Inspired by the world’s most legendary sports car: the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, the limited edition GTO 1962 BIZZARRINI is a collection of mechanical Swiss timepieces featuring original material from one of the most prominent GTO cars – the ex-Ecurie Francorchamps chassis no. 3757GT.
The design and creation of this truly special edition was realized in close collaboration with “L’Ingegnere” Giotto Bizzarrini who was the leading engineer in the GTO’s development over 50 years ago as well as Pink Floyd drummer and car collector Nick Mason who supplied genuine parts of his GTO. These parts were subsequently integrated into the watch cases of the edition, so that each of the numbered edition watches not only features numerous design elements from the GTO, but also contains the authentic DNA of this sports car icon and thus a direct link to its fascinating history. The signature of Giotto Bizzarrini adorns the face of each chronograph and underlines the exclusivity of this edition limited to 250 pieces.
Further details include: 42mm case diameter, Scalfaro Ceramic DNA Intarsia, finely decorated Swiss mechanical Manufacture La Joux-Perret chronograph movement, off-shape bezel, sapphire crystal, see-through case back, choice of black natural rubber strap incl. cylinder ignition pattern of the Colombo V12 engine or Horween shell cordovan strap, elegant folding buckle, water-resistant to 100m (330ft). Each SCALFARO GTO 1962 BIZZARRINI EDITION watch is individually numbered and comes in an exclusive wooden box.
– Watch case diameter: 42mm;
– Movement: Swiss ADK Calibre 150 TriCompax Chronograph, automatic winding mechanism;
– Movement skillfully decorated with Geneva stripes, Perlage pattern and skeleton rotor;
– Stainless steel watch case with SCALFARO Ceramic DNA Intarsia incl. genuine parts of Ferrari 250 GTO chassis no. 3757GT owned by Pink Floyd drummer and car collector Nick Mason (material supplied by the owner of the car incl. certificate);
– Dial featuring various surface finishing techniques and hand-applied luminous indexes;
– Sapphire crystal with print of facsimile signature of engineer Giotto Bizzarrini on the inside; see-through case back with Sapphire crystal, case back fixed with 4 ScalfaScrews;
– Water-resistance 100m (330ft / 10atm);
– Limited to 250 pieces worldwide incl. individual numbering (001/250,…);
– Choice of black natural rubber strap engraved with the ignition pattern of the GTO‟s V12 Colombo engine or black Horween Shell Cordovan strap; both equipped with folding buckle;
– Recommended Retail Price: Euro 7.950,-
Giotto Bizzarrini was born in Quercianella/Italy into a family with a long engineering tradition. He obtained an engineering degree from the University of Pisa in July 1953 and started his career at Alfa Romeo in 1954 where he learned the fine art of test-driving from such masters as Guidotti and Sanesi. In 1957 he joined Ferrari under the guidance of Luigi Bazzi to be promoted to director of production and testing control in 1958. By 1959 he was head of the experimental, sport and GT car development where he worked with Carlo Chiti on the 12-cylinder Testa Rossa engine and was given responsibility for the development of the 250 GT Short Wheel Base (SWB). After Jaguar‟s unexpected introduction of the striking E-Type in 1961, Ferrari‟s legendary sales director Gerolamo Gardini was pushing Enzo Ferrari to “Make something!”
In greatest secrecy, Ferrari instructed Bizzarrini to construct “an E-Type-beater” based on a 250 SWB (s/n 2053). The resulting prototype was nicknamed “La Papera” and when tested in Monza by Moss and Mairesse in September 1961 it lapped substantially faster than the 250 SWBs. The infamous “Palace Revolt” of November 1961 sparked by dissonances between Gardini and Ferrari‟s wife Laura abruptly ended Bizzarrini‟s career at Ferrari and put him on to new challenges such as creating the base for Lamborghini‟s first V12 engine and later on his own Bizzarrini cars.
Bizzarrini‟s successor at Ferrari, Mauro Forghieri, only but put the finishing touches on Bizzarrini‟s work before the GTO was officially launched in February 1962. To this day Giotto Bizzarrini is regarded as one of the finest engineers involved in some of the greatest sports cars of all times incl. his leading role in the creation of the world‟s most iconic sports car: the 250 GTO. We are truly proud to be associated with “L‟Ingegnere”.
