French brand BRM Chronographes and Corvette have teamed up again to honor one of Chevrolet's most valuable vintage cars, the Grand Sport.

The Grand Sport legend began in 1962 as a so-called secret project led by famed Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. He created an ultra-lightweight concept to rival the era's racing leader, the Cobra Shelby which hailed from GM's chief competitor.

Duntov originally planned to introduce 125 vehicles , but only five Grand Sports had been produced when the initiative was abruptly cancelled. However, all of "The Lightweights" went on to be piloted by drivers including Roger Penske, A. J. Foyt, Jim Hall, **** Guldstrand, and other icons, with Thompson claiming the first win in Grand Sport 004 at a Sports Car Club of America race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 24, 1963.


The Grand Sports rank among the most coveted of Corvettes ever built, due to their rarity and an enduring fascination over what might have been. Now, BRM's artists and engineers have reimagined the legacy through a collection that pays homage to the car's one-of-a-kind history.

Releasing two customized timepieces, BRM crafted both chronograph-automatic and automatic models for the Corvette® Vintage Grand Sport Collection. The 46mm watches are designed around a case made from one single block of aluminum, reflecting the car's original chassis, and the strap is made of alcantara material that comprised the steering wheel.



In addition, the traditional "12" transfer at the top of the dial bears the number "2" instead, highlighting the significance of Grand Sport 002 and the car's prominence among second-generation Corvettes. Other signature features include textured dials in "paillete blue" with white stripes, as well as a logo engraving on the dial and crown.

Only 163 timepieces will be available for each series. Specifications of the R6-46-CORV-GS and R12-46-CORV-GS include:
  • SERIES: Two limited-edition 163-model series of the R6-46-CORV-GS and the R12-46-CORV-GS
  • MOVEMENT: Chronograph-automatic and automatic models available
  • CASE: 46mm made from a single block of aluminum; crystal sapphire front/back; skeleton aluminum rotor in blue PVD
  • DIAL: Custom painted in "paillete blue" with white stripes, featuring the Grand Sport logo and no. "2" badging
  • LUGS, CROWN, & SCREWS: Finest 18/8 stainless steel
  • HANDS: Super-light, custom-painted in silver-blue
  • STRAP: Tan or blue, in alcantara steering wheel material
  • PRICE: Automatic $5,700.00  |  Chronograph-Automatic $9,700.00
  • AVAILABILITY: Arriving Spring 2018; pre-orders now open

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