Lightweight Jaguar E-type comes with unique Bremont watch
August 18, 2014
In February 1963, Jaguar set out to make a lightweight, special GT version of its gorgeous E-type car. The objective was to build 18 of them, specifically for track racing.
But only 12 were ever made, with the remaining six designated chassis numbers laying dormant for over 50 years. Until now.
The British manufacturer has confirmed it will finally finish its production run of the aluminium-bodied E-type, with each one built to the exact specification of the first 12. They will even be put together at the manufacturer's Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England - the original home of the classic model.
The born-again beauty will receive much of the same treatment as the original 12 with a 3.8-litre inline-six engine producing around 300 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque, all powering through a four-speed gearbox - manual, of course. The same grade of aluminium is being used for the bodies and Jaguar even used laser scanning to ensure they are the exact same shape as their predecessors. It's even compliant for FIA historic racing purposes.
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But that's not all. Not only do the six lucky owners take away a piece of motoring history at the cost of around AED 6.1 million, they will also receive a rare and completely unique Bremont watch.
Having established a relationship in 2010, the two brands have joined forces again with the Swiss watch house producing a limited run of six watches, each bearing not-so-subtle nods to the Lightweight E-type, and each paired to its one specific vehicle.
Its black dial is based on the appearance of the car's RPM gauge with its red quadrant distinctly visible, while the hour and minute hands are replicas of the gauge's tachometer needle. The chassis number of the relevant car is printed at the six o'clock position while the back of each watch also carries the engine number of the car it is paired with, making each partnership between vehicle and timepiece truly unique.
The white gold case includes aluminium that was taken from the same sheets used to make the car's body panels, the straps are made from the same leather that is used for the E-type's interior trim and the winding crown is a replica of the period-correct Dunlop racing tyres fitted on the Lightweights.
A very special watch then, for one of the rarest vehicles there will ever be.