INTRODUCTION

E1961 NORMAN DEWIS EDITIONS

Celebrating the iconic E-Type

Scalfaro and legendary Jaguar Test Engineer Norman Dewis created two unique editions of Swiss mechanical timepieces celebrating the quintessential British sports car and containing original material of two of the most famous E-Types.

Editions limited to 250 pieces.

DESIGN

The E1961 editions were inspired by the elegant, purist style of the legendary E-Type. Not only does each edition timepiece feature the signature of Jaguar’s legendary Test Engineer Norman Dewis, but also numerous E-Type-inspired design elements such as the typical steering wheel, the polka dot dashboard, the inimitable E-Type silhouette, the firing order of the engine and of course the Union Jack..

What a charming way of wearing the Swinging Sixites on the wrist…

ORIGINAL E-TYPE #885005 / E2A MATERIAL

Each edition timepiece includes original material of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show exhibition car chassis #885005 (Geneva Edition) or the unique Prototype E2A (the link between D- and E-Type, E2A Edition). The parts were supplied by the respective owners of the cars and subsequently integrated into the watch cases of the editions, so that each of the numbered edition watches includes the DNA of the respective car.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

Edition Name: E1961 Norman Dewis Edition

Case: 43mm, Stainless Steel incl. Scalfaro Ceramic DNA Intarsia and original material from the 1961 Geneva Motor Show E-Type Chassis #885005 (Geneva Edition) / the unique Prototype E2A (E2A Edition), bi-directional inner turning Bezel, 100m/330ft Water-Resistance

Movement: ADK Swiss Calibre 147, mechanical Swiss movement with automatic Winding Mechanism

Features: Hours, minutes, small seconds, Date

Crystal: Sapphire Crystal (Front and Caseback)

Strap: Horween Shell Cordovan Leather Strap, Folding Buckle

Edition Limitation: 250 Pieces

Price: Euro 4.550,-

TESTIMONIALS

Norman Dewis, Jaguar Legend: “What a lovely E-Type watch.”

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

SCALFARO E1961 NORMAN DEWIS WATCH EDITION

Celebrating the legendary E-Type – Created in Collaboration with legendary Jaguar Test Engineer Norman Dewis – Featuring original Material in the Watch Case

SUMMARY:

Inspired by the iconic Jaguar E-Type which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, watch manufacture SCALFARO launches the limited E1961 ‘Geneva’ and ‘E2A’ editions of mechanical Swiss timepieces featuring original material from two of the most important Jaguars: the unique Jaguar prototype E2A (the evolutionary link between the famous Jaguar D-Type racing cars and the E-Type) as well as the E-Type coupé chassis no. 885005 which is the original car that was exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show during the official E-Type launch at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives in March 1961 and won a Prix d’Honneur at the prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in 2006. The respective genuine material was given to Scalfaro from the current owners of the cars and subsequently integrated into the watch cases, so that each of the edition watches contains the authentic DNA of one of these rare E-Types and thus a direct link to its fascinating history. Chief Test Engineer Norman Dewis’ signature on the side of each watch case underlines the originality of these editions limited to 250 pieces. Further details include: 43mm case diameter, Scalfaro Ceramic Intarsia, finely decorated Swiss mechanical movement, inner turning bezel, domed sapphire crystal, see-through case back, Horween shell cordovan strap, folding buckle, water-resistance to 100m (330ft).

Each SCALFARO E1961 NORMAN DEWIS EDITION watch is individually numbered and comes in an exclusive wooden box.

A WORK OF ART

Conceived with great attention to detail, radiating with quality in every aspect from the sophisticated construction of its watch case with its refined surface finishing and the elaborate mechanism of its Swiss automatic movement, each timepiece of this edition is made to last and reflects the passion that lead to the creation of the legendary E-Type sports car.

Manufactured in a rare artisanal process combining traditional crafts as well as modern technology, each timepiece is a unique work of art preserving the DNA of the iconic E-Type.

