It doesn’t matter whether you’ve attempted A Brief History of Time or caught one of his many pop culture cameos, you already know who Stephen Hawking is, and likely heard an awful impression of his synthetic voice box to boot. The late, great theoretical physicist was one of the most influential scientific figures of the last century, despite being told he wouldn’t live past his 20s.
Between his discovery of Red Shift – and thus proof of the Big Bang – to his various theories on quantum physics, his importance can’t be overstated and his passing in 2018 left an intellectual void in the field. If anyone deserves an honorary timepiece, it’s him. Enter the Bremont Hawking Limited Edition.
It was only a matter of time before Bremont took on another historical-slanted, artefact-housing timepiece in tribute to Hawking – and not just for the obvious reasons. According to Bremont founders Nick and Giles English, their father (and inspiration for the brand as a whole) went to St. Albans school at the same time as the Cambridge-bound future scientist.
The actual limited edition is a bold piece. Overall it’s proportions are relatively classical, with a 41mm case in white gold, rose gold or steel, complete with an observatory-like oversized crown. That’s about where the classicism ends however, as the dial not only features a swirling black hole front and centre and a scientific scale around the edge, but an oversized date at 12 o’clock and a 30-second retrograde date at 6 o’clock.
The action ramps up on the back, where Bremont show off their pre-requisite artifact inclusions, with four planetary discs taken from Stephen Hawking’s antique heirloom desk, the very desk he did a good amount of his most important work. They in turn are surrounded by an etching of the stars in the night sky above Oxford on 8th January 1942, Hawking’s birthday.
The fresco’s finished with a central piece of meteorite, a piece of the cosmos the man studied. Even the serial number is printed on paper taken from an original copy of Hawking’s seminal 1979 research paper, dubbed “the ‘nuts’ and ‘bolts’ of gravity”. Even by Bremont’s standards, it’s a lot.
Inside the watch is the chronometer-certified BE-33AE calibre automatic movement, Bremont’s latest in-house number, complete with a 42-hour power reserve.
The stainless steel piece with a black dial is limited to 388 pieces, while the rose and white gold versions – with black and blue dials respectively – are limited to 88. That’s a lot of wood from one desk.
But that’s not all. For the first time Bremont is launching a ladies’ limited edition alongside, with a diminutive 34mm case, full meteorite dial, diamond-set bezel and transparent caseback with a black hole-inspired rotor. It’s completely different from the others in this limited edition release, which feels a touch odd. But I’m sure the 88 pieces will be snapped up regardless.
Price & Specs:
Model: Bremont Hawking
Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 14.20mm height, stainless steel, 18ct rose gold or 18ct white gold in Bremont’s Trip-Tick® construction, screw-down crown, decorative caseback plate coated with black PVD and enamel (inlaid with a Meteorite disc, surrounded by four wooden panels and an individual serial number laser engraved onto original Stephen Hawking manuscript paper), matte Black/Blue metal dial with polished applied indexes and ‘black hole’ spiral etching
Water resistance: 100m
Movement: Modified calibre 11 1/2’’’ BE-33-AE, automatic, 29 Jewels, Nivaflex mainspring, Glucydur balance wheel and Anachron balance spring
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, 120° arc retrograde, 30 seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock, double window big date at 12 o’clock position
Strap: Black, dark blue or dark brown alligator leather with pin buckle
Price/availability: Stainless Steel – £7,995, limited to 388 pieces
Rose Gold – £17,995, limited to 88 pieces,
White Gold – £18,995, limited to 88 pieces
Model: Bremont Hawking Quantum
Case/dial: 34mm diameter x 10.50mm thickness, stainless steel, bezel claw set with 60 white brilliant cut 1.35mm VVS FG diamonds (total carat weight 0.7ct)
Water resistance: 50m
Movement: Modified calibre 11 1/2’’’ BE-92AV, automatic, 25 Jewels, Glucydur balance wheel and Anachron balance spring, black hole spiral inspired tungsten rotor with wooden inlay taken from Stephen Hawking’s desk
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date at 6 o’clock
Strap: Stainless steel, double deploying clasp, two tone adjustable bracelet
Price/availability: £7,995, limited to 88 pieces
More details at Bremont.