On Time: The Speed Issue

A long time ago Nicholas Foulkes, editor of Vanity Fair On Time, brought himself a second-hand Bentley. Crashing the car shortly afterwards, he arrived at two realizations whilst contemplating the expensive wreckage. Firstly, Bentleys are a rich man’s car and (by his own accord) he is not a rich man. The second was problematically linked to the first. He realized that speed blinds you, fools you, and makes you want more of that sensation–even after a crash. The On Time Speed Issue—which is out today—is dedicated to the complex, longstanding and sometimes thorny alliance between time and movement. True to V.F. style, the issue contains a wealth of expansive essays to sink your teeth into on slow-moving evenings: don’t miss Charles Jennings on man’s quest for ever-faster machinery, or the detailed deep-dive into the evolution of the chronograph, which has been through more twists and turns of the dial than you might imagine. Once you’ve digested these thoughtful pieces, you can move on to the speedier features. This year’s portfolio profiles Lewis Hamilton, Dame Jessica Ennis Hill and a host of other professionals who straddle and stretch the intersection between time and velocity. And, in a stroke of genius, Foulkes opened his address book, and persuaded some of the top haute horlogerie CEOs to strap on their watches and strap themselves into a set of sports cars, to star in the Vanity Fair On Time Track Day, a unique event that was part Wacky Races, part Rush, and total petrolhead paradise.

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