The Jauguar E-Type is one of the most iconic cars ever made. When it was released Enzo Ferrari said it was “The most beautiful car ever made”,
From 1963-1964 Jaguar produced the Lightweight E-Tyoe which comprised of Twelve cars plus two spare bodies.
On 14 May 2014, Jaguar’s Heritage Business announced it will be building the six ‘remaining’ Lightweights. The original run of Lightweights was meant to be 18 vehicles; however only 12 were built. The new cars, using the un-used chassis codes, will be hand-built to the exact same specification as the originals. Availability will be prioritised for established collectors of Jaguars, with a focus on those who have an interest in historic race cars.
Recently Jaguar announced that it will be working with the British watchmaker Bremont to create six unique Lightweight E-Type watches. The first has been revealed and totally evokes the spirit and heritage of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.
Jaguar first collaborated with Bremont, based out of Henley-on-Thames based during the launch of the Jaguar C-X75 in 2010, for which Bremont developed a unique, analogue dashboard clock in keeping with the 778 horsepower hybrid supercar’s futuristic nature and 205 mph performance.
According to Giles English, co-founder of Bremont with his brother Nickin 2002, the new Lightweight watches provided the firm with the perfect opportunity to take the important step of launching its own, proprietary movement.
Giles went on to say, “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.“
The central band of the 43mm white gold case is made from aluminium saved during the construction of the new Lightweight body panels and will be anodised to match the colour of the car it is designed to complement.
The dial totally draws inspiration from the car in that it’s black based on the look of a Lightweight RPM gauge and featuring a subtle ‘red zone’ quadrant. The chamfered hour and minute hands replicate the instrument’s tachometer needle, while the chassis number of the relevant car is printed at the six o’clock position.
The winding crown is engraved with the pattern of the period-correct Dunlop racing tires which will be fitted to the continuation Lightweights, and straps are made from the same Connolly leather which is being used for the interior trim.
When you flip the watch over, The automatic winding rotor is miniaturized to mimic an alloy-spoked Lightweight steering wheel, complete with authentic wooden rim. The back of each watch also carries the engine number of the car it is paired with.
This is a phenomenal partnership of two British brands joining forces to make history and innovate at the same time.
The watch, will make its official public debut alongside the new Lightweight E-type at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on August 14, 2014.
Please watch the official Bremont video below on their incredibly cool and exclusive partnership with Jaguar