British watchmaker Bremont and its compatriot luxury car manufacturer Jaguar will be collaborating to create a pair of new wristwatches.
The UK-based brands are set to launch their creations in March 2015 at global watch fair, Baselworld in Switzerland.
The new Bremont Jaguar MKI and MKII are inspired by the carmaker’s E-Type sports car, which debuted in 1961, and was regarded as the fastest production car in the world.
This collaboration between the British brands is not the first; they have previously joined forces to create six Bremont chronometers to complement each of the six “continuation” lightweight E-Type racing cars, currently being built by Jaguar Heritage.
“They simply look absolutely right when you wear them in the driving seat, almost as if they had been designed alongside the car back in the ’60s,” says Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, who is working on the design and creation process along with Bremont’s creative team.
The 43mm MKI is a more accessible version of the original “Lightweight” limited-edition watch, announced last year, featuring reproductions of many of the original’s design features.
Set to be used as an everyday timepiece, the MKI comprises a polished stainless steel case, slimmer than the Lightweight’s white gold and aluminium case.
With a tachymeter-inspired dial, the MKI features an off-set small seconds indicator along with a “red line” quadrant placed between three and four o’clock. It houses a new movement with a date functionality based on Bremont’s self-winding proprietary BWC/01, which can be seen behind the dial through a sapphire crystal case back.
One of the MKI’s striking new features is an automatic winding weight, in the form of a miniaturisation of a three-spoke E-Type steering wheel, featuring the Jaguar head at its centre.
The MKII is inspired by the 1960s sports car monitoring golden era. Its black dial features the Jaguar heritage logo right above six o’clock, while its hour markings are designed in a style of numerals similar to those found on E-Type instruments.
The MKII’s classic chronograph layout features two sundials placed at three o’clock and nine o’clock. This is achieved through using Bremont’s BE-50AE automatic movement. Similarly to the MKI, a subtle “red line” found on the 60-minutes counter of the MKII, paying tribute to the E-Type tachymeter.
To enhance the vintage appearance and essence of the MKII, its 43mm stainless steel case would be fitted with a domed crystal. It is made entirely by Bremont using its three-part “Trip-Tick’ technology, which ensures strength and rigidity more than a normal steel watch.
An automatic “steering wheel” winding weight, similar to that found in the MKI, pays tribute to the E-Type. Other automotive imagery can be seen in the “tyre tread” winding crown, also topped with the Jaguar heritage logo matching that of the dial.
Both watches will be supplied with a perforated “racing” strap matching the older 1960s styles, as well traditional leather spares.
The previously produced series of six watches were strictly limited-edition, but the MKI and MKII are not.
“Although neither the MKI nor the MKII are limited-edition pieces, we will make relatively few of each per year so they will always remain as special as the cars that inspired them,” says Bremont co-founder, Giles English.
During its 14-year production run, more than 72,000 E-Types were built. Approximately 12,000 were sold in Britain while the majority was taken to the US. Celebrity owners of the Jaguar E-Type include Frank Sinatra, George Harrison and Sir Jackie Stewart.