The Bremont 1918 watch collection was created as an ode to the exceptional work of the Royal Air Force, which will be celebrating 100 years of history and success in 2018. As a tribute to the aerial protection of the United Kingdom and her interests provided by this institution, Bremont choose to incorporate original pieces of material taken from four remarkable aircrafts which flew during the summer of the Second World War in 1940. A Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane have been incorporated into the propeller blade of the rotor, whilst an original piece of wood from the Shuttleworth Collection’s 1917 SE5a lies at the centre of each watch.
Britain’s past as a manufacturing base for pilot’s watches, together with the Bremont brother’s passion for flying, have become important inspiration for the direction of these special timepieces. The limited edition Bremont 1918 GMT watches are available in stainless steel, rose gold and white gold variations, offering dial colours of silver, black and blue respectively. Whilst the connection to the RAF is nothing new to Bremont, the brothers have made it a clear priority to include some features that offer something new to avid Bremont collectors.
The design of the dial is aviation inspired with a second hand for tracking the second time zone in a twelve hour format, a 30 minute chronograph scale, and an am/pm indicator for the second timezone. A date aperture has also been placed at 4:30 which is trimmed in rose gold, steel or white gold depending on the limited edition. The gentleman can view the pieces of metal and wood taken from four WWII Military aircraft through a beautiful exhibition caseback. A sheet of sapphire crystal glass opens up a window into the very heart of the calibre 13 ¼ BE-16AE automatic chronometer, complete with 26 jewels and decorated rotor. The Bremont 1918 GMT watch is 17.2mm thick, helping to protect the internal workings from 100 meter water depths. Bremont’s Trip-Tick method also gives the case and the lugs a signature look from the sides and the back. A knurled crown and sporty double-step bezel also help to enhance the striking looks of the timepiece.
The baton-shaped hour and minute hands are filled with SuperLuminova treatment to enhance legibility, whilst a 43mm case diameter creates huge wrist presence – perfect for those gentlemen who like to attract attention for their refined taste in a wristwatch. As with many limited edition Bremont watches, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these Bremont 1918 GMT watches will be going towards the Royal Air Force Association. Highly likely to appeal to the dedicated Bremont watch collector, these stunning limited editions are a novelty to own and come complete on stylish brown, black and blue leather straps, with fittings matching the metal that the case is manufactured from. Each of the leather straps are decorated with detailed contrast stitching to create an authentic finish to the entire design – a beautiful collectable piece for any sophisticated watch lover.