Channels the iconic 1950s racing car
If you were a fan of motorsport back in the 1950s, the Jaguar D-Type was the car to watch. Powered by a six-cylinder XK engine, it won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957. The plan had always been for Jaguar to build 100 D-Types, but when the manufacturer decided to withdraw from racing, it meant that only 75 were made. Rare and valuable, a 1955 D-Type sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 2016 for US$19.8 million (AED72.7 million).
Fast forward to today, and Jaguar’s Classic department, based in Warwickshire in the UK, has announced that it will hand-build 25 ‘new’ D-Types, all to the original specifications, which should come in at a more affordable price (just a few million, most likely). Clients can even choose between a 1955-spec Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose version.
So where does Bremont, the made-in-Britain watch brand, fit in? It has collaborated with Jaguar on special edition watches before, and with the announcement of more D-Types found the perfect opportunity to craft another one – a stunning mechanical chronograph.
Because the D-Type was classified as a 300bhp car, the Bremont D-Type watch will be limited to 300 pieces. It has a blue dial and a blue racing calf-skin strap, inspired by the colours of the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar racing team, with brushed nickel sub-dials and a tachymeter dial ring, housed in a 43mm satin-finished case. The sapphire caseback shows the mechanical BE-50AE movement, with an intricate Jaguar steering-wheel-inspired rotor.
The watch crown has the original Dunlop tyre tread etched into it, and the heritage Jaguar logo finished in enamel. Ian Callum, the design director for Jaguar, will sign the packaging for each exclusive model.