Jaguar Heritage, a division of Jaguar Cars, is building a batch of six “Special GT E-Type” using chassis numbers that have remained dormant since the original Lightweight E-Type project wrapped up in 1964. Only 12 of the planned 18 cars were built, and the new cars will be sold as period race cars suitable for FIA homologation for historic racing. Each will be built at Browns Lane in Coventry, England, just like the original dozen. Customers who purchase one of the new Lightweight E-Types also will be able to purchase one of six unique watches from Britain’s Bremont Watch Company.
As these are hand-made, bespoke watches, Bremont was able to do things that would not have been possible with a large-scale production timepiece. The most interesting is the winding rotor. Shaped out of aluminum to match the alloy-spoke Lightweight E-Type’s steering wheel, the rotor has a real wood rim, and is mounted behind a sapphire crystal case back.
The 43 mm. (1.7 in.) watch has chamfered hour and minute hands that mimic the tachometer needle. At the six o’clock position on the watch face is printed the number of the relevant car while, on the back, the engine number is displayed. The dial uses the same font and coloring as the Lightweight E-Type’s instruments, while the central portion of the white gold case is made from aluminum used during the construction of the six cars. It will be anodized to match the color of the car whose numbers it carries. In addition, the strap is made of the same Connolly leather used on the interior, and the winding crown is imprinted with the tread pattern of the period-correct racing tires with which the six cars are shod. — CAS