellion Predator S
Zhou Guanyu Rebellion Re-Volt

The Rebellion Predator S is the closest thing to a Hublot Big Bang that has penetrated its way into the F1 sphere. Big, bold and with an industrial aesthetic featuring exposed screws and a partially open worked display. Bottas’ version features green and black accents to compliment the new Kick livery.

Of course, Bottas’ fellow Stake F1 Kick Sauber driver couldn’t be forgotten about and he has the Rebellion Re-Volt three hand. It has a strong red and black colourway, for its distinctive square design featuring a carbon case and skeletonised display.

Williams: None

Williams F1

British F1 team Williams partnered with fellow British brand Bremont for the 2023 season, however that partnership has now come to a close, leaving Willaims without a watch sponsor for 2024. In terms of racing, Alex Albon has proven himself to be a reliable mid-field contender while Logan Sargeant has a ways to improve.

Alex Albon & Logan Sargeant: Bremont WR-45 Chronograph

Alex Albon Bremont WR-45 Chronograph
Logan Sargeant Bremont WR-45 Chronograph

Towards the end of the 2023 season Alex Albon swapped from the WR-22 to the stealthier WR-45, a watch also sported by Logan Sargeant, which features a black DLC case and matching black dial with chronograph subcounters in white or black. It’s sporty and racing focussed, perfect for F1.

Bremont WR-45 Chronograph

The Bremont WR-45 is a 43mm diameter chronograph with a tricompax display featuring a 30-minute timer, 12-hour timer and small seconds. The design of the caseback and rotor is inspired by the wheel rim of the Williams car and produced in collaboration with them. It remains to be seen whether the pair will continue to wear it now that the partnership has ended.

Haas: None

Haas F1

Haas no longer has a watch sponsor listed among their partners, but until recently they were working with haute horological specialists Cyrus. For the 2023 season they’re hoping to improve their form with the return of Kevin Magnussen and picking up Nico Hulkenberg, both of whom will be aiming to crack into the top 10.

Kevin Magnussen: Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde / Nico Hulkenberg: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde
Nico Hulkenberg Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Magnussen doesn’t appear to be a habitual wristwatch wearer and with no team sponsor obligating him to wear one, he chooses not to. The last watch he was seen wearing with any regularity was from a few years ago during the Cyrus period when he wore the Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde.

Nico Hulkenberg is in the same position as Magnussen in that he isn’t required to wear a watch but unlike his team mate he’s actually a horophile. His collection includes a Rolex Daytona and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Ref. Ref. 26238ST.OO.A340CA.01, which he can actually wear publicly because he has no brand obligations.

Find out more about the 2024 F1 Season drivers & races at Formula 1.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.