Jaguar and Bremont Watches Launch Lightweight E-Type Tachometer
Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that can get involved in the exclusive luxury watch business. Jaguar wants to get in on the fun and it tapped British watchmaker Bremont to create an ultra-limited edition timepiece in honor of the iconic Lightweight E-Type.
The two British brands actually have a history of collaboration, beginning with the development of the Jaguar C-X75 Concept back in 2010, specifically the analog dashboard clock found in the interior of the 778-horsepower hybrid supercar. Now, the two companies are back at it again with a new partnership that ties into Jaguar’s plan to finish the Lightweight E-Type project it started in February 1963.
The watch itself is a thing of beauty. It’s got a 43 mm (1.69-inch) white gold case with an aluminum center ring. This ring, it turns out, was made using the same material used int he construction of the Lightweight E-Type. How’s that for unique, right? Look inside at the black dial and you’ll notice that it was inspired by a Lightweight E-Type tachometer. A subtle "red zone" quadrant is also a prominent feature while at the six o’clock position, a specific car chassis number of the Lightweight E-Type is displayed, just above where it reads ’Automatic’ and ’Made in U.K.’ Meanwhile, the watch strap is made from Connolly leather, which is the same type of cover Jaguar used on the Lightweight E-Type’s upholstery.
Neither Jaguar nor Bremont has mentioned any pricing details for these six watches. What we do know is that they won’t come cheap. Not cheap at all.
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Why It Matters
Here’s a short history lesson about the Lightweight E-Type. Jaguar originally planned to build 18 models as part of its ’Special GT E-Type’ project. But in the end, the company only built 12 of the 18 models, leaving out six of the designated chassis numbers unused. It took 51 years, but win May 2014, Jaguar announced that it would ’re-start’ the E-Type project by finishing the last six models through its own Special Operations division.
All this brings us to its tie-up with Bremont. Jaguar’s not just building these cars 51 years after-the-fact; it’s turning it into an event of sorts and it enlisted Bremont to join in on the celebration by creating six limited-edition watches to commemorate all six un-built models, right down to their chassis numbers.
That’s why these six watches matter.
The "new" Jaguar Lightweight E-Type models will retain the same specifications that were used in 1963, right down to the smallest and most intricate of details. Each model will also be hand-built by the fine craftsmen working at Jag’s facility in the UK with special assistance coming from Jaguar Heritage.
Once built, the new E-Type will come in a myriad of colors, including SIlver Metallic, Carmine Red, Opalescent Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic, Opalescent Blue Metallic, and the iconic Old English White and British Racing Green that Jaguar has become famous for.
Incredibly, Jaguar was also able re-create the original engines using an 3.8-liter straight-six engine. The company was even able to produce 340 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque with either the standard trio of Webber carbs or the optional Lucas mechanical fuel injection.