Due to be held over the 7th and 8th of June, this year’s instalment of the UK’s London Concours car show will see Swatch Group manufactures Breguet and Glashütte Original return as key sponsors as well as a new and additional watch partner in the form of Richemont manufacture Vacheron Constantin.
Described as an “automotive garden party in the heart of London”, the Concours is now in its second year and will again take up residence in the City of London’s Honourable Artillery Company gardens. Over 80 fine and collectable automobiles will be on display – from a 1958 Fiat Abarth 750GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato to a 2011 Aston Martin One-77, a 1963 AC Cobra, and a 1995 McLaren F1 – alongside the customary champagne, afternoon teas, VIP lunches and cocktail parties associated with such a social event.
Naturally, all three watch brands will be on hand to help welcome guests, host watchmaking demonstrations, and present pieces from their collections during the event. But, notably, Breguet will also present a newly acquired 1957 Type XX flyback chronograph from its museum collection.
Tying in nicely with the Concours’ automotive theme, the watch in question was gifted to the winners of 1959’s 28th Monte Carlo Rally by oil company Esso and is from the first generation of Type XXs produced for the general public (the Type XX was initially produced under government contract for the French military). With a patinated ‘topical dial’ and a caseback engraving commemorating the 1959 Rally victory, for anyone even remotely horologically inclined, the Type XX will surely be an attraction on par with the cars at 2018’s London Concours.