Bremont co-founders Giles and Nick English started their decidedly British watch company fifteen years ago with a series of pilot chronographs. And despite various ventures into the somewhat related nautical world with dive watches, and an ongoing relationship with the high-profile America’s Cup yacht competition, Bremont is at its core, and at its best, a proud proponent of aviation that creates watches for pilots and would-be pilots.
This year Bremont expands its deep link to aviation with AIRCO, a two-model collection of dressy pilot watches that, as Nick English explains, “really wouldn’t have looked out of place in the cockpit of a Spitfire or Hurricane during a Battle of Britain dogfight.”
AIRCO, named after the ‘Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited’, one of the first British military aircraft manufacturers, features 40mm watches made with Bremont’s well-known three-piece ‘Trip-Tick ’ cases (produced at the company’s facilities in the United Kingdom). These watches join Bremont’s lineup as England’s Royal Air Force gears-up to celebrate its centenary next year.
Look for two AIRCO models: the AIRCO MACH 1 and the AIRCO MACH 2. The former boasts a satin finished case, a military inspired black dial with a red seconds hand and comes on a vintage brown calf leather strap, NATO strap or steel bracelet.
The second model, the dressier of the two debuts, polishes its case, hands and applied numerals, brightens the dial with anthracite rather than black, and eschews the red seconds hand. This watch will be sold on a black calf leather strap, NATO strap or steel bracelet. Inside each AIRCO watch is Bremont’s chronometer-rated BE-92AE, an ETA-based automatic chronometer fitted with Bremont’s own decorated rotor.
AIRCO joins a full roster of Bremont watches with serious links to flying and the aviation, including the Spitfire-based Bremont EP120 and the Mustang-based Bremont P51 limited editions; the MBI and MBII models made in conjunction with U.K.-based ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker; the Wright Flyer limited editions containing actual wing fabric from the Wright flyer and several recent debuts made in conjunction with Boeing. AIRCO Prices, as seen on the Bremont website, start at $3,895 for strap models.
More Bremont debuts
AIRCO was Bremont’s only full collection debuted as the firm showed a host of 2017 models in London this week during a launch event the brand organized in lieu of displaying at Baselworld this year. But in addition to the new collection, Bremont is making substantive enhancements to many of its existing collections. Here are a few highlights.
The firm’s dive model, the Supermarine, now includes its first 40mm versions (the original Supermarine is 43mm) with this collection. The new models are Supermarine Type 300 and a vintage-style Supermarine Type 301. The new 40mm case used for the new models is also slimmer (at 13mm) while the case features a unidirectional ceramic rotating bezel. Prices (all prices listed as seen on Bremont’s website): $4,095 (strap) and $4,695 (bracelet). The calf leather strap is particularly nice for the Type 301.
The ALT1-P, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the Bremont lineup, now has new dials and hands and is housed in tweaked case design, which remains 43mm in diameter. Look for a new cream-colored dial version. Prices start at $5,195 for the ALT1-P.
Bremont adds to SOLO 32 Ladies chronometer collection with two 32mm rose gold models. Prices for the gold-cased watches: $9,995
Shifting to road racing, Bremont continues its hot partnership with Jaguar with its new Jaguar MKII White. This new white-dialed counterpart to the existing 43mm Bremont Jaguarrange incorporates very similar design features of the MKII with a black dial, but with a new internal tachymeter dial ring. Price: $6,795.
Bremont will launch its third Regatta movement with the Regatta AC II, made in a limited edition of 135 pieces ($6,495). In addition, a beautiful rose gold AC 35 model, made in a limited run of 35 watches, will mark the upcoming 35th America’s Cup. The AC35 incorporates Bremont’s proprietary BWC movement and is inspired by the legendary J-Class yachts of the 1930s. Price: $22,495.
Bremont announces that it will team once again with British motorcycle brand Norton and has created two Norton-inspired chronographs to complement the Norton SG6 race bike. Two watches will be made: a limited edition V4SS and the V4RR ($7,295). The former is being made available to owners of the Norton V4SS machines. It combines numerals similar to the classic Norton typeface with gold chronograph borders and a gold Norton logo.