Bremont Shows Jaguar E-Type Watch : News
All six watches made with remaining aluminum from Jaguar's Lightweight E-Type project
In the rarefied world of expensive watches, where thousand-dollar timepieces trade on authenticity and a heritage reaching back to the Olde Worlde, Bremont is a relatively new outfit. Founded in 2002 by a pair of English brothers named, well, English, their watches are aviation-themed, for the most part.
Their latest piece has been designed in conjunction with the Lightweight Jaguar E-Type that's been garnering attention. Bremont designed the instruments for previous Jaguar concept cars, most notably the C-X75 turbine car, so the tie-in makes sense. "Since most classic enthusiasts also tend to be horophiles," said chief designer Ian Callum, "a wristwatch seemed to be the answer."
The result, the Bremont E-Type Lightweight Chronometer, bears great resemblance to the E-Type's Smiths tachometer, complete with red hash on the dial: the minute hand features a blacked-out portion, just like the real thing, the small seconds dial mimics the E-Type's inset clock, and the lettering is faithfully reproduced, with the key difference being, of course, that nobody revs their car to "04." The clear caseback features a rotor that resembles a hole-drilled steering wheel, ringed with real wood and complete with Jaguar "growler" in the center. Even the winding crown has been "engraved with the pattern of the period-correct racing tires," the nerdy highflautin' equivalent of one of those watches with a rubber tire tread band -- which, come to think of it, is apparently pretty highflautin' these days. (If the overall result bears some familiarity to the Autodromo Veloce wristwatch, you're not the only one drawing the automobile/wristwatch connection.)
"Creating the watch proved to be a fascinating project," said Giles English, Bremont co-founder, "as we were given access to the Jaguar archives in order, for example, to ascertain the exact font for the numerals used on the dial of the original rev counters. The fact that we were required to make just six examples enabled us to be very creative in a way that is not always possible when designing a watch for larger scale production…each watch is, essentially, bespoke."
The movement is Bremont's BWC/01 proprietary movement, which is self-winding and chronometer rated with a 50-hour power reserve. It's nestled within a white gold case 43mm in diameter.
It wouldn't be Bremont if the materials didn't draw a direct connection to the watch's theme. Each of the watches has a center ring made from aluminum left over from building the Lightweight E-Types, anodized to match each individual car. Bremont has a history of material mash-ups: the company once built a watch that featured minute swatches of fabric from the Wright Brothers Flyer. Another featured wood from Horatio Nelson's HMS Victory, which earned it Forbes' "The Coolest Watch of 2012." By this standard, a bit of metal from a Jaguar seems almost…plebian.
Just six watches will be made, one for each of the reborn Lightweight E-Types. Each watch will have a matching VIN, engraved at the 6 o'clock position. (By contrast, nearly 300 Victory watches were infused with the good ship Victory's timbers.) All six are prioritized to Lightweight E-Type owners, and are estimated to be sold out right around…now.
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