Hellcat Watch

Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat buyers may want to supplement their powerful new car with a stylish new watch, sold by the Bozeman Watch Company and named after the same American naval fighter plane as the new supercharged Hemi engines. The watch costs around 10% of the car’s price — $6,125 (the price is slated to go up after production begins).

The Hellcat, whose engines were made by Nash, brought down 5,271 enemy fighters during the second half of World War II. Bozeman Watch’s web site claims the watch “pays homage to its namesake with its clean lines and a dial inspired by aviation instrumentation, highlighted by sleek skeletonized hands and crisp markings.”

The first edition will include two hundred watches, individually numbered, followed by “limited annual releases.”

Bozeman Watch Company, LLC is, not surprisingly, based in Bozeman, Montana.  The company has associates in Detroit, Michigan, Bozeman, Montana, and Europe.  A series of Montana-themed watches are sold as well as Hellcat; the showrooms are in Bozeman and Whitefish, Montana, and Birmingham, Michigan.    Each showroom has all of the mechanical watch models.

According to the company, each piece is developed first as a pencil illustration, then progresses to three-dimensional images, ready for part prototyping and tooling.  Mechanical movements are built to specification during the design process, and the whole process takes 18-39 months. All are certified Chronometers by the Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres; each movement (built by suppliers) undergoes 15 days of accuracy testing, to allow a guarantee of being in the top 3% for accuracy.  Final assembly is done in the United States.

The company also makes “dry goods” — computer cases (inlcuding the “Mac Bag” at $500) and other luggage items — in Montana.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/10/hellcat-watch

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