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Land Rover x Elliot Brown collaboration creates one of the world's toughest watches

The watch is an ultra-rugged yet elegant timepiece.

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The Row GB Challenge is one of the world's toughest rowing tests and the team needed a timepiece to match. The four rowers - Oliver Dawe-Lane, Arthur Chatto, Harry Lidgely, and Charles Bromhead - are taking to the seas to raise money for the British Red Cross and JustOneOcean, an environmental charity. The course will take them around 2,000 miles of U.K. coastline.

Team Exe Endurow set off on the journey by launching their quad boat into the water near Tower Bridge in London using a 2020 Land Rover Defender, while wearing the timepieces. They will row, unassisted around Great Britain, in waters known for being choppy and chilly.

Land Rover x Elliot BrownMembers of team Exe Endurow pose in front of a Land Rover Defender ahead of setting off.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

"We are very grateful to team Exe Endurow for choosing to raise money for the British Red Cross as they take on this incredible challenge," said Paul Amadi, Chief Supporter Officer, British Red Cross.

Amadi added, "The British Red Cross has supported people in crisis for over 150 years and the money raised will help us continue to support the most vulnerable people. The British Red Cross has helped the nation through its darkest days and coronavirus is no exception. We are focused on supporting people through this crisis by delivering food and medicine, making sure refugees and people seeking asylum are safe, and supporting the NHS to get patients home from hospital. We wish Arthur, Harry, Charles and Oliver the best of luck."

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch is based on the Elliot Brown Holton Professional watch, which was developed with a specialist branch of the U.K. special forces. It's built to withstand extreme military field tests and harsh environments.

Land Rover x Elliot BrownThe timepiece features an antibacterial coating designed to last a lifetime.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Before customers take delivery, each watch must pass three separate pressure tests using air and water. In addition Elliot Brown watches have been put through real-world testing, surviving being strapped to the bows of round-the-world yachts and submerged to depths of 1,921 meters.

Its bolted-down compressor caseback system and triple-sealed crowns provide impressive water protection up to 200 meters. The case and strap bars are made from marine-grade 316L stainless steel. It also features scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.

According to its spec list, "the precision Swiss quartz movement is housed inside a proprietary shock protection system. The watch can survive the impact of a three kilogram stainless mallet which imparts a force of about 5000G." Additionally, the EPDM rubber strap is hypoallergenic and resistant to seawater, UV rays, and extreme cold temperatures. Buyers get a second strap option. The watch comes with an easy-to-change lightweight webbing strap with double selvedges and coated in an antibacterial treatment that is designed to last a lifetime.

It was the first watch supplied to the specialists after more than a decade without a suitable watch for their tough on-the-job conditions. The watch is also worn by Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

It comes with a five-year warranty and three-year battery life.

The Land Rover x Elliot Brown watch will be available in the U.S. later this year as part of the Land Rover brand's Above and Beyond collection of technical clothing and equipment.

The 2020 Land Rover Defender110, on sale now in the U.S. and starts at $49,000.

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Insurance company Hagerty compiled a list of cars it thinks will climb in value and price.

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Vehicle prices have grown across the board this year, but collector car prices have been on the move for years. The world of online car auctions and car shows such as Radwood have driven attention to obscure and otherwise unknown cars, pushing their prices. Insurance and overall automotive lifestyle company Hagerty is stepping in to help. It complied a list of vehicles that it believes are currently a good value and have potential to climb. The Hagerty Bull Market List covers ten vehicles of all types.

Hagerty’s list is expansive, covering several vehicle types, prices, and time periods. The list features vehicles built between 1963 and 2012, and is designed to nudge people into buying cars before they become unattainable. This is especially important now, as online auction sites have moved the markets for some previously obscure cars well past the point of reason.

The Bull Market List isn’t intended to give you an inside track on car values so that you can flip them for quick profit. Instead, the list should give you the push you need if you’re already on the fence about buying a car to keep and drive a cool vehicle. Hagerty wants people to buy the cars and have the ability to pass them on to other enthusiasts without charging exorbitant prices.

The Bull Market List includes (with excellent condition pricing):

  • 1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille ($28,800)
  • 1969-1974 Ferrari 246 Dino ($365,800)
  • 1983-1997 Land Rover Defender ($61,400)
  • 1979-1985 Mazda RX-7 ($17,600)
  • 1962-1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ($80,500)
  • 1963-1967 Pontiac GTO ($100,200)
  • 1992-1995 Porsche 968 ($38,000)
  • 1985-1995 Suzuki Samurai ($10,200)
  • 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster Sport ($97,000)
  • 1975-1993 Volvo 245 ($15,800)

If you’re considering one of the vehicles on the list and have the means, it’s a good idea to act in the near future. Vehicle prices are rising due to supply chain shortages to the point that even older cars are climbing. That, plus the effects of online car auctions, have made it hard to find a good value car.

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The special Defender features several 007-inspired touches.

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James Bond and British vehicles go together like bread and butter. The spy's most well-known rides come from Aston Martin, but Land Rover isn't sitting out on the action. The 25th film in the Bond series, No Time To Die, premiers in just a few weeks, and with it, a new special edition Land Rover Defender. Land Rover's SV Bespoke division created the special Defender, which in addition to making an appearance on the silver screen, will be on sale for a limited run to 300 lucky Bond fans willing to shell out the cash.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe Defender gets exclusive infotainment animations.Land Rover


The villainous Defender is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that produces 518 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and Land Rover says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty off-roader to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.1 seconds. The V8 is a recent addition to the Defender line, and comes paired here with unique suspension and transmission tuning, bespoke spring and damper rates, and a new electronic active rear differential.



2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionThe 007 Defender V8 get special puddle lights.Land Rover


Unique touches to the 007 Defender include "Defender 007" treadplates, special infotainment animations, and "007" exterior puddle lamps. The interior will get a laser-etched detail plate to denote its number among the 300 vehicles. No Time To Die will feature the Defender front and center, but it's not the only Land Rover in the film. Two Range Rover Sport SVR SUVs will also make an appearance, along with a Range Rover Classic and a Land Rover Series III.


2022 Land Rover Defender V8 Bond EditionYou'll need to be really into Bond to truly appreciate the special Defender.Land Rover


If you're more interested in seeing the Defender's time on screen than you are in getting behind the wheel, it hits theaters in the U.S. starting on October 8, 2021. The film will be the fifth and final movie to feature Daniel Craig as Bond. However, if you're really excited about the Defender, get ready to pay up. Prices start at $114,600 and supplies are extremely limited.

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