Ford GT Owners Can Now Order a Custom Watch to Match
As many Ford superfans will already know, the Ford GT is a street legal racecar that is incredibly aerodynamic and extremely powerful. It has also won numerous races, including a recent win at Le Mans. With a tried and tested design, innovative 647 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, and lightweight carbon fiber body, the GT is the peak of performance vehicles. However, this baby will also set you back a good $500,000, if you can even find one to purchase.
GT owners or Ford superfans can now express their love for their vehicle with a new series of watches by Autodromo, a company known for making high-end automotive-themed accessories. The series of luxury watches are inspired by the various eras of the Ford GT racecar and include a unique watch that GT owners can customize to match their specific car.
Ford GT: The Basics
For those not familiar with the Ford GT, it is a racing and performance vehicle that has won competitions on racetracks the world over, including the legendary 24 of Le Mans. It is one in a series of Ford’s performance vehicles, which also includes the Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Focus ST, Ford Focus RS, the SHELBY® GT350R, and the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The current GT is powered by a 3.5-liter, twin turbo, intercooled, V6 engine, getting a whopping 647 horsepower. Long suspension arms and inboard damper packaging provide impressive handling and dynamics. Additionally, to better improve performance, the GT includes specialty ceramic performance brakes.
Incredibly aerodynamic, the GT features many special additions that improve its overall speed and performance. Some of these features include a special buttress, rear wing, and adjustable ride height. The body is constructed of super lightweight carbon fiber on an aluminum frame and is available in eight colors that range from sleek neutrals to explosive pops of color.
The Endurance Series
Designers at Autodromo partnered with top executives at Ford like Raj Nair, Henry Ford, and Chris Svensson to create a line of high-end watches called the Endurance Series, inspired by the iconic GT series throughout history. Each watch in the collection is based on a GT that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The versions of the timepiece are based on the cars from 1966, 1967, and 2016, including design cues from the colors and stripes used on those cars. Additionally, the watches based on the cars from the 60s feature a retro style as if the watch had come straight from that decade, a seamless blend of classic and throwback design.
The Endurance Series watch is powered by a Japanese Made Seiko VK64 Hybrid Meca-Quartz Chronograph Movement in a 40mm case. Included are a leather strap and certificate of authenticity that identify it as officially licensed Ford GT merchandise.
The pieces are available to preorder this summer and are supposed to ship in December 2018, just in time for Christmas. Unlike the completely customizable watch, the standard watches in the line are priced starting at $695.
Ford GT Owner’s Edition Chronograph
In addition to the watches inspired by previous Ford GT racecars, there is also the highly customizable Ford GT Owner’s Edition Chronograph that is a part of the Endurance Series. This watch is set apart from the others because it can be created to match the color palette of the owner’s Ford GT. Additionally, each watch can be engraved with the chassis number of the GT, ensuring that no two watches are exactly alike. Talk about personalization!
The design of the GT informs the design of this watch, as the watch features a crown to represent the GT’s scroll wheel interface and pushers that mimic carbon fiber paddle shifters. The dial of the watch is made up of multiple layers to give it a three-dimensional illusion. One layer is a triangular latticework pattern that is reminiscent of the GT’s chassis, while the dial’s numbers are embedded into a sapphire pane. Finally, there are the watch’s hands that rest above it. All of this together is supposed to be representative of the display in the GT.
Each watch must be custom designed by the owner using an online configuration tool before it can be built. This ensures that each watch matches the owner’s precise specifications and resembles the owner’s GT. You can even create a custom dial color to better match the paint color of your GT. Like Ford cars themselves, the watches are produced by an American company and are assembled in America, with even the aluminum packaging being made in the US.
The special customized edition of the timepiece will run upwards of $11,500. This seems a small price to pay when compared to the price of the GT itself, however. And what better way to complement your prized hotrod than to commemorate it with a stunning timepiece?
Getting a Ford GT isn’t exactly easy for the vast majority of people, so maybe a custom watch to match isn’t all that practical. However, for all of Ford’s dedicated super fans, there is still the Endurance Series that is designed to match the iconic winners of the prestigious Le Mans race, so you can still express your love for the brand. Or, if you are one of the lucky few that have a Ford GT, you can take that pride with you wherever you go with the customized Owner’s Edition Chronograph. Whatever the case, it is clear that the designers at Autodromo really have outdone themselves with the Endurance Series and the exclusive Owner’s Edition Chronograph.
Other than the GT, there are several other performance vehicles in Ford’s lineup that are more affordable overall. If you want to explore all of Ford’s performance vehicles you can visit your local Ford dealership today, or if you are ready to take the plunge and commit to a GT, speak with a Ford representative and feel the power of the Ford GT.