Cover Rolex Testimonee and former racing driver Mark Webber (Photo: Rolex)

After 10 years of tracking time at Formula One races, Rolex’s power of precision will once again decide the fate of drivers at the Singapore Grand Prix

If the world of Formula One were to be encapsulated by a single object, it wouldn’t be any of the racetracks that have been carved onto lands far and wide, or the flashy, fast cars that scorch those inky circuits. Instead, it would be a clock.

For 10 years now, a gold‐rimmed timepiece has watched over Grand Prix races around the globe, travelling from Monaco to Miami. Suspended over pit lanes on the pit lane gantry, the clock is a perfect instrument that offers a sense of order amid the din of car engines powering through meandering paths. On its optic white face shimmers a gold coronet, a symbol of success—and the name Rolex.

The Swiss watch manufacture is tightly wound to the very idea of victory, but not just through visual elements such as the colour gold and the aforementioned crown that has served as its logo for almost a century now. Rolex timepieces represent technical triumphs in horology, and in the world of motor sport, they are watches made for winners.

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In 1935, the legendary Sir Malcolm Campbell became the world’s fastest driver with a Rolex Oyster on his wrist. Sir Jackie Stewart, a long‐standing Rolex Testimonee and three‐time FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion, rewarded himself after an excellent racing season in 1966 with his first Rolex timepiece: a Rolex Day‐Date. His Rolex collection, much like his trophy cabinet, has expanded considerably since. Mark Webber’s relationship with the brand began similarly; after his first Grand Prix win in 2009, the Australian racer purchased a Rolex GMT‐Master to celebrate, famously reasoning that “the trophy doesn’t matter as much as the watch”.

Another way of looking at it: during a race, the track doesn’t matter as much as the time. It’s through Rolex’s precise timekeeping, which measures right down to the ten‐thousandth of a second, that history has been recorded and winners have been made at F1 races. “Its timepieces are synonymous with quality and reliability,” Webber enthuses.

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The Swiss watch manufacture will continue to sift out the champions come September 30, when the Singapore Grand Prix returns in full force after a two‐year hiatus and the Rolex Pit Lane Clock—the Official Timepiece of Formula One—is once again mounted along the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Set in the heart of a compact city, the racetrack is a particularly arduous one, as acknowledged by Stewart. “Singapore is a highly respected destination on the F1 calendar and is renowned for close racing,” says the Rolex Testimonee. “Over the years, it has provided teams with a unique challenge.”

The Marina Bay Street Circuit calls for an instrument of extreme accuracy; all eyes will be on the Rolex clock as its hands decide the fate of each driver. Its presence also serves as a reminder to racers as they make their laps: victory lies ahead.

“From changing dimensions to cutting‐edge materials, quality and accuracy, all are paramount within the worlds of Rolex and Formula One,” says Stewart. “Both are constantly pushing the boundaries and are masters of that winning mentality.”

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