I’ve seen a lot of timepieces born from collaborations between an automaker and a watch company, but I honestly haven’t seen anything quite like this. British watchmaker Christopher Ward has created a limited-edition watch that has a piece of an actual car embedded in it. But wait, it’s not just any car we’re talking about here; this particular watch has an original piece of exterior paneling from a Ferrari 250 GTO . Let me know if any of you have seen or heard anything like this before because I surely haven’t. I also haven’t seen a unicorn in my lifetime, but that’s a story for another day.
This particular watch, though, is a thing of beauty. It’s called the C70 3527 GT and the ’3527 GT’ nomenclature is a nod to the chassis number of the seventh 250 GTO.
Christopher Ward is only releasing 100 pieces and each individual buyer will only receive one unit. Each watch will come with a price tag of $2,950, which is incredibly expensive compared to my humble, eight-year-old Casio G-Shock.
Should you be interested in ordering the C70 3527 GT Chronometer, you’re going to need to contact Christopher Ward directly to let its sales people know you’re willing to spend that much money on arguably the most unique auto-themed timepiece in the world. It’s first-come, first-served so act quickly if you want one.
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Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer in detail
The Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer comes with a museum-grade sapphire crystal and traditional Ferrari coloring used in the watch’s dial.
The aforementioned piece of original Ferrari metal can also be seen on the backside of the watch. Cut by Swiss metal-cutting experts to allow the Rosso Corsa No. "6" from the 250 GTO’s number to be displayed.
The watch also has a black leather band with matching Rosso Corsa stitching, complementing the shiny chrome of finish of the timepiece.
A lot of things happened in 1962. The United Navy SEALS were established. Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And Ferrari unveiled the 250 GTO.
While we can appreciate the first two events, the unveiling of the 250 GTO remains one of the most important moments in automotive history. Ferrari initially launched the 250 GTO with the intention of using it in GT racing. The model was built on a chassis from the 250 GT SWB and was powered by a 3.0-liter, V-12 engine that came from the 250 Testa Rossa
To this day, the 250 GTO it’s still considered as one of the most iconic cars in history. The fact that only 39 units were built — 33 "normal" models, three with four-liter 330 engines, and three "Type 64" cars with revised bodywork — only adds to the overall appeal, esteem, and overall history of one of the most historical vehicles to race the streets of this world.