Four-time World Superbike champion and a three-time Isle of Man TT champion Carl Fogarty has partnered with British watch brand FORZO to launch a range of limited edition watches to mark the first of a family of watch collections that are set to be released over the next year or two.
‘Foggy’, as Carl Fogarty is affectionately known around the world, famously held the record for the fastest-ever lap around the Isle of Man TT circuit for seven years, with an incredible average speed of 123mph. One of our writers caught up with the seven-time world champion for our sister publication Our Man Behind The Wheel, to find out a bit more about this new and exciting collaboration with FORZO and here are a few extracts from that interview.
How did the collaboration with FORZO come about?
“I’ve always loved watches but never been involved in putting my own mark on a watch, so as soon as I heard about the FORZO project, I knew that it was something I wanted to do. I’ve not done anything like that with a watch before: had my own name on it and helped design it. I’ve always had a watch on my wrist though, and the great thing about watches too is that the value of them holds very well: in fact it goes up. The watches I’ve bought are worth more money now than when I first bought them. Hopefully that will be the case with this FORZO watch too. That’s why we wanted a limited small number, so people are going to get a really nice, cool watch that holds its money and hopefully goes up in value, because it’s a limited edition”.
How does it work with the FORZO team?
“It’s just a good fit. I trust them with designs that they think will suit my image and associate with me and that people will like. I’m not a watch expert myself. I’ve just suggested the design and added some personal touches, highlighting the number one and the Foggy logo with the racy feel of stainless steel or carbon. Forzo was pretty much in the ballpark straight away with the original concept though, and one of the strengths of the partnership is that we see things in the same way.”
How would you sum up the Foggy FORZO watch in three words?
“Stylish, precise, reliable. A bit like me!”
Motorsport icons and classic designs from the past are the inspiration for FORZO watches and British-based Geckota watches are the people behind the FORZO brand. It’s the close contact with brand ambassadors like Carl Fogarty that helped the FORZO team design this series of stylish and exclusive new watches.
As FORZO founder Jonathan Quinn explains:
“With FORZO, we wanted to create a genuine motorsport brand that stands out through its direct links with people who personify passion for their sport and the desire to share that passion with other people. That’s why we’re absolutely delighted to have Foggy as our first partner, launching a range of stunning watches that perfectly reflect his unique personality.”
A limited edition range of Carl Fogarty ‘Foggy’ watches have just been launched on Kickstarter, with these timepieces being the first of a family of watch collections that are to be released as part of a long-term collaboration with the man known the world over simply as ‘Foggy’.
If you’d like to find out more and register your interest in owning one of these exclusive watches to celebrate Carl’s record-breaking 123mph lap around the gruelling Isle of Man TT circuit, then please click here. And for more information on FORZO watches, please visit www.forzowatches.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Forzo Watches