The unique watch is to be designed by motorcycle and Formula One champion John Surtees CBE and Omologato founder Shami Kalra where it will then be sold at auction. The entirety of proceeds will be donated to the Henry Surtees Foundation.
The rare chronograph will go under the hammer at a fundraising Bonhams auction, which will take place after the Henry Surtees Foundation Team Challenge event at Mercedes-Benz World, Surrey on Tuesday 11 July 2017 and will be open to public bidding. The highest bidder will own a truly exclusive timepiece designed by a motorsport icon and influenced by motor racing.
Inspired by motorsport legend John Surtees CBE, the Henry Surtees Foundation was founded following the tragic death of his son Henry, killed aged just 18 years old whilst competing in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.
Thanks to the Henry Surtees Foundation many of the country’s Air Ambulances and Blood Bike Groups have received a welcome boost from the charity, with over £150,000 donations granted to invest in state-of-the-art technology and equipment, to critical training and vehicles in order for them to carry out their life-saving work.
The worthwhile causes supported with equipment by the Henry Surtees Foundation include the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, the Great North Air Ambulance, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and their regional Blood Bike groups, plus the Midlands Air Ambulances and Great Western Air Ambulances.
Further details about the watch and its design will be announced in due course.
For more information about the Henry Surtees Foundation, click here: http://henrysurteesfoundation.com/
Omologato founder Shami Kalra said: “It is an enormous honour to design a unique, one-off Omologato watch with John Surtees. He is a massive hero of mine and it is a great privilege to create a chronograph alongside this motorsport legend and provide support to the Henry Surtees Foundation.
“Omologato’s foundation is entrenched within motorsport. It is a sport that provides endless amounts of joy to many, but can sometimes present tragic circumstances. This exclusive watch, sold to one lucky bidder at auction this summer, will raise funds for a charity which helps save lives on and off the race track.”
John Surtees CBE said: “On behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation, I am really grateful to Omologato for producing this one exclusive watch for the founation.
“I will be instrumental in the design process of this bespoke watch, which we hope will raise significant funds for the life saving initiatives that the foundation supports. I hope that the successful bidder will wear the watch to with pride.”
The John Surtees Omologato watch will be auctioned on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge Surrey. The Champagne and canape reception will feature interviews with racers and celebrity guest participants, plus an incredible fundraising auction hosted by Bonhams featuring signed memorabilia and exclusive experiences. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the fascinating exhibitions and get up close to legendary Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Tickets are available to attend the reception, at cost of £70 per person. Bookings are now being taken online, please visit: http://www.henrysurteesfoundation.com or contact: Leonora Surtees firstname.lastname@example.org