Two Ford GT-Inspired Watches For Fans And Owners

 

Owners or fans of the Ford GT now can now keep lap times in style with a selection of Autodromo watches inspired by the supercar’s style. Ford brass were fans of the company’s fine timepieces and turned to the US-based watchmaker for a line of watches for everyone and a special line targeted specifically at Ford GT owners.

The​ ​resulting​ ​timepiece​ ​strikes​ ​a​ ​balance​ ​of​ ​cutting-edge​ ​and familiarity,​ ​and​ ​echoes​ ​the​ ​car​ ​we​ ​created. — Chris​ ​Svensson, Ford

“When​ ​our​ ​discussions​ ​with​ ​Ford​ ​began,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​clear​ ​that​ ​Raj​ ​Nair,​ ​Henry​ ​Ford,​ ​and​ ​Chris​ ​Svensson​ ​all wanted​ ​to​ ​do​ ​something​ ​extraordinary,​ ​something​ ​bespoke,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​challenge and​ ​honor​ ​of​ ​my​ ​design​ ​career​ ​so​ ​far​ ​to​ ​create​ ​not​ ​one,​ ​but​ ​two​ ​watches​ ​that​ ​could​ ​express​ ​the​ ​feeling, technology,​ ​and​ ​history​ ​of​ ​this​ ​amazing​ ​car,”​ Autodromo’s​ ​creator​ ​Bradley​ ​Price said.

The Endurance Series watches are available for preorder now and should ship this December in time for the holidays.

The Ford GT Endurance Chronograph is available in fiver versions inspired by the car’s the long tradition of racing and winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The versions are themed around the 1966, 1967, and 2016 races, as well as colors and stripes used as part of the livery on these race cars.

“The​ ​intent​ ​with​ ​the​ ​two​ ​watches​ ​is​ ​to​ ​essentially​ ​tell​ ​the​ ​story​ ​of​ ​one​ ​watch​ ​that​ ​has​ ​evolved​ ​over​ ​time just​ ​as​ ​the​ ​car​ ​has​ ​evolved​ ​over​ ​time,”​ ​Bradley explained.​ ​“So​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​we​ ​started​ ​with​ ​the​ ​watch​ ​from​ ​today, and​ ​‘back-dated’​ ​it​ ​to​ ​what​ ​it​ ​may​ ​have​ ​looked​ ​like​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past.”​

​This watch blends vintage and classic styling cues and is built with ​Swiss​​ ​fly back chronograph​ ​movement,​ a layered​ ​sapphire​-crystal​ ​dial,​ ​and​ ​a ceramic​ ​case.

Here’s a look at a few of the bits and pieces that make up this Le Mans Blue Ford GT Endurance Series watch, which is one of several new Ford GT-inspired timepieces from Autodromo.

Endurance Chronograph

• Seiko​ ​VK​ ​Series​ ​mecha-quartz​ ​movement

• Sapphire​ ​crystal

• Four-part​ ​stainless​ ​steel​ ​case​ ​construction

• 40mm Case​ ​diameter​ ​

• Strap​ ​width​ ​20m

• Priced​ ​at​ ​$695

• Available​ ​now​ ​for​ ​Pre-order

​“The​ ​watches​ ​Bradley​ ​has​ ​created​ ​reflect​ ​the​ ​detailed​ ​design​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car,” Ford’s former North​ ​American​ ​Design​ ​Director Chris​ ​Svensson said. ​“His​ ​attention​ ​to detail​ ​and​ ​designer’s​ ​understanding​ ​of​ ​the​ ​key​ ​visual​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Ford​ ​GT​ ​have​ ​created​ ​something spectacular.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​this​ ​collaboration​ ​and​ ​of​ ​the​ ​watches​ ​we’ll​ ​bring​ ​to​ ​our​ ​customers.”

The two companies can definitely proud of the ​GT​ ​Owner’s​ ​Edition​ ​Watch, which is directly inspired by the styling of the latest supercar. Its crown apes the scroll selectors on the GT steering wheel, while its buttons mimic the car’s paddle shifters. More importantly these timepieces can be custom ordered to feature serialization to match the serial​ ​number​ ​matching​ ​the​ ​​chassis​ ​number on the owner’s personal Ford GT.

Here’s a look at the five Endurance Series watches geared toward Ford GT fans. Starting at the top left is the black and silver 1996 Heritage design; the red and white 1967 Heritage design, the 2016 Le Mans winner design, the Ford Racing stripe design and the Le Mans Blue design.

Owner’s Edition Chronograph

• Swiss​ -made​ ​automatic​ ​flyback​ ​chronograph​ ​movement

• Ceramic​ ​and​ ​stainless​ ​steel​ ​case​ ​construction

• Case​ ​diameter​ ​43mm

• Custom- ​molded​ ​rubber​ ​strap

• Sapphire​ ​Crystal​ ​dial​ ​and​ ​hand​ ​construction

• Highly​ ​customizable​ ​color​ ​palette​ ​to​ ​individually​ ​match​ ​customer​ ​cars

• Serialized​ ​to​ ​match​ ​every​ ​customer​ ​vehicle

• Pricing​ ​not​ ​yet​ ​available

• Pre-Orders​ ​in​ ​early​ ​2018

“The​ ​effect​ ​I​ ​wanted​ ​was​ ​of​ ​a​ ​pixelated​ ​3D​ ​image​ ​on​ ​a​ ​computer​ ​screen,​ ​in​ ​reference​ ​to​ ​the​ ​digital instrument​ ​panel​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car,”​ ​Bradley said.​ ​“There​ ​had​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​depth​ ​to​ ​the​ ​dial​ ​and​ ​hand​ ​concept,​ ​both implied​ ​and​ ​real,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​had​ ​to​ ​be​ ​instantly​ ​readable.​ ​There​ ​were​ ​no​ ​design​ ​boundaries,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​had​ ​to remain​ ​a​ ​functional​ ​racer’s​ ​watch.​ ​We​ ​experimented​ ​with​ ​sapphire​ ​discs​ ​for​ ​the​ ​hands,​ ​for​ ​example,​ ​but legibility​ ​was​ ​compromised.”​

“Working​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​Bradley,​ ​we​ ​experimented​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​a​ ​level​ ​of​ ​innovation​ ​in​ ​the watch​ ​which​ ​reflects​ ​the​ ​GT,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​balanced​ ​this​ ​with​ ​the​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​create​ ​something​ ​that​ ​would​ ​be usable​ ​and​ ​stand​ ​the​ ​test​ ​of​ ​time,” Chris added.​ ​“The​ ​resulting​ ​timepiece​ ​strikes​ ​a​ ​balance​ ​of​ ​cutting-edge​ ​and familiarity,​ ​and​ ​echoes​ ​the​ ​car​ ​we​ ​created.”

More exciting for those lucky enough to own a Ford GT is the pending availability of the Owner’s Edition Series watches, which can be ordered with serial numbers to match a Ford GT’s chassis number.

You can pre-order the GT​ ​Endurance​ ​Chronograph​ ​right now on the company’s site for $695 and it is expected to ship by mid-December — just in time for the holidays. Pricing has yet to be announced for the custom Owner’s Edition timepieces, but they will be available for preorder in early 2018 via a private configurator site.

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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