ADVERTORIAL • November 2018
As British Airways’ centenary year approaches and the first Concorde flight celebrates its 50th birthday, Bremont watchmakers have designed the new ‘Supersonic’ - made from the parts of Heathrow’s last remaining supersonic jet. In light of a new partnership between the airline and the aviation-inspired brand, our tech writer lists the best Bremont watches for the modern traveller
Bremont’s latest watch, the ‘Supersonic’, is designed with the needs of world travellers in mind and is a true collectors’ piece. In a limited edition of 500 (300 stainless steel, 100 white gold, 100 rose gold), the Supersonic is made with aluminium from Alpha Bravo, the last remaining of BA’s seven Concordes still at Heathrow. The launch celebrates 50 years since the iconic airliner’s first flight, mirroring its clean design aesthetic, with a silhouette of the still-futuristic aircraft etched into the watch movement on the back. The white dial is the colour of Concorde’s specially developed highly reflective paint, with the hands in bold British Airways blue.
Alongside the ‘Supersonic’, Bremont is known for creating quality watches for the modern traveller, a prime example being the ALT1-C: a collection of wonderfully easy-to-read automatic dress chronometers with a 42-hour power reserve, 43mm hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® case construction and water resistant to 10 ATM, 100m. The watches integrate a cleverly modified, chronometer-rated Valjoux 7750-SO BI AC movement, bringing together the art of watchmaking with the science of technical innovation and perfect precision. Yet, while the ALT1-C range is supremely durable, its feuille hands help give these timepieces a graceful, almost delicate look that make the watches as apt for the cocktail bar as the cockpit.
Bremont’s Supermarine watches are essentially timepieces for divers, but are - as ever - inspired by the company’s revered aviation principles. The Supermarine S500 was the first diving watch Bremont ever produced, named in tribute to the Supermarine S.6B seaplane and Supermarine Spitfire, and each maintains the Bremont DNA with the Bremont Trip-Tick® case construction and handsomely finished chronometer-tested movement. Handily, the range is available in three case sizes suitable to fulfil all professional diving needs.
The SOLO-37 range adheres to Bremont’s key principles, but has less of a chronometer look, as well as being notably lighter. In a variety of sizes and finishes, including a selection of coffee-coloured nubuck straps to choose from, all watches in the range have the Trip-Tick® three-piece case and are powered by a modified BE-36AE movement, with an automatic chronometer with a 38-hour power reserve. The range is all water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres, so you can look as good at work as on the waves.
Bremont’s ALT1-WT World Timer watches are mindfully over-engineered timepieces, amounting to one of the more intricate military watches being produced today. Created for pilots and travellers alike, they incorporate a complex dial and Roto-Click® bezel, which enables the user to work out global time zones using the international landing location. There’s a cool, etched globe on the dial - perfect for travel enthusiasts - and an adjustable 24-hour hand that can display UTC or ‘Zulu’ time.
The Bremont ‘Supersonic’, incorporating original aluminium from the Concorde Alpha Bravo, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sublime flying machine’s first flight and the airline’s centenary. To learn more, click here