Bespoke Watch Maker Bremont Marks Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Revival
Jaguar reviled this week at the Pebble Beach Concours Classic Car Week that they will launch the “missing” six vehicles from the original run of 18 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type models from 1963. The GT-E-Type was a phenomenal racing car and in recent years has become a highly sought-after collectible. But in order to take to the track, Jaguar had to homologate it by building a number of models for customers. Only 12 were made in 1963, the final 6 will come to life in 2014 to the exact specification of the first batch.
To mark this new production of Lightweight E-Type’s, British watch maker Bremont will produce six wristwatches one for each car engraved with its unique engine number. These watches will be given to the owner of the corresponding Jaguar, who were offered first refusal being existing Jaguar collectors. Bremont has ensured that there are plenty of visual links between the watch and the cars and even a piece of aluminium saved from the construction of the E-Type has been added to each of the watches case bands.
The devil is in the detail with the Bremount. The hour and minute hands that replicate the car’s tachometer needle; chassis number of the corresponding car printed at 6 o’clock on the watch’s dial; rotor for the movement’s automatic winding shaped like the Lightweight E-Type’s steering wheel including a wood rim; and the crown engraved with the pattern of the period-correct Dunlop tires, which are also found on the re-edition of the car. The E-type watch has also given the British watch-maker, established in 2002, its first opportunity to offer its own proprietary movement. The Bremont also features a 43 mm white gold Trip-Tick case. The watch strap is made from the same Connolly leather that graces the interior of the Lightweight E-Type, and Jaguar has even crafted the box that the watch comes in.
The meticulous details make Bremont’s Jaguar Lightweight E-Type watch a worthy companion to this iconic automobile. Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design discusses the watch and why Jaguar chose to work with Bremont in the video bellow.