iBeastie - for when you need more Time...

watches, photography, lifestyle

iBeastie Blogs

BRM Caterham Range

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


We were lucky enough to see these watches on the BRM stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and instantly fell in love with the Caterham BRMs. The colours are simply amazing and Lady Peanut tried the 38mm version on. Frankly on her small wrists it was perfect. The 38mm for many would be small but for the smaller ladies' wrist it gave a fantastic big watch look on a face that could be easily read. This is a big gripe with Mrs P - why are ladies' watch faces so small and hard to read, especially when the eyes begin to fade after a certain age!


For Chrono fans the V12-44 is a must and the three pushers on the side look very business like.


Buying one of these gets you into a very exclusive club as they are limited to just 70 of each version. Without doubt this is the most desirable watch we have seen for Mrs P such a shame that the exclusivity comes with an exclusive price!


Mind you BRM do deliver on service, as while we were there my Son-in-Law Fandango ordered a new strap for his BRM, which they custom made to fit his wrist size and at the same time they gave his watch a free service as he mentioned that the timekeeping was a tad off.  A handshake from the big boss himself and fantastic service from Charles on the stand and we were all smitten with BRM. Yes he could have sold all four of us a Caterham BRM if only we had the money!


V12-44-CATERHAM-AN

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic chronograph movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Black hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

5 600 €


V6-44-CATERHAM-AN

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Black hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

3 100 €


V7-38-CATERHAM-AG

Limited edition of 70 pieces

Automatic movement

Polished stainless steel case

Stainless steel case pushers and crown

Stainless steel lugs and buckle

Grey hands

Green dial with yellow stripe and Caterham logo

Green strap with yellow holes and double stitching

2 800 €




Watches for The Le Mans Classic

Posted by Peanut on June 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Here at Beastie Folly we are shifting camp for a few weeks in early July for a European road trip that will start with 3 days of the Classic Le Mans. It occurred to us that while Le Mans is about cars and racing, it is also about dreams, adventures, lifestyle and of course le mans is always à la mode. To this end any Gentleman racer at the event is going to be giving some thought to the watch on his wrist, so while we are there we will have our eyes peeled looking for one or two interesting watches.



 

Beastie's watch for Le Mans wiill be the Christopher ward DBR1 which commemorates when in 1959 the magnificent DBR1/300 car took first and second places in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. He loves this watch and he will enjoy wearing it at Le Mans. But what might I spot there...

 

A Richard Mille Tourbillon Le Mans Classic?




A Quartz Tag Heuer Gulf edition?




Or perhaps a BRM Gulf Edition?




You would just have to spot a Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf!




But the one I'd really like to spot is this Richard Mille Le Mans Ltd edition!



BRM - Bombers

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on April 21, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)


BRM announce a new range of watches and while speed remains the theme these are for the aviation enthusiasts rather than the normal automobile enthusiast offerings. The BRM promotion describes them thus:


They called them "Warbirds.” In their day, these legendary aircraft ruled the skies...

It was the heyday of machine guns and piston engines. Flown by brave and accomplished young pilots, these magnificent aircraft engaged in fierce air battles, spearheading their nations’ air forces during the Second World War and filling history books with tales of skill and honour. Today, surviving machines fascinate aviation enthusiasts at air shows all over the world, with streamlined silhouettes and rumbling engines. A few dedicated enthusiasts have managed to preserve the excitement of these flying marvels through careful restoration and maintenance, rebuilding them to their original glory.


BRM pays tribute to this technical prowess-celebrating the spirit of these beloved warbirds-by designing a new series of watches directly inspired by the most significant fighter aircraft of WWII: TheSpitfire, The P-51 Mustang North American and The Mitsubishi Zero. The BRM timepieces are crafted like a fuselage, complete with inserted rivets, propeller-shaped hands, cases featuring roundels from different countries, horns that reference exhaust pipes and harness-inspired leather straps. With this new collection, BRM once again demonstrates its deep commitment to speed, high-performance and bold engineering.

