Craig views the new limited edition 1918 collection of watches by Bremont at the stunning Imperial War Museum
in 2018 the British Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years of service. An incredible milestone, and one to be celebrated. To commemorate this, luxury watch brand Bremont have created a stunning collection of limited edition timepieces, and what better place to unveil them than the Imperial War Museum!
As the band played a selection of wartime classic, cadets lined the steps to welcome us in. Suited and booted in black tie attire, myself and other guests were suitably dressed for such an illustrious occasion.
As cocktails and champagne flowed, we were treated to live music from The Femes, a trio of glamorous starlets, who’s harmonies delight and who’s track list covers everything from Sinatra to Blondie.
As with previous Limited Edition watches this collection also includes materials from no less than four historical British aircraft. For example the watch’s rotor includes material from aircraft which fought with the RAF during both world wars. Giles English said, “Bremont has become renowned for some of its rather special limited editions that incorporate parts of history, and this watch has become something we are exceptionally proud of.”
In addition, a percentage of proceeds from watch sales will go straight to charity. Bremont has chosen the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), which has supported current and former RAF personnel for almost 90 years. A worthy cause, I think you’ll agree.
This collection takes inspiration directly from the RAF’s rich past, as company Co-Founder Giles English describes, “With this classic men’s watch we have tried to incorporate some subtle design features from the traditional RAF issue sector clock. It is also the first time that we have used an am/pm indicator, which has been carefully designed to depict the iconic Supermarine Spitfire dogfighting in the Battle of Britain during the day, and then the legendary Avro Lancaster bomber flying on a night mission lit up by search-lights. The incorporation of a telemeter, which allows the user to approximately measure the distance to an event that can be both seen and heard (e.g. a lightning bolt or a torpedo strike) using the speed of sound, is another first for Bremont.”
Below is the white gold timepiece with 43mm watch case. Also available in rose gold and stainless steel, this watch houses the BE16AE chronograph. A Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane that all flew during the summer of 1940 are incorporated into this remarkable timepiece.
Each of these Battle of Britain aircraft forms a propeller blade in the rotor and are complemented by a veneer of original wood from the Shuttleworth Collection’s 1917 SE5a which can be found at its center. This wonderfully commemorative Bremont designed movement, featuring 4 aircraft which are all still flying today, can be seen through the open sapphire crystal case back of the Bremont 1918. A limited production of 275 steel cased and white dialed Bremont 1918s are to be manufactured, 75 white gold with a two-toned blue dial, and finally 75 in rose gold set off by a black dial. Each version will have an alligator strap.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder explains; “As a family and as a company we have had very close links to the RAF throughout our lives. My father, brother and I all learnt to fly with them, and the considerable work we do manufacturing custom watches for different military squadrons across the globe has only cemented this wonderful tie. 100 years of military aviation is a phenomenal milestone to reach and certainly one we couldn’t miss celebrating. To be working with the RAFA organisation is something that means a tremendous amount to Giles and me; we are thrilled that the Bremont 1918 can help support a charity which has done such an enormous amount in providing welfare and support to those who currently serve, and have previously served, in the RAF.”