At Baselworld I was honored to witness the official birth of the Bremont Victory. Nick and Giles English introduced the idea behind the production of this watch, which holds a whole lot of history.
But before they spoke about the new watch and showed us a great video, I was already warmly welcomed in the afternoon when visiting their booth again after one year (Baselworld 2011). And I must tell you, I always look forward to meet the English brothers and shake their hands, as much as I was happy to meet Sarah again.
You know, it is about watches, but with Bremont, it is very much about people as well, and they make you feel and make you aware of that. Every single person involved with Bremont is a pleasure to talk and be with. Therefore and before I continue to tell you about their new Victory watch, and show you the exclusive video I shot from the official release, I want to thank Nick, Giles, Sarah and Michael for their friendship and look forward to the Victory event on July 12th.
Back to the news about the Victory. Here's the video I taped on the first evening of Baselworld at the Bremont booth in the Swissotel. It's worth your time, and that's a promise:
Today I also received the official press release including a great image of the Victory from Michael Pearson, which I will be happy to share with you all:
“THE VICTORY WATCH”
BREMONT WATCH COMPANY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT WILLBE BUILDING A LIMITED EDITION WATCH MADE WITH PARTS FROM HMS VICTORY
Bremont Watch Company is delighted to be working with The National Museum ofthe Royal Navy (Portsmouth) to create a limited edition watch unlike any other watchever created. Each mechanical retrograde watch will be made with original parts ofHMS Victory built into it.
HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th Century ship anywhere in the world andremains the oldest serving warship still to be in commission- she still retains her ownCaptain, offices and crew and flies the flag of the Second Sea Lord, Commander inChief Naval Home Command. Laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765; she is mostfamous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as amuseum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldestnaval ship still in commission.
HMS Victory as with any ship has had constant work carried out on her over theyears. The ship sustained considerable damage after the battle of Trafalgar and hada major re-fit in 1814 and 1888 and then in 1903 following an accident where shewas almost sunk on her mooring as a result of being struck by another boat. In 1910the Society for Nautical Research was set up and in 1922 she was placed into drydock where she currently stands.
Many years of exposure have taken their toll on HMS Victory and in 2010 a majorrefit was commissioned to preserve her for future generations. To commemorateNelson and HMS Victory, Bremont is producing a totally unique watch that willinclude parts of oak timber and copper from the original ship. Part of the proceeds ofeach watch will go towards the refurbishment and preservation of the ship.
Giles English “Nelson went to my school and as a boy he always fascinated me, Iremember clearly the first time I visited HMS Victory. Over the last few years bothNick and myself have been working with the Royal Navy Fleet air arm Heritage andthat’s when we heard about the restoration of HMS Victory. With no hesitation weapproached the Navy and discussed the possibility of creating a watch using originalparts from the ship. Not only did we want to make the watch unique but we alsowant it to be a horological masterpiece.”
Giles Gould of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, “We take any relationshipsuch as this very seriously and we have to be very confident that both HMS Victoryand Nelson will be honoured correctly. We have never released original wood/copperthat is as old as this and we think what Bremont is building is an amazing tribute.Victory means a lot to us and the Navy and the fact some of the proceeds of thewatches sales are going towards the preservation of the Ship all help preserve herfor future generations.”
The watch will be launched on HMS Victory on the 12th July, 2012
Editor's note: the Rose Gold Bremont Victory has completely SOLD OUT of the 40 Pieces that will be made. Only the stores who pre-ordered the gold in Basel have secured their pieces. The steel version will have 250 pieces and over 150 have been pre-sold (50 are pre-sold to North American stores).
About The National Museum of the Royal Navy:
The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's firstbattle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemiesand eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19thCentury. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention ofdrug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: inour speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history ofthe Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one ofBritain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present thehistory of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them.
Bremont, a British luxury watch brand was co-founded by brothers Nick and GilesEnglish in 2003, 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 this year it won “Watch Brand of 2011‟ at the UK Jewellery Awards.The brand remains true to its original principles of durability, legibility and precision.
Another must-see-and-worth-your-time video
Almost a year ago Michael Pearson asked the English brothers to put together a video that would best describe their story, our brand, the collection, our company ideals and the amazing partners that we work with. He could not have expected a video like this, it is an 11 minute MOVIE that is a brilliant training tool, an excellent source of information and a true representation of the brand.
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