Delightfully British: Bremont watches

Even though they haven’t been around for a long time, Bremont have established themselves in the tough market of luxury watches. Their timepieces have been worn by many celebrities, such as Tom Cruise, Taylor Lautner, Hugh Laurie and Sylvester Stallone. Can’t get better advertising than that, can you? The company was founded back in 2002 by brothers Nick and Giles English, offering luxury, aviation-themed timepieces. And the aviation part of the company’s image is quite an interesting one. The brothers had experience in plane restoration business, but feeling like that wasn’t enough, they expanded to watch making, while keeping their love for aircrafts alive.

The Bremont name comes from a rather unfortunate event they had in the late ‘90s – the brothers were flying in their 1930’s bi-plane through the Champagne region in France, when they began having engine troubles. Forced to land, the duo managed to safely land on a French farm, whose owner greatly helped them. The man’s name was Antoine Bremont, an ex war pilot, who reminded the brothers of their own father who had passed away in a tragic aircraft accident just couple of years prior to that event. The brothers felt that the name would be perfect for their future watches.

Tough and straightforward: U-2

Now, let’s take a look at the some of the most interesting timepieces this company has to offer. The Bremont U-2 features hardened stainless steel construction with inner soft iron anti-magnetic Faraday cage protecting the movement. Inside, there is a modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE automatic chronometer which provides basic function for the watch, with the addition of date and day display. The styling is more on the simple side with its deep black, but the ruggedness of the materials well make up for it. The stylish calfskin leather strap complements the watch perfectly, and there is also a choice of the NATO military nylon strap if you want to keep up with the rugged theme. Finally, as another aspect of toughness, the water resistance of the watch is up to 100 meters.

ALT1-C - Who says green can't be classic?

Another stylish and elegant watch comes in the shape of ALT1-C Classic, enriched by a chronograph movement. The watch successfully combines the traditional styling with some not-so-traditional features, such as the chronograph sub-dials. The embossed leather strap comes in several colors, nicely complementing the dial and the case. The watch features nickel hands with SuperLumiNova C1 luminous coating, increasing the visibility in poor lighting. The case itself measures 43 mm, just like the U-2 model.

50 ATM? Respect! - Bremont Supermarine

The Aviation DNA present in the company also found its way to a divers’ watch, the Supermarine. The timepiece offers outstanding water resistance of 50 ATM (500 meters) which ought to please divers. Trusty stainless steel case was joined by sapphire uni-directional rotating bezel, making a visually attractive structure. The somewhat simple dial features indexes and numerals in SuperLumiNova luminous coating, and is protected by a domed anti-reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The integrated rubber strap complements this rugged piece, matching its durability, but there is also a stainless steel bracelet available, if one wants a classier feel.

Finally, it should be noted that the Bremont watches are increasingly becoming true British watches, with production being moved from Switzerland to London. This makes Bremont one of the only British engineered watch brands, which is certainly a refreshing change from the overwhelming choice of Swiss watches. And a little competition hasn’t ever harmed anyone, has it?

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