“IN NATURE, NOTHING IS CREATED, NOTHING IS DESTROYED, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED”

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, 18th Century

At Scalfaro we transform genuine material of iconic objects into technical masterpieces that carry emotions, bring pleasure to people and tell intriguing stories. By skillfully blending history with technological modernity we preserve the legends and achievements of the past and proudly carry their fascination into our modern age.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

E1961 NORMAN DEWIS EDITION WATCHES INSPIRED BY THE E-TYPE

Clearly, the E-Type is one of the most iconic sports cars ever designed – the E 1961 Norman Dewis watch editions are a celebration of that style.

The E1961 edition timepieces mimic the E-Types’s curved headlight-covers in their domed sapphire crystal. The specially-designed E1961 emblem graces the dial with its fine wave-Guilloché surface structure that nicely reflects the light. The practical inner turning bezel operated by the crown a 10 o’clock can be used as a simplified chronograph function.

After having worked with high-tech ceramics for years, the SCALFARO team developed the innovative technology of “SCALFARO CERAMIC INTARSIA” integrating high-tech ceramics in its sophisticated stainless steel watch cases. The SCALFARO CERAMIC INTARSIA Technology perfectly unites traditional craftsmanship with the latest technological achievements.

This new technique was used to include elements such as the Union Jack, the characteristic three-spoke steering wheel (used in the E-Type from 1961 to 1970) or the Polka Dot design of the Series 1 dashboard into the watch case of these editions.

NORMAN DEWIS’ OFFICIAL SIGNATURE

We are particularly honoured that we could win the support of one of Jaguar’s true heroes: Former chief development test engineer Norman Dewis. Norman Dewis was not only responsible for building the brand’s test department, he was actively involved in the development of more than 20 Jaguar models incl. the C-, D- and E-Type. He raced for Jaguar in Le Mans and together with Stirling Moss at the Mille Miglia. Each of the Scalfaro E1961 edition watches proudly carries the official signature of Norman Dewis engraved into the side of its stainless steel watch case.

WATCH CASES FEATURING GENUINE E2A / #885005 PARTS

The watch case comprises another highlight of this edition: Thanks to the collaboration of the current owners of E2A and #885005, the founders of SCALFARO were able to obtain original parts of both cars that had to be removed during restoration. The SCALFARO team of engineers went on to integrate these metal parts into the watch cases. As a result, each watch from this special edition contains genuine “DNA” from one of these rare E-Types and therefore represents a direct link to the fascinating history of the E-Type cars.

The E1961 editions are offered in two variations: The black dial “E1961-Geneva Edition” featuring original material from chassis #885005, a rallye-style cordovan strap and the Polka-Dot pattern at 6 o’clock, as well as the “E1961-E2A Edition” featuring original material from E2A, a light brown cordovan strap and the famous three-spoke steering wheel at 6 o’clock. Both editions are limited to 250 pieces each (the initial production run planned for the E-Type was 250 cars only).

Another detail for the true connoisseur is the engraving of the ignition pattern of the original straight six 3.8l engine “1-5-3-6-2-4” on the side of the case back which is fitted with a sapphire crystal opening the view on the finely decorated Swiss mechanical movement.

Finally the E1961’s Horween shell cordovan strap with its elegant folding buckle completes the pleasant feel of wearing a masterpiece of engineering passion.

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BACKGROUND INFO & EDITION PARTNERS

BELOW YOU FIND EXTENSIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE PARTNERS & ELEMENTS OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY EDITION:

  • THE E-TYPE – A DESIGN ICON OF THE SWINGING SIXTIES
  • TEST ENGINEER NORMAN DEWIS
  • NORMAN DEWIS EPIC VOYAGE FROM COVENTRY TO GENEVA
  • JAGUAR PROTOTYPE E2A – THE CROSSOVER BETWEEN D- AND E-TYPE
  • JAGUAR E-TYPE CHASSIS #885005 – THE GENEVA 1961 COUPÉ
  • SCALFARO – WATCHES FOR ENTHUSIASTS

THE E-TYPE – A DESIGN ICON OF THE SWINGING SIXITES

Launched on March 13th 1961 on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.

