Introducing the Jaguar MKII White Chronometer from the guys at Bremont.
The watch was produced in celebration of the Jaguar E Type racer. In 1963 production began. Only 12 were manufactured. This watch doesn’t celebrate the 12 vehicles. Only one in particular, the winning E Type in the 12 hour Sebring endurance race. Number 23 crossed the line first, an all white Jaguar with bold red and blue stripes.
I don’t like the watch for its nostalgia, I like the watch because its British made, its impeccably made, its of quality design and manufacture. But most of all just look at it.
First of all lets have a look at the front. A white dial that at the 6 o’clock position proudly displays the Jaguar heritage logo. The hour markers are in the style of the numerals on the dashboard instruments of the vehicle. The sub dials are again in the style of the instrument gauges. In addition the hour and minute hands are in the style of the gauge needles. A lot of time and effort has been put in to ensure the different parts of the vehicle are correctly captured.
If we move around to the side of the case the smooth lines that run off onto the lugs at either side is again a nod to the curvature of the vehicle. The pushers for the sub-dials polished but plain. However look at the crown finished brilliantly with again the Jaguar heritage logo. The machine pattern on the outside diameter a wonderful touch.
As with all of my blogs we have to talk about this exhibition back. The rotor beautifully made into a miniature version of the E Type steering wheel. As usual though the watch is nothing without its beating heart. This watch is powered by the
Calibre 13 ¼”’ BE-50AE automatic. Complete with 28 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring running at 28,800bph with a 42 hour power reserve. All proudly on show. Not only is this movement a chronograph, its also achieves chronometer status and gives us a date function. Pretty impressive.
We’ve had a look at the case but lets really look into the details of what houses such a beautiful movement. The case itself is a polished and hardened stainless steel. Fully machined at Bremont. Its also DLC treated to make it scratch resistant. The case diameter 43 mm, the depth a little over 17 mm and a lug width of 22 mm. The watch will feel substantial on any wrist.
The case front is crystal, a double-domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal to be precise. The case back is held in position with 5 polished screws, its stainless steel with integrated flat crystal. When assembled together the finished article gives this watch water resistance to 100 metres.
Last but no means least the strap, Its a perforated blue calf-leather. Of course its a racing strap. The buckle and pin are a highly polished stainless steel. It also comes with an additional strap.
This isn’t in my price range and i’m not sure it ever will be. Bremont as a company, becoming if not already, a big boy globally. They have quite a few high profile ambassadors. One of the Great British watch companies to look up to. They design and manufacture almost everything either in house or in Britain. Again the main appeal, their watches are just so good..
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