The name’s Martin — As­ton Martin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL GOVER

AKEY to the lat­est As­ton Martin DBS costs $48,800. No, that’s not a mis­print or a mis­take. But it’s not just any old key.

The new key to the DBS is built in­side the work­ings of a spe­cial watch that will al­low own­ers to play out their own James Bond fan­tasy.

They have only to touch the watch face and it will un­lock or lock their car, just the same as any other re­mote cen­tral-lock­ing sys­tem.

The work­ings of the sys­tem have been built into a Jaeger LeCoul­tre watch, called the the AMVOX2 DBS Transpon­der, af­ter more than 18 months of de­sign and de­vel­op­ment.

The watch func­tions like any other Jaeger LeCoul­tre, though As­ton’s time­piece part­ner has styled it to pick up some au­to­mo­tive cues, in­clud­ing a DBS logo. It will be sold only to DBS buy­ers and must then be cal­i­brated by a dealer to their car.

‘‘It’s like an op­tion on the car. It’s exclusive to the DBS and is avail­able only for that car,’’ As­ton Martin spokesman Kim Palmer says.

But there could be one prob­lem, apart from find­ing the $466,600 it costs to put a DBS into the garage, then the ex­tra to re­place the reg­u­lar key with the watch.

‘‘There is a wait­ing list for the DBS, so the watch may ar­rive be­fore the car. If that is the case, our dealer would be only too happy to pro­gram the watch once the car is ready for de­liv­ery,’’ Palmer says.

Handy: the key to the As­ton Martin DBS is built into a Jaeger watch.

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