There's any number of ways a watchmaker can make its products appeal to car guys like us, and some work better than others. They can make 'em out of carbon fiber, strap 'em down with tire-tread rubber, or slap an automaker's logo on the face. Or, interestingly, they can fill them with motor oil, as in this B.R.M. Gulf-liveried watch, model CNT-44.
But Christopher Ward has done something more unusual. The London-based watchmaker took its sold-out , put it back into limited production, and built it with sheetmetal from the actual DBR1-2 that won Le Mans in 1959—the only time Aston Martin ever won the race. The metal was acquired when the historic Aston—which recently sold for £20 million ($31 million), making it the second most expensive car ever sold at auction—was undergoing restoration.
Granted, the sheetmetal is only used for a medallion in the backplate, which makes this something of a gimmick, but it's a gimmick we kinda dig. The rest of the 42-millimeter case is made of marine-grade stainless steel and houses a Swiss-made, COSC-certified quartz chronograph movement. It looks sharp in metallic British Racing Green with its Italian brown leather strap, but these won't last long. Ward will only make 100 examples. They're available to pre-order now for delivery in November at $2675 apiece.
Considering the dollar-to-pound ratio of the original car, that's almost a bargain.