Three limited edition versions of the Bremont Longitude watch have been released in stainless steel, 18ct rose gold, and 18ct white gold. The watches pay homage to the origins of British timekeeping and navigation, with a piece of original bass incorporated into their caseback, taken from the Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London
A significant milestone in Bremont’s journey
There are very few watches on the planet that hold a piece of history inside them that also mark a pivotal point in their own history. The Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watch collection is not only a new watch series but also celebrates a milestone for the prestigious British watchmaker. It marks the release of the brand’s first manufacture movement. After Bremont fully acquired the rights to the K1 calibre from THE+, it is now responsible for hand-assembling and testing the movement at its new Henley-on-Thames manufacturing facilities, The Wing. In addition to this, Bremont has welcomed many new watchmaking apprentices to its family and has fully committed to learning the meticulous skills of the movement-making trade. Bremont now conducts over 80% of the development of the ENG300 movement itself. This is not merely a modified calibre but rather the brand’s own proprietary movement, which debuts in the three new Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watches.
Bremont equips this new calibre to the heart of three different Longitude watches – one made from stainless steel, one made from 18ct white gold, and one made from 18ct rose gold. Despite all three iterations paying homage to the foundations laid in history for sea navigation and timekeeping – each of the case materials exude their very own style and character on the wrist. The 18ct white gold limited edition Longitude watch evokes a somewhat more modern finish against the wrist compared to its luxurious 18ct rose gold counterpart, which communicates a touch of vintage. The steel variation, of course, is more classic but features the same dial design and layout as its two siblings.
Bremont has always been committed to manufacturing timepieces that resonate closely with the values of the maritime and aviation industry. It has recently launched a new manufacturing facility which saw all processes and departments of a Bremont watch unite under one roof. This includes everything from the dials, the straps and now the movements. “The Wing” doubles up as a place for watch connoisseurs to explore and learn more about the brand’s unique watchmaking processes thanks to several running workshops but also promises watch technicians the perfect working space to grow and experiment with integral components and materials for future Bremont watches.
In the same way that Bremont is dedicated to honouring important milestones in the history of timekeeping, the Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London marks a very important chapter for the brand. It is the point at which longitude was discovered and by the end of the 18th century, almost all sea vessels were using the maps charted by the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, who devoted his time to charting and mapping almost 3000 stars by using a telescopic instrument. Bremont pays homage to this point in history with a special piece of original brass taken from the Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and forms a ring around the movement with it. The ENG376 is also visible through a sapphire crystal glass caseback.
The new rose gold, white gold and steel Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watches
The 18ct rose gold, white gold and stainless steel limited edition Longitude watches from Bremont all measure a 40mm diameter. The gold versions are equipped with 50-meter water resistance and are exclusive to just 75 pieces each. The stainless steel iteration is 100-meter water-resistant and exclusive to 150 pieces worldwide. All three models feature a raised central globe design with debossed longitude lines. The meridian line running from the 12 to 6 o’clock location draws the eye towards a red circular power reserve indicator that has been inspired by the red ball at the top of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich building. Each dial features a polished Roman numeral hour marker at 12 o’clock, along with baton indexes filled with Super-LumiNova and cathedral shaped minute hands. The white gold Longitude watch features blued steel hands whilst the rose gold model boasts coordinating rose gold-coated hands. The steel version is equipped with nickel-coated hands. Each dial also features a recessed small second sub-counter at 9 o’clock and a large date window at 3 o’clock. The steel and rose gold versions feature a deep anthracite-to-black coloured metal dial, whilst the white gold version features a white silvery metal dial.
The cases of the three new Limited Edition Longitude watches are all developed using Bremont’s Trip-Tick® construction with a scratch-resistant PVD treated case barrel and feature a screw-down onion crown at 3 o’clock. The chapter ring around the dial of the steel version is finished in a contrasting silver colour, whilst the rose and white gold watches feature the minute chapter ring in the same shade as the remainder of the main dial. A domed piece of sapphire crystal glass finishes each watch, whilst a different strap is fitted to each of the corresponding cases. The Bremont Limited Edition Longitude Steel watch features a brown alligator embossed calfskin strap with white contrast stitching running down the sides and a steel buckle. The rose gold version features a dark brown alligator leather strap with a rose gold fastening and beige contrast stitching for a vintage-inspired feel. The white gold Longitude watch features a black alligator embossed calf leather strap with white contrast stitching and a white gold fastening.
The new Bremont manufacture movement – the ENG376
The new 22-jewelled movement named the ENG376 from the ENG300 movement series has been equipped with a full tungsten rotor and a custom balance bridge, paired with a silicon escapement. The silicon escapement is not only highly corrosion-resistant but impervious to magnetic attraction. The components of the ENG376 come together to echo the architecture of Bremont’s state-of-the-art headquarters at “The Wing”, where the engine is hand-assembled and tested to the brand’s rigorous standards. The customised balance bridge engraved with a “Made in England” hallmark accompanies several other modified components. The movement performs at a rate of 25,200 vibrations per hour and produces a 65-hour power reserve. Additional features can be admired through the see-through caseback, including rhodium-plated bridges with a gold-plated automatic bridge.
To explore the three new Bremont Limited Edition Longitude watches in more detail, you can check out the new range below or call our watch sales team at Berry’s Jewellers on 0113 201 0512