Flash News: Bremont Lightweight E-Type White Gold
By Thierry Ané on August 12, 2014
In partnership with Jaguar, British watch brand Bremont has just released a very limited edition timepiece that should arouse the interest of all lovers of classic sports cars: the Lightweight E-Type in white gold.
For those of you without an encyclopaedic knowledge of the automotive world, the E-Type is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. In 1963-64, the car manufacturer presented the “Lightweight E-Type”, a model making extensive use of aluminium alloy in the body panels and other components. According to the “Special GT E-Type” project, eighteen cars should have been produced but only twelve actually hit the market.
In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in a The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time and now, Jaguar Heritage has decided to build the “missing” six cars under the chassis numbers that have remained dormant since the mid-sixties. Having worked with Jaguar in the past on the clocks for the C-X75 and XJ75 Platinum concept cars, Bremont could not miss such an opportunity to celebrate in its own way the rebirth of this mythical sports car.
Giles and Nick English, the brothers behind Bremont, have thus decided to introduce a wristwatch limited to just six pieces, each carrying proudly on the dial the engine number of the car it is paired with. But just stamping an evocative number on the dial of an existing model has never been Bremont’s idea of customisation: the new model is packed with clever references to the luxurious car.
First, the 43 mm Trip-Tick case that the brothers crafted in white gold features a central ring in aluminium saved from the Lightweight E-Type construction. It will be anodised to match the colour of the car it is designed to complement. Then, the crown is also a tribute to the world of racing. Indeed, it is engraved with the pattern of the Dunlop racing tyres used during the sixties that will of course also be used for the six new Lightweight E-Type models.
In pure racing style, the watch is mounted on a blue leather strap with white stiches and large holes. This elegant complement to the watch has been crafted in the same Connolly leather as the one used for the interior trim of the car. It brings a vintage touch to the watch and outlines its luxurious origin.
The dial of the watch has been designed with the same attention to details as the rest of the watch. Digging into the Jaguar archives for authenticity, Bremont’s team designed the black dial in the same style as the original rev counters of the car: the same font has been used for the Arabic numerals and the “red zone” quadrant is similar to the one found on the RPM gauge of the car. The chamfered hours and minutes hands also replicate the instrument’s tachometer needle.
The watch is equipped with the now famous “in-house” BWC/01 self-winding calibre that has recently been used for the “Wright Flyer” in steel, rose gold or white gold. This time-only movement with a small seconds counter offers 50 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It is of course observable through the sapphire crystal on the back and, for this Lightweight E-Type edition, it has been fitted with a rotor that takes the form of an exquisite miniaturisation of a Lightweight steering wheel, complete with authentic wooden rim.
The Lightweight E-Type watch will make its public debut alongside the new Lightweight E-Type at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that will take place this August 14.
For more information please visit the Bremont web site.