Omoloagto launches a new model celebrating 40 years since one of the most famous Formula 1 championship victories of all time.
British watchmaker Omologato is celebrating the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s 1976 Formula 1 Driver’s Championship with the launch of a limited edition timepiece, inspired by the team that gave Hunt his series debut back in 1973.
Hunt’s sole Formula 1 championship actually came at the wheel of a McLaren MP23 after a dramatic – and sometimes harrowing – season-long battle with two-time champion Niki Lauda, whose career was almost brought to a premature end in a fiery accident at the Nürburgring (if you’ve seen Rush, you know the gist of this story by now). It was during the previous three seasons though that the Englishman made his credibility known, despite an unfortunate ‘Hunt the Shunt’ nickname following him Formula 3. Having put his name on the map with a string of podium finishes from ’73 to ’74 and a win in the non-championship ’73 BRDC Trophy race at Silverstone, Hunt would take both his and Hesketh Racing’s first official Formula 1 victory at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, the team’s loftiest success before bankruptcy forced the team into retirement at season’s end. Their legendary Playboy lifestyle of both Hunt and team owner (or ‘Le Patron’, as he preferred to be called) Lord Hesketh though ensures the team remains amongst F1’s most revered, and we somehow doubt this $360 Omologato – of which only 200 will be made – will go wanting for customers.
Oh right, the watch. Nearly forgot about that. Though the basics remains unchanged – including a stainless steel casing, Italian grain leather strap, and 45.5mm diameter face – the Hesketh Racing Chrono by Omologato features the red, white and blue-style livery of the 308B Hunt took to victory at Zandvoort, as well as his car’s number – 24 – and the helmeted teddy bear that fast became Hesketh Racing’s most memorable trademark. The details are topped off with a Union Jack decal.