The high flyers of British watchmaking have returned to Baselworld 2016 with an arsenal of timepieces inspired by vintage aviation and yacht racing.
True to Bremont‘s form, attention to detail is at its absolute finest for this year’s collection and the homage to flight remains stronger than ever. Four pieces from the show caught our attention this year with two coming from the sea and two from the skies.
The modern era of racing is no doubt presented in the brand’s Regatta models whilst old school flight is faithfully reproduced in the Boeing 100.
Let’s take a closer look at each piece.
The Regatta AC is Bremont’s nod to the America’s Cup and Team Oracle USA. For 2016 the British watchmaker has added fresh chronograph timepieces to the Regatta collection. The Regatta AC now features a unique countdown chronograph function which is crucial for the sport of competitive racing. Style and aesthetics don’t escape this piece with an option of two case finishings in either a 43mm stainless steel case or an 18 carat rose gold case paired with an alligator leather strap.
Movement for the Regatta AC is effortlessly handled by a custom Bremont automatic movement which boasts a 42 hour power reserve. This movement also drives the hour/minute with chronograph centre seconds and running seconds at 9 o’clock.
On the dial, there’s a date window set inside the chronograph counter whilst the dial itself is set in a white metal colour with treated blue steel hands and Super-Luminova coating. The Regatta AC is a limited edition piece and priced as follows: Regatta AC Steel AUD 9,500 & Regatta AC Rose Gold AUD 23,500.
Taking the pure performance route is the OTUSA version of the Regatta. Besides looking like a watch made to champion the seas, Bremont have also injected some serious functional features into the piece.
A custom Bremont automatic movement drives the regular time alongside an hour/minute chronograph centre seconds. At the 9 o’clock you’ll find a running seconds counter and a date and 12 hour counter at the 6 o’clock mark.
The case is made of Satin Titanium whilst the bi-directional bezel has a Super-Luminova coating. Power reserve for the OTUSA is 42 hours and the watch dial is finished in a black metal dial with Super-LumiNova coated indexes and hands. A Temple Island rubber strap with a titanium pin buckle polishes off this performance piece perfectly. The Regatta OTUSA is priced at AUD9,500
The epitome of early day flight and modern day materials lie at the heart of the limited edition Boeing 100. To celebrate aircraft manufacturer’s significance in history, Bremont have implemented carbon fibre from the first ever Boeing Dreamliner and aviation-grade titanium into the Boeing brown cockpit inspired timepiece.
The watch uses a modified calibre 13 .’’’ BE-54AE automatic chronometer with a 42 hour power reserve set in a 43mm titanium case complete with a rotating bezel. The aforementioned carbon can be found in the crown.
Looking at the dial, wearers will be greeted with a brown metal dial with Super-LumiNova coated indexes and hands. Flowing on from the Boeing brown colour way is a calf skin leather strap with titanium pin buckle. A limited run of just 300 pieces will ensure the watch’s exclusivity well into the years. The Boeing 100 is priced at AUD10,000
Bremont’s ALT1-C/PW chronograph is the watchmaker’s first non-limited edition polished steel watch forming part of the core collection. As such, it has quickly become one of the most significant pieces of the Bremont range.
In 2016 this model receives an extension of the range with the ALT1-C/PB. It features a 43mm polished steel case housing an elegantly chic etched black metal dial which sports polished applied numerals and polished nickel hands with integrated Super-LumiNova.
Movement of the watch is handled with a Calibre 13 ¼”’ BE-50AE automatic featuring a 42 hour power reserve. This movement afford the watch a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a date window at 6 o’clock, a chronograph centre sweep seconds hand and a 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock. The classic watch is faithfully complemented with a black alligator strap. The ALT1C/PB is priced at AUD 8,400