A startup in India is planning to launch watches made using parts of a fighter jet.
A look at some timepieces that carry a piece of history. MACH 1 (MIG-21): Bangalore Watch Company will launch 21 pieces of mechanical watches that will have parts made from the fuselage of a decommissioned MIG-21, the first supersonic fighter jet of the Indian Air Force. The MACH 1 collection will cost Rs 48,930-52,430, according to the company’s website.
The Inversion Principle (AK-47s)
The Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47 is made partly using repurposed AK-47s. The company claims to have destroyed thousands of assault rifles in central Africa to make the watches, jewellery and pens. Engraved on each watch is the serial number of the gun it was made from. In 2014, the Inversion Principle was launched as a limited edition of 20 pieces, each costing $195,000.
The Bremont Victory (HMS Victory)
The Bremont Victory uses oak timber and copper from the HMS Victory, the 1765 battleship that was Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Before the limited edition watch was launched in 2012, all 40 rose gold watches were sold out. Each costs $30,000. The 250 steel versions were sold for $18,500 each.
Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome purchased a piece of the hull of the Titanic, the oceanliner that sank in 1912, to make the Titanic-DNA collection. The watch has an alloy using the slab from the wreck that was retrieved in 1991. The black dial face is made of lacquer paint that includes coal recovered from the debris field of the wreck site. Jerome made 2,012 watches — costing between $7,800 and $173,100 — to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in 2012.
Liberty-DNA (Statue of Liberty)
Romain Jerome did it again with metal from the Statue of Liberty. For the Liberty-DNA collection, it collaborated with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation as well as Gold Leaf Corporation to make 125 pieces, each priced at $14,900. The watch’s dial, which has the metal from the statue, has an oxidised copper look of the statue.