Bremont strengthens its ties to the British armed forces with a trio of new timepieces inspired by the 2018 centenary year of the Royal Air Force.
By Sarah Jordan
What could be better for a military-inspired, aviation-mad watch British watch brand than the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force? With the milestone due in 2018, Bremont has kicked things off early with its 1918 Limited Edition watch, which draws inspiration from several historic aircraft.
In terms of design, the Bremont 1918 takes noted from the traditional RAF issue sector clock, originally designed to help track enemy and friendly crafts with stand-out red, blue and yellow triangles. Other features include an am/pm indicator to depict the iconic Supermarine Spitfire dogfighting in the Battle of Britain during the day, and the Avro Lancaster bomber flying at night.
The incorporation of a telemeter, which allows the user to approximately measure the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard (such as a torpedo strike) using the speed of sound, is another first for Bremont.
Plus, in homage to RAF heritage, the three propeller blades that make up the watch’s rotor are crafted from metal and wood veneer from three original aircrafts that flew during WWI and WWII: a Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. These are complemented by a veneer of original wood from the Shuttleworth Collection’s 1917 SE5a WWI aircraft, which can be found at its centre in Bedfordshire.
With a 43mm case, the Bremont 1918 is available in white gold, rose gold and stainless steel with a BE-16AE chronograph movement. The in-house designed movement also continues the aviation theme, with elements from four aircraft that are still flying today visible through the sapphire crystal case back. On the dial, a permanent small seconds sub-dial can be found at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute sub-dial at 3 o’clock and the am/pm disc at 6 o’clock, alongside a date window and the telemeter function. It is also water resistant to 100 metres and has a 42-hour power reserve.
A limited production of 275 pieces will be made in the steel and white dial version, while just 75 will be manufactured in white gold with a two-toned blue dial and 75 in rose gold and a black dial. Each version has an alligator leather strap.
Fans of the watch will also be pleased to hear that a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), which has been supporting current and former RAF personnel for 90 years.
All iterations of the Bremont 1918 are on display here, with the brand inviting customers to register their interest ahead of the launch later this year. Prices start from £8,495 for the stainless steel and white dial variant, rising to £16,995 for the white gold and blue toned version.