Bremont just released their new 2018 collection! In this new set of watches, you’ll find Supermarines, U-2s, ALT1-Cs and AIRCOs, but let’s start with the new limited edition, the Endurance.
The new Endurance is a limited edition of 300 pieces and is available either with the orange strap you see here or a bracelet, and both come with an additional rubber Temple Island strap.
Named in honour of Shackleton’s most famous expedition – one which saw him rescue his entire crew after his ship ‘Endurance’ was crushed in the sea ice – the route of which Ben was retracing solo, the name is of course also a nod to the company maxim of being ‘Tested Beyond Endurance’. Shackleton getting his men back alive is one of the greatest stories of human endeavour and leadership, qualities Ben has certainly demonstrated over his twelve expeditions in the polar regions, having covered more than 7,000km north of the Arctic circle and South of the Antarctic circle since 2001. Naturally, the timepiece had to be able to withstand the extreme climate conditions of the Antarctic continent, being worn on the outside of Ben’s jacket to serve as a crucial navigational device with its GMT hand. The black dial together with its robust bi-directional rotating sapphire bezel features orange compass heading markers, complementing the North indicator on the GMT hand, all designed for ease of navigation and clarity against the stark white of Antarctica.
Having already tried and tested the Terra Nova walking 1,800 miles across Antarctica, to the South Pole and back, Saunders was keen to be involved in as much of the design process as possible, insisting on titanium again for its obvious lightweight advantages. Knowing the level of micro engineering that goes into these mechanical machines and how beautifully finished the Bremont movements are, Ben also felt strongly that the Endurance should have an exhibition case back. To that end Bremont designed a new back, one which was robust enough to enable the watch to still reach depths of 500m and still be able to function in the rigorous climate conditions of the Antarctic plateau. The development for the thicker case back came from a military project, drawing on the experience gained from the brand’s links and work in this area. Only being made in a limited run of 300 pieces, the Endurance features new contemporary styling on the applied indexes and comes on an orange nato strap.
The Endurance features a 43mm titanium case, a sapphire compass bezel, and, of course, a GMT complication. It’s a limited edition model of 300 and the orange strap version is priced at $6,395. Official pricing of the model on bracelet hasn’t been announced yet, but expect it to be slightly more. You can pre-order the orange strap version here or the bracelet version here.
My personal favorite is the new ALT1-C/BL. I really like the combination of the blue dial and silver subdials with subtle red accents. This year’s new ALT1-Cs are also, perhaps more importantly, sans-numeral, using simple hour markers instead. The new ALT1-C/BL is $6,495 and you can pre-order yours here.
The similar ALT-1/WH-BK keeps the red accents and high-contrast subdials of the ALT1-C/BL, as well as its sans-numeral design. As a result, it creates an especially clean look, where the eyes are drawn to the space between and around the subdials. The ALT1-C/WH-BK is $6,495 and you can pre-order yours here.
Turning now to the Supermarines, we see the new S500/BL/2018. Fans of blue watches (like us) have got a lot to work with here, from a blue sunburst dial to a blue bezel, and accented, naturally, with a blue strap. It’s also the only new Bremont diver with a day-date complication. The S500/BL/2018 is available for $4,495 and can be pre-ordered here.
Now we move to the new Supermarine S500/BK/2018. This may be the best looking of the newer Supermarines, with an all-black dial and slight red accents. It skips the day-date found in the S500/BL/2018, as well as its 6/9/12 numerals, which creates a cleaner, more legible watch. Priced at $4,495, you can pre-order the S500/BK/2018 here.
The last new Supermarine we’ll look at today is the S501/BK, the only truly “vintage” piece of the collection. It also skips the day-date and numerals in favor of a more austere dial with aged lume and gold accents. The 43mm S501/BK is available for $4,775 and can be pre-ordered here.
One of the more interesting offerings of 2018 is the new U-2/51-JET. This particular model is inspired by the U-2 spy plane (of course), but the all-black design apparently comes from the No. 100 Squadron RAF.
Most interesting of all is that the blacked-out theme continues to the back of the watch, where the movement is placed behind a smoked crystal. The U-2/51-JET will cost $5,395 and can be pre-ordered here.
Last but not least we arrive at the new AIRCO models, which include a Mach 1, 2 & 3. To begin with, however, we’ll look at the utilitarian MACH1/WH. It’s a very understated design and, more importantly, offers a white dial variant for the original black Mach 1. The AIRCO models are among Bremont’s most affordable, and this particular model is $3,895. You can pre-order the AIRCO MACH1/WH here.
More elegant and less utilitarian is the classic Mach 2. It features a nice matte white dial accented by applied Arabic numerals. The price for this model is $3,895 and you can pre-order it here.
Finally, we get to the last known 2018 Bremont release, the AIRCO MACH 3. This is the simplest and cleanest of the AIRCO line, skipping numerals entirely. Thanks to its blue dial and strap, however, it never feels boring. Priced at $3,895, you can pre-order yours here.
If you’d like to see every Bremont 2018 model in one convenient place, please click here to be taken to our new Bremont 2018 page.