While its heritage and DNA are deeply rooted in aviation, Bremont’s other timepiece collections are just as competent as their pilot’s watches. For 2018, Bremont grows its collection with new models that echos with the company’s maxim ‘Tested Beyond Endurance’, and are proven to be ultimately reliable in the sky, the sea and the poles.
Classic AIRCO Collection
Following the launch of the AIRCO range in 2017, Bremont releases three new additions to the line, namely MACH 1 and MACH 2, available in white dial variants, and a new MACH 3 model. The AIRCO collection signalled the first time that Bremont has produced a slightly smaller watch geared towards men.
Harking back to the older classic pilot’s watches in terms of design, and with 2018 marking 100 years of British military aviation, the range expanded with the addition of the new AIRCO MACH 3, which features the signature military RAF blue on the dial.
The watch comes in a satin case finish, the dial bears applied baton index markers inlaid with Super-LumiNova® and the red tip of the seconds hand makes for a smart contrast against the blue dial. As with all Bremont timepieces, the AIRCO range is constructed using Bremont’s technical three piece ‘Trip-Tick®’ cases, which are produced at the company’s facilities in the UK, housing the smaller but beautifully finished chronometer rated BE-92AE movement.
Named in homage to Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’, the timepiece was developed in conjunction with record-breaking polar explorer Ben Saunders for his latest Trans-Antarctic Solo Expedition.
The new watch is designed to be able to withstand the extreme climate conditions of the South Pole and be worn on the outside of jacket, serving as a crucial navigational device with its GMT hand. The black dial together with its robust bi-directional rotating sapphire bezel features orange compass heading markers, complementing the North indicator on the GMT hand, all designed for ease of navigation and clarity against the stark white of Antarctica.
Bremont has also designed a new case back, one which is robust enough to enable the watch to reach depths of 500m and still be able to function in the rigorous climate conditions of the South Pole. The new watch has a limited production run of 300 pieces, and will come on an orange NATO strap.
Another new entrant to Bremont’s range this year is the Supermarine S501, which has drawn direct inspiration from the S301 released in 2017. The vintage design was a big differentiator within this series and has proved to be incredibly popular since its launch.
The S501’s black dial is accented by coloured applied indexes and utilises the company’s iconic ‘P-51’ Super-LumiNova®. It features an updated unidirectional ceramic rotating bezel, along with a band of copper around the crown to set off the indexes. A knurled effect on the dial and an exhibition case back have been incorporated, enabling the beautifully finished and decorated movement to be showcased.
In addition, Bremont has introduced two new variants of the S500: the S500/BL and the S500/BK. Both models are an evolution of the original S500 line-up. Still very much aviation inspired, the closed case backs of both models feature an engraving of the Supermarine Seaplane, subtly highlighting the connection between sea and air. All the watches can reach depths of 500m under water.
Based on the design of the U-2 range, the brand new U-2/51-JET adds a new dimension to the range with fresh design cues from a military project commissioned by the RAF’s 100 Squadron.
The new timepiece incorporates a striking combination of the brand’s trademark vintage ‘51’ lume, originally found on the Limited Edition P-51, together with the heat treated steel blued hands. Turning the watch over reveals an exhibition case back showing the beautiful automatic movement through tinted black smoked glass.
The timepiece have been put through its paces on missions flying at 80,000 ft for over 12 hour stints and tested to temperatures as low as -50 degrees. With the extensive testing history behind this range and its proven military credibility, the watch is an incredibly durable pilot’s watch. At the same time, the timepiece incorporates advanced technology such as Bremont’s renowned anti-shock rubberised movement mount, designed to withstand the MB ejection seat programme, and Roto-Click® technology on the bidirectional rotating inner bezel, which measures 60 minutes.