Maybe you've read my report about the launch of the Bremont Victory watch? If not, click the link, it is worth your time, because it gives you some inside about the two brothers English, their team, and their mission.
Now back to the title: "What struck me about Bremont".
Mostly the fact that this, relatively young, watch company, with a short-term history, managed to build a brand with a true short-term history.
Let me explain this: when thinking about, or looking for a nice pilot's watch, I always tend to think of the bigger brands with their long-term history, like IWC. Nothing beats an IWC pilot's watch, not for its design, not for the impressive IWC history, not for the excellent craftsmanship.
Until I got struck by the story of Nick, Giles and their father Euan (who died in a plane crash on March 4th, 1995). This unfortunate event in which Nick broke almost all bones he had in his body and only slowly but fully recovered from it, did not kill the love for old airplanes, nor for their shared love for timepieces.
The story of their flight to France, and the not quite planned meeting with Monsieur Antoine Bremont, topped it as far as I'm concerned. These guys did not create a history, they made history, and were both heavily involved in it.
Nick and Giles English, photo courtesy of Bremont.com
History is one, the people behind the brand are important as well, at least to me. I have met many people from the watch industry, and some of them I consider a friend. They are the people that always feel the pleasure to welcome you as a person, without giving the feeling, they want to sell you their product, or want something for their friendship in return (In this respect Mrs. Ferrier from Zenith comes to mind, although I should not start naming people, because I am pretty sure I forget to mention the others, and I don't want to offend anyone). Because this story is about Bremont, I will name those whom I met and consider to be the most kind, and warm people around: Sarah, Mike (Sting: "Englishman in New York", always comes to mind when I think about him, even though he is not located in NY, but Mike, you will get the picture ), Giles and Nick. Not to forget the entire Bremont team, the people that work behind the scenes and communicate through emails. You all do a GREAT job, and I am happy to know you (same goes for Jacqueline, btw).
So for me, my next step was an easy one. I decided to get me a Bremont watch and by doing so, become "part of the Bremont history", and "Bremont family". The new Worldtimer with the white dial (also available in black and blue) was my choice, and I am very happy I finally choose this one, and to have it on my wrist while I type. Bremont told me I was one of the first to get one (white), which is an extra .
The watch is stunning, gorgeous, and stands out in the crowd. What is not to be loved about that white dial?
Because pictures say more than words, I will let them have the stage now, and hope you enjoyed reading and will continue to enjoy viewing. Remember, when you are on the hunt for a pilot's watch, make sure to check Home - Bremont, or contact anyone from the Bremont team. They will make you feel at home, like they did for me.
Beautiful engraved and solid Bremont deployment buckle, but likely to be replaced, because in my opinion, it is just a bit too bulky and uncomfortable for my wrist.
More pictures here: Bremont Worldtimer White 2012 - all pictures copyright Watchuseek (c)
Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800bph, 42 hour power reserve. Bremont moulded and decorated skeletised rotor.
Hour/minute/second, date at 3H, chronograph small counters with seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours, 24 hourUTC hand and World Time Zone function.
Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick® construction with scratch resistant PVD treated case barrel. Case diameter 43.00mm, lug width 22.00mm, case thickness 16.00mm.
Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 5 stainless steel screws with polished heads.
Internally rotating bi-directional bezel with global time zones operated by crown at 8H with Bremont Roto-Click® technology.
Metal dial with various ground colours. Coated nickel hands withSuperLumiNova® C1 luminous 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.
Related link: Home - Bremont