Specifications

  • Brushed stainless steel case or stainless steel case with black PVD
  • Diameter : 45 mm
  • Brushed stainless steel pushers and crown
  • Brushed stainless steel lugs and buckle
  • Calf leather strap with stitching
  • Water resistant:100 meters
  • Automatic chronograph movement
  • Retail price : € 5 400 (brushed)
  • € 5 850 (black PVD)

Available : July 2012






We think they are great. Serious watches with pedigree yet the thought "fashion watch" comes to mind. For me they are strictly a casual watch that I could only wear with jeans, but hey what do I know. They are loud, brash and expensive -  essential criteria I always look for!

BRM V12-44 Gulf Chronograph

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on February 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (0)



Fans of competitive motor sports will be pleased to discover BRM’s (Bernard Richards Manufacture) latest creation. The B.R.M. V12-44 Gulf is a limited edition developed in association with Gulf Oil, an active sponsor to automotive racing since the ’60s.


This V12 is equipped with an automatic chronograph movement, housed by a black PVD 44mm case and featuring a black dial with blue and orange Gulf stripes. The strap also recalls Gulf’s trademark colors with bright orange lining and two tone stitching. The V12-44 Gulf will be delivered in a special case, which includes the numbers of each watch stamped onto a small metal nameplate (acting as a chassis number for the watch).

 

The first models were presented last week at the «Retromobile» trade fair alongside the premiere of the unique ROFGO Collection of original Gulf racing cars and attracted much attention from enthusiasts and watch connoisseurs alike.


The B.R.M. V12-44 Gulf and V6-44 Gulf are part of a 4 piece collection for which each model will be offered in a 100 piece limited edition.


Suggested retail price £5700


Here is an excerpt from the BRM press release.


Strictly limited to 100 pieces worldwide, BRM has teamed up with Gulf Racing to create the latest, limited edition timepiece in their men’s collection: the V12-44-GU-N-AG-1.  Immediately recognized on its black PVD aluminum dial are the distinct Gulf Racing logo and racing stripes.  Signature colors of Gulf blue with orange and dark blue accents adorn the dial and are carried over to the rich handmade leather strap, with BRM’s signature buckle clasp that itself is made from 12 meticulous components of machined aluminum.

Based on the watch that established the signature of the brand, the V12 uses heavily-modified ETA Valjoux 7753 in a man-sized 44mm polished stainless steel case.  Unlike 99 percent of watch cases that are stamped, the case of the V12 – referencing a piston with grooved sides – is machined from a solid metal billet and requires 300 operations per case alone!

 


WE at Beastie Folly think this is another fine creation from The BRM automotive pit and one to lust after.

BRM V644

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 29, 2010 at 3:42 AM Comments comments (1)

Bernard Richards Manufacture - BRM V644


BRM is well-known for its racer/industrial aesthetics and these qualities are epitomised in this particular V644.

BRM V6-44

 

The V6 44 is manufactured from superfine 18/8 stainless steel and features as standard:

  • piston shaped case
  • lugs applied to the case
  • extra light perforated hands
  • ETA 2824/2 movement (modified in France)
  • Saphire Crystal glass front and back
  • Water resistant up to 100 metres

The watches can be individually customised and the one shown here has a titanium checkered case with black PVD finish married to a carbon face with white transfers. Perforated yellow hands and the yellow chronograph hand compliment perfectly the black and yellow chequered leather strap. The finished look screams cars, automobiles and racing. All the case pieces, clasps, pushers, lugs, crowns and hands are all designed in BRM's own workshop a few miles outside of Paris and the attention to detail is faultless - even the strap buckle contains no less than 12 separate components instead of the usual 3 in other high end watches.


So why is it on my list of Watch Wish List? By nature I am a dreamer and buying a watch such as this you are buying into a dream. The marketing for the whole BRM brand associates itself (albeit tenuously at times) with the motoring industry and I am a big sucker for this. All the watch makers do it - the latest Tudor Heritage Chronograph for example, or Tag or the new kid on the block Christopher Ward of London and I am just a sucker for it all I love it. In this case, I am a  big Francophile too having a small pied-à-terre in the south of France, so the idea of a French watch maker, making high end watches that appeal to the car enthusiast is a concept I find easy to live with. This is a watch you could see being put on by a Grand Prix winner just before he collects his winner's cup and I just adore it!



The New iBeastie Watch Magazine







Recent Beastcasts