Jaguar and Bremont have teamed up to create six unique wrist watches in celebration of the Lightweight E-type. This dynamic pair are both individually known for their exquisite style and commitment to excellence. Each Bespoke chronometer will complement the six new Lightweight E-type models being built by Jaguar Heritage just as they were in the 1963 production run.
The first of six watches features a 43mm black dial that is based on the Lightweight E-type’s RPM gauge. Chamfered hour and minute hands replicate the instrument’s tachometer needle and the chassis number of the matching vehicle is printed at the six o-clock position on every watch. Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the watch face.
Each watch also carries the specific engine number of the car it is paired with, making them truly one of a kind. Aluminum saved from the constriction of the car has been used within the white gold watch cases. Bremont also debuted their first proprietary self-winding movement, finished with a 50 hour power research and fitted with a ‘steering wheel’ rotor. The strap uses Connolly leather, as used for the Lightweight’s upholstery.
The winding crown is engraved with the pattern of the period-correct Dunlop racing tires that will be fitted to the continuation Lightweights. An alloy-spoked Lightweight steering wheel with an authentic wooden rim are found on the back of each watch, forming part of the rotor. The exhibition type back is built using integrated domed crystal, secured with 4 polished head screws.
The new watch made its public debut alongside the new Lightweight E-type at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance this past August 14th.
“The Lightweight E-type project is so special that we thought we really needed to create something which complemented the cars and, since most classic enthusiasts also tend to be horophiles, a wristwatch seemed to be the answer,” says Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum. “Bremont was the obvious choice as a partner, both because we have worked closely together in the past on the clocks for the C-X75 and XJ75 Platinum concept cars and because, like Jaguar, it is a quintessentially British brand.”
“We didn’t want a watch that was too obvious in terms of design, but something which captured the spirit of the Lightweight in a subtle yet relevant way and I think Bremont has certainly achieved that goal.”
Giles English, who co-founded Bremont in 2002 with his brother, Nick, says the new Lightweight watches provided the firm with the perfect opportunity to take the important step of launching its own, proprietary movement. “We have been working on designing, developing and producing our first exclusive movement for more than a year, and it seems fitting that it is going to make one of its first appearances in this very special watch for Jaguar,” said Giles.
“Creating the watch proved to be a fascinating project, 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 – and that’s why we have been able to feature touches such as using real wood for the rim of the ‘steering wheel’ winding rotor. Each watch is, essentially, bespoke.”
The new cars are the ‘missing’ six vehicles from the ‘Special GT E-type’ project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The six new cars will carry those original, historic Lightweight E-type chassis numbers. Each of the six cars will be built to the exact specification of the last Lightweight E-type produced in 1964 and will be hand-crafted at the original home of the E-type, Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England.
The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes. A race winner in the hands of a variety of famous drivers during its short competitive career, the car has achieved worldwide fame and original examples are now valued in the many millions. In recreating the Lightweight E-type, Jaguar Heritage has been able to call on the superlative skills and experience of many talented engineers and technicians already working in a variety of departments within Jaguar. The launch of this exclusive Lightweight E-Type watch marks the start of a long term relationship for Jaguar and Bremont. Future editions will be announced at a later date.
To learn more about this partnership, visit Bremont Chronometers.
(All images copyright Bremont & Jaguar, used with permission)