Described by many classic car lovers as the most beautiful, most advanced and arguably the most sexy sports car of its times, the Jaguar E-Type draws on the heritage of its famous ancestors the C-Type and in particular the D-Type racing cars – both Le Mans winning models. The E-Type incorporates the main construction features of the D-Type and translates its race-driven design language into a more road-going version ideally styled for the Swinging Sixtes. Offering performance and value at half the price of a comparable Aston Martin or Ferrari, the E-Type became an instant success and a favorite among the fashionable Hollywood and entertainment crowd incl. the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Roy Orbison and race driver Jackie Stewart. The E-Type is the only production car on display in the MOMA in New York.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR EVER MADE

Launched by Jaguar’s founder Sir William Lyons in the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives in Geneva during the Geneva Motor Show on the 13th of March 1961, the E-Type fascinated not only the international press, but it also impressed its most fierce competitors.

It was instantly elevated to the status of an icon when even Enzo Ferrari couldn’t but call it “l’auto più bella mai costruita” – “the most beautiful car ever made”. Further unsettled by the famous lightweight E-Types, the Commendatore would later secretly launch the development of the legendary 250 GTO to counterstrike Jaguar’s assault on Ferrari’s position as the world’s leading sports car maker.

Not only was the E-Type a beautiful road-going sports car, but it also lived up to its racing legacy by achieving significant success on racetracks around the globe. After all its 3.8l straight six engine had an impressive pedigree including 5 Le Mans victories of its C- and D-Type predecessors.

CLASS NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

The E-Type’s dynamic, purist shape never lost its allure during all these years and ttill today the E-Type’s timeless elegance fascinates and seduces sports car lovers around the world. It has become a true icon of its time and an ambassador of British Style. This is certainly due to its combination of simplicity and sensuality, but also to its numerous extravagant details incl. its covered headlights, fighter-plane side windows, polka-dot dashboard, cockpit-style toggle switches, three-spoke racing steering wheel, chromium wire wheels incl. two-eared spinners and of course its ultra-large, extended bonnet creating the perception of speed and power.

E-Type production ceased in 1974 after 72.529 E-Types were built in three major series (S1 until 1968, S2 until 1971, S3 until 1974). Regarded as a Grand Touring car, the E-Type was offered in two basic forms as “Open Two-Seater” and as “Fixed Head Coupé”.

NORMAN DEWIS (born August 3rd, 1920)

Legendary Chief Development Test Engineer for Jaguar race and production cars from 1952 to his retirement in 1985.

One of the true legends of the British motoring industry, Norman Dewis has spent over 70 years in the industry of which 33 years as Jaguar’s chief test engineer – living some of the greatest moments of Jaguar history.

He was directly involved in the development of such remarkable cars as the C-, D- and E-Types, the XJ13, XK140/150, MK 1, MK VII series, XJ13, XJ/XJ-S and finally the XJ40. Also, he was deeply involved in the groundbreaking development and testing of the Dunlop disc brake system and was responsible for building up the Jaguar test department virtually introducing hundreds of precise procedures for testing each particular part of a new Jaguar car

Besides his activities as development test engineer, Norman Dewis is also an accomplished racer who participated in the 1952 Mille Miglia with Stirling Moss, drove a D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans race and set a world-speed record in 1953 with a XK120C (172,4mph).

Today, Norman Dewis has become an unofficial and tiresome ambassador keeping the spirit of the Browns Lane times alive and travelling the world to meet with enthusiasts.

NORMAN DEWIS EPIC VOYAGE FROM COVENTRY TO GENEVA

The E-Type’s instant success was hoped for, but not really expected by Jaguar’s team. They only had two fixed-head coupés on display at the Geneva Show and demands for press rides far exceeded the capacity being simply enormous. So, chief test driver Norman Dewis who was busy testing one of the E-Type roadsters back in the UK was called to bring the E-Type roadster (today known as 77 RW) to Geneva. He managed to head out of the Browns Lane factory by 7.45 pm and reached Dover (> 200 miles) at 9.50pm just making it on board the last ferry to Calais. Dewis whose driving experience included racing at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia, pulled out all the stops and lived up to the challenge arriving in Geneva a few minutes ahead of schedule just before 10.00am on March 15th 1961, only to be asked to continue his day without sleep demonstrating the E-Type roadster to potential customers. That’s the stuff legends are made of. Both editions proudly feature Norman Dewis’ signature on the side of the watch case as a reminder of his epic voyage from Coventry to Geneva, but also as a sign of respect for his important role in the development of such beautiful cars as the Jaguar C-, D- and E-Type (and more than 20 other jaguars). Born in 1920, Norman Dewis is still impressively fit and witty – an example we can only wish to follow.

