Bremont, the company loudly blowing the horn for a resurgence of Britain’s once-great watch industry, has launched a watch that celebrates the ferocious Jaguar D-Type, the car that led to a British domination of the racetracks in the 1950s.
The bi-compax chronograph has a blue dial in the colours of the Ecurie Ecosse team that successfully raced Jaguar D-Types. The large exhibition sapphire case back shows the automatic movement complete with winding rotor in the style of a D-Type steering wheel and the crown is etched with the tread of a period Dunlop tyre tread.
Bremont has been collaborating with Jaguar since 2014 and the car-inspired pieces are a big seller for the company, and for some people they are the company’s most-recognisable watches, even though Bremont is most associated with aviation rather than motoring.
It is fitting then that this watch is inspired by a car that was so instrumental in showing how automotive design could learn from aviation. The Jaguar D-Type had a monocoque design made from an alloy used on World War Two fighter planes. This design of building the car around a central tub is still used in racing cars today, and for the D-Type it cut weight and added rigidity.
The body was streamlined in a wind-tunnel by Malcolm Sayer, a designer who learned his trade as an aircraft engineer during the war. Powerful, light and slippery, the D-Type could better 170mph and proceeded to destroy its rivals on the track. D-Types won the Le Mans 24 Hours three times in the 1950s. In 1957, the most successful year for the car, Jaguar D-types finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th at Le Mans.
Jaguar Classic recently re-started production of D-types in Coventry, and is building 25 all-new, period-correct cars. The D-Type watch was launched at a reception in Bremont’s London boutique hosted by founders Nick and Giles English, along with Jaguar’s celebrated Design Director Ian Callum.
Bremont Co-Founder Nick English said: “The Jaguar D-type is a truly iconic competition car that is just as remarkable today as it was when it was first produced. It has an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races due to its robust engineering, something we champion at Bremont. Continuing its legacy by completing the original planned production is very special indeed and we’re delighted to be celebrating with the launch of our new limited edition.”
Ian Callum added: “The Bremont D-Type chronograph is inspired by one of the most dramatic and beautiful sports cars in history – a sports car which is a true embodiment of Jaguar’s racing heritage. As exciting today as it was in the 1950s, its story continues to be told and this iconic car deserves a timepiece to match. The limited edition perfectly captures the D-Type’s mechanical beauty and subtly nods to the cars’ performance – a true driver’s companion”.
Each Bremont Jaguar D-Type comes in a box signed by Ian Callum and the watch is limited to 300 pieces – one for every horsepower produced by the D-Type’s snarling straight-6 engine.
BE-50AE automatic movement with miniaturised Jaguar D-Type steering wheel rotor and 42-hour power reserve.
Three-part 43mm hardened stainless steel case with scratch-resistant DLC treated case barrel.
Blue Jaguar leather racing strap