The Bremont Townhouse kicked off this week and along with it a look at Bremont’s extensive new range. If you’re looking forward to a limited edition containing a piece of the holy cross, you’ll probably be disappointed. If you’re more interested in some genuinely lovely watches with an aviation twist, read on…
The New ALT1-C (£4,895)
We took a look at the new Alt1-P2 at the beginning of the year, but they’ve also carried through the same changes to the Alt1-C, giving their earliest and most recognisable pieces a much-needed overhaul. I won’t go into too much detail of those exact changes here, but if you want more on the slight changes in the Alt1-P you can read the full review here.
In short, the dial layout has been changed slightly and everything’s been made a little more sophisticated in finish. They’re still recognisable, but I personally prefer the newer versions.
AirCo MACH 3 (£2,895)
Last year’s vintage-flavoured AirCo collection would have looked perfect sitting on a wrist at the RAF club and the new version is no different, except in colour. The MACH 3 celebrates 100 years of British military aviation with an RAF blue dial and if you liked the original pair in silver or white, there’s no way you won’t like this newer edition on the wrist.
Supermarine S501 (£3,495)
In the same way as the AirCo, the new addition to Bremont’s often sidelined diving collection builds on the vintage feel Bremont were going for last year but with more attention to detail. The new knurled ceramic bezel is satisfying, and the blue version is one of the better-looking divers around. The 500m depth resistance is pretty damn impressive too.
Bremont are no stranger to regimental military watches; they seem to do more than just about anyone else at the moment. The downside is that nobody outside of these elite squads can get their hands on one. Fortunately, there’s the U-2 51 Jet.
Inspired by the 100 Squadron – the first night-bombers in history – it’s stealth look is very, very cool. The case is DLC steel and the signature knurled case barrel has been anodised to black. The dial’s black, the hands are a dark, midnight blue and even the exhibition case back is smoked crystal.
Other than that, it’s similar in layout to Bremont’s usual pilots’ watches bar one thing: that second crown. It’s not just for looks; it actually turns the inner bezel under the crystal and is one of the most satisfying mechanisms I’ve ever played with. I won’t gush too much, but seriously, get it in your hand and give it a go.
Along with military fighters, Bremont also have a horological hard-on for exploration, in particular Mr Ben Saunders who wore a Terra Nova on his 2014 expedition. Last year though Saunders took the reins himself and helped design this year’s Bremont highlight: The Endurance.
Limited to 300 pieces worldwide, the watch epitomises Bremont’s tagline of tested beyond endurance. Rather than a lab, the watch was taken by polar explorer Ben Saunders on his latest trans-Artic solo expedition.
Saunders insisted on titanium for lightness and durability and a thicker case to brave the elements. He also asked for a sapphire caseback – because if you could, you would – which meant Bremont had to engineer a new caseback to retain the 500m depth resistance.
Fitted on a bright orange canvas strap, it’s definitely a watch fit for the name Endurance. At the very least, Ben’s own version is still working nicely which says more than any COSC certificate could.
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