Bio: “Norman Dewis of Jaguar – Developing the Legend“ by Norman Dewis and Paul Skilleter

JAGUAR PROTOTYPE E2A – THE CROSSOVER BETWEEN D- AND E-TYPE

E2A is a true milestone in Jaguar history: This unique prototype was the stepping-stone between Jaguar’s D-Type and the E-Type. Started in 1959 and completed in February 1960, it trailed some of the innovations planned for the forthcoming E-Type. This included the revolutionary independent rear suspension while the front chassis frames and suspension are also close to the final E-Type design. Briggs Cunningham entered the car for the 1960 Le Mans 24 hour race, driven by Dan Gurney and Walt Hangsen where it set the fastest lap. It continued racing for the Briggs Cunningham Team in the US for the rest of 1960. At the end of the season, E2A retired from active racing. The following year it helped out as a test vehicle for the development of Dunlop’s Maxaret braking system, the world’s first ABS brake. Shortly after, it became the much-prized property of the Woodley / Griffith’s family and remained so for the next 4 decades. The recent detailed restoration by CKL Developments Ltd for its current owner has left all the original finishes untouched, ensuring the car still retains its authentic 1960’s appearance. Today E2A is one of the most valuable Jaguars.

JAGUAR E-TYPE CHASSIS #885005 – THE GENEVA 1961 COUPÉ:

The original fixed-head coupé – chassis #885005 – presented to the international motoring press and motorsport personalities such as Graf Berghe von Trips, Joakim Bonnier and Jaguar’s Lofty England, during the now famous launch event on March 13th 1961 at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux-Vives on Lake Geneva.

The car was hidden in a huge wooden box and unveiled by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons in dramatic manner leaving the attending media stunned and fascinated.

After the media launch the gunmetal-grey coupé was transported to the Jaguar stand on the show grounds where it was placed on a Persian carpet and became the undisputed star of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

The car was recently restored with utmost attention to detail and preserving a maximum of original parts by GB Classic Cars Dönni in Switzerland. Subsequently the car won a Prix d’Honneur at the prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in 2006

SCALFARO – MECHANICAL SWISS WATCHES FOR ENTHUSIASTS:

Brothers Alexander and Dominik Kuhnle founded the watch brand SCALFARO in 2001. Their uncompromising focus on quality, individuality and precision, combined with their creativity and dedication have shaped “SCALFARO” into a strong brand with a unique character. Its remarkable and authentic designs have assisted to establish “SCALFARO” as one of the rare family-owned manufacturers of fine mechanical timepieces. In its Swiss Ateliers the company manufactures mechanical masterpieces by combining traditional artisan techniques, innovative materials and the latest modern-day technology. SCALFARO’s extraordinary design language and powerful shapes are complemented by flawless workmanship, keen attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. A SCALFARO timepiece always forms a harmonious unit radiating with clear lines, sporty elegance, refined functionality and impressive solidity. Furthermore, SCALFARO is a specialist in the field of exclusive high-end editions due to proprietary innovations such as its SCALFARO Ceramic Intarsia Technology.

“IN NATURE, NOTHING IS CREATED, NOTHING IS DESTROYED, EVERYTHING IS TRANSFORMED”

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, 18th Century

At Scalfaro we transform genuine material of iconic objects into technical masterpieces that carry emotions, bring pleasure to people and tell intriguing stories. By skillfully blending history with technological modernity we preserve the legends and achievements of the past and proudly carry their fascination into our modern age.

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DISCLAIMER:

Scalfaro Watches is not in any way affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover Limited. The references to “Jaguar”, “E-Type” and “D-Type” are used for historic reference purposes only. Each Edition timepiece is manufactured in an artisanal process and represents a unique piece of art.

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