For music fans, the name Nick Mason is inseparably linked to Pink Floyd. Nick Mason is the drummer of this legendary band and the only constant member since its formation in 1965.
But, apart from his career in the music world, Nick Mason is also known to be a genuine car enthusiast with petrol running in his veins – affection handed down to him from his father. His true passion is cars – especially fast ones with which he competed several times at the Le Mans 24h. His extraordinary collection comprises some of the world‟s most rare and valuable cars incl. modern wonders such as a McLaren F1 or a Ferrari Enzo, but also and foremost classic gems such as a Maserati Birdcage, Jaguar D-Type and several red racers incl. the most coveted of them all, a Ferrari 250 GTO (#3757GT) incl. the eponymous registration “250 GTO”. Today, GTOs are worth many millions of dollars. Mason admits he had no idea that would be the case when he bought it, and adds that investing is not the focus of his collection.
Nick Mason loves to race his cars and to take them out on the tracks – much to the delight of classic car enthusiasts that get to see the cars in places such as Goodwood, Silverstone, Le Mans or Monaco.
Nick Mason has shared his fascination for cars in his book “Into the Red / Passion for Speed” in which he describes his experience with his cars.
FERRARI 250 GTO (250 Gran Turismo Omologato)
The Ferrari 250 GTO is the most coveted and most valuable sports car of our time commanding prices of US$ 30 million and above. Only 39 GTOs were built between 1962 and 1964. Each of these cars has a most interesting story to tell, be it the car‟s impressive racing career or/and its illustrious owners. The GTO embodies style and performance at its best and has always been a car of legend. Besides its role as the ultimate status symbol, it still is the “weapon of choice” for the Gentleman Driver.
Developed in greatest secrecy under the guidance of engineer Giotto Bizzarrini during 1961, the 250 GTO was fitted with a 300-horsepower version of the legendary 3-litre Colombo V12 Testa Rossa engine mounted lower in the chassis (dry-sump) allowing for a low hoodline, optimized aerodynamics and better handling due also to the low point of gravity. In its final state the GTO was capable of top speeds just under 300km/h which made it one of the fastest cars of its times.
From its launch in 1962, the GTO truly earned its reputation as the king of sports car racing by winning three sports car world championship titles in a row (1962 to 1964). It was raced by the most famous drivers of its time incl. Stirling Moss, Willy Mairesse, Phil Hill, the Rodriguez Brothers, John Surtees, Jo Siffert, Carlo Abate and American Roger Penske to name but a few. The GTO was not only raced by the Ferrari works team, but also by numerous private teams such as Ecurie Francorchamps, NART, Count Volpi„s Scuderia Serenissima and Maranelllo Concessionnaries. Its long list of victories includes racetrack royalty from the Le Mans 24h to the Tour de France, Targa Florio, Spa, Monza, the Nürburgring, Reims, Montlhéry, Sebring and the Goodwood TT.
In addition to its dominant performance, beautiful 12-cylinder soundtrack, and striking Scaglietti-built bodywork, the GTO features many fascinating design details incl. the typical air-outlets, covered headlights, d-shaped upper cooling slots with their removable covers, delicate bonnet locks, rear-spoiler, metal gear plate, wooden Nardi steering wheel, Veglia Borletti instruments, Borrani wire-spoked wheels, three-eared spinners,… and finally its V12 engine which is a true a work of art.
FERRARI 250 GTO CHASSIS #3757GT
Each edition timepiece includes genuine material from this very car which was bought originally by Jacques Swaters for Ecurie Francorchamps in June 1962. Chassis 3757GT was extensively raced by the Belgian team at the most famous tracks including Le Mans (3rd overall in 1963), Spa, Silverstone, Montlhéry, Goodwood, Daytona, Sebring, and Nürburgring, In 1978 it was bought by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason who still owns the car today and regularly enters it in exclusive classic car events such as Goodwood Revival, Silverstone Classics, Le Mans Classic or Pebble Beach.