Before you get too excited, former-Formula One outfit British Racing Motors has not begun its life anew on the horology scene. This particular B.R.M. is actually Bernard Richards Manufacture, a French timepiece company that has been honing the art of watch design for 25 years.
This wouldn’t be crankandpiston though without some kind of automotive theme, and the design of this particular timepiece – the Records TB – has been inspired by a particular style first innovated by notable makes Cartier, Craftsman and Patek Philippe for racing drivers in the 1920s and 30s.
These particular watches were designed to be worn on the side of the wrist rather than the top, so that a driver could keep track of his lap times without taking either hand off the wheel. As well as B.R.M. mirroring this ‘dashboard’ concept, the Records TB also combines a contemporary carbon fibre case and racing-style perforated strap.
So how much would you expect to pay for a tangible example of B.R.M.’s ‘racing spirit’? Actually, just shy of $10,500. But before you click to the next story in disgust, this does bring with it a certain amount of exclusivity, since only 25 examples of a limited colour range are available.