English watchmakers Bremont are commemorating a milestone with the release of the new 1918 Limited Edition, a trio of striking timepieces crafted to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s centenary year.
With the rich tradition of dogfighting to draw upon, Bremont chose to take inspiration from three of Britain’s most formidable warplanes of the era including the Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. All three planes saw service during the peak of WW2 in 1940 and this important period is duly marked with a rotor and propeller blade complemented by a veneer of wood taken from the Shuttleworth Collection’s 1917 SE5a.
All three pieces will be limited edition releases with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), a supporting body of current and former RAF personnel for almost 90 years.
The 1918 Limited Edition will come in three distinct looks.
The polished stainless steel 1918 features a 43mm case housing the BE-16AE automatic chronometer with 42-hour minimum power reserve and C.O.S.C chronometer certification. This movement drives the hours, minutes, seconds and GMT 12 hours alongside a telemeter function. These all sit on an Opalin matte metal dial with applied indexes, solid gold/blued nickel hands with Super-LumiNova coating. Water resistance meanwhile is set at 100 metres.
Flipping the watch around will reveal the Bremont decorated rotor featuring the aforementioned metal and wood veneer from a WW1 and WW2 plane.
The stainless steel model is limited to 275 pieces and retails for AU$14,400.
Tinged in a quintessential hue of British blue, the 1918 Limited Edition white gold timepiece borrows the same inner mechanics and functions as the stainless steel model albeit with a bolder aesthetic. This particular piece is limited to 75 pieces and will retail for AU$28,900.
Rounding out the 1918 Limited Edition collection is the rose gold variant, an elegant approach to an already attractive timepiece. It shares the same specifications and movement as the others and is limited to 75 pieces worldwide and retail for AU$27,000.