|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
In 2010 Bremont was commissioned to produce a unique global timer chronometerfor the military C-17 Globemaster crew around the world. The watch is certainly oneof the more intricate and complicated military watches ever produced. Designfeatures of the Bremont C-17 include the etched globe on the dial and a Roto-Clickbezel that enables the user to work out the global time zones using the InternationalCivil Aviation Organization (ICAO) airfield identifiers. Each identifier represents a C-17 landing location in all 24 time zones. The watch itself can show UTC or 'Zulu' timethrough its adjustable 24-hour hand.
Bremont have now developed this ‘Globemaster’ watch as the Bremont World Timer(ALT1-WT) for the civilian market and produced their first global timer watch for useby pilots and travelers all over the world. Launched in a new Trip-Tick case withRoto-click bezel and a very complex, highly finished dial the watch has beenwonderfully over-engineered. The steel used in the case construction has beenhardened through a series of processes at high temperatures to give it a hardnessand scratch resistance of 2000 Vickers. A standard untreated 316L stainless steelwatch case will naturally be around 300 Vickers. The internal bezel, which isoperated by the crown at 8 o'clock, uses a mechanism developed by the company(integrating a series of ball-bearings) that allows the user to turn the bezel with asatisfying 'click' for each minute turned. The date window takes inspiration from theGlobemaster’s Head Up Display (HUD). The Bremont World Timer will be available inthree striking dial variations, Blue, Black and White. The watch will be priced at£3,995 in the UK and $5695 USD.
The sapphire crystal covering the dial has nine layers of anti-reflective treatment oneach side of the crystal reducing light reflections on the crystal face by up to 95%.This treatment is specially designed to be as scratch resistant as the sapphire crystalit has been applied to.
The modified automatic chronometer (COSC) certified BE-54AE movement isbeautifully finished at Bremont's ateliers in the UK and Switzerland, and once wound,will use the movement of the wearer to keep its mainspring fully wound. Thedecorated movement can be seen through a sapphire exhibition crystal case back.The watch is presented in a leather travel wallet, hand-made in England, it comeswith a strap changing tool and an extra NATO military nylon strap along with thewatch's COSC certification.
The C-17, nicknamed "Globemaster III" is a 4-engine, high-wing, T-tailed militarytransport aircraft operated by the United States Air Force, the United Kingdom RoyalAir Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Canadian Air Force and the Qatar EMIRIAir-Force. The aircraft is primarily used for strategic and tactical airlift of cargo andtroops to main operating bases, or forward operating bases, anywhere in the world.It can rapidly deploy a combat unit to a battle area and sustain it with supplies.
Bremont, a British luxury watch brand was co-founded by brothers Nick and GilesEnglish in 2002, has made a substantial impact in the watch industry in a very shortperiod of time. In 2008 Bremont was made the “Best British Emerging Luxury Brand‟by Walpole, and last year won “Watch Brand of 2011‟ at the UK Jewellery Awards.The brand remains true to its original principles of durability, legibility and precision.
The Bremont World Timer will be available for release summer 2012.
Modified calibre 13 1/4" BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25jewels, Glucydurbalance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800bph, 42 hour powerreserve. Bremont moulded and decorated skeletised rotor
Hour/minute/second, date at 3H, chronograph small counters with seconds, 30minutes and 12 hours, 24 hour UTC hand and World Time Zone function
Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® construction with scratch resistant PVDtreated case barrel. Case diameter 43.00mm, lug width 22.00mm, case thickness16.00mm
Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 5 stainless steel screws with polishedheads
Internally rotating bi-directional bezel with global time zones operated by crown at8H with Bremont Roto-Click® technology
Metal dial with various ground colours. Coated nickel hands withSuperLumiNova® C1luminous coating
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres
C.O.S.C chronometer tested
Embossed calf skin leather with solid deployment buckle and engraved security clasp
Every case back and movement is engraved with its Bremont serial number
The more we see of Bremont the more we like them here at Beastie Folly and while the MBII perhaps remains our favourite Bremont, we cannot help but warm to this latest offering.
|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
Bremont have released a smashing video telling the story from their beginnings to present day. Pure marketing the cynic might say but it has that quintessentially British quality that is so hard to resist, that can also be found in any marketing from The Morgan Motor Company. I think it works a treat as I watched this video through and immediately wanted a Bremont watch. Swiss movements, Swiss COSC certification and British design is surely a winning recipe but it will be interesting to watch Bremont in the next few years as they seem to be trying to turn themselves into a completely British watch maker and I wonder if this is a result of sourcing Swiss movements becoming more difficult. Whatever the reason, they are cleverly marketing the transition and all credit to them for doing it so well.
Enjoy the video and pay them a visit. Bremont.com