Bremont and aviation history go hand in hand – founders Nick and Giles English can regularly be found pottering about the world in their prized vintage plane. It’s no surprise then that, on the centenary of the RAF, they have released a spectacular new limited-edition timepiece.
On the surface the 1918 chronograph is a marked departure from Bremont’s usual pilots watches with their immediately legible dials. It’s not hard to read by any stretch, it’s just a bit busier with a far more classical, 1940s look.
That look is quite simply beautiful, particularly in the rose gold and black dialled edition. The most striking part is what at first glance you could mistake for a moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. It’s actually a remarkably pretty am / pm indicator, meant to be used in concert with the red second time zone hand.
The 43mm case is solid and weight, using the TripTick construction Bremont’s so well-known for. Of course, there’s one other thing that Bremont are synonymous with, one that is apparent in the 1918 as soon as you flip it over. Once again, the watch contains a piece of aviation history. More accurately, it contains four.
The winding rotor of the in-house caliber BE-16AE has been created using metal salvaged from three of the most iconic planes in history, all of which served in WWII: a Bristol Blenheim, a Hawker Hurricane, and a Supermarine Spitfire. Because that’s simply not enough, the wood inlay was even taken from an RAF Biplane from the first world war.
Aviation purists needn’t worry though; all four are still flying today – just one more element that makes the Bremont 1918 Limited Edition a spectacular watch; www.bremont.com
Price: £8,495 in steel, £15,995 in rose gold and £16,995 in white gold.
- 43mm case available in stainless steel, white gold or rose gold
- Limited edition of 275 in steel, 75 in white gold and 75 in rose gold
- Second time zone hand accompanied by a day / night indicator
- Includes a rotor made from four historically-important aircraft